FrontRunners: Bending The Rules

Attend the art furnishings show (May 18 and 19 at the Pasadena Center Exhibition Hall in Pasadena, Calif.) and you might feel as though you have stepped into some sort of furniture fantasyland. Here you can find a mahogany and steel console with mirror that looks like a prop from The Lord of the Rings and a slender-legged wooden end table with a top that resembles the floating folds of a figure skater’s skirt as she spins on the ice. Elsewhere on the exhibit floor, you could see wavy wooden stereo cabinets that look as if they were caught in mid-sway, and a curious curio cabinet that appears poised to run away at any minute. “Everybody is used to buying antiques, things from the past. These are the antiques of the future,” says show co-organizer Joanne MacDonald.

The Art Furnishings Show (805.778.1584) has spawned a second show, which will debut in October in Seattle.

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This circa-1900 pink-swirl marble is in what Dan Morphy calls “wet mint condition,” or as pristine...
Photo by Bob Tursack
Maya Angelou’s art collection focused on works by African-American masters...
The display is part of a hotel-wide renovation that will be completed by the end of the year...
Heritage Auctions will also offer Mickey Mantle’s rookie card and Mike Ditka’s Super Bowl playbook…
Photo by Cordero Studios⁄corderostudios.com
Charles and Judy Tate assembled a world-class collection of Latin American art—and then gave it all...
Photo by The Strong, Rochester, N.Y.
The American game culture is almost as old as the country itself...
Photograph by Ron Pierson, courtesy of Guernsey's
The bounty from the sunken ship includes 40 tons of silver and gold valued at $450 million…
Photo by Michael Richter
Visitors trekked to Maastricht, the Netherlands, for the March opening day of the European Fine Art...
The 13 new portraits include images of Douglas Cramer, Judy Garland, and Ernesto Esposito…