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In conversation with... Nicole Kapit of Newel

Continuing our series, In conversation with ..., we spoke to Nicole Kapit of Newel Antiques.

A family business since 1939, Newel of New York, started out furnishing some of Broadway's most memorable shows, and today boasts a collection of over 10,000 works from around the world, from C17th classic pieces, through to C21st contemporary designs and reproductions.

Nicole, who served as Newel's Gallery Director for over 17 years, has recently moved to the position of President of Sales & Acquisitions.  

We talked to Nicole about her history with the company, her new role and the inspiration she draws on for selecting inventory for Newel's stunning Manhattan and Long Island City showrooms...

Antiques News - Q&A with Newel's Nicole Kapit

Nicole Kapit 

 

ANFYou’ve been with Newel for almost 20 years, what do you love most about Newel?

NK:  When I first walked into Newel almost 20 years ago, I knew I was walking into something unique and extraordinary. I was actually a graphic design major in college, so the antiques and decorative arts fields were completely new to me. At the time, the idea of diving into this world and the fact that I was getting my education from such an industry leader had me feeling extremely lucky and honoured. What I truly love about Newel is the quality and diversity of our collection; being in this position in the industry gives me the opportunity to work with private clients and designers from all over the US and the world. And it makes for an incredibly beautiful place to work, so much that I held my wedding reception here.

Antiques News - Q&A with Newel's Nicole Kapit

Newel's Showroom

ANF: You recently stepped into a big position as President of Sales and Acquisitions. What are you excited about the most in your new role?

NK:  I have been on the sales side of Newel for a couple of years now, which I love and it is still my passion, but what I am most excited about is acquisitions. Over over the years I’ve learned so much from watching how things are done and being a part of why or why not a certain piece would be a good pick for Newel. Now, I love scouting and shopping for great pieces to add to our collection, and I’ve really developed an eye for what I feel is a perfect match for the type of inventory we offer and how I want to show it in my space.

Antiques News - Q&A with Newel's Nicole Kapit

Newel's Showroom

ANF: Newel boasts an incredibly large collection. How do you decide which pieces to feature in your showroom?

NK:  The first part of my decision is always based on condition; everything here at my 61st Street showroom is client ready and might only need small tweaks and retouches before leaving for a client’s home. 61st Street is a curated space where every piece is restored and ready to go. As we restore items from the extended collection in Long Island City, I have them brought over to 61st Street. It’s important to me to constantly rotate my inventory so clients have a different experience every time they visit my showroom. The Long Island City location is a treasure trove to choose from, so I never run out of inspiration for 61st Street. Lastly, Newel is known for a certain level of quirkiness and over the top, so I try to keep that fun feeling here on 61st Street. I will always have a few unexpected items on the showroom floor to keep in line with what Newel has always been known for.

ANF: Newel is renowned not only for the enormity of its collection, but also the incredible diversity of its pieces. What do you look for when acquiring new pieces?

NK:  It’s a very easy formula actually, I look for quality, style and the unusual - this is what encompasses Newel.

Antiques News - Q&A with Newel's Nicole Kapit

Newel's Showroom

ANF: Who and what have been your biggest influences in the way you think about designing a space?

NK:  This might sound cliché, but my clients truly inspire me - interior designers are amazing artists, I watch how they scout for their projects and how they plan how a piece is going to be shown, and it is always in the best possible form - I draw from that when designing my own showroom.  We also have an incredible contemporary art collection here at Newel, so many times the artwork dictates how I would like the room to look and feel. Sometimes I hang the art first and then work around how the art resonates in the room.

ANF: Are there any boundaries you like to push as a tastemaker?

NK:  Yes all the time, Newel is known for pushing boundaries, I love having over the top unexpected items in my showroom, like Ray Geary’s series of pills cast in resin or Arthur Court’s huge aluminum palm trees. They add whimsy and I strongly feel there should always be an element of humor, it sparks conversation and gives the showroom a lightness.  

Antiques News - Q&A with Newel's Nicole Kapit

'175 Pills' by Ray Geary, a 2015 sculpture in resin, priced at $6500, available from Newel.

ANF: What are some recent trends in the market that you’ve been keeping an eye on?

NK:  I wouldn’t pin-point any certain period as a trend per se- there are favorites in the industry of course (Mid Century, Art Deco, 1940s) but what I love and do see is many clients layering styles to their homes, which I think is amazing. Its very similar to how I like to style the showroom, I believe mixing the periods really adds drama and dimension to a room. The days of decorating a space in one style are over in my mind. Of course if done right, I feel there should always be a level of unpredictability to a room, its conversational and adds a level of sophistication.


To learn more about Nicole and Newel, visit Newel.

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Antiques News Blog

In conversation with... Nicole Kapit of Newel

Continuing our series, In conversation with ..., we spoke to Nicole Kapit of Newel Antiques.

A family business since 1939, Newel of New York, started out furnishing some of Broadway's most memorable shows, and today boasts a collection of over 10,000 works from around the world, from C17th classic pieces, through to C21st contemporary designs and reproductions.

Nicole, who served as Newel's Gallery Director for over 17 years, has recently moved to the position of President of Sales & Acquisitions.  

We talked to Nicole about her history with the company, her new role and the inspiration she draws on for selecting inventory for Newel's stunning Manhattan and Long Island City showrooms...

Antiques News - Q&A with Newel's Nicole Kapit

Nicole Kapit 

 

ANFYou’ve been with Newel for almost 20 years, what do you love most about Newel?

NK:  When I first walked into Newel almost 20 years ago, I knew I was walking into something unique and extraordinary. I was actually a graphic design major in college, so the antiques and decorative arts fields were completely new to me. At the time, the idea of diving into this world and the fact that I was getting my education from such an industry leader had me feeling extremely lucky and honoured. What I truly love about Newel is the quality and diversity of our collection; being in this position in the industry gives me the opportunity to work with private clients and designers from all over the US and the world. And it makes for an incredibly beautiful place to work, so much that I held my wedding reception here.

Antiques News - Q&A with Newel's Nicole Kapit

Newel's Showroom

ANF: You recently stepped into a big position as President of Sales and Acquisitions. What are you excited about the most in your new role?

NK:  I have been on the sales side of Newel for a couple of years now, which I love and it is still my passion, but what I am most excited about is acquisitions. