The Keno Bros. complete lifestyle includes over 100 designs of furniture, upholstery lighting and accessories inspired by the brothers’ passion for classic decorative art forms, sculpture and even car designs. “Smart, good-looking, well-proportioned, and versatile” the collection launched in 2010 now has a global presence with both galleries and dedicated stores.
“Furniture should be appreciated for its sculptural form as well as its functionality. People always ask us, “What furniture is being made today that will be collectible tomorrow?” Our answer: Pieces that show true craftsmanship and quality. Our goal is to make pieces that will be the “heirlooms” of the future” Identical twins Leigh and Leslie are uniquely qualified to make these statements as they have been in the business of art and antiques since childhood and are true connoisseurs. Lecturing extensively across the USA, their enthusiasm wins over every audience. Amusing discovery anecdotes and tips on finding antique treasures are coupled with unrivalled expertise. Their sense of what the consumer wants is born from the thousands of personal conversations with people across the globe.
Leigh Keno currently owns and operates Keno Auctions in New York City. Prior to Keno Auctions, Leigh owned and operated Leigh Keno American Antiques where he sold an astounding variety of American furniture, folk art, and paintings including several masterpieces, often setting world-record prices. Leigh is proud to have helped build some of the best private and institutional collections of Americana in the world.
Leslie Keno was Senior International Specialist in Business Development at Sotheby’s in New York. During his tenure of 34 years at Sotheby’s, Leslie has been directly responsible for numerous record breaking sales of Americana, most recently the 2005 sale of the Nicholas Brown tea table attributed to John Goddard. Estimated at $2 million to $5 million, the table achieved a spectacular $8.4 million, a new auction record for any table and the second-highest price for American furniture.
The Keno brothers also authored “Hidden Treasures: Searching for Masterpieces of American Furniture”. In 2005, the President of the United States awarded both Leigh and Leslie with the National Humanities Medal.
Both brothers are avid car enthusiasts and are judges at several Concours Events such as the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.