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Old and New: Antiques in the Modern World

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Who says antique furnishings have no place in a contemporary living space? Smart design can bring old and new elements together, making for modern spaces that bask in the warmth that vintage elements provide. Here, from Dwell's archives, are some homes where these elements coexist elegantly.
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  Antique chairs share the dining area in this prefab house on Fishers Island, New York, with an LED Aurea pendant lamp by FontanaArte, and a Paolo Piva table from B&B Italia. Photo by Matthew Williams.

    Antique chairs share the dining area in this prefab house on Fishers Island, New York, with an LED Aurea pendant lamp by FontanaArte, and a Paolo Piva table from B&B Italia. Photo by Matthew Williams.

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  A room in this Sacramento, California, apartment hangs together with help from an antique Oriental rug. Photo by Mike Graffigna.

    A room in this Sacramento, California, apartment hangs together with help from an antique Oriental rug. Photo by Mike Graffigna.

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  Paula Leen and Kees Middendorp's living space in the Netherlands' Friesland province is peppered with an assortment of objects and textures, including sheep’s wool, an antique French farmhouse table, salvaged chairs, a Glo-Ball light by Jasper Morrison for Flos, and an Axel leather sofa by Gijs Papavoine for Montis. Photo by Hotze Eisma.

    Paula Leen and Kees Middendorp's living space in the Netherlands' Friesland province is peppered with an assortment of objects and textures, including sheep’s wool, an antique French farmhouse table, salvaged chairs, a Glo-Ball light by Jasper Morrison for Flos, and an Axel leather sofa by Gijs Papavoine for Montis. Photo by Hotze Eisma.

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  French floral wall sconces from the 1930s contribute to the eclectic look of this Copenhagen apartment, where the proprietor of a furniture store lives with her family. Photo courtesy of The Apartment.

    French floral wall sconces from the 1930s contribute to the eclectic look of this Copenhagen apartment, where the proprietor of a furniture store lives with her family. Photo courtesy of The Apartment.

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  Architect Alan Organschi inherited chairs from his uncle that he and his partner and wife, Lisa Gray, use with the custom wenge-wood dining table in their weekend getaway in Washington, Connecticut. Photo by Andrea Chu.

    Architect Alan Organschi inherited chairs from his uncle that he and his partner and wife, Lisa Gray, use with the custom wenge-wood dining table in their weekend getaway in Washington, Connecticut. Photo by Andrea Chu.

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  Antique dining chairs in a traditional lilong house in central Shanghai occupied by a young Italian shipping executive. Photo by Christian Schaulin.

    Antique dining chairs in a traditional lilong house in central Shanghai occupied by a young Italian shipping executive. Photo by Christian Schaulin.

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  Antique furnishings contrast with the striking Pendant 169 lamp by the Danish architect Poul Christiansen for Le Klint in this house in Black Earth, Wisconsin. Photo by Dan Monick.

    Antique furnishings contrast with the striking Pendant 169 lamp by the Danish architect Poul Christiansen for Le Klint in this house in Black Earth, Wisconsin. Photo by Dan Monick.

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