Filled with refurbished globes, parched leather club chairs, and industrial accents, Jean Camille Bianic’s eclectic antiques studio has that certain je ne sais quoi. Trained as an artist in France, Bianic worked as an art dealer across Europe before settling in sunny California, where his thriving Los Angeles shop and HighBoy storefront specialize in French Art Deco finds.
When did you first discover your love for antiques?
When I was a kid growing up in France, I would visit my grandparents and spend hours looking through their basement for old treasures—things that they’d discarded or forgotten about in storage. I vividly remember things I found, some of which I still have. There was an old book about the Paris World’s Fair published in 1901, and one of those magic lanterns that you put slides in to see pictures and movies. I loved learning about where things came from and when they were made.
How did your background as an art dealer prepare you for working with antiques?
I think it taught me to appreciate good design first and foremost. I never buy things for their monetary value; I buy only what I think is interesting and unique. I think that’s a very artistic approach.