TREA­SURE HUNTER In­side jew­elry de­signer Ana Khouri’s Man­hat­tan digs

For jew­elry de­signer ANA KHOURI, a rare vin­tage cof­fee ta­ble is the crown jewel of her home

InStyle (USA) - - Directory - by LAU­REL PANTIN pho­tographed by JOHNNY MILLER

I“I never wanted to have a store,” says Brazil­ian jew­elry de­signer and sculp­tor Ana Khouri. “That is so not me.” Cre­at­ing cus­tom pieces for her clients is an in­ti­mate process, which is why Khouri meets with them in her loft in Man­hat­tan’s Soho neigh­bor­hood. The live­work space is full of novel vin­tage and an­tique finds, her own sculp­tures, and art­work she’s col­lected from all over the world. But the fo­cal point is a piece she spent nearly a year try­ing to track down: a per­fect 1960s Pe­ta­las cof­fee ta­ble by renowned Pol­ish-brazil­ian de­signer Jorge Zal­szupin. The ta­ble, com­posed of eight wedge­shaped sheets of rose­wood that fit to­gether like a puz­zle, is of­ten copied, and orig­i­nal works are rare. As an art col­lec­tor, Khouri wanted the real thing, and even­tu­ally she lo­cated a dealer who had worked closely with Zal­szupin. Search­ing was ac­tu­ally half the fun for Khouri: “It took for­ever to find that ta­ble, and it made it even more in­ter­est­ing to me— the mis­sion to find the right one.”

“I fell in love with this ta­ble long be­fore I got it.”

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