After returning home from Thailand for the holidays – and one last trip to visit my workshop in Bangkok before the launch of the TCH Collection – my first business trip in 2018 will be to London for the London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair at ExCel. Whether you are a dealer, collector, interior designer or design lover this Fair is a great way to start the new year with #DesignInspiration – and add find some truly special pieces. Hope to see you in London!
Toma Clark Haines The Antiques Diva Day 1 of the London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair 12 January 2018
London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair is a new style art and antiques Fair bringing together 100 specialist dealers showcasing over 30,000 unusual and desirable items from classic to contemporary. The fair is an ideal shopping destination for those searching for that perfect piece to add to their collection or simply looking for a statement piece; as well as those on the hunt for items to decorate their home.
“I’ve made it my mission to make antiques modern, relevant, fun and sexy! The London Fair is leading the way in demonstrating that antiques are for everyone –
Toma will introduce the Fair to visitors with a walking tour of booths, dealers and special events and speakers :
Friday, January 12 2018 learn more
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Featuring highlights of the London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair
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Ribbon Cutting and Champagne Toast at Scarab Antiques Booth
Scarab Antiques Booth Hosts the Ribbon-Cutting of The TCH Collection – Lush Decadence Couture Jewelry by Toma Clark Haines
2018 Trend Forecast: Trends in Antiques
I was interviewed by the London Arts & Antiques Fair on what trends in antiques I predict for 2018:
What do you think will prove popular in 2018 when it comes to antiques?
Chinoiserie Chic! I’m picturing pagoda’s popping up everywhere as designers look towards the East for their Global Design Inspiration. More and more Asian antiques are taking places of prominence in peoples as homes as the design world looks East for inspiration. As interiors become more minimal – clean-lined Asian antiques are a perfect way to add patina without creating visual cacophony. I’m seeing – for this same reason – a rise in Art Deco furniture as well as Empire-style chests of drawers. People want the gravitas of antiques even in modern decor. When thinking how to make antiques modern – it’s all about the mix.
When thinking how to make antiques modern – it’s all about the mix.
The future of antiques is brighter than ever before. Whereas antiques use to be all about period rooms for a select few people – today antiques are for everyone. People will use antiques in unexpected ways and in unexpected places – from chandeliers in the bathroom to 18th-century mirrors in the kitchen. Repurposing and reusing stays en vogue as the green movement becomes de rigeur. Antiques are Green – and as millennials catch the wave of this realization – I predict by the 2020’s antiques will become the next “Ikea” — aka, the go-to choice for first homeowners decorating their space.
antiques will become the next “Ikea” — aka, the go-to choice for first homeowners
For now – it’s all about function – antique buyers want pieces with purpose. On our buying tours farmhouse and monastery tables continue to be top sellers as will French bergères and guéridons.
Last but not least I believe 2018 is going to be about glamour and drama – it’s the #DivaLifestyle after all. Art will be oversized statement pieces and baby, gilt is coming back. All I want for Christmas is a little NeoClassical glimmer. Happy Noel.
What tips would you give to a novice antique shopper?
In the words of Nike – Just Do It. First-time antique buyers often hesitate when shopping for antiques because they are afraid. Am I getting the right price? Is it the real deal? Meanwhile, High Street shoppers tend to do impulse purchases. My advice – if you love it, if the price is a price you’re willing to pay, just do it. Research has proven our best decisions are made in a blink so when you’re struck dumb by coupe de foudre – love at first sight of that perfect antique – trust your blink and buy what you love.
What’s best to invest in at this current time do you think?
The best thing to invest in at the moment 16th and 17th-Century Flemish cabinets, cupboards and armoires are priced at an all-time low. But Baby, brown is coming back! Buy up a piece of history with pedigree pieces and laugh all the way to the bank, as you cash in on your returns in the next decade when the prices on these 300, 400, and 500-year-old pieces return to their proper place in the price pendulum.
brown is coming back
Meet the Experts
In addition to myself, the London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair features several antiques and interiors experts who also share their trend forecasts:
What specialist advice and top tips do you have for anyone looking to source antiques in 2018?
The only rule for 2018 is that all rules are off. We buy antiques today because they appeal immediately to our eyes and hearts, and then they enrich our minds. Before, interiors were strictly defined – from the Georgian dining room to the ubiquitous ‘shabby chic’ French…
What are your anticipated jewellery trends for 2018?
Whatever Meghan wears! Because her engagement ring is made of diamonds there will most likely be a resurgence of diamonds as people do seem to be swayed by what they see those in the public eye wearing. Also the rise in popularity of pearls. The royal family…
What are your anticipated interior trends for 2018?
