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Antiques, Vintage Treasures and more: Boston Design Center to Unveil “Market Stalls”

On Thursday, May 21st, the Boston Design Center will debut a collection of the finest antiques from around the globe, as part of its Spring Showcase event. Market Stalls is a new installation of collections from the finest dealers specializing in high quality antiques, decorative arts and vintage treasures.

This boutique-style marketplace will feature an innovative presentation from top-flight dealers listed on the BDC website. They will be selling everything from period furniture, lighting, decorative accessories, paintings, estate jewelry, silver, textiles, linens, crystal, china, porcelain, repurposed industrial and much more.

The opening provides a rare opportunity for both seasoned and new collectors to have access to fine art and antiques from over 20 respected private dealers, selling 17th to 21st century pieces. The furniture and art galleries are suited for the individual collector, interior designer, architect, and design enthusiast.

Other exciting happenings at the Boston Design Center on May 21 include:

Sample Sale, a shopping event for clever collectors. Designers and the public are welcome to peruse new markdowns at selected showrooms.

Designer on Call, a special program that offers personalized assistance in navigating the Design Center-a wonderful opportunity for those new to collecting and a rare treat to “learn the ropes”!

Charles Spada, renown and award winning interior designer, who has his own showroom at the BDC, will have a presentation at 4 p.m. on how to navigate the art and antique world. His antiques have been featured in Veranda Magazine, Architectural Digest and New England Home. He is considered to be an exceptional resource for antiques in the New England area.

India Hicks will give a presentation at noon on her latest book, Island Life, where she invites guests into her world, offering never-before-seen imagery and irresistible behind-the-scene stories of her own design odyssey. Timeless and under-decorated, her rooms combine carefree Caribbean culture with British colonial form and formality. India’s presentation will walk designers through the basics of capturing the Island Style look: the subtle palette of island life, the pleasure of porches, the drama of entertaining, and the “more is more” style of living with collections.

Ms. Hicks is an accomplished designer, international model and author. She is the daughter of famed British interior designer, David Hicks and granddaughter of Lord Louis Mountbatten, who, as the last Viceroy to India, presided over the country’s transition to independence. She designs a fine jewelry collection under her own name and a body and home line for Crabtree & Evelyn. She is also the author of two books, Island Life and Island Beauty and has just launched indiahicks.com, which features her collections and includes personal reflections on her life in the Bahamas.

There will be a reception following the presentation for a chance to meet-and-greet with Hicks. She will be signing books as part of the event’s pop-up bookstore, Bibliophile Boston, with Phaidon and the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston.

Don’t miss this rare and amazing opportunity to explore well the very best in antiques art and design! The event is sure to inspire you in new ways and invite a unique perspective for the novice and seasoned designer alike. The installation is intended to be a full-time, year-round feature, and will be sure to appeal to both seasoned and new collectors alike! For more information, please visit www.bostondesign.com.