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Design pros
discuss antiques
in modern
design-revealing
their conscious
footprint, lifting
the veil on
their intricate
nuances, and
moving past their
typecast role
as passé objects

Antiques tend to have a complicated reputation. On the one hand, they've
been perceived as a status symbol for the ultra-wealthy, surviving relics
of generations past that are ripe with history and saturated by distinguishable
style. And, on the other, they're begrudged hand-me-downs, misfit
furnishings that seem to never quite conform to current design standings.
That leads to the question: Can heirloom pieces be considered revolutionary
in their design once they've passed their prime? Indeed, it's the very fact that
they've stood the test of time and become an heirloom that makes them so.
To expose these ancient beauties as the modern marvels they are, we
turned to our experts in the field to help navigate us through the sometimes
confusing, and often misinformed, landscape of antique acquisition.

Date Book
Perhaps the best place to start is by defining the terms. What is an antique?
Kicking off the conversation is Ernest Johnson of Ottawa, Ontario, Canadabased Ernest Johnson Antiques, as well as a member and spokesperson for
the Canadian Antique Dealers Association (CADA). Johnson explains that "for
something to be referred to in the true sense of the word as being 'antique,'
it would have to have been manufactured over 100 years ago, whereas
something regarded as being 'vintage' would be roughly 50 years old."
Johnson continues, "In dating an item, the word 'circa' is sometimes used,
which is understood to mean the item was made within approximately
10 years of a stated date, e.g., 'circa 1850' meaning the item was made
between 1840 and 1860."
Toma Clark Haines, proprietor of the innovative platform The Antiques
Diva & Co, also weighs in, questioning, "What's in a word? Technically
speaking when it comes to antiques and vintage, we [in the industry] use a
variety of evolving terms. Because antique items are not taxed, the [former]
United States Customs Service [now known as U.S. Customs and Border
Protection] set a rule in 1966 that to be classified antique, [an item] must
be 100-years-or-older to keep people from claiming things as antiques that
actually weren't. Not all antique dealers abide by the 100-year rule; some will
[claim] anything between 80- and 100-years-old." Clark Haines also notes
anything over 20-years-old is often labeled "vintage."

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