As I mentioned recently, some friends and I took a road trip to Hudson, NY — a real life 1st Dibs! The town is a mix of the eclectic, the artistic and the historic.
One of cornerstones of this beautiful town is Stair Galleries and Stair Restoration — the founder, Colin Stair, is the epitome of hospitality. And expertise.
Colin comes from a long line of Antiques Dealers and Restoration Experts – 4 generations to be exact. Colin’s great-grandfather founded the venerable Stair & Andrew (later Stair & Co.) in London, England in 1911.
In 1937, Colin’s grandfather moved to NYC and opened Stair & Co. on E. 57th Street. Before he sold the business and retired, he had opened a showroom in Palm Beach and added another division, Oxford Restoration.
Colin’s father, John, opened Sotheby’s office in L.A. and returned to NYC to create and run Sotheby’s Restoration. Colin trained in restoring antiques in England and then moved to New York to work alongside his father and brother at Sotheby’s.
After 15 years at Sotheby’s and becoming head of Sotheby’s Restoration, Colin bought the business from Sotheby’s and created Stair Restoration.
Stair Restoration restores furniture for some of the finest collectors, interior designers and decorators and their clients. The company is managed by Nigel Thomas, a graduate of the prestigious West Dean College in the U.K. He has supervised the conservation of some of the most important private collections in the country.
Whether you’re an interior designer or just appreciate fine pieces — check out Colin’s current auction. It starts today @ 11am and you can view the gallery online.
You can get on their email list for future auctions…and participate from the comfort of your home. Or grab some friends and head to Hudson on a road trip.
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images courtesy: Andrea Sullivan & Stair Galleries