March 26, 2012 | by by jessica laniewski | Pursuits
LEFT: House special: Dietz with one of his trademark Murano lamps. RIGHT: Handblown Murano glass lamp on acrylic base.
After years of sourcing and importing Murano glass and lamps, Boston-based interior designer Ken Dietz of Dietz & Associates had a bright idea: Why not offer some of the hard-to-find vintage pieces he had collected over the years to savvy shoppers in an online boutique? The designer, who has acquired pieces from Massachusetts, Vermont, and as far south as Florida, has long been fond of handmade Italian glass. “I sold quite a few lamps to local designers,” says Dietz. “We all have a passion for something, whether it’s rugs, antique pillows, or chairs, so I started thinking about all these inventories sitting in designers’ warehouses waiting for the perfect client.” From there, Market 27 was born.
The online store, which launched at the end of 2011, offers fine furniture and home accessories from Queen Anne to midcentury styles. Dietz, a fan of the James Bond feel of 1960s furnishings, including original chrome and Lucite pieces, handpicks a New England designer each month to curate a virtual boutique of items selected from his or her private collection. Featured designers will discuss why they chose each piece, and shoppers will find a continually changing inventory of pieces, such as a pair of mirrored armoires (a Dietz favorite) or beautiful Chinese altar tables.
“I’ve always had a great appreciation for glass lamps,” says Dietz, whose favorite piece is a Venini glass chandelier similar to the one his grandparents had in their home. “You can just update them with wiring and a shade, and they fit right into someone’s home.”
And while Dietz is hoping to gain shoppers from across the country and the globe, he knows the local point of view. “I have found that the client base in New England has changed dramatically in the last 10 years,” says Dietz. “They are now more accepting of outside influences, and I am pleased with how open my clients are to new ideas.”
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATT BALDELLI (LAMP); STEPHEN GROSS (PORTRAIT)