Sunday, April 24, 2011

LA Antiques Show

The Lobby, designed by Mary McDonald
with a nod to 1970's glamour (walls and floor
were painted in an Op Art style with wide
bold diagonal stripes of ivory and black)
housed vintage gowns from Decades, the
go to place for vintage couture.
Rarely does LA welcome old things into it's asphalt bosom.  If citizens aren't tearing down old buildings to make way for parking lots and palaces, they're spread eagle in the doctors office being pumped full of botulism so they can maintain that fresh from the Mothership look.  Such is not the case for the LA Antiques show, held at the famous Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

The yearly event, always worth a visit, lasts only four days and plays host to a wonderful assortment of Antiques dealers from across the country, including some of our own hometown players like Dragonette and Downtown (both of which I love visiting when I'm on La Cienega Blvd.).  The range of objects on display, and for sale, was astounding.  Precious looking French oils, books, garden art, Tiffany desk sets, vintage and antique jewelry, carpets, architectural salvage and, quite frankly, anything you could image, was there.  They really hauled out the big guns for the show, and I'm so glad they did.  It was amazing.  So, instead of getting overly wordy, as I usually do, I'm just going to share photos of things I j'adore.

- Ian    

A wall of vintage wool swimsuits, all of them
impeccable and incredibly charming.
From American Garage.

A vintage shooting gallery game, also from American Garage.
I love the color and patina, and most important, the nostalgia.

The Dragonette booth, floors and walls are in red patent Croc.
Pieces shown include those by Billy Haines, Fornasetti,
 and Tommy Parzinger.

One of three cases at Dragonette, all filled
with vintage Chanel jewelry.

A sofa and slipper chair by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbons at
the Downtown booth.

Fabulous Alabaster urn lamps, also at Downtown.

The Mid Century and Danish Modern selection at Reform Gallery.

Antique Chinese watercolors from Arader Galleries.
They also have some beautiful Audobon's.
McDonald's entry with it's graphic style.
A striing contrast to the ornate antiques shown
in the space.

A view into Brenner-Valdez Antiques & Interiors. 
Love the chairs and that Baroque candle stick lamp.
Actually, there isn't much that I don't love...


  1. those alabaster urns are BEautiful! I want those as night lights.

  2. They're gorg! I loved them. But nothing more than ambient light. You'd need an itty bitty book lamp to get any reading done. And Downtown (the booth that owned them) used corrugated sheet metal as their wall treatment. It was sort of cool. I looked like rippled fabric.