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Vintage Modern Design Open House at Skinner Auctions

Saturday, March 30 | 2PM – 4PM

Explore behind-the-scenes at Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers with a specialist led tour of an unparalleled variety of furniture and decorative arts to meet today’s interior design trends. Learn how approachable and affordable buying mid-century modern is at auction with an up-close look and discussion of examples by iconic US and International designers and manufacturers spanning the 20th century.… Read More

Upholstery and Design Workshop with Phillips Fine Paint & Design

Presented by the 20th Century Design Department in conjunction with the preview for the 20th Century Design auction.

Partial of Ten Peter Hvidt and O. Molgaard-Nielsen Dining Chairs, Denmark, c.1960 (Lot. 374, Estimate $1,000-$1,500)

Friday, December 6

Learn about techniques used to transform furniture from mundane to magnificent with a demonstration by Phillips Fine Paint & Design of Concord, MA.

6:30 – 8PM

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63 Park Plaza Boston, MA

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5 Auction Picks to Bring New Energy to your Living Space

Do you have a room in your home or apartment that needs some new energy? A great piece of furniture, art, or sculpture can go a long way towards revitalizing your living space. If you love great design, and you’re looking to redecorate within a budget, auction provides many unique, well-made, on-trend, and affordable options.

Our upcoming 20th Century Design auction on December 7, 2013 in Boston is the perfect opportunity to jump in and try bidding for yourself.… Read More

A Chance to See Stunning Studio Furniture at Fuller Craft Museum

Harold Ionson, 1920-2001, Seymour Commode, Made in Westwood, MA. ca. 2000. Photograph by Alex Hochstrasser

Guest post by Michael McMillan, Curatorial Assistant, Fuller Craft Museum

The Fuller Craft Museum is brimming with excitement as we have recently launched this year’s biggest exhibition: Made in Massachusetts: Studio Furniture of the Bay State. We are proud to present this furniture show as our contribution to the paramount Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture, a collaboration that unites eleven institutions in a celebration of furniture-making in the Bay State.… Read More

Guide to Buying Antique and Modern Furniture: Why is Joinery Important?

Understanding how a piece of furniture was made before you buy can prevent you from having to replace or repair the piece. In the long run, this knowledge can save you money and time.

For centuries, craftsmen constructed furniture using hand tools and different methods of joining together the various parts to create a whole. Hide glue, nails, and wood joints were popular and practical methods used to hold a piece of furniture together.

Holiday Shopping Guide: Why I Buy Gifts at Auction

Vanilla. Its essence is delightful in a holiday cookie, but not so much in a holiday gift. We’ve all given them; we’ve all gotten them: gifts that are so unremarkable, so unmemorable, so “plain vanilla”, that they leave both the giver and the receiver feeling rather “Ho-Ho-Hum.”

The truth is, we all want to give and receive unique, thoughtful, and personal holiday gifts. But this seemingly simple task becomes daunting when all that is offered in stores and online is a homogenous array of “stuff.” Not only is it boring and uninspired, much of it is ill-designed, poorly-made, mass-marketed, and overpriced. So what’s a well-meaning gift-giver to do?

Upcycling is Upending a World of Waste

Pottery shards adhered to an upcycled bathtub

Earth day lands on April 22nd this year, and I’ve already started to think about being green, and our responsibility to the world around us. In Americans’ quest for the new, hot, ‘thing’ it’s easy to overlook the treasures of the past, but the mid-century furniture, art glass, and other beautifully designed pieces I work with every day still have a place in our lives.