I recently wandered over to 1stDibs, to see how antique forms are fairing these days on the site. While still looking heavily mid-20th Century modern, antiques are fairing a bit better than in previous months. Antique forms which are selling are classic, with clean simple lines which mix well with more modern forms. Clean lines seem to be key these days. Also, interesting accessories with high graphic appeal.
I do have to wonder whether this trend will hold in the coming years, and also – just how much of this trend has been driven by the extensive exposure of more modern forms, such as contemporary art. Combined with a lack of exposure/education specifically aimed at a broader and younger audience, which demonstrates the true flexibility of certain forms of antiques, has led to rigid lines of division being drawn, with antiques taking a beating on the style-front. I personally do not believe that every dealer should be required to jump on the mid-20th century bandwagon if it truly is not their interest, taste, nor specialty. In addition, it tends to create an over-saturated look. Mixing is encouraged & applauded – overuse of a formulaic look, however, could only contribute to the need to, once again, shift gears a year later.
A selection of items recently sold on 1stDibs: