Oct. 23


I Am Off To High Point Market!

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne.  I leave today to explore the wonders of the High Point Fall Market and I am beyond thrilled to be going.  Many thanks to  Hooker Furniture, who is sponsoring my trip, and to the High Point Market Authority for suggesting my blog to them. I will be tweeting and pinning my finds to Pinterest while I am away. I hope you will follow my adventures there.

And, of course, I will have lots to post about right here when I return.

Photo via Words, a Blog.

Oct. 22


Trend Spotting at The International Fine Art And Antique Show And Other Curiosities

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne.  Yup, you can spot trends even in the rarefied and big money atmosphere of The International Fine Art And Antique Show.  Sure probably less than 1% of the world’s population can afford to buy anything there, but don’t kid yourself, most of those dealers know where it is at.

1. For example, venerable rug dealers Keshishian, know that it’s 20th Century  pieces that are hot, especially from the middle of the last century.  Still.

So what did they display right out front of their booth, just so you would know they carried this type of thing?  This pop art rug.  Of course, their typical beautiful Arts & Crafts rugs were just inside their space. 

2. The sunburst mirror is alive and well.  That trend is most definitely not over.  This may be the most elegant one I have ever seen.  From Gallery Lefebvre.

3. In fact, I think there is a trend out there for wall decor that is anything but a typical painting or print.  I saw lots of sculptural mirrors and other objects hanging on the wall. 

The gorgeous sculpture/mirror hanging above the sideboard below is at Maison Gerard and is by Herve van der Straeten, who made it just last year.  I saw a number of  ”new” objects, like this one, even though this is billed as an “antique” show.

And it is not just mirrors and metal.

Yesterday was the first day of the show, so I did not see many red dots indicating a sale.  One of the few exceptions was at H.M. Luther.  Yes people, that fish hanging above the sideboard is spoken for. Described as s a Danish faience relief from 1964, it has been scooped up. 

Take a closer look: 

If you want something edgier to hang on your walls, go see Axel Vervoordt.  Nails anyone?

4.  Everybody is crazy for pagodas right now.  Out in the mass marketplace, there are pagoda shaped mirrors, chandeliers and plain old objects.

 I did a post about the pagoda here, and click here for pagados is a room by hot interior design duo, Tilton Fenwick.

Pagodas are at this show in a big, and I mean BIG, way.

Wicks Antiques Ltd. has a pair of pagodas that are almost 10 feet tall.   Of course they are monumental, but what is most amazing is their incredibly detailed decoration.  Seeing the pair is worth the price of show admission alone. 

Here is a close up of one tiny section.  Each pagoda is covered with this level of detail.  Study that.  Wonderful.

6. Like pagodas, the butterfly motif has been extremely popular out in decor land.  These are the prettiest butterfly prints I have ever seen.  I just get lost in the colors.  At Potterton Books

7.  The trendy color, mint, also was made an appearance. 

  Yes, mint is hot, um cool, um trending…I know House Beautiful just named purple as the hot new color (click here), but out in the blogosphere, people are writing about mint. Just yesterday, in fact, Heather Clawson at Habitually Chic did a post on mint in fashion and interiors, and uber popular Jenny at My Favorite and My Best also has spolighted the color and just named her new store “Minty.”  (Click here to pay an online visit).

And there it is, a mint upholstered chair and ottoman over at Hostler Burrows.  

8. We hear constantly about bringing the outside in.

They did just that over at Bernd Goeckler.  I think their booth was exceptionally pretty this year.  The faux boxwood hedges really set off the goods.  And I always love how they hang the chairs. 


9. This last one may not be a trend yet, but I think its gonna be.  This  black, white, gray grouping of images of a humble object (I think these are pebbles, or maybe eggs–no one was in the booth) offered by Japonesque are striking.  I predict this look will be copied.  

And now for the curiosities.  Just a few more things you gotta see.

Axel Vervoordt changed the color of his booth.  The past two years it has been a very dark charcoal.  Wonder if Restoration Hardware will repaint their stores?  

Check out the famed “Monkey” center table from the equally famous English pile Chatsworth at Wicks Antiques Ltd.  The top is as cool as the monkey figured base.  Actually my pics stink.  Click here for a better one.

My current favorite coffee table:  this one by Alexander Girard.  

And this dining table, plus the objects on top: gorgeous.  Both are at H.M. Luther.  

Finally, I never saw a Picasso tapestry before.  Lovely, don’t you think?

I just scratched the surface of this not-to-be missed show.  New York metro folks should pay a visit–to develop the “eye” and all.  It runs until October 27 at the Park Avenue Armory.  Admission, $20.

Now it’s time for me to get ready for High Point Market.  You are going to follow my adventures there on Twitter and Pinterest, right?

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