Antiques advice from designer Nate Berkus

Nate Berkus
Nate Berkus

Oprah-approved interior designer Nate Berkus, host of NBC’s “American Dream Builders,” invited Paper Magazine to his favorite New York City flea market. Walking through the Showplace Antique and Design Center in Chelsea, Berkus said there is a renewed interest in the antique aesthetic. At the market, Berkus pointed out wooden furniture and century-old collectibles. “I think we’re moving out of the industrial design craze,” said Berkus, emphasizing it’s currently a buyers’ market for antiques because retailers haven’t caught onto the shift away from industrial design. Also, Berkus suggests bargaining in a polite manner by asking if the price is set in stone. “Pointing out flaws in an antiques or vintage store to get a price down is obnoxious,” Berkus advises.

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