Celerie Kemble Found the Best Stuff at New York City's Big Flea

And you can shop her picks online right now.

Even if you're an experienced flea market shopper, it's easy to be attracted to the obviously flashy, iconic, or trendy items, and overlook a gem that might not read out of context. We all love a brass bar cart or a molded-plastic Eames chair, but the conundrum got us thinking about how to find a hidden gem in a sea of them. For just that reason we asked interior design royalty and "serial redoer"  Celerie Kemble (see her Cenral Park high-rise apartment in Lonny) to pick out her favorite pieces from the landmark Big Flea NYC

The two-day, Paris-style antiques market, which features over 600 dealers from the U.S. and Europe across 140,000 square feet on the piers of Manhattan, pops up in New York this weekend. Get a peek of the best under-the-radar pieces from the interiors maven before the fair opens tomorrow. Not in NYC? No worries. You can pick up any of her favorites online, below.

Celerie Kemble Found the Best Stuff at New York City's Big Flea

Asprey Barware
1950s, United Kingdom
Mantiques Modern

What Celerie Loves: "Nothing dresses a bar like gorgeous bar tools. I love the heft of these." 

 

Celerie Kemble Found the Best Stuff at New York City's Big Flea

Bottega Venetta vintage tortoise bead tassel evening clutch 
Early 1990s, Italy
Only Authentic

What Celerie Loves: "This tortoise Bottega Veneta clutch reminds me of something Mrs. Vreeland would have carried."

Celerie Kemble Found the Best Stuff at New York City's Big Flea

Yellow Gold Bangle
1980-2000, Italy
Benchmark of Palm Beach

What Celerie Loves: "This wide basket-weave vintage cuff makes an elegant statement and would work well with a great blouse or dress and no other jewelry."

Celerie Kemble Found the Best Stuff at New York City's Big Flea

Mathieu Mategot Wire Furniture Suite
1950s, France
Mantiques Modern

What Celerie Loves: "I love a feminine form on a mid-century piece. These bent iron chairs have an ice-cream shop whimsicality."

Celerie Kemble Found the Best Stuff at New York City's Big Flea

Vintage Christian Dior Platform Heels
The Archive

What Celerie Loves: "Vintage Christian Dior sandals with a happy striped band make me want to pack for Capri."

Celerie Kemble Found the Best Stuff at New York City's Big Flea

Green Painted Outdoor Table and Bench
New York City
Old Good Things

What Celerie Loves: "Picnic tables and benches just make me happy. This makes for the perfect breakfast or craft table outside."

Celerie Kemble Found the Best Stuff at New York City's Big Flea

Yves Saint Laurent corduroy trench coat
1970s
Vetta Vintage
Early Yves Saint Laurent Peasant Dress
Vetta Vintage

What Celerie Loves: "I’ve always felt the 70s were my time. These two vintage dresses I can wear from summer to fall and from work to a cocktail party."

Celerie Kemble Found the Best Stuff at New York City's Big Flea

Alto Tura Brass-and-Red-Lacquer Goat Skin Decanter
1960s, Italy
Adelaide

What Celerie Loves: "I can’t resist mid-century Italian bar ware and there’s nothing more delicious than this crimson parchment pitcher."

Celerie Kemble Found the Best Stuff at New York City's Big Flea

Hermes Geometric Desk Clock 
1960s, France
Mantiques Modern

What Celerie Loves: "A vintage Hermes clock with a red face. Need I say more; perhaps it will even stop you from looking at your phone to check the time."

Celerie Kemble Found the Best Stuff at New York City's Big Flea

Architectural Iron Lamps
John Lane

What Celerie Loves: "I use lighting for character in almost every project and these lamps add an element most rooms need: insouciance."

Celerie Kemble Found the Best Stuff at New York City's Big Flea

Large Enamel Diamond Gold Dragonfly Brooch
Benchmark of Palm Beach

What Celerie Loves: "I’ve been converting broaches into pendant necklaces and this is a perfect contender."

Celerie Kemble Found the Best Stuff at New York City's Big Flea

Plastic Shelf Unit
1960s
Adelaide

What Celerie Loves: "This curvaceous parchment covered bookshelf makes the perfect sculptural frame for a collection of books. This would work well beneath a wall mounted television or standing on its own."

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