events | 2011

please follow me as i blog from some of my favorite art, antiques, and furniture fairs for 2011.
MAISON & OBJET, a trade fair held twice a year at paris nord villepinte exhibition center, is an interior design trend barometer.  this january, MAISON & OBJET and satellite trade shows scenes d'interieur and now! design a vivre welcome 2011 createurs edouard francois, a pioneer of green architecure, gilles & boissier, hospitality and restaurant architectural and interior designers, and ronan & erwan bouroullec, industrial design icons.  what better way to start the year than by meeting the creators and discovering the emerging design trends?

jan 21-30
winter antiques show | new york NY 
the winter antiques show, the 'best of the best' american antiques show held at the park avenue armory, features exceptional american, asian, english, and european fine and decorative arts, dating from antiquity through the 20th century.  the 2011 loan exhibition, grandeur preserved:  masterworks presented by historic charleston foundation, showcases over 50 important objects from the collections of charleston, SC cultural institutions and from private collections.  the accompanying loan exhibition lecture series features experts from middleton place house museum, gibbes museum of art, drayton hall, winterthur, and historic charleston foundation. the expert eye lecture & book signing series features authors thomas jayne-the finest rooms in america, pauline metcalf-syrie maugham, peter pennoyer-peter pennoyer architects: apartments, townhouses, country houses, vanessa remington-masterpieces in little: portrait miniatures from the collection of her magesty queen elizabeth II, and carolle thibaut-pomerantz-wallpaper: a history of style and trends.  social events include the 'see and be seen' opening night party, plus an opportunity to 'meet and greet' new york design editors and interior designers at the 'meet the designers' reception on young collector's night.  definitely worth a trip to new york in january, despite the cold weather!

feb 2-4  
design san francisco | san francisco CA
highlights of design san francisco at the SFDC (san francisco design center) include presentations, panel discussions, seminars, and product launches.  think green...shades of green, the keynote presentation, features DESIGNINGreen leaders for the sustainable furnishings council, including barry dixon and thom filicia.  seminars about environmentally responsible textiles, furnishings, and lighting include presentations by place textiles, odegard furniture and objects, and phoenix day lighting.  think textiles...textile events include the launch of barry dixon's fabric collection for vervain, as well as seminars by phillip jeffries natural textured wall coverings, plus travers, de le cuona, and pollack textiles.  think media...online and social media seminars feature architectural and interior design photographer david duncan livingston, online magazine editor jody murphy-nesting newbies and blogger scot meacham wood-the adventures of tartanscot, and a panel discussion by online marketing experts, such as stefan pepe-gilt home and shane reilly-decorati.com.  and don't forget about...the book signings by interior designers suzanne rheinstein-at home: a style for today with things from the past and barry dixon-barry dixon interiors.  or, the showroom receptions!

mar 18-26 
asia week | new york NY 
asia week, a collaboration between new york asian art specialists, auction houses, and museums, includes exhibitions, lectures, auctions, and receptions that focus on ancient through contemporary works of art from china, southeast asia, himalayas, japan, and korea.  events include asian art open houses, many hosted by members of asian art dealers new york (aadny), auctions at bonham's, christie's, doyle new york, and sotheby's, as well as exhibitions at asia society museum, china institute, japan society, and korea society.  at the metropolitan museum of art, don't miss the emperor's private paradise:  treasures from the forbidden city, an exhibition of 90 paintings, decorative objects, architectural elements, and religious works of art from a private retreat of the qianlong emperor (r. 1736-1795) in the forbidden city.  (click here for a review of the qianlong exhibition.)  social events include the annual asia society gala benefit, a panel discussion and reception co-hosted by asia society, and a lecture and reception that accompanies bye bye kitty, a group show of contemporary japanese artists at japan society.  and, don't forget the arts of pacific asia show at 7 west 34th street from march 24-27.  if you are an asian art collector, curator, or scholar, then asia week new york in march, and asian art in london in november are 'must do' events!

mar 18-27 
the european fine arts fair (TEFAF) | maastricht netherlands
TEFAF maastricht sets the standard.  anyone who is anyone in the fields of fine or decorative arts, including distinguished dealers, academics, art critics, and collectors, attends TEFAF maastricht.  for TEFAF, the interior of the maastricht exhibition & congress centre is transformed into an elegant cityscape, with aisles named after the avenues of major european cities, medians landscaped with tulips, and pedestrian walkways lined with stands featuring fine and decorative arts from 263 dealers in 17 countries.  TEFAF maastricht sets rigorous vetting standards, so the quality, condition, and authenticity rivals the best museum collections in the world.  exhibits feature not only classical paintings, antiques, antiquities, and manuscripts, but also modern art, works on paper, 20th century design, and a showcase of 6 recently established galleries.  and, the haute joallerie? dazzling!

