January in New York brings one of the most esteemed art, antiques and design fairs, The Winter Antique Show, celebrating its 63rd year. Benefitting the East Side House Settlement, the show opens it's (massive) Park Avenue Armory doors on the 19th of January with its Opening Night Party. Honorary Design Chairs Jamie Drake, Caleb Anderson, Celerie Kemble, and Miles Redd will add to the sparkle. Attended by the leading lights of the design world, it's not unusual to spot an interior designer with a client, doing some shopping to get dibs on beautiful museum-quality pieces. The Young Collectors Night party on the 26th is when interior designers and design aficionados gather to see the wide variety of design styles represented, see friends and toast a new year. The design committee is always a great roster of interior design talent that is a part of the vibrant New York design community. The contents of the booths, however, is shifting in a sign of the times. In the past the show has featured Americana and Folk Art and is modifying the varied assortment to represent the tastes of the times, including exhibitors that show a more modern assortment, leaning towards 20th century designs. Yet devoted classicists and traditionalists can expect to find a wide range of highly collectable vetted 18th and 19th Century English, European, and Asian antiques and decorative arts, and probably always will. From garden statuary to jewelry, you are sure to see the best of the best from the 70 dealers gathered under one roof. Go to learn, develop your eye and connect with the design community, you will be glad you did. History has a way of enchanting and amazing us, and every piece has its own unique story. Here are some of the spectacular pieces I am excited to see in person, and you can too since the show runs till January 29th, 2017.
This whimsical Dali ring at Didier, booth 68
A cantilever back Samuel Marx chair from Liz O'Brien, a constant favorite of mine. Her booth is always a magical experience of discovery. Find her at booth 44.
Maison Gerard always wows with their fully realized room installations. This year will include this contemporary Stephane Parmentier table, at booth 4.
This 18th Century Italian Walnut Folding Chair from Cove Landing has clean lines and a sculptural quality that make it a standout piece. See it at booth 25