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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Way It Was

And The Way It Is

This was recently published in Trump Magazine ( winter 2008/09 ).
It sells for about $ 12 K, and is made of fiberglass and has all sorts of bells and whistles for a techno junkie to appreciate.
But for about $ 400-600 , you can have this an original Victrola.

This however, is what I grew up with in the living room of our beautiful home . My mother did an excellent job on all the interior rooms of the home I grew up in. This was always a fun night .... There is nothing that would stop you from converting this antique Victrola into a contemporary CD player , it could house the CD's as well. Think about lacquering it in a great color !
It could be really fabulous, and as I always am saying, a real conversation piece.

Since this living room was in a house on Palm Island in Miami Beach Florida, my dad would crank the air-conditioner up really cold, and he would get the fireplace going. LOL
Then my mom would pull out all these weird records, and sing & dance around the living room.
I would be in charge of changing the needles that went on the arms of the Victrola, which rested on the grooves and played the sounds of the record. They were made of lead and would wear out after 2 records .

huh ?

NO, I am not that OLD!
It is just that my mother made sure I was exposed to antiques and the past.

go here for Victrola's:

Renee Finberg 'TELLS ALL' in her blog of her Adventures in Design


  1. I have a tabletop model, very plain, that Mrs. E. bought for me after a night of dancing to one like you show at some friends' house. Delightful.

    I just wish I could get my turntable to work with the rest of the stereo...

  2. Hey, I like old school. Didn't Nixon crank up the air in the summer and burn the fireplace?



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About Renée Finberg

I have been in this business since the age of 22.

I love what I do and cannot imagine my life without Design.

Design Challenges are great.

And because of those challenges

I have imported fine antique pieces from Paris,

Designed and Manufactured Furniture,

Created Fantastic Window Treatments,

And solved all kinds of spatial & architectural issues

With my unique style.

If I can't find it, I create it.

My rooms would make excellent movie sets.

I am a visual, tactile and audio sensitive individual.

Creating is what I live for, not math, not spelling, not science.

Just Great Design.

Just imagine how it would be if each of us,

If only for a few hours of everyday,We could be in a space that is our very own.A place that is exactly the way we want it to be

Surrounded by all the things we wanted to see,

The atmosphere we wanted feel, smell and the sound we wanted to listen to.

Private Paradise



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