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Antiques for Interior Design

Taught by Marc Allum

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Course Description

This course is a unique opportunity to learn directly from Marc Allum a leading arts and antiques specialist, author and broadcaster. From the historic to the post-modern, Marc has worked on a number of projects which illustrate the dramatic and yet subtle value of well-chosen art, antiques and design elements to produce classic and even challenging domestic and working environments.

We all have different tastes. This course will aim to expand your horizons by giving you a wide ranging insight into designing and decorating with originality. Based largely on a Marc’s eclectic precept that ‘anything goes’, his sense of style and his innate passion for objects allows him to advise on design outside of archetypal convention but also in an approachable and sometimes playful way; yet, his interiors draw on material ranging from the classic to the modern. As a result, this course will teach you to mix the affordable and the ordinary with both the valuable and the chic; it’s also full of practical advice on how and where to buy. Marc’s knowledge of fashion, history and craftsmanship allows a flexibility which will help give you the freedom to pursue the eccentric and assist you in sourcing affordable antiques which will flatter your environment in both a satisfying and stylistically unencumbered way.

On this course you will cover:

• Sourcing art and antiques and utilising the marketplace to best advantage.

• How to get ‘the eye’. What constitutes ‘good taste’ and whether or not that’s important.

• Art history and design in historic interiors and their re-interpretation for domestic use.

• Using your own design initiatives.

• Colour, textiles and soft furnishings.

• Restoration, upcycling tricks of the trade and salvage with an informative view on the economies of scale for the purposes of restoration.

• Concept and design with a minimum of fuss and how to own and enjoy living with antiques and collectables.

Course outline

  • Secrets from a professional; sourcing antiques

    This unique lesson from Marc Allum is almost like a fireside chat, where Marc gives you a very personal insight to his years of experience, and how he’s become one of the best antiques ‘buyers’ in the business for interior design. Marc tells you all about his philosophy, and shares his secrets of how he sources and esoteric collections of antiques from around the world for top designers and high end clients. Marc also focuses on the practicalities of sourcing antiques for interior design. Once you’ve watched this exclusive video, Marc is all yours for a week - to ask as many questions you need to. You might be sourcing for your own project and pleasure, getting started collecting antiques, or many of our students are interior designers wanting to understand more about antiques. Marc's articulate and friendly approach is becoming known as a valuable asset online for enthusiasts and aspirational designers worldwide. A unique opportunity to get access to an expert you’d not normally be able to reach. Please submit your assignments for Marc to mark (no pun intended..)

Choose how you want to learn

  • The Expert option


    Develop your learning further with marked assignments and personal tuition from Marc Allum

    • Start course whenever you like
    • 1 week tutor access for personalised assignment feedback & coaching
    • 1 assignment marked by Marc Allum
    • Certificate of completion from Marc Allum
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 1 lesson with expert video & notes
    • Group chat & direct message with tutor & classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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  • The Peer option

    Discover the benefits of group learning in an online interactive classroom of no more than 20 people. Get the most from shared knowledge and community study

    • Start course whenever you like
    • Practise what you learn with your peers
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 1 lesson with expert video & notes
    • 1 course assignment
    • Group chat & direct message classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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About Marc Allum

Marc Allum is an expert, writer and broadcaster. As a child he just loved collecting ‘stuff’, digging up bottles or buying old postcards. Fast-forward a few decades and he has now written and contributed to over sixteen books on antiques, art and collectables and regularly writes for numerous mainstream magazines. Marc has been a specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow since 1998 as well as many other television and radio programmes. Having spent over 16 years as a director of a major London auction house, he is an expert valuer, auctioneer and consultant with a passion and reputation for divining the unusual.

Profile picture from James Bignell Photography.

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