When auctioneer Leslie Hindman runs across clients with nice furniture that isn’t quite auction quality, she refers them to a new consignment shop, Coyle & Herr in the Bridgeport Arts Center. Dorothy Coyle and Mary Beth Herr (who has worked with interior designer Berta Shapiro), met while working for Lois Weisberg in the city’s tourism office. When a 12,000 square-foot-space came available in the Bridgeport Center (the former Spiegel Warehouse), they nabbed it. Roughly half is warehouse space and half is a showroom arranged in vignettes. I spotted Baker sofas, loveseat, and an armchair; Dunbar tables, Christian Liaigre for Holly Hunt black leather chairs, Bertoia wire chairs, a Mies van der Rohe chair covered in Knoll fabric, a Knoll wood frame chair, and various non-pedigreed mid-century modern pieces. “I think of us as a live One King’s Lane,” says Herr. “It’s not Hans Wegner or Giddings, but good-looking stuff.” And prices are right: the Bertoia chairs are half what they sell for at retail. Lighting, artwork, rugs, and other accessories are here, too. You’ll also find pieces from furniture dealers, designers, and upholsterers looking to unload inventory. The showroom, which features soaring windows and wood floors, is open by appointment, and will be open ten days each month; the first sale starts Friday, January 20, and runs through the 30th (hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day). Herr can give advice about upholstering or rehabbing pieces that need a little TLC. Furniture is consigned for 90 days and Coyle & Herr gives consigners 60 percent of the sale price.
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