How to display antique and vintage collectibles in a modern context


Collecting treasures piece by piece over time is one of life's greatest pleasures. There is great skill in pairing objects and furniture from different periods.
Mid century light fitting antique armchair Krakoff
In particular the interiors created by the Krakoffs, Richard Goullet, Roman and Williams achieve a refined balance across periods and styles while being livable in a modern way. 
Delphine Krakoff has an expert ability to decorate with collectibles that span the centuries. She chooses pieces that complement one another - nothing is cluttered and each precious trouvaille is given the space it needs to be visible and appreciated.  
Krakoff interiors antique with modern in New York
In the living room of this sublime New York townhouse Krakoff groups a Roman bust with an aged mirror from the 1940's and a French Maison Jansen table lamp. 
Collection of sunburst mirrors in entryway Krakoff
A collection of vintage Line Vautrin mirrors hang above a well worn leather Hermès sofa. The vintage French François-Xavier Lalanne sheep flock to the corner with their fluffy bottoms cheekily peeking out. 
Klismos chairs living room Krakoff
A pair of mid century Klismos chairs add curves to an otherwise linear space. The mounted torso brings a touch of antiquity to this modernist living room. 
Krakoff library antique with modern
The sleek library of this Connecticut home features cleverly designed joinery so that the collection of books are displayed both with their covers on the angled ledges and on shelves. The profile echoes that of an antique secretaire. A pair of calfskin and beechwood mid-18th century Louis XV armchairs contrast the modern bridge table. 
French Interior Designer Richard Goullet exploits the texture and patina of collectibles in a most sophisticated way. 
Richard Goullet antique modern French interior
He places objects in an altogether different context. Here, in a sleek grey and white kitchen in Provence, huge weathered garden pots make a sculptural statement on the kitchen counter. This contrasts the delicate and intricate antique Saint's crown and Italian gilded chandeliers above. 
Richard Goullet living room antique modern french interiors
In the living room of the same home a pair of white leather Le Corbusier armchairs face the Louis XV stone chimney. A gilded processional lantern hangs beside the window. An array of apothecary jars are displayed with other curios in a timber-lined niche. A vintage 'Unic' light sits in front of a black framed bistro mirror on the mantle. 
Bedroom with antique and modern decor
A pair of salvaged gilded angels hang on the wall and contrast a painted red harvest ladder. The rustic stool makes a simple nightstand. A large mirror is hung close to the floor and bounces light around this airy space. 
Roman and Williams are a New York duo who started in film set decoration. Their ability to curate a home in a way that doesn't look forced is awe-inspiring. 
Antique gilded mirror on mantle piece wall paper antiques modern
Antique gilded mirrors are a frequent choice. Often worn with time and with aged mercury glass they bring an instant touch of rustic luxury. They look timeless against floral wallpapers. 
Antique gilded mirror powderroom wallpaper
Roman and Williams also display in theme without being too perfect or contrived. Here a collection of antique glass bottles are displayed above stemware. 
Collection of antique glass
Rustic French cutting boards are left out on the kitchen island to be used and enjoyed. 
antique french cutting board
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