THOMASVILLE — The 25th anniversary Thomasville Antiques Show opens Feb. 21 and will run through Feb. 2 at the Thomasville Exchange Club Fairgrounds.
As always, the show brings to our area some of the finest antiques dealers in the trade. And, in celebration of its 25th anniversary, this year’s show presents some of the best of the best in guest speakers.
With a lineup usually reserved for places like design meccas New York or LA, the world of interiors and antiques comes to Thomasville through renowned masters in their fields: Miles Redd, Hutton Wilkinson, Curt DiCamillo, Lark Mason and special guest Lisa Newsom.
Kicking off the celebration for the 25th Anniversary of the Thomasville Antiques Show, founder of Veranda magazine, Lisa Newsom, will be signing her new book during a champagne reception sponsored by Liam’s and The Thomasville Center for the Arts in downtown Thomasville (Center for the Arts gallery space on Broad Street). In 1987, Lisa set out to show the world that fine interior design existed even in the South! Soon after its launch, California became the state with the third-largest circulation even though the magazine had never featured a West Coast house.
In 2002, The Hearst Corporation purchased Veranda and it joined the chain’s other popular titles, such as Town & Country, Harper’s Bazaar and House Beautiful.
Although under a new editor, Newsom’s vision continues to inspire the magazine’s editorial direction. In 2012, The Magazine Association of the Southeast honored her with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Author of the exquisite book, The Houses of Veranda, Newsom has now authored a second stunning book, The Art of Outdoor Living. Tickets are limited for this special event.
Known for his incredible use of color and whimsy, the outgoing Georgia native and international style maker, Miles Redd, will share his “Inspirations and Influence of Fashion in Interior Design,” during the Thomas-ville Antiques Show. Creative director of Oscar de la Renta Home since 2003 and one of Architectural Digest’s “AD 100” in 2012, 2013 and 2014, Redd will bring his Big Book of Chic to life, and discuss how interior and fashion design are intertwined.
“captivated by chic from an early age, Redd has assembled a personal medley of images — a white-gloved hand poised to pluck a caviar toast, a 1940s princess in a froth of tulle and a Roman bust wearing a coolie hat — of people, artists and places that inspire him. To those rich pickings, the decorator adds shots of his “party-ready “interiors and quotes of life less ordinary.” Vogue
Drawing on inspirations ranging from fashion photographer Richard Avedon to illustrator, Rene Gruau, Miles Redd crafts interiors for a wide array of venues. His trademark approach to design brings life to rooms by infusing boldness, fantasy and sophistication.
Redd began his interior design career after graduating from NYU, honing his skills with antiques dealer John Rosselli and interior designer Bunny Williams. In 1998 he opened his own design firm in New York, but he still has his roots in Georgia.
Hutton Wilkinson, LA designer and president of Tony Duquette Inc., known for over-the-top gorgeous interiors, continues his creative work inspired by design icon and business partner Tony Duquette. Wilkinson constructs rooms with explosive vision, creating a sumptuous feast for the eyes for some of Hollywood’s best. He will share the creative, and sometimes over-the-top, stories of Duquette and his experiences written about in his newest book, More is More.
Duquette, “Wild Child of Hollywood Design,” was Wilkinson’s muse since seventh grade. Incredibly, a high school art teacher told Hutton about an internship with Duquette and the rest is history! Wilkinson eventually became a partner with Duquette and today runs the company following the death of his extraordinary mentor.
Movie stars, Hollywood and the LA lifestyle played a big part in design and his book, More is More. It illustrates through magnificent archival photographs, his interiors and gardens, his amazing jewelry and sculptures, their lavish parties and lifestyle, and use of unorthodox materials. Wilkinson feels that there is a lack of appreciation in the nouveau riche for the beauty and luxury which is inherent in an individual and creative lifestyle. Like Duquette, Wilkinson follows that beauty, not luxury, is what we should value. He hopes the minimalistic designs of the past decades will transform back to embracing beauty and style.
Wilkinson also follows Duquette’s penchant for mixing the famously high and low in materials, the costly and the found, the rare and the common.
“Tony was a visionary,” Wilkinson said. “Nothing was too precious to him. He is also “very interested in the European interpretation of Asia,” and Wilksinson dubs Duquette’s taste “Hollywood Chinoiserie.”
More is More will delight its readers and to hear the stories of these bigger than life designs adds a new creative layer to the Thomasville Antiques Show.
If you love Downton Abbey, then Architectural Historian Curt DiCamillo is a must see. The foremost authority on country houses in England and Ireland, DiCamillo will share the many stories behind the real Downton Abbey — Highclere, in England. Renowned for his lectures and five star tours through the most magnificent country houses, DeCamillo digs deep into the history of this magnificent country home and shares its history at the Thomasville Antiques Show.
DiCamillo is known as personable, relaxed and full of wonderful knowledge which allows his audience to really engage in his lectures. His five-star tours of the country homes (which we sometimes think of as castles in the US) are coveted by his fans. Where there is wealth and power, there are always stories about the noble families who lived in them, their houses and their jewels. These stories weave together to create compelling sagas of power and position. Highclere’s tales don’t disappoint, they are rich with passion, secrets and even mummies.
Since 1999, he has maintained an award-winning database on the web, The DiCamillo Companion to British & Country Houses www.dicamillocompanion.com. The database seeks to document every English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish country house ever built, standing or demolished. No one knows these homes like DiCamillo and Highclere or “Downton Abbey” will come to life during the Antiques Show.
Lark Mason is well known to Antiques Roadshow fans — a veteran appraiser, expert in Chinese Porcelains and other antiquities, as well as founder and owner of the online auction house igavel.com. He has transformed the auction world with his online auction house and he will be a special guest speaker at the Antiques Show.
Mason worked with Sotheby’s, New York, where he was senior vice president in the Chinese Works of Art Department. There he evaluated collections, including those of The National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis among others. He is a fine-arts agent with Timothy Sammons, Fine Art Agents, based in London and New York and the consulting curator for the Margaret and Trammell Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas.
He will be signing copies of his book and speaking about “Art, Culture and Antiques in the Age of Twitter” He will also be hosting a Thomasville “Antiques Roadshow” by conducting verbal evaluations of personal items on Feb. 22-23. An appointment is required and space is very limited. Call the Antiques Show to register 229-225-9354 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thomasville Antiques Show tickets are available online at www.thomasvilleantiquesshow.com. Each and every speaker is a must see for anyone who loves interior design and antiques. General admission is available at the door.
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