Ellie Cullman

For the first time in its 62-year history, the seminal Winter Antiques Show has named four of the country’s most influential tastemakers Honorary Design Chairs. Ellie Cullman, Alexa Hampton, Markham Roberts and Nate Berkus have all been selected for their prominence in the industry and expertise in decorating with antiques. The designers will support the upcoming show, which is scheduled for January 22-31, 2016, at the historic Park Avenue Armory in New York. 

Ellie Cullman, who founded the preeminent firm Cullman & Kravis in 1984, has been attending the Winter Antiques Show her entire adult life. She says, “I originally came to the show with my mother-in-law, Louise Cullman, who was an early collector of American antiques and who introduced me to Americana, Delft pottery, Chinese porcelains and antique textiles. I love the wide variety of antiques that are exhibited at the Winter Antiques Show, and am especially delighted with the fact that this is a vetted show. There is no question about the veracity of anything that is purchased there - this gives me, and any buyers - great confidence in the material that is presented.” She adds, “I am very honored to be one of the first group of designers selected to be honorary chairs of the show. The show is such an important resource for me personally and professionally - I am delighted that my ongoing participation has been recognized in this way. The Design Chairs will add an important element to the show because we can identify how items can be used in a home, and how items work with each other. I think it is very hard for ‘privates’ to see all this without professional help, and thankfully - this is why we are needed!”

Interior by Cullman & Kravis.

The inclusion of Honorary Design Chairs builds on the Winter Antiques Show’s engagement with designers during the show’s run. The Winter Antiques Show will continue with its popular Young Collectors Night -- an exciting, high-energy event for new collectors, emerging philanthropists, interior designers, and art and antiques enthusiasts. The event, which will take place January 28, is helmed by the Winter Antiques Show’s Interior Design Committee, which includes over seventy of the country’s top designers. A Designers Brunch is slated for the show’s opening day, giving designers and clients an early glimpse of the floor. Proceeds benefit the East Side House Settlement, a leading social services agency that provides quality education and technology training for students in South Bronx and surrounding communities, which celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2016.

An interior by Markham Roberts.

Widely regarded as the antiques industry’s premiere event, the Winter Antiques Show draws an impressive crowd of collectors, dealers, interior designers, and curators year after year thanks to the unparalleled quality of the works on view. This year’s show will feature 73 world-class dealers offering fine and decorative arts from antiquity through the 1960s, with one-third of the show’s participants specializing in Americana and the rest featuring European, English, and Asian objects. The 2016 Winter Antiques Show will kick-off with an Opening Night Party on January 21, 2016.

For more information, please visit the Winter Antiques Show’s website HERE and stay tuned to InCollect.com for more updates as the show approaches.