Each issue, Dealer Kieran Mathewson OF River and Jones digs into the lives of fellow dealers to find out more about their individual style, loves, fears and aspirations.
IN THE OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2019 ISSUE…
Dealing in antiques is a little like decorating your home; it’s based on personal taste, interests and life experiences. And one of the most exciting things is the sheer amount of choice out there. The first thing that springs to mind when I’m talking about antiques is, how old is it? But that’s just the tip of the iceberg; you can appreciate an item for many reasons, and this time ‘Trading Places’ looks at dealers who all have a completely different approach to buying stock.
Bie Baert focuses on clean, neutral tones, which is in complete contrast to Roche Coward Antiques’ abundance of colour and personality. Where Bie Baert sources pieces from all over Europe, Billy Hunt’s approach is to stay close to home, focusing on British made industrial design. Then there is James Flenley of Imagined Interiors who doesn’t follow any sort of rule book at all, buying anything that ‘feels right’, regardless of its age or where it’s from.
IN THIS ISSUE… We talk to Bie Baert, whose love for nature, music, theatre and books inspires her. Using a Dutch saying she describes her love for antiques, and her passion for what she does, as “Playing outside, as kids do”.
We stay put with Wayne Lawless and Martina Reitbauer from Billy Hunt, whose bucket list certainly doesn’t include 4am starts on buying trips to France, not when there’s so much on offer nearer to home!
James Flenley from Imagined Interiors talks about his decision to move away from the usual 9am to 5pm job, and how after a year in the showroom, he’s not ready to relax just yet.
Finally, we find out about the artistic background of Alex Coward and Rebecca Roche, and how their dislike for beige and magnolia led them to create the vibrant and beautifully energetic Roche Coward Antiques website.