Brimfield Fall 2013 — Trends & Trendsetters


For several years now, we’ve seen a huge industrial influence on the Brimfield fields.  Reclaimed, repurposed, salvaged factory items have been all the rage.  Last year, I caught glimpses of a movement towards repurposed military and aviation furnishings on a few of the fields.  However, as I mentioned yesterday, my new motto is “brass, glass and bad ass.”

Metallics have resurged in the home — polished and brushed nickel finishes are getting swapped out for brass and copper fixtures and fittings — and, evidence of this trend’s longevity, whether repurposed goods or mid-century finds, was confirmed by the heavy presence at the show.

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Glass bottles, mason jars and giant demijohns are seen on nearly every field, but this trip we took note of these wide-mouthed ones.

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A one-time find by one vendor, of scrap-glass pieces from a glass kiln in a beautiful turquoise color, makes for striking tabletop show pieces.

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The hottest trendsetters — based on the fact that everything they create gets knocked-off by retailers and mass-produced for catalogs (i.e. conveyor belt chandeliers seen here) — are the artists and designers at Cleveland Art.  Their booth was flooded with hand-blown glass sconces, chandeliers, bowls and votives.

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The most impressive pieces displayed by Cleveland Art were sphere-pendant chandeliers made from reclaimed scallop chain nets, collected from the New Jersey Shore after storms.

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The bigger piece (below) took sixty-five hours to construct!

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While the industrial vibe has continued on, I liked how artisans were taking the trend to the next level.

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Industrial Edison lighting has a new feel with brass table lamps (above) and a clever way to hang pendants from antique wooden pulleys and handles (below).

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Industrial tables with reclaimed tops and salvaged bases can be found in tent after tent, but more than once I spotted a new twist…like this one, with iron and driftwood legs.

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Or with new materials, like marble, used to construct a reclaimed rolling-bar table…

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After walking up and down aisle after aisle, colors seem to pop up and inspire.

Turquoise.

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1970s Green…

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…and 2013 Color of the Year, Emerald.

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I’m always drawn to reds, whites and blues.

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The oversized “Havens Classic Auto” sign was a prop from Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise’s film Knight and Day (2010).  |  Trying to make words out of metal letters is like playing Boggle.

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One-of-a-kind table lamps made with stacked enamel cups in white, and a set-of-seven theater seats from Barcelona, Spain in blue.

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all photos by Ei3s


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