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Inside the Brooklyn Home of Jewelry Designer Alexis Bittar

This season The Home Observer, the biannual shelter book from the people who bring you the New York Observer, leaves Manhattan for the wilds of Brooklyn, where they tour the apartment of jewelry designer Alexis Bittar. He lives on the second floor of a brownstone overlooking New York Harbor, and it's filled with two decades' worth of antique collecting: an 1870s American painting here, an art nouveau candelabra there, a 1930s operating-room lamp somewhere else, and a silver sculpture of a Viking getting down with its bad self over yonder. You know, just the normal stuff. Anyway, writer Marianne Rohrich seems like a huge fan of Bittar. She writes: "Oooh, and maybe aaahh, are the only things to say when you enter Alexis Bittar's second floor, Brooklyn Heights apartment." And then: "'Where did he ever find that?' is the question you ask yourself again and again from that moment on." And then: "And indeed 'where did you find that?' is the question woman have asked for years when they spotted Bittar's bracelets, earrings and necklaces with their geometric shapes and luminous colors that have more impact than any amount of platinum and diamond bling." Point taken, lady!

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