mar 23-24
west week | los angeles CA
highlights of west week at the PDC (pacific design center) include keynote lectures, showroom programs, new product introductions, book signings, and exhibitions. la is always a 'scene', and west week is never an exception! 

apr 12-17
salone internationale del mobile | milan italy
the most directional bathroom, kitchen, lighting, office, and home furnishings debut at the salone internationale del mobile.  the 50th anniversary i saloni milano 2011 not only includes euroluce and saloneufficio, bi-annual lighting and workspace exhibitions, but also a retrospective of furnishings by legendary and emerging designers at la trienniale di milano design museum.  what could be more inspiring than celebrating the most innovative design in this most fashionable italian city? 

may 12-14
legends 2011 | los angeles CA
celebrate art at legends 2011, a two day event hosted by the LCDQ (la cienega design quarter).  along with the PDC (pacific design center), the LCDQ is a los angeles interior design shopping mecca.  the displays in the windows of the antique, furniture, rug, accessories, and art galleries, shops, and showrooms that line the courtyards and avenues are an event highlight.  who can resist a little window shopping?

jun 4-nov 27
la biennale di venezia | venice italy
bice curinger, curator at kunsthaus zurich and director of the 54th international art exhibition at the 2011 la biennale di venezia, titled the exhibition ILLUMInations because 'la biennale is one of the world's most important forums for the dissemination and 'illumination' about current developments in international art.'  ILLUMInations presents national art exhibitions, accompanied by collateral events, at the pavilions of the giardini, para-pavilions at the arsenale, and at other urban venues.  to provide local context, ILLUMInations juxtaposes the works of venetian painter tintoretto, whose dynamic use of composition, perspective, and lighting revolutionized classical renaissance painting, with works of contemporary art that also explore light and composition. how enlightening!

even though it has recently suffered an identity crisis, with ever changing names, organizers, fair designs, marketing strategies, and dating guidelines, 'summer olympia', held at the olympia exhibition centre, is considered a business barometer by the british antiques trade and a vip resource for fine, vintage, and decorative furnishings by many american interior designers. (click here and here to read more about the ever changing identity of 'summer olympia'.)

jun 30-jul 5 
the inaugural masterpiece 2010 | london revolutionized the format of international antiques fairs by featuring the 'best of the best, whether antique or contemporary'.  it seems that masterpiece 2011 | london, which expands to 150 exhibitors at the south grounds of the royal hospital chelsea, could even surpass the 'grand dame' grosvenor house art & antiques fair that closed in 2009.  watch out olympia...

sep 9-13 
MAISON & OBJET | paris france  
why not attend MAISON & OBJET in january and september?

sep 16-18
san francisco 20th century modernism show & sale | san francisco CA 
the san francisco 20th century modernism show & sale features decorative and fine arts from all of the important 20th century design movements, presented by 50 national and international exhibitors.  and, you can always count on event designer stanlee gatti to transform fort mason center for the preview party gala, benefiting the san francisco museum of modern art (SFMOMA).  a 'see and be seen' social event!

oct 27-30 
the san francisco fall antiques show | san francisco CA
the san francisco fall antiques show, held at fort mason center, is the oldest continuously operating international antiques show on the west coast.  local, domestic, and international antiques dealers exhibit an extraordinary range of fine and decorative arts in all styles from all periods.  and, don't miss the preview party benefit gala, one of the premier social events of the season!

nov 3-12
asian art in london | london united kingdom 
held throughout london, a center for asian art rivaled only by new york or hong kong, asian art in london  features lectures, courses, conferences, exhibitions, auctions at bonham's, christie's, and sotheby's, receptions, and galas.  the receptions, hosted by asian art dealers in kensington church street, st. james's, and mayfair on consecutive evenings, the lecture and reception hosted by christie's on king street in st. james's, and the reception hosted by eskenazi ltd in mayfair are not to be missed!  

Winter Fine Art &  
Antiques Fair, Olympia  
nov 14-20
winter fine art & antiques fair olympia | london united kingdom 
'winter olympia' is traditionally more classical than 'summer olympia' because it features more fine english furniture.  'winter olympia' usually attracts more members of the british antiques dealer's association (BADA), who often exhibit at the BADA antiques & fine art fair in the spring or at masterpiece london in the summer.  even so, many american interior designers (including moi!) consider both 'winter olympia' and 'summer olympia' vip events.

what are your favorite furniture fairs for 2011?
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