Design New England

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


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.



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.


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.


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?”


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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