Those of you who read my ‘tweets’ on celebs at the Los Angeles Antiques Show know that it was well attended by the glitterati. Zach Braff, Chris Klein, Eva Mendes, and Jimmy Kimmel were, to my knowledge, first time attendees. A couple of significant factors- all of them are young and spent a considerable amount of time at the show. What I mean to say is, they were seriously looking. If they didn’t buy, at least gauged by the amount of time they spent at the show, they must have been intrigued by what they saw.
And why would they not? The show looked terrific, with the entry into the show itself composed of a hall of mirrors, all of different shapes and periods loaned by exhibitors, set the tone for the wonderful offerings within. The show entry was staged by our good friend and excellent interior designer, Lizzie Dinkel.
As well as younger show visitors, a new wave of LA designers was also there, including Oliver Furth, Trevor Goff, Thierry Marchand, and the usual but none the less welcome show stalwarts Joe Nye, Madeline Stuart, Kathryn Ireland, and Martin Lawrence-Bullard. What will Joe think of my characterizing him as a ‘stalwart’? It sounds a more fitting description for a parking bollard than a talented interior designer who’s just completed a room for the Kip’s Bay Showhouse in New York. Joe does read this blog, as one of my 20 or so devoted readers, so doubtless I will receive his redress in the fullness of time.
The miracle, though? That the show happened at all, with dealers jittery and unwilling to commit to participate until the very last minute. Kudos to show chairs Laurent Rebuffel of Habite in Los Angeles and Robert Willson of Downtown who pushed and prodded, and got a show put together that was at least as good as any in its 14-year history. Rough edges? As a concomitant portion of the overall show miracle, whatever difficulties existed were only marginally apparent to Keith and me- and thankfully invisible to show visitors.