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Antiques for Modern Living Highlight The Sotheby’s Interior Showcase

Taste of Life

An interior design showcase at Sotheby’s in New York City proves that antiques and fine art can meld seamlessly into contemporary and timeless luxury spaces.

Sotheby’s selected 12 interior designers with very distinct aesthetics from the tri-state area and the west coast–some of them very established and some up and coming–to design different rooms inside a special show house spanning the renowned auction house’s fifth floor.

The designers were required to incorporate antiques, furniture items, and artwork from Sotheby’s into their design. Each piece will be auctioned at the culmination of the At Home showhouse on Sunday, April 17 at 1pm.

The designers were encouraged to put in requests for items from the Sotheby’s catalogue that appealed to them.

“It was really like the Hunger Games here at one point, we were all fighting over it,” quipped Connecticut based interior designer Shelley Morris.

The polished designer’s dining room had one of the lightest pastel color-schemes in the 15-room showhouse. The gracious space’s bold antique furniture drew the eye toward several striking Sotheby’s auction pieces. A large-scale four-piece set of oil paintings by French painter Hyacinthe Collin de Vermont (1693 - 1761) titled Allegories of the Four Seasons, and a 19th Century Italian rococo style carved giltwood mirror were among the older highlights.

Shelley Morris’s dining room. (Photo credit: Alan Barry Photography)

An Italian rococo style carved giltwood mirror from the 19th Century. Estimate: $15,000 to $25,000. (Photo credit: Courtesy of Sotheby's)

Allegories of the Four Season by Hyacinthe Collin de Vermont (1693 - 1761).  Estimate: $20,000 to $30,000. (Photo credit: Courtesy of Sotheby's)

A few rooms away, New York-based designer Jennifer Wolf’s breakfast room featured a nook lined with oval room blue-colored trellis. The other end of the room carried the same striking blue color in the patterned wallpaper emblazoned with alabaster stripes and laurel leaves. Her firm specially designed the wallpaper for the event, an undertaking that took three weeks, “which isn’t very much but we were under the gun.”

Jennifer Wolf’s breakfast room in “oval room blue.” (Photo credit: Alan Barry Photography)

Richard Rabel, Bradley Bayou, Bunny Williams, Fawn Galli, Patrick Mele, Richard Rabel, Robert Passal, Sandra Nunnerley and Scott Sanders were other featured designers at the showhouse, which is in its third year.

The At Home exhibition is open to the public at Sotheby’s auction house at 72nd Street and York Avenue in New York City from 10am to 5pm each day through Saturday, April 16, 2016.