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20th Century by HKFA - To the Trade

Heather Karlie Vieira

20th Century by HKFA

Heather Karlie Vieira is a dealer in decorative furniture and furnishings with a storefront on 1stdibs and a by appointment warehouse in Manhattan

Fun stories about flea market finds, antique shop treasures and yard sale exclusives! Oh, and then there's the research!

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a vintage tessellated bone table lamp

In the Style of... a brief look into Karl Springer's designs

Posted: February 02, 2015 17:05

It's a lamp.  A tessellated bone lamp.  With the original finial.  Okay, now what?  Well, now we take a look at one of the most sought after (and imitated) designers of recent memory - Karl Springer.  Born in Berlin in 1931 he came to America in the late 1950's with dreams of becoming a famous bookbinder.  After gaining a position at Lord and Taylor's his work, and pursuit of quality, was quickly recognized.  His hand crafted leather and exotic skin smalls soon caught the eye of a buyer for Bergdorf Goodman and became all the rage (it certainly didn't...

My vintage Henredon desk and chair from where I will write those notes...

How the Hand Written Note Just Might Save Us...

Posted: March 18, 2014 20:46

Earlier tonite I spent an hour connecting with folks from around the world through a weekly online forum called Interior Designer Chat. The topic of tonight's chat had to do with referrals in the Interior Design business. As it was my first time participating in such a forum and as I am a dealer in antique and vintage furnishings, I spent more time reading than responding. As I scanned through the fast moving flow of comments, I noticed an overwhelming theme from this group of Interior Designers. Personal connection is a key to success. My business is buying and selling decorative and...

a collage photo of my booth at the Antique and Design Center during High Point

How the Furniture Industry Can Save Antiques...

Posted: February 24, 2014 19:58

It was a year ago that found me feverishly buying and packing for an upcoming show. A show I had never been to because I always thought it was only for new furniture.  Perish the thought, I would say.  Who needs something new when there are so many incredible antique and vintage options.  I'll tell you who needs new furniture: Interior Designers.  They need something to fit in a certain space, in a certain fabric, in a certain time frame and in a certain budget.  Could these folks really embrace the world of antique and vintage furnishings?  A world of...

20th Century by HKFA

Off the Shoulder and In the Shop

Posted: June 11, 2012 15:33

It's official, 20th Century by HKFA is open.  There is something quite fulfilling about having the key to your own shop.  Opening the door each day and enjoying what it means to be 'open'.  Open to new customers, open to new possibilities, open to new ideas.     The Grand Opening was a wonderful event, old friends stopped by, new clients came in and the folks in the neighborhood welcomed us with open arms.  Fishtown is becoming an arts destination.  It's the rebirth of a neighborhood.  A neighborhood that was open to it.  In these old...

20th Century Traditions - The Store (almost!)

Flea Market Finds...

Posted: April 02, 2012 17:07

Or what finds YOU at the flea market.  As you may know, I am re-examining my roots and heading back to Philly to open my own antique store.  The antique and design scene there is growing at a break neck pace as new locales are created and new traditions begun.  I have been writing about the store and looking at ways to become involved in this growing scene.  One of those ideas was to set up at a local flea market...   Flea markets are where I began to first understand antiques and where I began my business those ten years ago in New York City.  So, it...

the kids and me in Winter...  can't wait for Spring!

Spring has Sprung!

Posted: March 14, 2012 11:19

20th Century Traditions.  It's more than a blog.  It's an idea.  A blending of what is to come with the foundation of what has been built.  It's a starting point from which to re-invent.  It's the embodiment of Spring.  It's the beginning of my newest venture.  A store in Philadelphia.   Philly was my home for many years before moving to New York City.  It's wonderful to go home again.  People always say that it can't be done, but that is because they are expecting to see what they knew.  I am expecting to see the rebirth of the...

 

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