Dear Diva Readers,
s we begin 2016, I’ve been asked what I think the design trends will be this year. I believe that more consumers will say, “Forget the trend,” and opt for one-of-a-kind finds that reflect their personalities. Antiques and hand-made goods will dominate the interior design scene allowing consumers to express their unique sense of style.
Mid-century modern a la Don Draper has been done to death. In its place, vintage finds from the 1980’s are coming back to the future and challenging the status quo. Bold Italian designers such as Ettore Sottsass and Michele De Lucchi’s shocking geometric motifs are reappearing on furniture, textiles, tabletop decor, ceramics and even jewelry.
Clients are clamoring for color. Fearless color and form combine in a display of zany artistry. The more intense the better! Fuchsia, orange, and azure rule the scene. While we’ve always seen upholstered pieces get facelifts with color, case goods are now being lacquered in bright hues. Like a handkerchief peeking from a tailored jacket, interiors of drawers and cabinets are being given shocking flashes of color—sort of like the classic mullet— it’s all business on the outside but a party on the inside.
“Mantiques,” Grand Tour, and country house accessories are hot. Chunky leather-clad pieces from the 1930’s to 70’s, vintage trunks, globes, maps, and vintage cartography are giving homes a collected, evolved, and well traveled feel.
I hate to break it to you, but size matters. In 2016, bigger is better especially when it comes to lighting. Vintage Italian Murano chandeliers (pieces from the 1970’s and 80’s) which are often reclaimed from hotels are all the rage from New York to LA and Miami to Chicago.
Another theme I see appearing as we enter 2016 is that less is more. One of the biggest trends in antiques has nothing to do with style, but quality. Clients want period pieces with provenance and they are willing to sacrifice and make these purchases. Investing in one quality piece instead of several lower end reproductions is what people are doing now.
When it comes to furniture, brown is the new black. For the last decade whitewashed woods and shabby chic has dominated the interior design scene. In 2016 discerning buyers are picking up highly polished pieces. You’ll see clean lined Empire commodes as a back drop in more interior design magazines, as they add a weight to otherwise airy rooms.
And there you have it- my predictions for what we’ll see in the next year! I hope that you’ll all continue to join me here on the blog and on social media as I travel the globe searching for antiques and style in 2016!
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
High Point Furniture Market where each season Spring & Fall I offer a slew of events Stateside (No Passport Required) at the Antique & Design Center of High Point. This year – in addition to speaking on a panel on The Secret Life of Antiques – I was delighted to lead a special tour of the market, pointing out new dealers, old favorites and highlighting some of my Favorite Finds at the fair! With a crew of 40+ shoppers in tow we had an enthusiastic group eager to learn how to shop – Antiques Diva Style!wice a year I cross the pond and head to
Without further ado, here are my top finds at this Spring 2015 High Point Market … Alas there were so many goodies to be found this blog post can only fit Part 1…stay tuned for Part 2 on Friday!
Perhaps my favorite piece in the whole of the fair was this repurposed 18th C Italian Alter from B. Kelley Antiques – who displayed for the first time ever at this fair. Sharing a booth space with Old & The Proud (who has some great ironstone) this piece is originally from a church in Italy. In excellent condition – the piece is married from 2 pieces – the top entirely original patina while the bottom had been made from old wood with additional 18th C Italian fragments added to complete the piece. I can picture this in an entry way, a living room, even a dining room – regardless of which room of the house it ends up in it would be an ideal statement piece in any home.
Next up we’re doing a total flip flop on style – flashing forward a couple of hundred years! This Walter Von Nessen swing-arm lamp from the 1930’s – available at Metropolitan Interiors – caught my eye because it was the very first prototype of this type of lamp. While today swing arm lamps are incredibly well known it was innovation at its finest back in the day!
A step into Anne’s booth Antiques on Holiday was just that… a vacation for the eye, filled with gorgeous one-of-a-kind pieces. I was downright smitten with this French globe from the late 1800’s. I loved the scale – oversized with a gorgeous color scheme – I felt like the whole world, er, make that Le Monde (all the writing was in French) was at my finger tips!
There was definitely a trend towards religious pieces at The Antiques & Design Center of High Point – most of which have a Catholic origin. Perhaps one of the most unusual finds at #ADCHP was a 17th century cabinet from Arcanum Antiques & Interiors. Of Jewish origin, probably from Eastern Europe, it is believed to be a Torah Cabinet— used for transporting the Torah and all of its accoutrement. It’s got handles and comes apart in various pieces for easy transport.
Another of my long-term favorite vendors at the fair is Tuesday on the Boulevard. This vendor sells exclusively at High Point – so if you want to shop their quirky finds – which almost ALWAYS SELL OUT – you need to buy from them the Antique & Design Center of High Point. One of my favorite items in their stall this year is a fun and happy mid-century painting in the style of Miro. The vendor found this painting while cleaning out the contents of a chi-chi Manhattan apartment. Now… this painting is a great example of mixing modern with antique. It would be the perfect foil for a serious antique chest of drawers in a dark wood! I’m imagining it against an Empire commode.
I can not mention my favorite vendors at the Antique and Design Center of High Point Market with out giving a great big Shout Out to Nancy Price. I love her and her entire team…. they are as beautiful as their inventory! Choosing only 1 piece to highlight in her stall was next to impossible… but I finally settled on this Italian Altar Piece with candle holders dated circa 1750 (shown at the bottom of this photo). Now… this piece is particularly special… most of our trade clients have us sign a confidentiality agreement when we do sourcing for them but Nancy was happy to tell her clients that she’d sourced this piece (as well as several others) with us in Europe though our Buying Services! It’s so fun to see pieces from one of our favorite vendors across the pond make their way to America with one of our favorite vendors stateside!
Speaking of fun… the guys at BoxRoad.net are so much fun—and so is their inventory. The team comprised of Michel, Stacey and Donny has a great eye with an electric mix of inventory. These aren’t the people who follow the trends… they set them. While numerous pieces in their stall caught my attention from paper mache molds, to the “instant collections” of mirrors to Lucite barstools and industrial tables perhaps the most quirky of the inventory in their stall was this horn chair from Texas.
Now last but not least, before I bid you adieu in PART 1 OF MY HIGH POINT ROUND UP, let’s talk about one more stunning piece…this vintage 1920’s Italian backdrop. Vendor Antoinette of A. Vincent Antiques and Interiors bought this from a dealer’s personal collection and she was only allowed to buy the piece if she promised to make sure it ended up in a good home. Hmmm….. I give my antiques the best attention, love and care… I would have bought this one myself but alas…. I was too late! It sold to one of the other vendors at High Point Market within seconds of market opening!
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our High Point Favorite Finds!
The Antiques Diva®