News-Antique.com - Aug 17,2008 - Younger collectors are now after vintage industrial and architectural objects which are adding unique decorating accents to urban and country homes and apartments. According to C. Dianne Zweig (cdiannezweig.com) who follows kitchen and home trends and is the author of the newly released Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes, modern designs are being mixed with an updated country look to create a metro-retro look which is fun, practical affordable.
Once junk yard trash, architectural and factory salvage is hotter than ever.
Zweig, who owns Kitsch-n-Stuff which is part of The Collinsville Antiques Company (once the Waring appliance factory) notes that hip antique stores are starting to showcase more unusual items. Metal office furniture, steel shelving, older commercial kitchen stainless steel tables, storage bins, crates, old doors, gates, old windows and other odds and ends are being scooped up by savvy buyers who are turning these junk yard collectibles into functional objets d'art-collectibles..
Antique corbels, porch post and columns, are being used as pedestals as well as shelf,
table, and room divider components. You will also find more interest in grates and gates which are being used as wall décor and bed headboards.
On a recent visit to The Seymour Antiques Company, Seymour Connecticut, Zweig was excited to find three floors of very creative and unique room settings and displays using unusual metal cubicles, factory salvage, paper mache cushions and other clever and whimsical collectibles.
In Zweig’s new book, Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes (Collectorbooks.com) collectors from all over the country as well as abroad show examples of creative uses for vintage architectural and industrial salvage.