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I've only seen very light promotion of the Knoll Warehouse Sale that kicked off this morning at 10am (a small mention in the NYT today being the biggest shout-out), and there was a medium-size line as I got to the large temporary Sixth Avenue storefront in Chelsea where the sale is being held. This being a high-end furniture event, the crowd was very civilized (and blazered), despite being let in only 10 at a time even though the space was very large and empty. (It's cold outside, Knoll!)
Saarinen and Mies were promised, and there was definitely a lot of Saarinen in the house, with about every color and size of Womb Chair represented. Stuff wasn't cheap though—$2,000 to $4,000 seemed to be the sale's sweet spot for fancy chairs and coffee tables. Lots of these lovely Riart Rockers in different shades for $2,250 a pop. A few nice dining tables available for bigger bucks, and a shit-ton of more plain Jane chairs (and office furniture) piled up in the back. It's credit card only, a delivery company has people on-site, and the cashiers were hella busy.
Surprisingly, the most popular item seemed to be these webbed children's Risom side chairs at $160 each. The blue ones put out on the floor got snapped up very quickly. NYC's got some stylish kids, eh?
Minor celebrity sighting: The excellent young architect and interior designer Jeffery Povero walked by and pooh-poohed the size of the line.The sale runs through Saturday at Sixth Avenue and 25th Street.
· Sales at Knoll, Broadway Panhandler and More [NYT]
· Knoll [Official Site]