First comes work, then comes marriage: Six years ago, Melissa Magid teamed up with Italian transplant and second-generation antiques dealer Nicolo Camisa to launch a tiny New York City shop filled with impeccable European furniture, art, and accessories. A couple of years later, the pair said “I do,” making Nicolo Melissa Antiques a true family business, whose expertly curated HighBoy storefront will satisfy even the most discerning tastes.
How did you become interested in antiques?
Nicolo: I grew up in the business. My father is a dealer in Italy, and my family’s home was always filled with antiques. As I got older, I started gaining an appreciation for them myself. It was in my blood.
Melissa: I didn’t know much about antiques before Nicolo and I got married, but the first time he brought me to meet his family in Italy, I remember thinking his parents’ home was reminiscent of a museum: There were antiques everywhere. When his father started sharing stories behind each piece, though, that’s what got me. Nicolo inherited his passion—and it was contagious.