“E-commerce has broadened consumers’ options and even saved some brick-and-mortar shops,” New England Home‘s Regina Cole writes. “Still, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of hands-on discovery.” In the January/February 2016 issue, Cole explores how e-commerce antiques businesses–like The HighBoy–have opened up the industry to new buyers. Our founder Olga Granda-Scott and HighBoy dealer Debra Sidebottom chime in on the conversation with Cole. Read on:
In 2005, when domino magazine first came to be, I was an anomaly: an antiques dealer in my early twenties. Most of my peers were attending graduate school or exploring new career paths, I had been enchanted by the family business. The industry publications I was required to peruse were just that: required reading, all business, no pleasure. Who came to my rescue? domino. It was a publication that believed in beautiful environments and spoke to the reality of someone my age. It layered old and new, high and low, business and pleasure.
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.
Recently, The HighBoy’s co-founder Olga Granda-Scott joined Antiques Diva, Toma Clark Haines on a tour through London Antiques Week, visiting the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair and Masterpiece London, as well as few hidden treasures. Here’s a preview of Olga’s favorite spots, stay tuned for full coverage of the expedition!
There’s nothing more exciting in the world of art and design than a collaboration. Which is why we were thrilled to partner with three brilliant design businesses for the Antiques, Garden & Design show in Chicago last weekend.
With a lush, chinoiserie-inspired wallpaper from Fromental, exquisite 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century antiques from The Golden Triangle (Chicago shop and HighBoy storefront), and renown local interior design firm Jessica Lagrange Interiors to tie the look together, the finished project was a vibrant and luxurious blend of style and color.