It’s fair to say that we are still in the lure of 20th-century design, whether it’s mid-century Scandinavian ceramics and glass or Art Deco style. I’ve noticed that people are undoubtedly becoming more and more confident about combining the old with the new…
Dear Diva Readers,
ne of our most popular tour countries — and one of my personal favorites to shop— Sweden offers an excellent variety of quality antiques. Of course, when most of us think of Swedish antiques, we picture Gustavian chippy furniture and Mora Grandfather clocks, all with beautifully worn white or pale blue patina. And while these are lovely classic antiques, there is also a huge modern mid-century movement in Sweden. If you’re a modernista, Sweden may be just the place for you to start sourcing abroad!
If you look at companies like IKEA or France & Son Furniture, you can see that mid-century Danish and Swedish designs are enjoying a renaissance and have been for the past several years. And I’ve got to tell you – I track the trends in antiques – I don’t see this trend changing any time soon. The design language of popular Swedish designers of the 20th century is still so relevant in the interior design world. Look at the pieces designed by Hans Wegner— several of his designs have been reinterpreted and reproduced for the masses. But wouldn’t it be wonderful to own an original piece by this renowned designer?
Even if you don’t have the budget, however, for collector pieces, there are other lesser-known Swedish designers of the mid-twentieth century who produced a similar aesthetic. Alvar Aalto, Finn Juhl and Poul Kjaerholm are a few talented names to look for when sourcing Swedish mid-century. From sleek chairs to tables, you can incorporate these pieces into a modern or traditional space. And don’t forget designers such as Verner Panton Dana who experimented with plastic chairs, all made from one piece of plastic. Quite chic and forward for the time, and oh so hot right now!
There are vendors in Denmark and Sweden who deal in this style and time period. The good news is that it’s going to be more affordable to source these pieces in Sweden than in America, and our Swedish Divo Guide Daniel Larsson knows exactly where to go to find gorgeous mid-century pieces.
If you’d like more information on taking an Antiques Diva Buying Tour in Sweden or any of our 8 tour countries—France, Italy, England, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands or Sweden— email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to help you find the antiques of your dreams!
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
he Antiques Diva® is heading to Las Vegas!
Join me Tuesday July 29 from 3 to 4pm at Las Vegas Market in Building C – Room C174 as I discuss “The Anatomy of Antiques: An Insider’s Guide to Trends in Vintage & Antiques, Sourcing Secrets Locally and Abroad and Must-Knows of Style”. I’m delighted to be one of the speakers featured in this original series of programs and educational sessions led by top industry influencers including Timothy Corrigan, Susanna Salk, Thom Filicia and Michelle Nussbaumer as well as a slew of other top names in the design industry! Scott Eckman, chief marketing and strategy officer of International Market Centers, explains, “We aim to deliver a compelling slate of programs that adds value to attendees’ experience and gives them meaningful takeaways that will benefit their businesses. This summer we are pleased to present a platform for thought leaders from both inside and outside of the home furnishings and gift industries that covers hot-button business issues facing retailers today, along with inspired trend presentations from top design authorities.”
Can’t wait to see you in Vegas!
The Antiques Diva®
Dear Diva Readers,
ntique zinc is a hot item right now, especially in America. With its natural look and interesting patina, zinc is the perfect addition to any interior. In Europe it’s been used as an architectural element for centuries. If you look at historic buildings, you’ll notice zinc window frames, decorative downspouts, over-door decorations, gables, and other ornamentations. Because it is lightweight, zinc could be molded into intricate designs, adding elegance to many European homes, churches and public buildings.
In its natural state, zinc has a shiny metallic look, but after time and weather have their way it transforms into a matte gray finish, almost chalk-like. Over the years it continues to patina which only adds to its appeal. If it gets scratched, zinc will repair itself! While being delicate enough to mold, it’s also quite durable. Many old buildings have their original zinc roofs that are well over 100 years old. Because it doesn’t rust, it was the perfect element to use in architecture.
Today we see zinc used in interior design. Mostly decorative but also functional, zinc adds a sense of history to a space. Its color is neutral enough to fit into most schemes while the texture adds a unique element. Zinc can be used as an embellishment over a door or window or simply hung on the wall as 3D art. Why not turn an old window frame into a one-of-a-kind mirror? Zinc finials make wonderful sculptures for tabletop vignettes. I’ve seen entire zinc railings while antiquing and thought they would make great headboards!
The key is to reimagine what you can create with these architectural fragments. Incorporate them into new construction or simply use them as decoration. However you reinterpret this classic material, it’s sure to bring something unique and visually appealing to your space! Look for these pieces at flea markets and antique stores. We often find dealers that have the most unique zinc ornamentation hidden in their back rooms, guarding them as if they were a secret. With all the inquiries we’re getting about antique zinc, I don’t see this trend going away any time soon.
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The Antiques Diva®