Restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila contemplates the $1,000 kitchen chandelier
If you're the DIY type, next time you're at the flea market rummaging through boxes of old silverware, consider turning a banquet table's worth of old silver into a ... chandelier. It could be one tier, two tiers, all forks, all spoons, or both, like the ones I spied in the window of the New York shop Intérieurs when walking to dinner one night two or three years ago. (This was its TriBeCa shop; it's since relocated to E. 58th Street.) I covet just about everything in the store. Unfortunately, the Robertson Boulevard showroom in West Hollywood is closed now.
Turns out the chandelier is made to order in France by José Estevez and is called, appropriately, the Broccante Chandelier (broccante translates as something like bric-a-brac in French). It comes in sizes from 10 inches in diameter up to 20 inches for those with deep pockets and little talent in the DIY sphere. It's also available in double-tier and rectangular models and would look terrific in any kitchen.
Just a thought.
Intérieurs, 228 E. 58th Street, New York; (212) 343-0800; www.interieurs.com; firstname.lastname@example.org. Broccante Chandelier: small, $970; medium, $1,450; large, $1,995. By special order only.
-- S. Irene Virbila
Photo credit: Intérieurs and José Estevez