Redefining Vintage | Joseph Pubillones
We’re not getting any younger, and neither is furniture. As the years pass, items formerly classified as modern are showing up in antique shops throughout the country. Palm Beach designer Joseph Pubillones says vintage is always in style, but the definition of the term is ever changing.
“As the calendar moves forward, we’re seeing items from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s being categorized in the vintage era,” he says. To obtain the look, start with a base of contemporary pieces and add one or two “past perfect” statement items for strategic accessorizing.
Below, Pubillones offers some examples of vintage made modern, with some words of advice on how to bring the past design sentiments to the present.
|This office by Jospeh Pubillones personifies the new vintage aesthetic. The nod to the past comes compliments of the desk, chairs and primitive art.|
Midcentury love affair.
“Midcentury covers post-World War II to the ’80s,” Pubillones points out. Spot a great ’40s clock or chair at the antique store? Snap it up! Just make sure to juxtapose it with a current piece.
|Vita secretary, Currey & Co. ($920, 561-833-0880).|
|1920s Art Deco glass chandelier, V&M ($3,850, vandm.com)|
|Milo Baughman stainless steel drum table, Thayer Coggin ($2,325, 561-862-0800)|
Disco isn't dead.
Pubillones says furniture from the 1970s is having a renaissance. Overstuffed sofas, lacquered furniture and chairs from designers like Milo Baughman and Karl Springer are now hot commodities.
|Karl Springer coffee table, Matthews & Parker (price on request, 914-723-8887).|
|Vivienne bench, Pal + Smith (price on request, 888-725-7684).
Mix things up.
Many vintage pieces from the ’70s come in neutral tones. Dress them up by adding splashes of color, prints and cheeky statement pieces.
|Baxter sofa in Brussels pearl, Jonathan Adler ($3,495, jonathanadler.com).|
|HomeLife Interiors gave this space a midcentury vibe. Photo by Robert Brantley.|