If a designer is fortunate enough to live in one of four cities profiled here, shopping for something special will be that much more wonderful without the shipping fees. Given that fall design calendar is stacked with trade fairs and markets, the Editor at Large has created an ongoing series to point out the major shows that will soon be underway across the country and across the pond this month. Read on to see those that are only a drive (or a plane ride) away.
Houston Antiques + Art + Design Show (September 19-21)
This year, after more than 100 editions, the Houston Antiques Dealers Association Antiques Show has been re-branded as the Houston Antiques + Art + Design Show under the direction of Dolphin Promotions.
“We are so excited to be the new producers of this important show,” said Rosemary Krieger, President of Dolphin Promotions. “We are honored that HADA has entrusted us to produce the show moving forward, beginning with the Fall 2014 show. Like HADA, we also have a long track-record in this industry having organized over the past 25 years shows in Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Miami, Naples, New Orleans, New York, Palm Beach, Palm Springs, San Francisco and Sarasota.”
The new version of the show will feature 125 premier exhibitors from across the U.S., Canada and Europe in vignette settings offering fine antique furniture, decorative and fine arts representing all design movements from ancient to 20th-century modern. Exhibitors include the Antique Cupboard, Atelier 1505, Foreign Affair International, Georgian House, R&J Collection and Treasures of the Ages, among others.
Show hours will be Friday, September 19, and Saturday, September 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 pm. and Sunday, September 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The show takes place at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall B, Houston, Texas. Admission is $15.
Marburger Farm Antique Show (Round Top, TX, September 30 – October 5)
Twice a year, the Marburger Farm Antiques Show sees multiple generations of guests including interior designers, store buyers, families and celebrities enjoying the 43 acres of antiques assembled by 350 top exhibitors from across the U.S. and around the world.
“Marburger Farm attracts younger buyers because it is not a traditional antique show,” said exhibitor Christopher English of Antediluvian Antiques & Curiosities from Lake Placid, New York. “They like old things, but with a ‘wow’ factor. Weird things like Victorian taxidermy and tramp art, the unusual and the curious.”
English will arrive in Texas with plenty of curiosities, including lodge and Adirondack antiques, high-end decorative antiques and a life size carved wooden cow from the Borden Dairy family estate.
The mix of Marburger Farm merchandise includes French, Swedish, English, American, Asian, Industrial, Mid-Century Modern, jewelry, art, silver, rugs, lighting, folk art and more.
The show will also feature a benefit booth for Dwell with Dignity of Dallas, which will offer a donation-fee bag check near the Marburger Food Pavilion. At the end of each Marburger Farm week, the show’s dealers donate antiques and vintage objects that will either go back to Dallas or to be sold in the Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio sale October 9 through November 8 in the Dallas Design District.
The show opens on Tuesday, September 30 with early buying ($25 per person) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Regular admission ($10 per person) begins at 2:00 p.m. On Wednesday, October 1; Thursday, October 2; and Friday, October 3; the show will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and on Saturday, October 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair (London, September 30 – October 5)
Things may look a little different when guests walk into this fall’s edition of the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair. That’s because the foyer display will feature objects and art once used in traditional seaside attractions, fairgrounds and the circus—everything from carved carousel horses to circus promotional posters and hand-painted traditional signs from fairground rides and stalls will adorn the entry.
“This art form is now slowly beginning to attract the attention it deserves,” said Vivienne Roberts, who is working with exhibitor Julian Hartnoll and recently staged a short exhibition of these types of work. “Fairground and circus art captures the spirit of fun, and like folk art, appeals to collectors who are investing in the heritage of an essentially ‘at risk’ art form. The techniques and styles of these pieces are no longer being passed on down the generations and consequently are under threat of being lost forever.”
In addition to the foyer display, attendees will be able to shop decorative and painted furniture, traditional English wood furniture, Art Deco and Post-War Modern furniture, lighting from the 18th century to modernist 1960’s work, mirrors, textiles and garden and outdoor furniture.
Show hours will be Tuesday, September 30, from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.; Wednesday, October 1, and Thursday, October 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Friday, October 3, and Saturday, October 4, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and Wednesday, October 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The show takes place at Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ. Admission is 10 Euros.
San Francisco Fall Antiques Show (October 23 – 26)
The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious continuously operating international art and antiques shows on the West Coast, and features approximately sixty dealers from across the U.S. and Europe, offering for sale an extraordinary range of fine and decorative arts representing all styles and periods including American, English, Continental, and Asian furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, jewelry, rugs, textiles, paintings, prints, and photographs.
Interior designer Suzanne Tucker serves as the annual Designers Circle Chair and sits on the advisory Board of the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show. Among the many highlights planned for this year will be a panel discussion with Charlotte Moss and Robert Couturier called "Celebrating Icons of Design,” moderated by Tucker (Saturday, October 25, at 11:00 a.m.) Designers Aerin Lauder and Paul Vincent Newman will also give lectures on Saturday as part of “Designer Day” at the show.
"For anyone interested in buying, collecting, or simply learning about antiques, the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show is not to be missed," said Tucker. "After 33 years it's the most wonderful, vibrant four days with terrific dealers, fascinating lectures, and a 'must do!' I encourage everyone to go see for yourselves, step into the booth, ask the dealers questions. 'Why does a particular piece have a certain detail? Why is a piece the price it is?' They are very appropriate and welcome questions and dealers love nothing more than to tell you about their pieces, the provenance, rarity, special details, why they believe in it etc. Every top designer knows it makes for a great design education.”
Exhibitors this year include Ambianic, David Brooke Fine Art, Gallery 925, Carlton Hobbs LLC, Kentshire, Daniel Stein Antiques Inc, Galen Lowe Art & Antiques and Mallett, among others. All items are vetted in cooperation with the Antiques Dealers Association of California to ensure the highest quality merchandise. More than 10,000 collectors from the Bay Area and beyond are expected to attend.
Show hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, through Saturday, October 15; and 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 26. The show takes place at the Festival Pavilion in the Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. Admission is $20 at the door, $15 in advance. Tickets to any of the lectures are $18 at the door, $15 in advance.
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