Spring Into Style With an Afternoon of Art Deco

at Moderne Gallery In Philadelphia


(April 1991)

Philadelphia, PA (April 1991)… Come enjoy an afternoon of Art Deco with Moderne gallery owner Robert Aibel. Aibel, a scholar, art historian and senior lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania will give a slide talk on “Decorative Arts of the Art Deco Period” on Thursday, May 9 at 1:30 pm at the Federal Reserve Bank Auditorium, 6th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia.

Following the lecture, guests are invited to the Moderne gallery’s new location at 111 N. 3rd Street in Old City, to see and browse through three floors of French and American Art Deco furnishings, including dining room and bedroom sets, individual tables, chairs, sofas, armoires, lamps and decorative items. The newly renovated space is more than triple the size of Moderne’s previous locations in Old City.

The slide talk and gallery tour are presented as a feature program of the Lively Arts Group, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting greater personal appreciation and enjoyment of the cultural arts. The cost of the afternoon event is $5.00 for members of the Lively Arts Group, $5.50 for non-members. Tickets are available in advance (call 215- 877-7788) or at the door.

Abel opened Moderne in 1985 after completing a doctorate in aesthetic communications at Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication. He has been dealing in antiques since 1979. His own interest in Art Deco led to his current specialization.

In addition to Art Deco furnishings from the 1920s,’30s and ’40s, Moderne carries a large selection of 20th —century fabrics suitable for the furnishings. To stimulate an appreciation of the period, owner Aibel stocks new, rare and hard-to-find books on the 20th-century decorative arts.

The Moderne gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment. Telephone (215) 923-8536.

 Interviews with Robert Aibel by appointment

Contact Resnick Communications at (215) 977-7383

Those-who-know about Moderne. For example, the folks who designed and furnished the new Henri Bendel store in New York.

As you probably noticed, the designers Francois Catroux, Marie Paule Pelle and others keep popping up in stories about the design side of the New York Bendel. But no one has asked, “Where did all the stuff come from? Who found it? And how did it get here?”

The fact is that when Bendel wanted someone to find original Moderne and Art Deco furnishings, they called Bob Aibel, owner of the Moderne gallery. Bob was known to the Bendel staff from projects he did for The Limited, Victoria’s Secret, Express, Abercrombie and Fitch, etc. He has served as antique buyer and importer, as well as fabricator of customized accessories in these projects.

When it came to finding just the right items for the Bendel stores in Boston, Columbus and Chicago — and, of course New York — Bob Aibel was called. His challenge was to find and/or import tables, chairs, vitrines, statues, sconces, chandeliers — even teapots — (whatever was needed!) through his network in France.

It may be surprising to many people that the primary antique buyer and import consultant for the Bendel project is here in Philadelphia. And that his gallery, Moderne, is one of the finest sources for one-of-a-kind original Deco home and store furnishings in America.

Bob Aibel and his gallery are more visible to his residential clients. He has a high-end following from all over the country and recently sold the fabled Englinger suite to Seymour Stein of SIRE Records for his New York apartment. Stein first saw the suite when it was displayed at the Modernism show in New York last November.

Please take a close look at the enclosed materials about Bob Aibel and his gallery, Moderne. The antique press has given serious attention to him lately and home furnishings magazines are interested in his personal collection of Deco as well as his professional ventures.

We hope his story will be of interest to your readers — especially since the Deco/Moderne style is being appreciated more and more, and presented so effectively in such fashionable places as Bendel.

Contact: Phoebe Resnick/Nica Lewis
Resnick Communications
(215) 977-7383