Mark Hill, Author, BBC Antiques Roadshow Expert and speaker at AFE London Art Antiques Interiors Fair (taking place 13-15 January 2017) discusses the trends for 2017 and tips for antiques hunting.
It’s likely that tried and trusted markets will prove immediately popular – ‘brand’ names that have staying power, largely consistent values and an easily digested, widely popular look. Examples in the decorative arts would include Lalique, Clarice Cliff, Art Deco figurines, and solid mid-century modern design.
Mixing and matching to tell your own story using ‘things with a story’ has been on the rise as traditional collecting has waned for the past decades, and is closely tied in with ‘decorative antiques’ but it requires courage and skill to get right. However, more interiors magazines, blogs and even high street stores are pushing this look over the bland monotony championed by Ikea, which may eventually help it break through that glass ceiling into wider popularity.
With the world looking increasingly uninviting, there may be more investment in ‘nesting’ at home and retreating into a comforting world of one’s own creation. Think colour, texture, scale, and the unexpected – be that a multifarious mix of quirky individualism that makes a statement, or seemingly basic objects that really act as vessels for happy memories or fun experiences. Expect the snail’s pace regeneration of many traditional antiques, so-called ‘brown furniture’ in particular (still amazing value compared to high street equivalents), to continue.
Filtering in at largely low price levels, many young people (laden with spiralling living costs and, if they can even get one, a mortgage) seem increasingly interested in hand-crafted pieces that tell stories of their creation and life at the time they were created in, and that thus almost act as a ‘rose-tinted’ antidote to the saturation of mass-production. Taking in much of what’s now described as ‘vintage’, treen and tools are also targets.
It’s all about you – your home should be YOUR home. Do you want to be dictated to by a Scandinavian billionaire’s identikit chain of retail park stores? Fill your home with the fascinating, the unique, and the gorgeous to behold.
Buy when something speaks to you – when it makes you smile, or remember something happy or cool. Open your eyes, drop your preconceptions and let these eloquent objects tell stories of your life, and what makes you the person you are.
Mixing and matching, and discovering your OWN style, is way more fun and rewarding. Antiques have been loved and collected for centuries and, in these worrying and unstable times, they offer the perfect antidote to the saturation of mass-production. Come find the passion!
Mark Hill will be speaking at the exciting new launch of AFE London Art Antiques Interiors Fair, 13-15 January. The Fair will present over 120 specialist dealers, showcasing 30,000 individual items including art, furniture, jewellery, decorative and collector’s pieces. From traditional and vintage to contemporary, all items at the fair are stringently vetted for authenticity and quality giving buyers every confidence. This is a must attend event for aspiring collectors, seasons shoppers and those looking to refresh their home with pieces to suit all tastes and budgets. For more information and tickets click here.