Any interest in Antiques?
We just read a short piece from Design Link that says that the new buyers of antiques (a term traditionally applied to pieces more that 100 years old) moving in to the market (those born after 1960) are really not all that interested in pre-20th century furniture.
From Herman Miller's Design Link:
"Victorian is out. ("Dealers and auctioneers," according to The New York Times, "say they can't give the stuff away.") Federal and Queen Anne are "off the radar." Eighteenth century is going for a song.
According to a recent article in The Washington Post, early- to mid-20th century is where the market is "increasingly muscular." It is "a generational thing," many experts say. Deep-pocketed collectors born post-1960 are abandoning "formality and fussiness" for clean and straightforward. High-quality work in new materials--plastic, fiberglass, molded plywood, metals--is much sought after. (Names like Eames and Noguchi come to mind.)
"The 20th century has now become an historic period," the Post quotes Paul Greenhalgh, director of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. Antiques and their buyers grow younger with each passing day."
While we think this sounds likely, we wonder how the AT community weighs in on this one...
Photo: Louis's living room at Chenonceau via Carmen and Jim's Virtual Tours