For years the Winter Antiques Show has been a magnet for the the biggest names in Manhattan and the design world. The event, always held in January, is widely regarded as the kick-off to the new year’s social season and the upcoming show promises to be more glittery than ever. Some of the most prominent interior designers practicing today–Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson, Celerie Kemble, and Miles Redd–have agreed to be honorary chairs for the show which will be held January 20-29th at the Park Avenue Armory. The Opening Night Party is on January 19th.
“We challenge ourselves every year to try and make the Winter Antiques Show more fun and exciting than the year before—to take it from strength to strength,” says Arie Kopelman, Winter Antiques Show co-chair and former president of Chanel. “We are thrilled to be working with these four design stars.” The designers were chosen for their prominence in the industry and expertise in decorating with antiques. Read more about them below.
JAMIE DRAKE AND CALEB ANDERSON
Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson are partners in the newly formed Drake/Anderson, a multidisciplinary design firm specializing in high-end luxury projects. Drake has won numerous industry awards and has been a regular presence on Architectural Digest’s AD100. Anderson has been cited on rising-star lists of many publications, including House Beautiful and Lonny. Drake and Anderson say they have long found the show to be a terrific resource with its “great focus on American design and the tastes of classic America. Yet, as the world has evolved, along with the interests of collectors, the show has come to reflect a sophisticated diversity of tastes.”
Over the years the designers have found pieces from such “tradition-rich dealers as Hirschl & Adler, Gerald Peters and Barbara Israel, as well as from the more recently added modern and contemporary sources including Maison Gerard, Glass Past, and Liz O’Brien.” They cite the show’s breadth, offering “pieces large and small, from accessories to grandly scaled furnishings and art.”
Celerie Kemble, whose work has been featured in Architectural Digest and Elle Décor, is the author of To Your Taste and Black & White (and a Bit in Between). Her work has been included in Architectural Digest’s AD100 and many other top publications. Kemble says the Winter Antiques Show is “one of my favorite fairs of the year. With pieces from antiquity to modern day there are always objects that stand out and are sure to amaze.”
Miles Redd opened his New York City-based design firm in 1998 and has served as the creative director of Oscar de la Renta Home. He is the author of The Big Book of Chic. In 2015, Redd launched a line of fabrics and wall coverings with Schumacher: line of rugs with Patterson Flynn Martin debuted earlier this year.
“The Winter Antiques Show is a great way of seeing different dealers from all over the world,” says Redd. “I adore antiques, and the quality of the objects exhibited at the Winter Antiques Show sets it apart from other venues. I look forward to shopping there again this year, both for myself and for my clients.” Redd says he uses antiques in all his projects. “I love to take brown furniture and paint it chalky white. It refreshes it and makes it up to date. I also love to ebonize antiques, as it also modernizes the piece.”
Proceeds from the show will benefit East Side House Settlement, a community-based organization that provides education and technology training for students in the Bronx and Northern Manhattan.