January 14, 2016

Antiques Trends For the Year Ahead

A slew of talented designers, showroom owners, and The Antiques Diva give us their forecast for this year's trends in antiques.

by New York Spaces

Brown is the New Black: Antiques Trends For the Year Ahead

Antiques are back from the past—quite literally! As designers continue to infuse projects with a variety of antiques, the re-emergence of vintage and and more vintage has become an established trend. Brown is the new black! Collectors, dealers, and online trade markets are all seeing an uptick in sales and are showcasing a greater desire to house the past within contemporary design. Amidst this new spotlight on antiques, several New York designers and global collectors have weighed in on the future of antiques and some trends to look for in 2016. Read what they had to say below!

Newel Gallery
Newel Gallery
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Jack Baer at Newel Gallery

Jake Baer and Guy Regal of Newel

Jake Baer, CEO of the renowned gallery Newel, one of New York's oldest and largest decorative arts collections, and Guy Regal, Newel's Executive Managing Director and legendary antiques collector, weigh in on the revival of period antiques and the newfound tendency to stay away from the flat mid-century look.

"The revival of period antiques has begun! The design industry is reinventing itself and is moving away from the typical mid-century modern look with the addition of period antiques. Newel clients are infusing period French and Italian seating with modern upholstery, for a simply one of a kind look." - Jake Baer

"Designers are turning away from a flat mid-century look. We at Newel have seen trend-setting designers infuse a contemporary palate with many more period antiques. They have spoken about how the juxtaposition of 18th century and 21st century antiques can give exciting dimension to a room. There is also a growing trend for Aesthetic Movement pieces. There has been a mounting interest from the collectors which has since spread to designers as well." - Guy Regal

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Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva on a Sourcing Trip
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Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva

Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva

Toma Clarke Haines, The Antiques Diva, has been sourcing antiques in Europe for nearly a decade after creating the world's largest antiques touring and sourcing companies, The Antiques Diva & Co®. With an unstoppable pulse on the latest in global antiques trends, among both the design community and consumers at large, Toma Clark Haines gives us her thoughts on what she expects in 2016. (This is trend forecasting gold!)

"Trends Are Out. In 2016 more consumers will say "scr*w the trend." Homeowners want one-of-a-kind unique finds that reflect their personalities. Antiques and hand-made goods will dominate the interior design scene and allow consumers to express their unique sense of style more thoroughly."

Mid-Century Modern à la Don Draper has been done to death. In it's place vintage finds from the 80'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 will be seen in furniture, textiles, tabletop decor, and even jewelry." - Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva

Aurelien Gallet
Ole Wanscher for A J Iversen, A Rare Set of 12 Danish Rosewood Dining Chairs from HM Luther
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Carl Malmsten, A Rare Swedish Marquetry, Birch and
Satinwood Cabinet from HM Luther

Aurélien Gallet

New York-based French designer Aurélien Gallet's roots as an art appraiser pervade everything he designs, from elegant furniture pieces inspired by 18th-century antiques to homes and commercial interiors that are, in themselves, carefully curated works of art. With a background like that, we are all eyes on his thoughts on the antiques trends in the year ahead.

"While North European lighting has been seen for a while, I have noticed in Art and Design Fairs that dealers have been focusing on presenting important collectible pieces from the 50's and 60's. Especially by Alvar Aalto (Finnish) and Poul Henningsen (Danish). However, it is obvious that the new trend goes for the North European furniture from the mid-20th-century. Dealers are now offering important pieces of furniture by Carl Malmsten and Carl Bergsten (Swedish) or Borge Mogensen and Ole Wanscher (Danish).Those pieces always have very strong geometrical lines which blend smoothly in modern interiors while the use of solid wood brings warmth.

Haute-Epoque period (Also called Renaissance or Gothic) is also back on track. It is probably due to the richness of the century-old wood and the sophisticated decorative elements. You will find a chest in a gallery or entrance hall as a conversation piece."

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Living room, Kathryn Scott
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Kathryn Scott

Kathryn Scott

Brooklyn-based designer and artist Kathryn Scott, whose work includes home design and customized furniture and porcelain shares her thoughts on the way antiques can define a room.

"Although antiques do not necessarily have trends, what you select how you place them in a room is influenced by trends, as well as personal design philosophy. I love the integration of style dislocation, so even a refined interior transforms with rustic pieces integrated. Antiques provide a unique means of defining character in a room. A totally contemporary interior can feel shallow without a few antiques mixed in, just as a traditional interior can feel stuffy without a few contemporary pieces."



The unique online luxury marketplace RubyLUX, has grown in leaps and bounds by showcasing a world of beautiful designs both new and old. Clinton Howell, noted antiques dealer and president of AADLA stated, "RubyLUX is the site of the future for selling antiques."

"RubyLUX represents a new opportunity for the design community. Offering the very best items without the shadow of hidden charges or commission so prevalent on other sites. We consider our dealers as partners and together we can bring the very best to all visitors to the site."

"Our motto is: Luxury Design Past & Present" -Tom Johnson, President and CEO of RubyLUX:

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Tom Johnson

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