Jeff Zimmerman Glass…And More

The destination after the WTC was a walk to 82 Franklin, to the gallery called R and Company. We had seen an ad or article about a showing of Jeff Zimmerman’s glass blowing art and wanted very much to see it.

The gallery space is beautiful – bright, white walls, some exposed brick, high ceilings, all perfect for large light fixtures Zimmerman is famous for.


This is what I meant SoundBeacher, about my lousy iPhone photos!


The Zimmerman bio on the R and Company website is a little more complete than the NYT article and worth the read.


His work was eclectic and electric – some pieces looked like they weren’t glass, but were….

Mirrorized hand blown glass. Photo from R&Co website


The centerpiece in the gallery was the blue glass chandelier....

Photo courtesy of R and Company website

And closer up..

Photo courtesy of R and Company website

I made the rookie mistake of guessing the price of the blue chandelier.

Wanna guess?

  1. $42,500
  2. $77,200
  3. $19,750
  4. $125,000

The photos don’t do the work justice. It’s quite stunning and I’d kill for a space to have one hanging. It would take owning a city loft with high ceilings. A couple in the gallery at the same time we were were in the market to BUY the blue chandelier, even asking for a tear sheet of the specs to take home. Yes Virginia, there is money in NYC! [This will now be a dead giveaway as to the price answer of the quiz above.]

The downstairs in the gallery is devoted to superb mid-century modern furniture – drool worthy chairs and tables that had us wanting to build an all glass house as well as owning a city loft for the Zimmerman pieces. Who me, dream too big?



Yes please. The Cone Chair by Vernor Panton. 


Not doing this table justice with my lousy photo, the patina of this table had us wanting to take it home in the car. By Greta Magnusson Grossman


This credenza (and almost all the modern fuirniture) brought me back to my youth, growing up in a real deal modern home, surrounded by Knoll and Eames and credenzas that looked just like this.

By Martin Eisler, made out of jacaranda 


Note: There wasn’t a price tag to be seen and few if any prices are available on their website. Goes to prove that age old adage If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.

We left empty handed.

10 thoughts on “Jeff Zimmerman Glass…And More

    1. Shocking to me how affordable most of those items are. The Breuer chairs and even the sofas you covet…..remarkably reasonable. Thanks for the link. And yes, the ultimate dream is to build the designed Neutra house. The question though is who owns the plans? The son Dion who is still alive, or our family who paid for the personalized Richard N design? I don’t know the answer.

      1. Damn, I know I should have visited there sooner for those sofas – I even like the patina of the old leather better than new.

        Pretty sure if your parents bought and paid for the plans, they are their’s or your’s now. Given the age of the plans and the various code changes that have been implemented since they were produced, you would have to hire either Dion’s firm or some other firm to bring the plans into current compliance (overseen by the locality in which you choose to build) and then, if you build, have architectural support for whatever comes up during construction and/or to fill in the gaps where the plans aren’t specific or clear. Dion sounds like a pain in the butt – and he’s not his father.

        1. The old patina is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!! I’d much rather have an old Eames chair than a new one any day.

          My brother in law is an architect and holds the plans in his hot little hands. For now, no one has the land or the funds to build the house and yes, Dion is a total nut case, so it might wait until his death to proceed, with the updating as required.

    1. Bingo. I believe the gallery owner said this one was “around” $125. I’m embarrassed to tell you how low I guessed. I’m sure the staff can peg a non-buyer like me from the get-go.

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