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Brimfield in July: Acres full of antiques tell of home design trends to come

July 12, 2012 02:56 PM  

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Voluptuous plaster shells from Dolce, a West Palm Beach, Florida, dealer of antiques from Miami’s most glamorous era, reminds us of the classic caryatids in Gardens Go Vintage, July/August 2012.

In the blink of an eye, May turns to July and the Brimfield Antique and Collectibles Show again takes over the town of Brimfield, Massachusetts, giving the Design New England editorial team another great reason to get out of the office. On a perfect summer day, we scoured the fields and chatted up dealers looking for the au courante, the tried-and-true, and the next big thing in the world of antiques.

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Garden gems were abundant. We found bistro sets, arbors, fencing, stone decorations, and old-time signage, but these urns turned our heads and made us wonder what designer Sue Champagne (Contained Delights, July/August 2012) could do with them.

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This lamp the 1970s is a complete floorshow. The spiral-stepped attached end table supports a long stem and upward-facing bloom. We couldn’t stop staring. But is it fascinatingly gauche or mesmerizingly elegant? You be the judge.

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Letters, lots of letters from A to Z where everywhere. We found sizes from 6 inches to 3 feet in various materials. These hollow lightweight galvanized metal initials could be installed anywhere. Can you spell “trend?”

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If you thought the industrial home invasion was over as soon as Restoration Hardware took it mainstream, think again. It has impressively grown (literally) as these large-scale salvaged engine parts — fabricated into table bases by Vintage Studios of Chapel Hill, North Carolina — attest.

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An insider's look at must-have products, fresh trends, and inspired spaces from the team at Design New England magazine.

Gail Ravgiala is editor of Design New England and a fan of both the region's historic architecture and its growing inventory of modern houses and public buildings.

Courtney Kasianowicz is associate editor of Design New England who scouts the area for new design, charming products, and local artisans both innovative and daring.

Jill Connors, Design New England's editor-at-large, is an antiques maven and design scout and will post about trends and discoveries in the field.

Bruce Irving, Design New England's contributing editor for architecture & building, is a renovation specialist who will share his insights on design and construction.

Estelle Bond Guralnick, Design New England's style & interiors editor, will post about interior design and interior designers and her favorite finds.

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