One common refrain among dealers is there has been a decline in the number of desingers frequenting shows in the last few years. I am interested in hearing thoughts as to why. Of course I have my own ideas.
1. Furniture manufacturers have embraced the production of new things that look old. Look no further than Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn. Is anyone bothering to make anything that looks new anymore.
2. Because of the proliferation of items made to look old, the need to do the legwork in finding material has been made much easier for designers.
3. Shelter magazines that have long been advocates of antiques and vintage have embraced the made to look old new material.
4. The antiques/vintage industry has failed to embrace methods to inspire a new generation of customers.
Not that all is lost, talented people within the industry are working to address these issues. Anyone care to chime in??