Armchair art in DUMBO

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There’s a new gallery on the scene in DUMBO, and it brings more to the table than just pricey prints and free merlot. In fact, it actually brings the table.

Quincy Ballon opened GalleryQB in October, and it’s quickly become the hot spot for design savvy locals looking to outfit their swanky new digs.

The gallery carries exquisite pieces such as $300 hand-beaded African figures (pictured), and mixes them with vintage modern furniture with splashy, gilded sculptures and large, bright canvases.

“Because I’m located in the DUMBO market and not Manhattan, I can offer similar — and in some cases identical — inventory as [Manhattan stores] at a reduced rate,” said Ballon (pronounced “bahl-un”) who lives just a block away from his store.

And the inventory is enough to make any furniture aficionado green with envy. With a zebra wood desk with lacquered goatskin finish by Karl Springer, a rounded bright turquoise Knoll loveseat and several Lucite pieces to choose from, it’s almost impossible to keep from blowing your budget. But according to Ballon, his prices are set so you don’t have to.

The Springer desk “retails for $1,500 at GalleryQB and the same desk at competing Manhattan dealers is $7,500,” he said.

And there are a few tempting items for those of us who haven’t scored a million-dollar DUMBO condo but still want to decorate like we’ve got that kind of cash.

“I like to also throw in pieces that are accessible to everyone,” said Ballon. “Like a $100 lamp.”

GalleryQB (163 Plymouth St. at Jay Street in DUMBO) is open Tuesday through Friday, from noon to 7 pm, and weekends, from 11 am to 6 pm. For information, call (718) 222-1885 or visit

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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