Even though Benoist F. Drut—Managing Partner at Greenwich Village gallery Maison Gerard since the late 1990s—has an academic background rooted in the facts-based practice of law, he prefers to collect by intuition. “I never buy a piece with a particular purpose for it already in mind, I buy the piece because I love it and want to live with it,” he reflects. “We collect things we like but with an emphasis on authenticity, historic context, and expertise.” Drut and his business partner Gerardus Widdershoven—who founded Maison Gerard in 1974—are experts in 20th-century French Art Deco, particularly in the work of important designers Jules Leleu, Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, and Jean-Michel Frank. Add to that list an extensive array of contemporary and emerging talent the gallery has picked up over the last decade, including Carol Egan, Aurélien Gallet, Hervé Van der Straeten, and Jean Girel.
The Stickett Inn
“When traveling, I always encourage my friends to stay at The Stickett Inn. It’s really well done. The rooms are actually suites—well appointed—and the owners are simply lovely. In the summer, they open a little bar serving local crafted beers and liquors.”
Barryville Farmers’ Market
“Market in Barryville—the ideal market. Not too many vendors – but the ones that are there have everything essential. One can stock up on a weekend’s worth of organic and local food."
"The owner Jehann, who is originally from Canada, is a riot. Don’t let the appearance of the outside scare you. There are pounds and pounds of things for sale right in front; however, Jehann has everything you may need, whether you knew it or not. All at extremely fair prices.”
"Le Belle Juliette Hermant has exquisite taste and a talent for sourcing out-of-the-ordinary objects whether it’s taxidermy, mismatched plates and glasses, door handles, a chair – they have it all. In winter she creates the most beautiful Christmas wreaths."