The successful London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair is returning to London ExCeL 12 – 14 January and their expert speakers will highlight key interiors trends for this year.
“Eclecticism is the new minimalism – mixing and matching seemingly disparate pieces together to build a unique and individual look. Quirky is cool. 1970s Italian goblets on a sideboard from the 1790s? A collection of Victorian transfer-printed and guilt plates arranged asymmetrically on a stark chalk-white wall? Why not?” notes antiques expert Mark Hill.
Toma Clark Haines, CEO of The Antiques Diva & Co sees more and more Asian antiques taking places of prominence in people’s homes as the design world looks East for inspiration. She comments, “As interiors become more minimal, clean lined Asian antiques are a perfect way to add patina without creating visual cacophony. I’m seeing a rise in Art Deco furniture as well as empire style chests of drawers. People want the gravitas of antiques even in modern décor.”
Bold Colours & Paler Woods
Interior designer Clare Pascoe observes that: “In 2018 the trend for dark walls will continue, but the new ‘monochromatic scheme’ will exclude black and revolve around almost black blues and greens contrasted with crisp white or pastel walls to combine in a look that I refer to as “Scandi-noir”. Pink shades will remain on trend, but will shift towards tones of peach and apricot. Home-owners will turn their attention to less prevalent blonder woods such as ash and oak from prestigious Scandinavian designers such as Moller and Wegner. The lighter tones of these pieces juxtapose well with pastel colours and dark walls” continues Clare.
With shows such as Mad Men on-screen, mid-century furniture is basking in the limelight more than ever. Clare remarks that “If you bide your time in order to buy a genuine article, you not only protect the original design provenance, but your piece will make a genuine statement in a room,” as reproduction pieces are made.
People are becoming more and more environmentally aware so antiques will rise in popularity due to buyers’ desire to be more sustainably responsible. Clare says: “People will be turned off buying products that date quickly or are not made to last. They will want to invest in timeless, classic brands that have a history and a long future.” Toma agrees: “As the green movement becomes de rigueur, repurposing and re-using remains en vogue. Antiques are green, and as millennials catch the wave of this realization.”
“There will be an increased awareness and appreciation of rarity and craftsmanship when it comes to jewellery.” says jewellery expert Joanna Hardy. “The jewellery houses or individual artisans will continue to remain in the spotlight in 2018 – for example, Castalani, Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Lalique, Fouquet, Fabergé – all these exceptional master craftsmen pay so much attention to detail.” Mark agrees: “There’s also a rise in interest in pieces that show the hand of the craftsman, from a richly coloured piece of treen, to a sparkling cut glass vase, or a wonderfully weathered piece of folk art.”
The London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair will be at ExCeL London 12th – 14th January. www.artantiquesinteriorsfair.com