The integration of antiques and interior design will be the theme of an expo now in its second year at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.
The Los Angeles Interior Design & Antiques Show is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun- day, November 12th and 13th, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica. Admission is $10.
An opening night preview to benefit the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, November 11th. Guests will be served cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and have the first opportunity that evening to view and purchase items in the show. Preview tickets are $50, which includes readmission to the public show.
At the show, about 65 dealers will exhibit antiques, modern decorative arts and outdoor living accessories. In addition, a number of interior designers will set up vignettes in the lobby of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium showcasing designs that integrate antiques and decorative artworks. Participating designers include Kenneth Brown of HGTV’s reDesign, Tim Clarke, Peter Dunham, Sari Ehrenreich, Gary Gibson and Susann Thomason Tunick.
A series of lectures and demonstrations will take place throughout the weekend. Lectures are free with show admission.
The lecture, “Fine Art Restoration/Antique Creations is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, November 12th. Zoltan Papp, a graduate of the Hungarian Fine Arts School in Budapest, will take a “before, during and after look” at the creation and restoration of antique interiors.
“The Anatomy of a Lucrative House Flip: From Sledgehammer to Sensational to $$$” lecture by mortgage broker and design industry specialist Bret Parsons is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, November 12th.
In “Design on TV — How It Comes Together,” Kenneth Brown talks about his interior design television show at 3 p.m. Saturday, November 12th.
“Collecting and Storing Wine” will be the final Saturday lecture, at 4:30 p.m.
On Sunday, November 13th, contemporary art consultant Ann Harmsen and director of San Marino Gallery April Game will discuss collecting artworks for use in contemporary settings in their lecture, “Developing a Fine Art Collection — Where Do You Begin?” at noon.
The final lecture of the expo is “Antiques of the Future: Investing in Quality,” moderated by Ann Gray of LA Architect, at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 13th.
One highlight among the galleries and art dealers in the show is the Lebreton-Laurence showroom from San Francisco, which specializes in furniture, accessories and art from the 18th to 20th centuries. Lebretton-Laurence is run by partners James Cassani in San Francisco and Alain Lebreton in France, who often travels to the United States to present new acquisitions to the company’s designer clientele. Lebreton-Laurence’s finds are often culled from private collections in Monaco, Cannes, Nice and Provence.
Among the pieces Lebreton-Laurence plans to exhibit are an 18th century Spanish bargue“o and a Russian School Art Deco portrait by Barjansky.
Also exhibiting this year is New York designer Tucker Robbins. Robbins’ unconventional resumÈ led him to a career in furniture design. During travels to Central America and Pacific Asia, Roberts took great interest in the rough-hewn look of the native furniture he encountered. About two decades ago, Robbins started importing Mayan stools. Soon after, he began developing his own derivative designs. Robbins had his ideas crafted by skilled local craftspeople, who used traditional tools to finish his abstract pieces.
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