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Dealer's Choice

Photo: Bjorn Wallander  

I'm honored to have my Los Angeles home featured in the March issue of Elle Decor (now on news stands). As written, I wanted to utilize the high rise building's plate glass windows as a contemporary backdrop for my art and antique collection, which i've accumulated over a lifetime of buying trips.

Photo: Bjorn Wallander

Photo: Bjorn Wallander

Photo: Bjorn Wallander  

 The antique furnishings have simple straight lines, which complement the linear contemporary architecture; illustrating how antiques can emphasize a modern aesthetic. 

Photo: Bjorn Wallander

This project was a departure from my home in Laguna Beach (seen in the November 2014 issue of Architectural Digest), where I placed antiques in a traditional English manor house.

 

Photo: Bjorn Wallander

The contrast of the two homes demonstrate the versatility of antiques. I Hope you enjoy the story.

Read the entire story in the March 2015 issue of Elle Decor on news stands now.

It was a pleasure to work with the talented photographer Bjorn Wallander, and the legendary Robert Rufino Interiors Editor.

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French Connection

Photo: Elle Decoration UK March 2015 

In the March issue of Elle Decoration UK, a Milanese interior designer shows off his Parisian apartment.

Photo: Elle Decoration UK March 2015 

 

 

 England circa 1880 barley twist lamps (AY211B)
Italy circa 1900's reproduced map of Rome (LSC21)

 

Photo: Elle Decoration UK March 2015 

England circa 1890 green trunk (BA126)
France circa 1900 glass bottles with stoppers (AY141)

 

 

To read the entire article pick up the March 2015 issue of Elle Decoration UK

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Antique vs. Vintage

 

I am always asked what defines an antique vs. a vintage piece. Both are somewhat fluid terms today. A purist would say an antique must be 100 years and that a vintage piece is anything less.

However, the “100 year“ rule was more applicable when methods of production were different, periods of style had longevity and eras were more constant. The lengths of eras or periods have progressively gotten shorter over time. Today, styles or periods change in a matter of years or decades vs. centuries. Quality has deteriorated and items are not made to last for future generations. "AN ART DECO OR MID-CENTURY MODERN PIECE IS BY DEFINITION "VINTAGE". TODAY THAT SAME PIECE IS CONSIDERED BY MOST IN THE DESIGN BUSINESS AS AN ANTIQUE".

Therefore, I suggest the following explanation. A used item is something that can be purchased new but has changed character as a result of use. A vintage item’s character has changed as a result of production. It may be a different raw product used such as a different quality leather, wood or type of stone that is no longer available. It may be a change of design such as shape, color or simply functional adaptation. It may be a different method of production such as machine stitched vs. hand-stitched or a rubbed finish vs. a sprayed finish. This change makes the vintage piece unique, limited and a more desirable object from the past. 

The distinguished character of an antique is based upon longevity. It is completely out of production. It’s origin or provenance is from a different and usually once removed era or period of style. Yet it has withstood change and is still relevant today. In fact, the antique is even more desirable as a result of the aging process and originality that has evolved over time.

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Industrialized Living

Photo: AD Espana Sept. 2014

In the September issue of AD Espana, an industrial loft in turned into a motorcycle enthusiast dream home.

 

Italy circa 1900's map of Rome (LSC21)
England circa 1970's floor lamp (B142)
Germany circa 1940 pair of metal lockers (AW4)

 

Photo: AD Espana Sept. 2014

 

 

England circa 1850 workbench (AY37)
England circa 1880 display case (BA50)
England circa 1890 pair of ship mirrors (BA123)

 

 

 

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