When it comes to design, there are no longer strict rules. People are embracing the ability to use pieces from many eras to cultivate a personalized look, and nowhere is that more fitting than the Antiques + Modernism Winnetka Show. The 7th annual show takes place November 4 through November 6 this year, with a preview party on November 3. The show features a range of home furnishings, artwork, clothing, jewelry, and more from classic to modern styles.
Long known as a must-stop show for interior designers and collectors, the event may be drawing a larger individual shopping crowd as well. Last year, attendance was up 32 percent from the year before, and organizers hope this year draws an even larger audience.
The show features pieces that are exclusively available from nationally recognized, specialist dealers. All proceeds benefit the Winnetka Community House, a non-profit on Chicago’s North Shore that brings educational, cultural, social, and recreational opportunities for all ages to the community. Last year, the show raised more than $100,000.
The 2016 Antiques + Modernism Show will feature three internationally recognized designers who will be highlighted through special events.
Special guest Alexa Hampton will give a breakfast presentation on her book Decorating in Detail, which focuses on textures, fabric, and furniture to create an elegant and classic home. Alexa is president of her late father’s firm Mark Hampton LLC, and has received numerous accolades for her design work around the world.
India Hicks, designer and founder of a lifestyle brand, will speak at a lunch about her new book, India Hicks: Island Life. Running a luxury lifestyle business from the Bahamas inspired the book, which discusses family kitchens, the pleasure of porches, entertaining, and empowering women in business and everyday life.
“I reached an age where I found there was a large audience of women who were extremely confident and competent and yet had probably given up careers to do the best job ever—starting a family and raising children. These women were now looking to do something else and not necessarily want a full-time job,” Hicks says. “The opportunity that we’re offering allows them to run their own business, on their own time, in their own terms. In return, these women have inspired me. They are empowering me and I find that really exciting.”
While moving to an island might not be realistic for everyone, Hicks hopes to encourage attendees from all backgrounds to take new adventures and overcome challenges, whatever those may be.
The final day of the show features Chicago’s own Michael Del Piero, of Michael Del Piero Good Design. Over brunch, Del Piero will share her expertise on purchasing, collecting, and displaying original art and antiques, and talk about how she creates timeless interiors by layering modern art and global, classic antiques.
“Art should live with the rest of the design elements in a room,” Del Piero says. “Art should be a focal point yet not overpower the rest of the items.”
Many of the pieces she’s drawn to come from her extensive international travels. “Travel should be part of life,” Del Piero says. “The lessons learned and inspiration found in visiting new places and obtaining art from sources other than galleries is a key element in making a home personal and unique.”
For her, balance is another important aspect of life, whether balancing antiques and modern pieces, or finding the perfect mix of work and pleasure. This is one of the key elements of her work, and of her presentation at the show.
“I strive for balance in everything I do,” she says. “I’ve incorporated this philosophy into my life and it flows into the interiors I create for others. Prioritizing lifestyle above all else when designing brings a different attitude to our design choices. Of course we care deeply about the overall aesthetic, but the balance of the two is where we always land. There is also balance in the materials we use when pulling together rooms. I love to see metal, soft fabric, glass and wood in every space.”
The Antiques + Modernism show brings such a range of pieces together that it’s easy for attendees to create their own style and balance. There’s a wide price range too, so people of all budgets can find a treasure to take home.
Growing up in the area, Del Piero has been a fan of the show for many years, and is excited to be a part of it this year.
“I wanted to be a part of something local, which also has the sophistication of a high-end European show,” she says. “Midwesterners are tasteful and chic and hungry for information at their caliber.”
This nationally recognized show doesn’t disappoint, bringing examples of American, European, and Asian antiques, as well as pieces from 17th century to 20th century art to the Midwest.
For more information about the Antiques + Modernism show, visit thewinnetkashow.com.