Sunday, November 16, 2008


Richard Bernstein favored Mercura Artists, Mr. Bernstein made this portrait of Merrilee Cohen and Rachel Cohen in the 1980's MERCURA NYC: THE ORIGINAL PICASSOS OF EYE AND BODY SCULPTURE & CROWNS
......poetic justice at the hotel chelsea

Rachel Cohen & Merrilee Cohen, Mercura, 1985, wearing masterpiece designs sculpted in brass & silver & enamel including yolk, shield, butterfly mask(worn as belt), tiara floating to the shoulders, cuffs which were also worn as hair pieces, jewelry transitional, mercurial. photo by Ira Cohen, also featured in the NY Times futuristic ultra rare visionary collector's pieces touched born
only by the designers themselves going around the curves
Here the crystals, one of 8 pairs Mercura featured in The Barbie first runway show for her, styled by Patti Wilson 2009 and
swirls of time peeking into the past and experiencing the future through flexible images to make life personal and unforgettable in any millennium
Anyone in MERCURA NYC can become a personality, be unforgettable in the experience, made for the person who dresses without fear and likes to be seen in the crowd and
ultra art time modern, post surreal, inspired by all art and yet creates a feeling of its own, made by two sisters dubbed original Picassos of Eyewear (2006). Catch the light, become the ultra mystery
Check this history of the work of two sisters as MERCURA NYC, a collector's
Rachel Cohen-Lunning and Merrilee Lichtenstein Cohen work together as MERCURA NYC. Together they designed metal body sculptures and art at the Hotel Chelsea in the mid 1970's. Artwork included unique fantasy pieces: metal dresses, metal bustiers, gauntlet cuffs, headdresses, crowns, metal hoods, and eyewear, cigarette holders, head ornaments, boxes and paintings and table mounted sculptures. They originated the round pot pearl sunglass, the sunglass leash going directly across the frame and/or with multiple extensions, the first frames with large solid brass details sculpted and or/in multi-media on eyewear, sculpted cat ears, wirework sculptures worked into eyewear and many more.  They continue to have their design studio at the Chelsea and at a large work loft in the Flatiron Neighborhood;
MERCURA NYC is and was worn by art lovers, celebrities, artists and intellectuals, from writers and art curators such as Danielle Steel, Linda Drabova, Natalie Angier, Stacy Engman, Elle Madrona to film makers such as Robert Dornhelm, Abel Ferrara and Shirley Clarke to photographers such as Greg Kitchen, Ellen von Unwerth, Mark Sink and Catherine Leroy to present day rising stars as the New Kids on the Block, and established celebrities such as Drew Barrymore, STEPHANIE SEYMOUR, HILLARY RHODA, CHARLOTTE FREE, GREGORY DELLICARPINI, STACY ENGMAN, JOY ADAEZE, Debbie Gibson, Ivana Trump, Candice Bergen, Avian, Daniela Wong, Belquiys Rodriguez Hirsch, Barbra Streisand, Joan Collins, Maria Snyder, Tisch, Grace Jones, Cher, B, David Bowie, GIRLS, SOLANGE KNOWLES, AFRIKA BAMBAATA Stella Tennant, Nicki Minaj, Macy Gray, Jason Derulo, Marianne Fox, Monsta Villa and Liv, Sara Ashley Longshore,Gucci Mane, Joan Collins, Sally Jessie Raphael, Mackenzie Foy,BBobbie Brown, Tyra Banks, Gina Davis,  MACY GRAY, Lady Gaga, Khloe Kardashian, SHARON NEEDLES, Cindy Crawford, Victoria Justice, Neon Hitch,  Rihanna, Kyreayshawn, Natalia Kills, Carmen Electra, Lil Chuckee, Kat Graham, Nicki Minaj, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Charlotte Free, Rita Ora,Vali Meyers,  Christina Aguilera, Candi Lynn, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sophia Amoruso, Alice Glass,KELLY OSBURNE,   Wild Belle, Harper and Blynn Hannelore Knuts, Dree Hemingway, Cole Mohr, Lake Bell, Cara Delevingne, Alexandra Richards, Stephanie Seymour, Hillary Rhoda, Diandra Forrest, Shaun Ross, Hannah Holman, Wyclef Jean, Tyra Banks,  Jessica Hart, Lil Debbie, Annasophia Robb, Xosha Rockstar, Grace Moretz, Amber Rose, Nancy Glass, Don Majic Juan, Terence Koh, Haluk Akace, Philip Tracy, Tim William, Santigold, Taylor Swift, Greta Gerwig, Jazmine Sullivan, Kia, Mila Jam, Bebe Rexha, JONZU, Carla Bruni, Lena Dunham, Tia Carrere, Nina Sky, Moxiie, Chelsea Leland, Joy Adaeze, Tiffany Foxx, Paola Wong, Troy Artis,  Rocky Hes, Iman,Sylvia Miles, Sean O'Pry, Shannen Doherty, Ashley Smith, Leebo Freeman,Paula Abdul, SKY FERREIRA, Kelly Lebrock, Sharon Stone, DEAP VALLY,
(here, 1 of 35 pieces in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Fashion Institute Collection) CANDY BROOKE, Elton John, Geena Davis,Vali Myers, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Taylor Mead, 
 Derek Warburton Jamie Lee Curtis, Lil Kim,
Elton John here on cover of POP in Mercura Greg Ellis, 
Rinko KiKuchi , Al Roker, Jay-Z, Christy Turlington, Ashley Longshore, Elle Madrona, Victoria Lerman, Naomi CampbellSola
nge Knowles, Madison Mobley, Kate Nash,  Ivete Sangalo, Goldie Hawn, to name a few on the endless list.Some of these wearers are from the Hotel Chelsea, others were magnetized by MERUCURA NYC'S work in New York to Shang Hai to Tokyo, Paris, Milan, Mexico City, Dubai, New Dehli, Rio, Bangkok in unique museum shops, optical shops and fashion shows around the world. Portrait of Susan in MERCURA NYC EYEWEAR 2008

