Founder's Letter

By: Julie VanDolen • Jun 30, 2010 • 0 Comments

You can call it the New Old, Intuitive Collecting or Neo Renaissance. It all comes down to the good news that a new design aesthetic is sweeping the nation.

You can see the New Old in denim store windows staged with tiers of black Singer Sewing Machines and trendy restaurants illuminated by the glow of antler horn chandeliers.

People everywhere are beginning to reimagine the past and tame it to work in the present. It could be toning down a formal dining room with an old English iron table or bringing a handsome French day bed into the 21st Century with a canopy of Versace scarves. When it’s old and unexpected, it’s Neo.

Granted, the New Old isn’t the only design movement around. That 70’s thing is still big. The Hotel Look seems to be undying.  But when New York Magazine splashed Anthropologie’s painted French settee with ragged upholstery across the cover of the Spring Design issue, they nailed the carefree irreverence that is Neo Traditional.

That same issue featured vignettes of Neo Collectors in their self-appointed lairs. One young couple surrounded themselves with Neo Victoriana. Another tricked out their space in Neo Country, with some help from an early Sears catalog.

Clearly not all these design-forward people have formal training in antiques or objects of material culture or the decorative arts. They just know what they like and aren’t afraid to show it off. We call this intuitive collecting. (For Latiquers, that would be intuitive Latiquing).

The point, we are pleased to say, is that Latique dealers are not the only ones who know antiques have a place in modern life. As time goes by, we see more and more new Latiquers coming aboard. Pretty soon, the New Old could become a social epidemic. How hot would that be?  

This month, award winning designer Jesse Carrier of Carrier and Company Interiors Ltd. tells how he, with business partner and wife Mara Miller, see homes from SoHo to South Hampton.

Although Jesse and Mara are NYC based, their bespoke style works anywhere. We hope you will take inspiration from Jesse Carrier’s insights as well as the New Old and find ways to work your personal Latique favorites into your home.

If you’re still not sure what where to start looking on Latique, check Holly's Covet entries in our blog. Holly has a great eye and an intuitive way of showing how her favorites can play out in the real world.

That’s it for now.  Happy Latiquing – and be sure to add you comments and thoughts to the site. We love to hear from you.