The following is an excerpt from an article published in New York Spaces in January 2015:
With more than two decades in the business, Olga Granda-Scott and Douglas Scott have developed a keen sense for beauty in the world of antiques and fine arts. It wasn’t until early 2014 that these innovators took their passion—fueled by desire to bring the beauty and history of antiques to another generation of buyers—and launched TheHighBoy.com. Catering to a community of dealers, young buyers, and design enthusiasts, The HighBoy revolutionized the online marketplace for antiques by connecting creative minds under one platform. In honor of their one-year anniversary, founders Olga and Douglas have presented this year’s forecast for 2015.
Designers and homeowners will continue to refine the idea of mixing “old and new” for a layered, eclectic, storied look. “Home design magazines are full of rooms that show off the beautiful and interesting combination of antiques and modern pieces,” says Douglas. “We’re seeing design enthusiasts clamor for distinctive items, and the craftsmanship of antiques is a perfect answer to that search.” Gone are the days of period-specific rooms; instead, we’ll see even more blending of eras.
For the past decade, there’s been a shift from focusing on a sleek interior into a more three-dimensional feel. For antiques, this means that a greater appreciation for warm woods, encaustic tiles, and case goods that show the imperfections and beautiful patina of time.
Designers have showed us the power of an interesting collection–vintage record covers, antique books, old mason jars, antique Staffordshire figurines, Delft plates, even taxidermy (true!). “We’ll see people displaying collections of antique items in a whole range of interiors, not just traditional or transitional spaces,” says Olga. “Even modernists are getting in on the game.”
People will continue to be drawn to Scandinavian design–modern and antique. The more decorative and traditional Gustavian pieces play equally well with mid-century items and with traditional pieces. More recent history has given Scandinavian design a cleaner line, which is also appealing to people looking for pieces that can be combined, say, with a few “fussier” English or French pieces. “I would hang a Rococo mirror over a clean-lined vintage Scandinavian console,” Olga says. “It’s instant style.”
Back to Brass
Don’t expect a return to the ‘80s. Today’s brass is more weathered and muted, just as you’ll find in most antique items with brass details. Olga advises, “Maison Jansen bar carts and coffee tables are hugely popular–and we’ll continue to see tastemakers use them as eye-catching accessories in their homes.”
Only five years ago, you’d have to hunt up and down the West Village to find that one-of-a-kind hidden gem of a store that harbored exclusive but affordable antique items for the home. Today, The HighBoy ends the often-intimidating process by providing a simple, fun user experience on their site that delivers the industry’s most coveted pieces, all with a money-back guarantee.
Read the full article on New York Spaces here.