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Bright Lyons

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Bright Lyons

Photo: Mindy Best

Bright Lyons

Bright Lyons

Photo: Mindy Best

Bright Lyons

Bright Lyons

Photo: Mindy Best

Bright Lyons

Bright Lyons

Photo: Mindy Best

Bright Lyons

Bright Lyons

Photo: Mindy Best

Bright Lyons

Bright Lyons

Photo: Mindy Best

Bright Lyons

Vintage Herman Miller fabric swatches

Photo: Mindy Best

Vintage Herman Miller fabric swatches

"Snow White's Coffin" designed by Dieter Rams for Braun

Photo: Mindy Best

"Snow White's Coffin" designed by Dieter Rams for Braun

Bright Lyons

Photo: Mindy Best

Bright Lyons

The owner of Bright Lyons, Paul Bright

Photo: Mindy Best

The owner of Bright Lyons, Paul Bright

An Eames Lounge behind the Bright Lyons signage

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An Eames Lounge behind the Bright Lyons signage

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Bright Lyons is a colorful mixture of art and furniture, specializing in mid-century modern furniture. Owner Paul Bright was a former gallery owner from Ontario Canada dealing in art and design objects before venturing into his current passion of vintage Herman Miller and Knoll furniture. On a visit to New York City in 1999, Lyons happened upon a show at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum on Charles and Ray Eames. It was from that exhibit that his infatuation for the couples work along with designs of that era developed. He would spend the next decade dealing in designer furniture before eventually ending up in Brooklyn. Bright Lyons’s collection includes some of the most important and iconic pieces from American designers. Items including George Nelson’s CSS shelving system, Charles and Ray Eames chairs and sofa, and Alexander Girard’s Braniff blankest and textiles. Sitting on the shelves and hanging from the walls are artworks from Rich Jacobs and Jordan Isip, punk flyers from Raymond Pettibon. Though the art may not appear to be aligned with the furniture, Bright makes it all work cohesively. The store is also stocked with mid-century ephemera and books including an original Herman Miller catalog from the 1960s. Bright explains “the new space is a mix of everything I have loved surrounding myself with over the last 15 years.” Visit Bright Lyons to get your mid-century fill.

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Mary & John Connatty
said at 4pm
February 20, 2011

Hi Paul and Mandy,
We LOVE your shop. What and adventure! We were married mid-century and you can imagine how we were ready for all the new brilliant new shapes and colour in furniture, fabrics, kitchenware and even toys. Carnaby Street became a Mecca for the young trendies and the King's Road had the latest fashion shops. We painted the ceilings in our flat yellow and bright pink with white walls, furniture bits and pieces but we managed a few Knoll chairs!! We wish you huge success. Big Hugs from all in Spain. XXXX

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