Antiques Trends for 2018

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Antiques and Interior Design:  Experts reveal the trends for 2018

The London Art, Antiques & Interiors Fair returns to the London ExCel this weekend with an array of experts giving talks and sharing their expertise. One hundred specialist dealers will be showcasing their unusual and highly sought-after items over the Fair weekend, ranging from classic to contemporary designs and with price tags to match – from between £50 to £50,000 per item!

Ahead of the fair, DesignCurial were offered a sneak peek into what the Fair experts think will be the sure-fire antique and interior design trends for 2018. What do they tell us? In summary: there is a dramatic, continuous rise in popularity of mid-century and Scandinavian design; ‘Chinoserie Chic’ – looking to the East for our furniture inspiration – will become a major player in 2018; and our growing, green-fingered attitudes might mean that antiques are the way forward.  

Without further ado, here are what the experts have to say about the anticipated trends of 2018!

Judith Miller

“We are still in the lure of 20th century design, whether it’s mid-century Scandinavian ceramics and glass or Art Deco style,” says Judith Miller, acclaimed author and expert on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. “I’ve noticed that people are undoubtedly becoming more and more confident about combining the old with the new and that will most definitely continue into 2018 – merging stylish modern designs with unique, statement pieces.”


Her advice to home designers is, “create your own style.  You’re the one who will be living in your home so it’s important to find a style that suits you.” For those who are interested in antique shopping, but don’t know where to start, Judith says, “look, look, look!  Go to antiques fairs, dealers’ shops, museums, exhibitions.  Read books.  Establish a good relationship with dealers in an area that you are interested in.  Don’t be afraid to ask.  And if you see something you love and can nearly afford – buy it! You will only regret it later if you don’t.”


Mark Hill

““The only rule for 2018 is that all rules are off,” reckons Mark Hill, fellow author and another expert on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. “We buy antiques today because they appeal immediately to our eyes and hearts, and then they enrich our minds.  Before, interiors were strictly defined – from the Georgian dining room to the ubiquitous ‘shabby chic’ French country look.”

What exactly does this mean for interior design? “Eclecticism,” Mark argues, “is the new minimalism – mixing and matching seemingly disparate pieces together to build a unique and individual look that defines you. Quirky is cool.  1970s Italian goblets on a sideboard from the 1790s?   A collection of Victorian transfer-printed and guilt plates arranged asymmetrically on a stark chalk-white wall?  Why not?”


Then again, he does see some trends coming through in 2018 in this new world where there are ‘no rules’. “Bold forms, or richness in terms of colour and pattern, layered against a strong colour, are on trend.  Also, watch out for the return of what is inadequately descried as ‘brown furniture’.  I’m seeing more and more buyers returning to Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian furniture”.

“There’s also a rise in interest in pieces that show the hand of the craftsman,” he continues, giving the examples of a “sparkling cut glass vase, or a wonderfully weathered piece of folk art.  Our eyes have been assailed for too long with mass-produced, machine-made rubbish lacking in soul!”


Clare Pascoe

Founder and director of Pascoe Interiors, Clare Pascoe, predicts that the ‘dark colours’ trend will continue in 2018 – but with a twist. “The new ‘monochromatic scheme’ will exclude black and revolve around almost black blues and greens contrasted with crisp white or pastel walls,” she says, calling the look ‘Scandi-Noir’.

The BIID Registered Interior Designer also predicts that lighting is also going to become more important when designing interiors and choosing new products. “Lighting is key to any room,” Clare argues. “It changes the ambience and interiors on all levels. A very strong monochromatic Scandi-Noir scheme could be seen as typically masculine, so to counteract this, embellish it with an oversized brushed brass, feather or glass feature chandelier to inject feminine glamour for a balanced interior.”


Clare also has some thoughts on the wider context that interior design finds itself in; she believes that, mirroring the attitudes of people from around the world, design is going to become even more environmentally aware. This will result in a rise in the popularity of antiques.

 “People will be turned off buying products that date quickly or are not made to last,” she explains, “They will want to invest in timeless, classic brands that have a history and a long future. I can see an emerging movement that centres around making sustainable, ecologically awaredecisions becoming a pivotal and growing trend, in the same way the Modernist movement caused such excitement during the Mid Century period.”


Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines, CEO of The Antiques Diva & Co, believes that 2018 is the year for ‘Chinoiserie Chic’. What exactly does this mean? “More and more Asian antiques are taking places of prominence in people’s homes as the design world looks East for inspiration,” Toma explains. “As interiors become more minimal, clean lined Asian antiques are a perfect way to add patina without creating visual cacophony.  I’m seeing, for the same reason, a rise in Art Deco furniture as well as empire style chests of drawers.  People want the gravitas of antiques even in modern décor.”


She also sees the world of antiques becoming more inclusive. “Today, antiques are for everyone,” Toma reveals. “People will use antiques in unexpected ways and unexpected places – from chandeliers in the bathroom to 18th century mirrors in the kitchen.  As the green movementbecomes de rigger, repurposing and re-using remains en vogue.  Antiques are green, and as millennials catch the wave of this realisation, I predict by the 2020s, antiques will become the next ‘Ikea’ – aka the go-to choice for the first homeowners decorating their space.”

The Next Generation


We love to see the "kiddos" at the Icehouse!  Bring them along! The kind of inspiration possible at the Icehouse just can't happen at school.  Share your knowledge and experience with your kids and grandkids by talking about the items in the sale.  If you tell them about it, they'll remember. And we think that's pretty cool.

Nice article below...

Collecting with Kids

How to Inspire, Intrigue, and Guide the Young Collector



In her book Collecting with Kids: How to Inspire, Intrigue, and Guide the Young Collector, author and antiques expert Pamela Y. Wiggins draws on her own experience collecting with her mother when she was a child. She also shares interviews based on her magazine column in The Intelligent Collector, the publication of Heritage Auctions. 

If she's learned anything, it's that collecting can be a great hobby, but it can also lead to lifetime of learning and fun.


Learning Through Collecting

One really great way to make learning fun is looking at ways to incorporate collections into school projects. History abounds in all areas of collecting, as adult mentors know, and that's part of the fun of the hobby. 

Encourage kids to pull items from their collections to incorporate them into school projects. For instance, use ancient coins to illustrate a report on world history, or a colorful bank note to inspire a report on a world leader. Old postcards can provide a plethora of related ideas, too.

Researching what they add to collections is a great way to learn as well. Whether they're in the library scouring books details on a historical figure or looking up values online, kids can garner knowledge and hone their research skills as they find out more about the collectibles that interest them most.

As children gather groups of objects, teach them to be good stewards as well.

Showing due respect to collectibles is a super way to teach kiddos how to take care of all their possessions. They can learn to display them by getting creative to make props for action figures and other collectible toys.

And, of course, there are the all important budgeting lessons that come with collecting.


Mentors who serve as successful collecting buddies often encourage setting limits on how much is spent during each shopping foray. Whether allowance money is being spent, or a set amount is doled out by an adult, children learn to budget in order to keep shopping. Some even make their kids sell things they're no longer interested in to get their stash of flea market cash. 

Collecting with Kids Online

Collecting online can be entertaining for both children and adults. Research can be done on most any collectible item, old or new, and collections can be grown as well. It's thrilling for a child to receive a package containing a collectible item in the mail, but buying online should be supervised by an adult until kids are mature enough to tackle the task on their own.

Also, be sure to remind kids shopping online that even minimal shipping costs can drive up prices before they get too keyed up about a making purchase. Make sure fees added to minimally priced items stay within budget limitations to avoid disappointment as well. Encourage them to let you review a purchase before they make a commitment to buy something online. A trained adult eye will often notice condition problems or signs of authenticity that children just learning the ropes might overlook.


Researching online can also be a fun task for a child to do with their collecting mentor. Show them some of your favorite resources for learning and valuing your finds, and help them use search tools to explore new venues pertaining to their own specific collecting interests. Speaking of which, it's always best to guide but not force. In other words, put in your two cents, but let the kiddos decide what they want to collect. 

What to Know Before You Go Shopping with Children

Depending on the maturity level of a child, they can go most anywhere with you to shop for collectibles. Yes, even high end antique shows and estate sales can be appropriate for kids who are really good and looking but not touching. Others do better in thrift stores and flea markets where the stakes aren't as high, and the sellers aren't quite as nervous about having kids around.

No matter where you end up, there are some important things to keep in mind as you and your collecting buddy head out for the hunt:

  • Lots of older items are fragile. Touching them, even gingerly, can cause damage. Children need guidance to realize some playthings aren't really playthings anymore. This is true even at flea markets, which can be less intimidating than some high end venues but still hold valuable items here and there.
  • Young ones can learn to respect other people's property when properly supervised in antique malls and shows, but it helps to gauge a child's maturity level before you go shopping. 
  • If your collecting buddy generally behaves well and listens to instructions in other stores, chances are they'll do fine in an antique shop as well. If they're still too young, sticking to garage sales is a less risky choice.
  • Don't forget to teach them the art of haggling while you're out together. This goes back to budgeting and making their money go further. It also helps sharpen their negotiating skills early on in life. Nothing wrong with that.

With a little thought and consideration, collecting adventures with children can lead to a hobby that will last a lifetime. And who knows, your little buddy may grow up to be a world-class coin dealer, television picker, or high end auction ringleader. Wouldn't that be something?

What's hot !

We came across this blog by Dr. Lori Verderame, and thought we would share here. Dig out, dust off your vintage sound equipment, vinyl, "costume" jewelry and military memorabilia ! 

Blog by Dr. Lori

Top 3 Hot Collectibles

by Dr. Lori Verderame


Everybody asks me, What's hot? What are today's most popular antiques and collectibles? Most people know that mid-century modern furniture-Eames chairs, Bertoia sculptures, Nelson clocks--is highly sought after and valuable. This ergonomically correct comfortable furniture in new age materials from the 1950s and 1960s is all the rage.

You must know that record players, turn tables, and vintage vinyl records are still bringing high prices with buyers and sellers alike. First introduced in 1948 to overtake shellac wax discs of the early 1900s, vinyl records are trending with everybody from baby boomers to millennials. But what other hot collectibles are overlooked? I am sharing here the inside scoop on today's hottest pieces. Here are today's Top 3 Hot Collectibles:

1. World War I memorabilia

Want to cash in? Then go digging in the trenches for antiques and collectibles from the Great War. Objects and memorabilia from World War I are at the height of their popularity as they reach their 100th anniversary (1914-1918) now. Look for unusual objects in good condition that were used during the war like daggers, pickelhaube helmets with the Prussian Imperial eagle emblem, and military swords knowing how to spot a valuable sword. The value for this World War I memorabilia is soaring into the 10,000 to 50,000 dollars depending on several factors. Also, look for examples of brass trench art, brochures, pamphlets, and Red cross prints made and used during the Great War years. Use my tips on how to identify valuable prints as a guide.

2. Bakelite pins


While all types of costume jewelry command high prices today including pieces with these marks, there is nothing more desirable than the king of modern plastics formed into necklaces, bracelets, and pins. Bakelite, the colorful, cheap, and non-flammable invention of Belgian-American chemist Leo Baekeland (1863-1944) is still the cat's meow with collectors. Introduced in 1907, Bakelite jewelry came of age in the 1930s and 1940s. Rare and unusual pins in many forms like animals, creatures, and birds, are now attracting collectors in big numbers. These figural pins of Bakelite are worth 100 to 500 dollars.

3. Travel posters

Travel posters featuring historic sites like Pompeii, fabulous cities like Monte Carlo, and quiet getaways like the Poconos are all the rage right now. Do you know how to tell a print from a poster? Popular with collectors are cruise line posters featuring ocean liners and coastal maps from Cunard, Holland America, and other well known lines. Likewise, railway and railroad posters advertising famous routes, new locomotives, and regional lines like the B & O, the 20th Century Limited, and the New York/New Haven line are bringing in big bucks from seasoned collectors. Look for travel posters of thick paper, like quality prints, bright colors, Art Deco and Art Nouveau designs, and no creases, folds or stains. Know how to spot Art Deco and Art Nouveau pieces. Good examples are worth 3000 to 5000 dollars regularly.

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