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The facade will include large vitrines to hold key objects from the NHM collection, suggesting an oversized, transparent wunderkammer, or cabinet of curiosities.
One vitrine with three past creations is now in the lobby.
The artifacts were not yet in place, and many of the glass vitrines were encased in foam and tape.
Guests sipped Champagne and zigzagged across the room, weaving through jewelry vitrines and admiring the glittering Repossi wares on display.
More traditional in approach is Corinne Chaix’s meticulously drawn portrait of legendary artist Ed Moses isolated in a huge plexiglass vitrine.
Women’s: Ruffled velvet blouse ($325) folded on a raw aluminum table; leather floor-length trench ($2,495) on a mannequin in a vitrine. 3.
Standout details include custom mosaic flooring in the renowned Goyard motif, an oversized bronze-and-brass chandelier, large brass-and-glass vitrines from the Goyard archive and 1940s-era furnishings from Maison Jansen and Maison Dominique.
One of the best juxtapositions is a vitrine that alternates three Sottsass glass objects with three kachina figures by unrecorded Hopi artists whose colorful geometric forms clearly relate.
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The history of "vitrine" is clear as glass. It comes to English by way of the Old French word vitre, meaning "pane of glass," from Latin vitrum, meaning "glass." "Vitrum" has contributed a number of words to the English language besides "vitrine." "Vitreous" ("resembling glass" or "relating to, derived from, or consisting of glass") is the most common of these. "Vitrify" ("to convert or become converted into glass or into a glassy substance by heat and fusion") is another. A much rarer "vitrum" word - and one that also entered English by way of "vitre" - is vitrailed, meaning "fitted with stained glass."
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First Known Use: 1880See Words from the same year
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