Figaro Magazine features Mercura NYC, Rachel Cohen (l) & Merrilee Cohen (r) 1985, at Hotel Chelsea wearing their Art Sculpted & Enamelled Wearable Masterpieces photo by Catherine Leroy variations featured in Amica(double page format)Italy & Pronto Japan MERCURA NYC has been featured in gallery shows at the NOW Gallery NYC, Stuart Gallery NYC, EM Donahue Galleries (presently called Proposition Gallery) NYC, The Museum at FIT Splash exhibit NYC, the MICRO Gallery,the Puppenhaus Museum Basil Switzerland, the University of London Galleries, the Chocolate Trail Thailand, Room Service NYC Show, The  National Arts Club Gallery, The Metropolitan Musem of Art Fashion Institute show of 1999 and permanent collection, and museum shops as the Guggenheim Museum Store, the Store Next Door(at the Whitney), the Puppenhaus Museum Shop, the Albright Knox Museum Shop, the Chocolate Show, the New Museum, the Dublin Museum of Optometry. For their Clearly recognizable by intense unique visionary qualities in well balanced expressionistic designs Rachel Cohen-Lunning and Merrilee Lichtenstein Cohen, Derek Warburton dubbed the "Picassos of NYC Eye and Body Sculptures." MERCURA NYC makes Body Sculptures and Eyewear of sculpted silver, brass or gold painted with jewelers' enamels or molten combinations of metals, or brass veined with silve r and/or bent, twisted, scrunched solid brass in signature museum pieces. Sunglasses are as armatures for MERCURA NYC who surround them with sculptures which act playfully with the face. Their eye art is made of an endless variety of materials.


Big metal wraps and dresses by MERCURA NYC shown with Giorgio Sant Angelo Couturier American Council of Fashion Design Award winner Collection of 1987 and in a 1999 show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art fashion Institute are presently in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Fashion Institute Collection.

above two hand cut brass pieces of MERCURA NYC in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Fashion Institute Collection, on dresses as worn on Giorgio Sant Angelo catwalk 1987

