06 June, 2011

Designer Presentations at IMS

By LuAnne Silvia, ASID
The Keno brothers were in town recently to promote their new furniture line. The identical twins are largely known for their appraising expertise of fine furnishings on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow. The brothers also host "Collect This! With The Keno Brothers" on MSN. Leigh Keno owns and operates Keno Auctions in New York, and Leslie Keno is director of American furniture and decorative arts at Sotheby's auction house.
We had the opportunity to meet them and hear about the inspiration that led to designing their own furnishings. Duxbury showroom at International Market Square represents Theodore Alexander who makes their furniture. They introduced the  CEO of Theodore Alexander who was in the audience and described their supportive collaborative relationship that gives the Keno brothers artistic freedom. Theodore Alexander is known for their craftsmanship and appreciation of wood, a perfect partnership.
They shared the stage with several pieces from their collection and they held up chairs and tables while pointing out the design details. Their casual back and forth presentation style was filled with energy and enthusiasm. They were just as charming in person when we had the chance to meet them afterward.
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The LiLu design team (Left to right Lisa Peck, Ali Dahl our summer intern, LuAnne Silvia and Christina Winter) with the Keno Brothers at International Market Square
Check back tomorrow and throughout the week to see some of their beautiful furniture, and also to hear about another exciting presentation we attended of a new unique wall covering by designers originally from the Twin Cities.

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