Antiques on Old Plank Road
Shopping for antiques is like looking for buried treasure without the pirate’s map. The potential for finding well-priced, great-looking, sometimes-valuable pieces is enormous — if you know where to look.
Enter Sasha Adler (left) and Lauren Gold. After apprenticing under Oprah fave Nate Berkus, these talented young women have taken the helm of Nate Berkus Associates as design directors. Here, they share their most favorite antique shops around the world. Consider this a guide to finding your own pirate’s gold.
Chicago Antiques on Old Plank Road
Sasha Adler (left) and Lauren Gold
“You can find anything from 18th-century pieces to mid-[20th]-century antiques,” Adler says. And, she adds, the store can expertly restore your existing pieces or even build you something in your preferred style. 1750 N. Springfield Ave., www.oldplank.comNew York John Salibello antiques
“This is one of our favorite stores and one of our first resources,” Gold says. “They always have a great collection. We’re actually surprised by what they’re able to accumulate.” Unique lighting is its specialty. 211 E. 60th St., www.johnsalibelloantiques.comLos Angeles Lief
“Lief has Gustavian and more classical pieces, but in perfect condition,” Adler says. The quality of the pieces at Lief is among the best the designers have seen. 646 N. Almont Drive, www.liefalmont.comNew Orleans Ann Koerner Antiques
“Ann Koerner has great painted pieces,” Gold says. “She falls in love with anything that’s quirky.” Great for chandeliers and timeless pieces. 4021 Magazine St., www.annkoerner.comParis Paris Flea Market at Porte de Clignancourt
(officially called Les Puces de paris Saint-Ouen)
“Walking through this flea market is the most unique, amazing experience,” Gold says. “Everything you’ve ever been on the hunt for is right there.” Plus, you can shop with baguette in hand. www.parispuces.comMilan L’Oro dei Farlocchi
“Nate actually found this store, and the midcentury furniture [he discovered there] for his apartment made us jealous,” Gold says. Via Madonnina, 13, www.lorodeifarlocchi.com