Booth # B310
Good Goods


Edwin McLaurin

Q: IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY, WHAT ANTIQUE OR COLLECTIBLE WOULD YOU BUY IMMEDIATELY?

A: Fine art. Salvador Dali probably would be there, also Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. (Image, right, Rauschenberg's painting "Windward" from 1963.)

Q: WHAT IS THE MOST GORGEOUS ANTIQUE YOU EVER SAW?

A: A Carpathian Empire, elm burl secretary made in the 1800s in France. It was at an antique store here in Nashville. I would not ever have lived with it; it was too fancy. And it was also $17,000. But it was absolutely drop-dead gorgeous.

Q: WHAT ANTIQUE TREND DO YOU LOVE RIGHT NOW?

A: I tend to stay away from trends, but anything primitive. It's gotten pricey, though.

Q: WHAT GENRE OF ANTIQUES DO YOU HAVE AS A COLLECTION? IS THERE A GENRE OF ANTIQUES OR COLLECTIBLES YOU WOULD LIKE TO COLLECT IN THE FUTURE?

A: Art Deco is about as far back as I go. Absolutely, I collect the classics from Mid-century Modern, the Herman Miller and Knoll pieces. But if you're talking over 100 years old, I'd like to collect Georgian, absolutely. It's so simple, it would fit so well with all of the contemporary stuff I use.

Q: HAVE YOU EVER RECYCLED OR UPCYCLED AN ANTIQUE/VINTAGE ITEM?

A: Absolutely not. No. If something has lasted this long, there's something good about it and there's not a reason to change it. If you want a reproduction piece, go buy one. Don't go mess up a good antique. And if I ever catch one of the women of Brentwood or Green Hills painting a good piece of furniture black, I'm gonna put paint all over them

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