MERCURA NYC works featured in Giorgio Sant Angelo Collections from 1975 to 1989 on the runway, and in magazines such as Interview and the Cover of British Vogue, also through time our pieces on the covers of print magazines including  Vanity Fair, TATLER Style, Lula, POP Africana, Leica S, Numero, Eyequest, Model's Digest, Fresh, Big City Style, Rika, several Nylon, Mod Magazine, Shout, Pushit, Unsound, FASHION, Magazines,  Elle, Cosmopolitan Magazine, The Untitled Magazine, Details, Detour, Hollywood Weekly,Derek Warburton's Style,  New York Magazine several times, multiples of TYRA Magazine, ACCENT, Numero, Sashion Market, FASHION Collection Magazine, The Official Tribute Issue Nicki Minaj, Minnie's ABC, Masquerade, XEX, W25 Magazine, W27 Magazine, Newsweek, FRESH Magazine, several New York Big City Style, Nicotine Magazine, The DAILY Front Row, The DAILY Dan, POP Magazine, Oyster, W27, W25, Derek Loves Shopping, Elegant, Voir, Get Out, Footwear Plus, Q + A, Portico, Models Illustrated, Next, Yen, I.C., Omit, Dimension, Unvogue, Socialite, Metro UK,Boutique Magazine,   Ghubar, Essence, PushIt, ROUGE, NO Magazine, BG Magazine, Factoria, Portfolio Magazine, WestEast, Umbigo, multiple THE L Magazines, Eyequest, multiple Accessories Market Place Magazines, Tantalum, INFASHION, Fault Magazine, Papercut Magazine, IN-Magazine, POPAfricana, XEX Magazines, The Los Angeles Times Fashion, METRO UK, WWD Accessories, Madame Figaro, S STYLE Magazine of South China Post, etc. etc. etc. also on the covers of books including DAMES by Eric Boman, The Look by Elle Madrona, Darling, Dress Codes by Ruth Rubenstein;VOLCANO
by Jamila Garrett ; sold most of all eyewear books, EYEWEAR RETROSPECTIVE: WHERE FASHION MEETS SCIENCE by Nancy Schiffer: and were also sketched into Betty and Veronica Comic books by Daryl Edelman, on billboards by Antonio Soares Portugal, featured in Diana Marye fine
art illustrations, McAlpine Miller paintings Scotland, in the latest hot fashion book by Katie Baron, STYLISTS: New Fashion Visionaries, Jeffrey Williams illustrations, Pat Boone illustrations and the amazing multi media paintings from New Orleans by Sara Ashley Longshore.

MERCURA NYC also participated in the Club Art and club Fashion Shows, pieces were hung in group shows with John Cage works at the Famous NYC Mudd Club, with Richard Hamilton works at Kamikazi, presented at the Limelight with Valentino's Clothes, another show at the Limelight featured MERCURA NYC on models in black tights(show also featured Robert Lee Morris Jewelry). MERCURA NYC was given full solo shows in New York City at the Roxy, the Society Club, the World, Club USA, the Limelight, the Underground, the World, MK's, The Palladium, The Mike Todd Room and, of course, shown at the National Arts Club, where big multi media paintings and Body and Eye Sculptures were celebrated and hung on the National Arts Club NYC walls through winter-spring of 2000. Most recently at Toshi's NYC with International Fashionistas celebrating Mercura NYC for their 2013 publishing Anniversary.

MERCURA NYC went on the runways with many couturier fashion collections including Valaya (The King of Couture INDIA), Falguni and Shane Peacock, Giulietta NYC, Pink Magnolia, Giorgio Sant Angelo, Carlos Luna, Indashio, Oscar de la Renta, David Leigh, Curly Vee Velasquez, Oriett Domenech, Nasty Habits, Mary McFadden, Vera Wang, Vivienne Westwood, Michael Forrest Furs, Barbie's 50th Anniversary International Designer Show, Grosvenor Furs,  Zandra Rhodes, Mia Grau Productions, Anna Molinari, Blumarine, Heatherette 2008 collection. MERCURA NYC is also styled into American and International movies, magazines and runways under our own name or clothing designer labels most recent certain have their shows still up on Vogue, Vogue Italia, Vogue Mexico, Vogue UK, Vogue India, Elle Mexico, MTV, Elle Italia .

MERCURA NYC has been styled and published with famous designers clothing from Gaultier to Yves St Laurent to Calvin Klein to Gucci, to Donna Karan, Celine, Moschino, Chanel, Blue Marine, Victor and Rolf, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Valaya, Shane & Peacock, Dolce  and  Gabana, Sonia Rykiel, Eric Bowman, Lanvin,  Zandra Rhodes, Alberta Ferretti, Giulietta NYC,  Giambatista Valli, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, more, more, more, more, new young rising designers as Soyoon Elly Park, Tanuka Ghosh and Andy Starkweather, also featured with precious jewels from Van Cleef ad Arpels ,David Webb, Harry Winston,Cartier and Bulgari, Tiffany's, Chaumet Chanel Joaillerie, Schlumberger,Buccellati. ,Boucheron, Ralph Lauren Joaillerie Fortunoff, Louis Vitton  .... . We were most inspired by meetings with Charles James, who never showed on the runway but is known as America's first and most influential couturier designer.
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Writers we inspired included Judith Gould star character in their novel Forever,wearing our crystal sunglasses to look enticing and Jill Neimark's Bloodsong character who wears our alligator sunglasses as part of her personality in her acclaimed novel Bloodsong.

