Emily Eerdmans is the real deal, but she approaches her craft with a joy and a sense of humor that belies her formidable skills. Equipped with a Masters degree in Fine and Decorative Arts from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, she attended the competitive Attingham Summer School, worked for some of the most important antique dealers in the world and taught connoisseur and design history at both the New York School of Interior Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology and is now the director of her own gallery and art consultancy in New York City. Join me and Susanna for a behind-the-scenes visit with Emily at her stylish gallery and Greenwich Village home.
From monographs on French legends Henri Samuel and Madeleine Castaing to examining the Regency style or classic English antiques and interiors, Emily’s books on the history of design are a must-have for anyone interested in the field. Perhaps most famous is the overview of the life and career of the decoration icon Mario Buatta, which Emily wrote with her mentor.
Her gallery, which once comprised the chic and discreet space on the lower street level in a listed building, below,
has now become public official, outside badge and everything,
and recently expanded to include the room next door, including the floor above with a large garden and additional living space – her charming blue and white bedroom below.
Here, in her lovely Greek Revival-style townhouse from 1838, the maestro’s influence lives on as Emily incorporated the bold colors and dramatic finishes that have been the hallmark of Buatta interiors. In her living room downstairs, shiny aubergine walls create a glamorous and cozy space and are an ideal backdrop for her art and collections.
And the chartreuse of the back saloon upstairs is the perfect backdrop for exhibitions, parties, and private art and antiques shows – including fine and decorative arts from the George & Lucinda Oakes summer exhibition.
all photos by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence
While Emily has a great deal of knowledge and respect for famous interiors of the past, she has updated those influences in the townhouse with a fresh and updated touch. And this expertise extends to their business too. With vast and extensive experience, Eerdmans can help you build, expand or sell a collection, broaden and improve your interests and even help with decoration needs to successfully integrate new or existing acquisitions. It is Emily’s connoisseurship of art and design that brings us to the attention of a wide range of talented artists and artisans, and provides their customers with a challenging, rewarding, productive, and joyful experience! So thank you Emily, we loved visiting you at your incredibly stylish gallery and home!