Photos courtesy of Sotheby's
Spearheaded by young department specialists Andrew Ogletree of English Furniture and Csongor Kis of French and Continental Furniture, a team of 5 planned the initiative. They saw this showhouse as a way to expand the designer audience visiting them. They wanted to show that "decorative arts are integrated into your life on a daily basis," shared Kis.
Focused on exceptional quality, the showhouse is to expose people to great design that is attainable. They encourage visitors to find items they are drawn to and have a passion for. Having always been a place designers source from, auction houses offer vetted items, in addition to the chance to train one's eye-- looking at as many antiques as possible helps in that education. These are pieces to be used and lived with, they are not meant for only the finest collectors or museums. The rooms will show how to mix styles and value the history and materials of what was created in the past. Sure, provenance is important to some, but to others, the love of a piece is the only thing that matters.
Ann Pyne of McMillan
Dawn Curry of Modern Declaration
Catherine Casteel Olasky and Maximilian P. Sinsteden