Aged to Perfection

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer

Girl with a Pearl Earring is an oil painting by 17th-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.

We’ll be celebrating timeless treasures during The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market at AmericasMart next week, as the venue’s newest curated collection, Antiques, debuts. The offerings, which will occupy the Floor 2 exhibit hall of building one, will include an extraordinary range of authentic fine furnishings and classic home accents, all aged to perfection, from July 14 through 17.

Toma Clark Haines, aka The Antiques Diva.

Toma Clark Haines, aka The Antiques Diva, or, as we’re calling her today, “the girl with the pearl necklace”!

The Antiques Diva at AmericasMart

 

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles editor-in-chief Elizabeth Ralls will lead a discussion with Toma Clark Haines, aka The Antiques Diva®, and interior designers Beth Webb and Ben Cochrane of Caroline Faison Antiques about how the antique market has changed, and why antiques are essential to design projects across a wide range of ages and aesthetics. The title of the talk, Aged to Perfection, is cleverly descriptive and so on point!

We’ll be holding court in our showroom from the 12th through the 19th with a number of events taking place, all surrounded by our newest and most popular products. A not-to-miss chance to dish about antiques is a Prosecco-sipping soiree with the Diva from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 16th, when she will explore the influence of antiques on Currey & Company products while leading a tour of the showroom. This has inspired me to share a handful of these on the blog today, as well as to point out how vibrantly history can be brought to life with design-centric nods to the past.

Aged to Perfection

To do so, I ask that you enjoy this three-minute video clip from the film Girl with a Pearl Earring. As Scarlett Johansson, as Griet, moves through her meager world, notice how many decorative elements could be today’s finest antiques and collectibles:

 

 

Did you spy the lion’s head doorknocker, the wrought iron candelabra and the Delft tile? Whether these were truly antiques or new finds the film’s set decorators sourced and then had aged to perfection, the originals that served as inspiration are decorative elements you would likely find in the finest antiques shops. The details help bring the story to life, just like each object placed in any interior help tell the tale of the persons calling it home.

Currey & Company Timeless Designs

Twelfth Street outdoor lighting by Currey and Company

The new Twelfth Street outdoor lighting in moonlight, midnight and starlight finishes, comes in four different designs.

A number of our new releases are modern updates on timeless antiques, such as the Twelfth Street outdoor lighting, shown above, in Moonlight (left), Midnight (center) and Starlight (right) finishes. We’ll also have new and popular pieces of our faux bois line in the mix—the furniture based upon historical designs are some of our longest running chart-toppers.

Anywhere Pendant and Hidcote table from Currey and Company

The Anywhere pendant and Hidcote accent table, the latter a Currey & Company faux bois creation.

Robert Currey was initially inspired to design the original pieces in the Currey & Company faux bois lineup to provide new offerings of the French garden treasures seen in the hallowed stalls of flea markets like the Marché aux Puces in Paris and in up-scale antique shops around the world. A concrete-covered steel frame makes them super sturdy for the garden, the pieces sculpted to look like tree trunks and boughs.

The Woodland side chair, aged to perfection faux bois

The Woodland side chair, a Currey & Company faux bois creation.

Serious collectors of this type of furniture are accustomed to paying hefty prices for the old pieces and we’re always pleased to note how excited buyers become when they learn we offer lesser expensive alternatives with all the charm of the graceful forms that have stood the test of time. Beyond its gracefulness, the appeal of faux bois furniture is its durability and its ease of maintenance, as it doesn’t require painting, and won’t rust or rot. Time improves its appearance as mosses and lichens begin to grow on the rough surfaces of the “bark.”

 

Ellyn Bench by Currey and Company

Currey & Company’s Elwynn bench, one of the more intricate and larger pieces in faux bois.

We’ve treated our whimsical faux bois furniture with stains to create an instant weathered look, but you can bet time and the elements will only increase the patina. We hope you’ll come by and see our “false wood” pieces, as the name translates from the French, in our Atlanta showroom. Our space is in Building One of AmericasMart, suite 14F10. We invite you to enjoy a libation or a light bite most anytime, so please do pop in.

Rives Currey by the Hatfield bench

Rives lounges in the grass near the Hatfield Bench, one of Currey & Company’s bestsellers among the faux bois offerings.

Friday evening July 15th will be a rocking one in our space with cocktails to usher in the grand opening of the Retail Meets Design Vignette Gallery (Building 1, Floor 14) from 4 to 7 p.m. Then we make the short trek to the vignette for a White Party from 7 to 9 p.m. (be sure to wear an ensemble in the snowy hue). On Saturday evening, we host the Diva as noted above, and on July 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., we’ll serve Sunday brunch. Let’s just say we’re looking forward to the usual bouquet of fabulous events!

Saxon Henry is a new media strategist and content creator, who blogs on The Diary of an Improvateur.