Toma Clark Haines, CEO of The Antiques Diva & Co., the world’s largest antiques touring company explains, “It’s all about the mix. Different periods and different styles, different echelons and origins are what makes a room exciting. People today want their rooms to reflect their globally chic lives – global influence – southeast Asian textiles next to Swedish Rococo chairs, and French Louis XVI gilt consoles paired with a vintage African juju hat.”
The intrigue of another culture always has the capacity to transcend the ordinary, much as a film can captivate and create an alternate perspective. A Moroccan inlay chest, an ornately carved Venetian Commode, or an English Tudor chest all serve the same purpose, but their cultural content is distinctive and the experience they elicit is unique.
For their One Steamboat Place project, Joni Vanderslice and her team at J. Banks Design used a dramatically scaled bookcase to create a space that lifts the eye and spirit upward. Once part of the Vienna State Library in Austria, the piece was sourced from Randall Tysinger Antiques in High Point.