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The secret is out for this clandestine gallery

Much of the furniture on display has appeared in movies. Don't miss Oliver Morgue's chairs and ottomans that decked out a space-station lounge in Stanley Kubrik's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Or the one-of-a-kind Verner Panton lamps, one of which appeared in Brian De Palma's Scarface. Sitting in an Eero Aarnio Ball Chair left me feeling like I was in a space capsule. The womblike enclosure, one of the design gems of the Sixties, is also in the collections of London's Victoria & Albert Museum and New York's Museum of Modern Art. Another of Javogue's jaw-droppers is a king-size bed from the revolutionary Mobili Grigi furniture collection designed in 1969 by Ettore Sottsass for Poltronova and exhibited in 1970 at Eurodomus 3 in Milan, Italy. The full bedroom set on display at the gallery is made of shiny fiberglass and other materials traditionally used for domestic appliances.

One of the pieces exemplifying the Swinging Sixties is a white plastic sectional seating area designed by avant-garde maverick SuperStudio. Shaped like a horseshoe and covered in leopard-print fabric, the funky couch, located across from a luscious Spencer Tunick Cibachrome photo depicting hundreds of nude people lying on the streets of Manhattan, made me think of Sly and the Family Stone's lyrics, "I want to take you higher."

With a sweet stash of Warhols, Basquiats, Dubuffets, Giacomettis, and other scintillating works under his roof — as well as choice furniture that commoners rarely get to brush their backsides against — the hipster Frenchman will have a difficult time keeping a quiet profile.

Magnus Sigurdarson's great wall of New Times 
papers and the video it features
Magnus Sigurdarson's great wall of New Times papers and the video it features
In Sigurdarson's video I'm So Much Better than You, puppets pummel the artist until his hair is disheveled, 
his face red and puffy, and his words slurred
In Sigurdarson's video I'm So Much Better than You, puppets pummel the artist until his hair is disheveled, his face red and puffy, and his words slurred

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