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Revival of the Fittest

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Located at the ever-shifting intersection of design, fine art, and craft, R 20th Century has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a small vintage boutique in Brooklyn over a decade ago. Since then, the gallery has cast aside the kitsch, moved to Manhattan, and gained an international reputation for its well-appointed exhibitions and expansive catalog, representing designers from decades past and present. Furniture and decorative pieces from a handpicked stable of oft-overlooked or obscure creative visionaries like Greta Magnusson Grossman, Wendell Castle, and Sergio Rogrigues are all on display, and founders Zesty Meyers and Evan Snyderman work with the sensibilities of uptown museum curators. Keen to share the stories behind their collections with everyone who enters their Tribeca showroom, they also produce lush, well-researched publications to accompany their installations. R 20th Century has become a destination for design diehards from around the world.

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  R 20th Century’s website has welcomed clicks from over 100 countries, but the retail space allows Zesty Meyers and Evan Snyderman to build a community around the appreciation of design objects.  Photo by Martien Mulder.
    R 20th Century’s website has welcomed clicks from over 100 countries, but the retail space allows Zesty Meyers and Evan Snyderman to build a community around the appreciation of design objects. Photo by Martien Mulder.
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  Owners Zesty Meyers and Evan Snyderman lounge on this Stella sofa from Sergio Rodrigues. Also shown, bronze branch by David Wiseman, and Cactus coat rack by Guido Drocco and Franco Mello.  Photo by Martien Mulder.
    Owners Zesty Meyers and Evan Snyderman lounge on this Stella sofa from Sergio Rodrigues. Also shown, bronze branch by David Wiseman, and Cactus coat rack by Guido Drocco and Franco Mello. Photo by Martien Mulder.
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  Rotating exhibitions routinely transform the interior of R 20th Century, and earlier this year the work of artist (and fellow former B Team member) Jeff Zimmerman adorned the gallery.  Photo by Martien Mulder.
    Rotating exhibitions routinely transform the interior of R 20th Century, and earlier this year the work of artist (and fellow former B Team member) Jeff Zimmerman adorned the gallery. Photo by Martien Mulder.
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  Other pieces on display include Poltrona Suave, a stack-laminated lounge chair made from sumaúma wood by Brazilian designer Julia Krantz.  Photo by Martien Mulder.
    Other pieces on display include Poltrona Suave, a stack-laminated lounge chair made from sumaúma wood by Brazilian designer Julia Krantz. Photo by Martien Mulder.
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  The Drawing With Glass exhibit featured handblown sculptures and illuminated fixtures inspired by nature and brought to life in organic shapes.  Photo by Martien Mulder.
    The Drawing With Glass exhibit featured handblown sculptures and illuminated fixtures inspired by nature and brought to life in organic shapes. Photo by Martien Mulder.

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