Robert Kime is a decorator’s decorator—the AD100 London-based designer is known for exquisite layering, sophisticated patterns, and unimpeachable traditionalism. Naturally, he knows precisely what to look for when sourcing one of the most sumptuous items for a bedroom project: the antique bed. Read on for his expert insights.
What are your first considerations when sourcing an antique bed? Do you have favorite sources?
Interestingly, I do find beautiful antique beds in Paris, but I usually have a few on hand, either in my shop or in my stores. We have made beds out of antique pieces too—for example, we might have the cornice and the posts, but have to craft the rest. We now have added a bed to our collection of reproduction furniture because we know how difficult they can be to find. We wanted to create something that we would be happy using ourselves.
When purchasing an antique