James Franco, Diane Keaton Among Celebrity Hosts for 17th Annual L.A. Antiques Show
Renowned furniture dealer/gallerist Joel Chen of the L.A.-based JF Chen will be honored at the event next month.
This year's Los Angeles Antiques Art + Design Show will bring together not only antiques but also a newly announced list of celebrity names. James Franco, Diane Keaton and Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are among those who will co-host the Opening Night Party on Oct. 10, which will kick off the five-day show that has been moved to fall from its typical spring date. The event, held at Santa Monica's Barker Hangar, will include more than 60 vendors.
Interior and fashion designer Kelly Wearstler, also a host of this year's event and a former judge of Bravo's Top Design tells THR: "Being an L.A.-based interior designer, I’m always looking for new opportunities to give back within my community. It's important within the art and design communities as these pieces will be on public display to further inspire artists such as myself." Wearstler just launched her Spring 2013 fashion collection and releases a new interior design book, Rhapsody, next month. Wearstler says she loves the range of items at the show: "So many of my celebrity clients are interested in mixing vintage with modern – it’s a trend that’s been building for years that not only the entertainment crowd has embraced but the general consumer as well."
Joining Franco and Keaton on the opening night host committee are actor Julian Sands, interior designer Michael Smith (known for his work on the White House for the Obamas), Million Dollar Decorator castmember Martyn Lawrence-Bullard (who's designed for the likes of Elton John and Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne), TV producer Bradley Bell. The show will include contemporary art for the first time.
Joel Chen, owner of L.A.'s trend-setting JF Chen furniture and art gallery (where a show of Franco's artwork was presented earlier this year) will be honored on opening night with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Decorative Arts and Design Council's Leadership Award. "I not only wanted to attend but be a part of the event to both show my support and congratulate such an important achievement," Wearstler said of Chen receiving the honor. The LACMA Counci, which is chaired by L.A. interior designer Oliver Furth, is the beneficiary of the opening night gala. And there will be a cutting-edge architectural entrance designed by Oyler Wu, an L.A. design and architecture firm.
Tickets for the Opening Night Party start at $150 and are available at www.lacma.org. Vendors to look for include Downtown, Dragonette, Habite and Inner Gardens (a favorite of Martha Stewart), all of which are Los Angeles based, Copenhagen's Danish Silver and Madrid's Alcocer Anticuarios.