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Photos published of MERCURA NYC include those by Helmut Newton, Tom Munro, Ellen Von Unwerth, Peter Lindbergh, Greg Kitchen, Curtis Eberhardt, Ron Contarsy, Indira Cesarine, Gary Lupton, Frank Franca, Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, Anna Donovan, Oroma Elewa,Michael Comte, Eric Boman, Jack Pedota, Robert Dernhelm, Tim Francais, George Chinsee, Kristina Wilson, Gloria Nicola, Seth Sabal, Spiros Poros,oRachel Cohen-Lunning, Merrilee Lichtenstein Cohen, Luca Babina, Annie Lebowitz, Eric Martin,Amy Arbus and many many many more. We have magazine covers and pages from around the world that pasted together would be much taller than a one hundred foot high sculpture. Is this foreshadowing? Opticians accross America tell us the newspapers and local film makers love MERCURA NYC! Video music stars such as Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Rita Ora, Lil Chuckee, Gucci Mane, Macy Gray, Jazmine Sullivan, Khia, Mila Jam,Wild Belle, Bobbie Brown, Neon Hitch, wear them in their top rated videos, and Tyra Banks wears them in several of her Shows. 

black  and white above, Gary Lupton Photos, Styled by Linda Drabova featured in Inspire Magazine
Petite blonde famous French Photographer, Catherine Leroy, at Hotel Chelsea Party wearing MERCURA NYC


hand cut brass as pieces of MERCURA NYC in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Fashion Institute Collection, on dresses as worn on Giorgio Sant Angelo catwalk 1987



We initially created believing and still do believe certain pieces will be used as models for buildings and fenestration for windows. Any Warhol suggested we make them all tCatherine LeRoy took these photos below of Rachel Cohen-Lunning and Merrilee Lichtenstein Cohen, at their studio at the Hotel Chelsea in 1985,wearing their body sculpture creations, for an article that appeared in Italian, French, Japanese and German Magazines



high. Robert Rauschenberg admired Catherine LeRoy took these photos of Rachel Cohen-Lunning and Merrilee Lichtenstein Cohen, at their studio at the Hotel Chelsea in 1985,wearing their body sculpture creations, for an article that appeared in Italian, French, Japanese and German Magazines in hand cut brass as pieces of MERCURANYC in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Fashion Institute Collection, on dresses as worn on Giorgio Sant Angelo catwalk 1987

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below urls photos of Naima Mora by Eric Martin, styled by Marc Sifieuentes

below are urls of Tom Munro photos, styled by Patti Wilson, in Japanese Vogue and Numero

Hello Beautiful Urls photos by Eric Martin, written by Madison Mobley
Mackenzie Foy wearing Mercura crystal hearts in Glamour 10/18,
Shannen Doherty wearing Mercura Sunglasses Beverly Hills 90210 please sign in to Cover Magazine archive #39, takes a few seconds, styled by Linda Drabova, photos Kristina Wilson

book , available at Barnes  &  Noble Eyeglass Retrospective: Where Fashion Meets Science by NANCY SCHIFFER, cover photo of MERCURA NYC by Greg Kitchen Schiffer Publications

Special thanks from MERCURA NYC to Andre Leon Talley, Peter Lindbergh, Greg Kitchen, Linda Drabova, Natalie Angier, Elle Madrona CEO of International Fashionistas, Patti Wilson, Kyle Luu, Michael Kozak, Indira Cesarine, Tom Munro, Catherine Leroy, Italian Vogue, Taylor Kim, Andy Warhol, Christina Wilson, Gary Lupton, Curtis Eberhardt, Nancy Schiffer, Rick Caldwell, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ellen Von Unwerth,  Eric Martin, Enrique Badulescu, Romina Herrera Malatesta, Richard Martin, Mark Sifieuentes, David Widjaja and Madison Mobley for their wonderful part.  If images do not appear please check our Pinterest at Mercura NYC 

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This season includes Lela Rose NYFW S/S 2017, Pink Magnolia MBFWMx S/S 2017, Burning Man August 2016, Victoria's Secret Paris, August 2016 (styled by Elizabeth Sulcer)we are always showing and selling at our studio
Vogue features Mercura NYC floral crown in Pink Magnolia Fiesta s/s MBFWMx 17
Mercura Painted Cat Ears Cover Numero,Mercura Painted Cat Ears Cover Numero,our cat ears are worn by Nicki Minaj, Camille Bidault Waddington, Dree Hemingway, Jessica Stam, Brittany Snow, Rocky Hes, Rita Ora, Kreay Shawn, Taylor Kraemer, Kate Nash, Khia, Oh Land, Lady Gaga(in the street and in Telephone video), to name some, on the runway Barbie NYC 50th anniversary runway Mercedes, Rodebjer, Nima, Adrian Alicea, Pink Magnolia Mx.
making our golden girl cat ears since the 1980's (Neon Hitch wore hers to a MBFW) contact information 2018 direct phone 917 754 6814 or 804 895 6767 or e-mail