10 Antiques We Loved This Year

10 Antiques We Loved This Year

Sarah Rainwater
Dec 22, 2010

It's hard to pick just 10 antiques that we went crazy for over the past twelve months since the old was newer than ever in 2010. Beyond the requisite Eames, Bertoia and Le Corbusier pieces that never seem to go out of style, here are a few of our favorites that we've featured this year.

1. Subway Scrolls We saw these gorgeous typographic wall hangings everywhere, including Matt & Zack's Masculine Mid-Century Home shown above, leading us to question whether they are the new "Keep Calm" posters — time will tell whether they become over-used, but we aren't sick of them quite yet.

2. Farmhouse Furniture From mismatched raw wood chairs to simple iron beds we couldn't get enough of the simple rustic farmhouse style furniture like we saw in Susan & Ryan's Less-Is-More Farmhouse (left) and Nellie's New Old Home (right).

3. Bold Rugs and Fabrics from Across the Globe Navajo, Suzani or Oriental, we fell hard for the graphic prints of vintage ethnic fabrics in both in a lushly layered setting like Evan & Greg's Small Cool Downtown LA Loft (left) or in a more minimal modern context like The Brick House (right).

4. Glove Molds These quirky vintage accessories are perfect for storing jewelery or simply creating a unique display as in Nancy Mims' Playful and Patterned Home.

5. Gilt Frame Mirrors Ornate and traditional, we loved seeing antique mirrors used a bit tongue-and-cheek in modern contexts as in Will's English Gentry in Cabbagetown (left) and Kevin's Creative Commorancy (right).

6. Vintage Linens From high-end French linen to everyday napkins, we couldn't resist the rustic chic of these vintage textiles, especially used as tastefully as they are in Stephen & Todd's Fantastic Mr. Farmhouse.

7. Industrial Furniture and Accessories Factory cast-offs have become household favorites, from large scale furniture like the kitchen island in Mel & Dave's Industrial Chic Loft to laboratory lighting, we love the Vintage Industrial style.

8. Arthur Umanoff Designs Umanoff is not as well known as some of his mid-century contemporaries, but his wood and wrought iron designs have a rustic and industrial appeal that we're starting to give a second look. His bar stools, shown above in Hannah & Mike's Secondhand Success are easy to find, sometimes for a steal.

9. Mid-Century Metal Wall Sculptures These unique sculptures, often attributed to Curtis Jere, make cool, graphic wall statements. We especially liked seeing a cluster of starbursts on display in Mimi's Luxe Urban Family Lodge.

10. Sputnik Chandeliers The classic Sputnik has spawned plenty of modern interpretations of late, including the work of the incredible Lindsey Adelman, so we have to give a nod to the original, shown above in Richard & Natasha's Medical Makeover.

Images: as linked above

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