What sparked the beginning of my collecting days of mid century modern was this memory: ” my dad just gave away my bright yellow Eames rocker to the goodwill. I think I am going to faint! “. Needless to say I recovered beautifully by finding an exact match a week later. Whether you have memories or not, let the excitement and momentum of seeing great examples of 20th hundred years for the first time set the stage for your collecting modern. There are beautiful objects out in the world waiting to be found by you. Remembering a few simple tips can keep you on the right path to successful collecting.
In order to be successful in the collecting world of contemporary you must have the knowledge. Galleries, shops, contemporary museums and auctions arranged the level in the urban marketplace for information on collecting. Knowledgeable dealers can offer the collector important history of certain pieces. Buying the right piece of mid 100 years modern day depends on identification. Learn to recognize an original from a fake. Always check for any identifying marks.
There many bookstores that offer a wide variety of books and magazines upon 20th century modern-day. They include design and architecture, buying and selling, how to care for mid-century furniture and accessories as well as its history. These books and magazines will prove to be invaluable to you. Keep in mind the condition of anything collectible you buy. Normal wear and tear from usage and age is to be expected. Condition is crucial, be careful in anything that has been tampered with. What can be most exciting is the possibility of finding a coffee table designed by George Nakashima, a Harry Bertoia sculpture, Greta Grossman dining chairs, or maybe an unknown but desirable and collectible little bit of mid century modern home furniture or decorative art.
The learning process is never ending. As your empire of knowledge builds, your interest, focus and goals will continuously be redefined. What you invest in today could make you a happy camper in the future. To all levels of income, opportunities are always available. You may find the deal of the century intended for literally pennies. Keep your eye on the prize. There are an abundance of resources that the Internet has to offer. You can find ideas and inspiration, including where to start buying your new found love for collecting mid hundred years modern style.