2019: A Good, Restorative and Authentic Vintage (Year)

There's something in the air about 2019 which has evoked ideas about the upcoming year being authentic and restorative - which hopefully, will not only be for 2019 but many years to come.

These ideas surfaced after ‘going with the flow’, from surfing and stumbling onto articles foretelling and predicting the ‘trends of 2019’. If your impressions of the vintage and antiques world seem a far cry from the trends of the modern world; bear with me as I try to share with you the correlations that I see.  

It began with Dayna Johnson, Trend Expert and her predicted trend of 'Being Real’ in 2019. In Dayna’s words:

“…  we’re actively embracing our own, individual realities, whatever they happen to be – from living life to the max, or celebrating a lazy, slothy day on the couch.

… so we are officially declaring 2019 the year of Being Real, which includes using all-natural products, focusing on sustainability. The world isn’t perfect (and you don’t have to pretend that is), but you can also do something about it.”

Dayna also references the Japanese aesthetics philosophy of Wabi Sabi, a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.”

Elsewhere, Pantone’s colour experts and subsequently, many fashion commentators have declared that ‘Living Coral; is the colour of the year. Pantone describes Living Coral described as:

“An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.  … In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Representing the fusion of modern life, PANTONE Living Coral is a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.”

In the home, Dulux’s Global Aesthetic Center, the international design experts and architects they work with announced that ‘Spiced Honey’ is the 2019 colour of the year for the home. They describe the colour as ‘a warm caramel hue has woody, sandy and inviting amber tones … chosen to reflect a new mood of positivity and optimism – a desire to ‘let the light in’.”

Pulled together, the influences of: ‘embracing our own individual reality’, ‘sustainability’, ‘imperfection’, ‘transience’, ‘connection’, ‘intimacy’ and ‘letting the light in’ paints, to me, a beautiful picture. The picture of taking a good and fully present look at you and your environment, asking yourself questions such as; “how true and authentic to you is all of this?”, “how connected do you feel to your life and surroundings?” and, “where do I need to ‘let the light in’?”

It will be of no surprise that these themes and questions, for me, coalesce in tangible terms around the world of vintage and antiques. Wonderfully, the focus progresses from the simpler principle of famous names and collecting for the sake of a famous name - to appreciating the reality of what is in front of your eyes.

I see something beautiful and romantic in bringing a vintage or antique item into your home to become part of your life and environment. After all, the item has survived for as long as it has had to until it could encounter you and for you to choose it. It has survived right from the moment the inspiration struck the item’s creator and through the skill involved in creating it.

Finally, it has travelled across time, through the subsequent life of appreciation and trials before your encounter and before you could bring it into your life and home, a sanctuary that is a reflection of you.

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