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Antiques for the Future III at Norman Adams Ltd

24/01/2008, By

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'Antiques for the Future III' is a selling exhibition of contemporary furniture by 12 of Britain's leading Designer-Makers, which follows the success of previous exhibitions where Norman Adams Limited has introduced collectors to leading-edge contemporary design within a domestic setting. Pieces from three leading British contemporary silversmiths will compliment the cabinet-work on display; as will sculptural pieces and turned wood by three of the leading artists in wood. You will be able to add to your collection with these specifically designed pieces. Prices for a modern day masterpiece in this selling exhibition begin at just £200.

There will also be exclusive contemporary British paintings on display from Rafael Valls Limited. This exhibition, compliments the COLLECT exhibition to be held at the V&A, which has in recent years had a shortage of furniture and woodwork on display.

This balance is redressed by Antiques for the Future III, the latest contemporary design exhibition in a series held by Norman Adams Limited, which begins on Tuesday 5th February and runs until Wednesday 27th February, offering leading-edge designs. Some of the pieces available include a monumental hall cabinet in fumed and limed oak and stainless steel by Wales & Wales, together with a sinuous set of library steps in English walnut and ebony by Dr Waring Robinson. Choose a work of art from Richard Chapman’s collection of vessels turned from English hardwoods, or perhaps a delicate chest of drawers for jewellery in bog oak and ripple sycamore by Robert Ingham, only 19.5 inches high.

Senior and Carmichael have made strength come from disaster with their ‘Hurricane’ coffee table and chair created from various trees blown down in the 1987 storm. These pieces have been specially made twenty years on from The Great Storm. And John Makepeace has designed ‘Flow’, a ripple ash, holly and cedar of Lebanon writing chest’ specifically for this exhibition, following on from his successful ‘Sand’ which Norman Adams Limited exhibited at Grosvenor House Fair in 2005. Andrew Varah has made a console table using glass and stainless steel to frame a wonderful slab of burr oak, while S.F. Furniture have contrived a pair of Gothic end tables called ‘Filigree’ of the lightest feeling. New addition to the exhibition, Stephen Skolnik will show an ingenious rosewood drinks cabinet with the cross section in the shape of an apple.

Compliment your furniture with a piece of contemporary silver such as a ‘Flamingo’ candlestick from Ndidi Ekubia; or highlight your furniture with one of Margaret Langley’s tactile wooden sculptures, or a superb piece of carving by Georgy Mkrtichian.

The 12 internationally renowned Designer-Makers exhibiting furniture at ‘Antiques for the Future III’ are: The Edward Barnsley Workshop, Matthew Burt, Martin Grierson, Robert Ingham, John Makepeace OBE, Dr Waring Robinson, Rupert Senior and Charles Wheeler-Carmichael, S.F. Furniture, Silver Lining, Stephen Skolnik, Andrew Varah and Wales & Wales. The three British silversmiths displaying their work this year include Ndidi Ekubia, Rauni Higson and Brett Payne.

All these craftsmen will be on hand at times during the exhibition to describe their creation process and discuss potential commissions from artistic concept to functional transformation. Become a Patron of the Arts by selecting a piece from the wide selection on display or commissioning an individual piece of furniture, silverware or sculpture.

Stewart Whittington of Norman Adams Ltd commented: “We are delighted to again to showcase Britain’s leading designer-makers and the traditional skills of cabinet-making and silversmithing that are of the best quality and design. We feel it is important to illustrate to potential collectors how contemporary and antique furniture and silver complement each other so well in a domestic setting.”

Norman Adams Ltd is a family firm that has been established since 1923 and in Knightsbridge from 1928. Behind the original Edwardian façade, the showrooms with their high ceilings contain a large stock of the finest 18th century English furniture with the emphasis on condition, colour and patina which have for so long been the hallmarks of the business. There are also chandeliers, clocks and barometers, needlework and objects to complete a room or house.

Coming from Bristol, Norman Adams set up his business as an antiques dealer in Boston, Massachusetts in 1923. As well as shops in New York, he opened at 10 Hans Road, opposite Harrods, in 1928 and here they still are, a family-owned firm with traditional values in customer care.
Upon Norman Adam’s death in 1979, his son-in-law Stewart Whittington took over and together with Christopher Claxton Stevens, continues to uphold the fine tradition laid down for over three-quarters of a century.

Christopher Claxton Stevens and Stewart Whittington are also authors of the universally acclaimed book titled ‘18th Century English Furniture – The Norman Adams Collection’ which is now in its fifth printing. It contains over five hundred illustrations, many of them in colour, of furniture which has passed through the hands of the firm.

The firm has exhibited at the Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair since 1936. They have also been members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association since 1923 and are members of C.I.N.O.A. the International Fine Art Dealers’ Association.

5th February to 27th February
Norman Adams Ltd
8-10 Hans Road
London SW3 1RX
+44 (0)20 7589 5266

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