December 17, 2016
By Candace Longfellow
ARE COLLECTIBLES THE NEXT COOL HOME DECOR PIECE?
From frilly high collars to leg of mutton sleeves, 19th-century trends have had a strong presence on the runways this year as seen in recent collections from the likes of Alexander McQueen and J.W. Anderson, as well as on the backs of all your favorite street style stars. But why stop at corsets? In keeping with the theme, more and more designphiles are incorporating Victorian era collectibles into their home decor. While the posh minimalism of midcentury modern design remains a strong trend, decorators everywhere are mixing up their interiors with unexpected pops of color and (a little whimsy) in the form of porcelain figurines from time-honored brands like Herend and renowned regions like Limoges.
“In a way, Limoges boxes remind me of visits to my grandma’s house as a kid,” says Senior Visual Designer Ekin Kalayci. “She had many porcelain containers, each filled with pieces of jewelry. As a ritual, I would open all these little boxes and take out the contents and try them on. Even though what was in the boxes didn’t change frequently, I was always captivated by the mystery of the treasures hidden in them.”
Whether it’s nostalgia or a renewed interest in a heritage aesthetic, these delightful collectibles have become some of the fastest selling items on The RealReal. “They typically sell out the day we launch them to the site,” says Senior Art & Home Director Kim Brown. “It’s likely we have collectors checking in daily to see what’s been added, and a consignor will often sell their entire collection within a single consignment, so our customer is able to purchase multiple pieces at one time, creating an instant collection. Sometimes they even buy the entire collection all at once, which is really cool to think that someone’s lifelong collection might help to start a new one.”