Kate Rheinstein Brodsky has design and shopkeeping in her blood. Her mother is celebrated designer Suzanne Rheinstein who also owns Hollyhock, the chic La Cienega shop, so perhaps it was destiny that Kate should one day have her own stylish design destination. A little over two years ago, KRB opened in a jewel box space on East 79th Street. But when a two story street front space opened up nearby on 74th Street, it seemed the perfect opportunity to expand. Tuesday evening I stopped by for a peek at the official celebration of the new KRB location.
From antiques and vintage furniture to custom new pieces, accessories and more, the offerings at KRB are chic, eclectic and covetable!
Kate has a trained and sophisticated eye that melds the best of tradition with a “charismatic and colorful” sensibility. With a special appreciation for the artisanal and handmade, she carries both new and antique pieces that show character and craftsmanship. Above, an 18th century Flemish tapestry anchors a vignette with a Louis XVI settee flanked by pedestals hosting large Christopher Spitzmiller faux bois urns and versatile William Yeoward blown glass leech bowls, available in two sizes and three gorgeous colors. And the shop is filled with the most stylish assortment of pillows from friend Rosemarie at Artemesia. From furniture and statement pieces,
to the most fetching accessories, you’ll find something for every room, tabletop and wall in your home. Crystal match strikers are like jewelry for the table.
Add instant ancestry with these stately 19th century marble and porphyry portrait plaques of a Roman Emperor & Empress.
Starry eyed? This set of hand-colored 19th century celestial engravings will have you intrigued and enchanted. And like all the ready-to-hang art in the space, Kate has chosen just the right frames to enhance their appeal.
Kate Schelter’s charming watercolors would add a fresh light hearted dose of sunshine to even the dreariest space.
photo courtesy of KRB
For green lovers like Kate and me, there is a plethora of choices such as this charming directoire set of settee with matching fauteuils, all engagingly upholstered in an oversized green gingham, below a partial set of 19th century Spode Creamware.
This is merely the tip of the temptation iceberg you will find at KRB. And if you need any inspiration of how it can all work together, just take another peek at Kate’s own chic apartment from when it was featured in ELLE DECOR.
2 photos above Simon Upton for ELLE DECOR
all other photos, unless otherwise indicated, by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence