What an Eye
Marc Kitchen-Smith’s ‘buyer’s eye’ comes from having spent his formative working life in the graphic design and advertising world in London. He has now been successfully dealing in decorative antiques for over 25 years, fuelled by his lifelong passion for artefacts of the past.
Now based in south-east Cornwall, Marc’s workshop, a converted Methodist Sunday School, is located on the edge of Bodmin Moor. He mixes styles and periods to create his own unique collection of ‘delightful objects’. Good design, craftsmanship, colour and an age-worn patina all play their part in his discerning approach to buying. Items for sale range widely, from country furniture and trunks to folk art, mirrors and lighting, but all will have been selected based on their aesthetic appeal rather than age - he loves to find items that have a story to tell and which stand out from the crowd. The objects he buys are gathered together from a wide range of sources, from local house clearances and barn finds, to auction house visits and working with a network of independent dealers and traders.
There are times when the stock needs careful restoration – nothing is ever done to remove or replace the intrinsic character which drew him to the object in the first place. It’s all about keeping a careful balance and offering a sympathetic eye.
Marc’s stock can be viewed on his website, The Hoarde and Decorative Collective - or you can visit him at his stores by appointment.
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