Making an Impression

The 37th Annual Art & Antiques Show’s theme is Impressions of India, a motif inspired by the country’s use of rich colors and lavish textiles.

The show will open Friday, December 6 and feature a lecture from celebrated designer Miles Redd. That evening the Opening Night Party will be held for the first time ever on a Friday night. The Show will continue through Sunday, December 8th and feature additional lectures and workshops by Danielle Rollins, Bunny Williams & John Rosselli, James Farmer, and Juli Catlin & William Nash.  

Elephants for blogProceeds from the Show will support the creation of a Pediatric Surgery Center of Distinction at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

It is our hope that by attending this year’s show, you will be inspired by India’s bold, yet traditional approach – whether you are an avid antiquary or a young collector.

When it comes to the value of attending these types of events, Quitessence Lifstyle Blogger Stacy Bewkes said it best in her October 2012 post:

“Anyone interested in art and design should consider attending such shows. It hones your eye, educates you about the marketplace and helps put things in perspective across the board. In fact it’s this connecting the dots that’s my favorite aspect, tracing inspiration and finding common threads throughout disciplines and eras.”

In that same post, Stacy shared her experience viewing antique jewelry from India at the International Art and Antique Dealers Show. These jewels, which date back to the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, capture the country’s classic jewelry designs.

India Jewels

Photo Credit: Quintessence Blog
International Art and Antique Dealers Show

Just two months later, she paid homage to India’s architectural history and its connection to the country’s heritage when she revisited the book Mighty Maharajas | Forts and Palaces of India in her December 2012 post. It was her visit to the Show and viewing these time-honored jewels that inspired her to re-explore India’s architectural design aesthetic. 

The City Palace Rajasthan, India

Photo Credit: Quintessence Blog
The City Palace in Rajasthan, India

Indian design is experiencing a renaissance. Here are a few examples of India’s influence on popular culture’s design and style:

In the second season of the Bravo TV Show, Million Dollar Decorators, Mary McDonald & Martyn Bullard Lawrence traveled to India to design a tabletop collection for One Kings Lane, a flash-sale website dedicated to home décor.

Million Dollar Decorators

Mary McDonald & Martyn Bullard Lawrence
Million Dollar Decorators

Indian inspired designs are frequently featured on the website, which invites consumers to shop from curated collections. More recently, artisan and homeware designer Michael Aram curated a collection inspired by South India.

Michael Aram for One Kings Lane

Michael Aram for One Kings Lane

Apartment Therapy featured several Indian inspired rooms in Passage to India: Resources for South Asian Home Accents. In Trend Alert: The Glamour of India, ELLE DECOR provided examples of rooms inspired by the country including a headboard created using John Robshaw fabrics. HGTV featured this Shelly Riehl David Design in 12 Spaces Inspired by India.

Impressions Bedding

Left: Apartment Therapy; Middle: ELLE DECOR; Right: HGTV

John Robshaw offers an entire line of home goods and textiles inspired by India. His designs have been featured in several publications. ELLE DECOR provided a glimpse into his New York home in Home and Abroad: John Robshaw’s New York Home. His living room was featured in Your Favorite ELLE DECOR Rooms of 2012.

John Robshaw's New York Living Room Your Favorite ELLE DECOR Rooms of 2012

John Robshaw’s New York Living Room
Your Favorite ELLE DECOR Rooms of 2012

For more inspiration, attend the 37th Annual Art & Antiques Show taking place Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 8.

We hope you enjoy our weekly blog and we hope to see you in December!

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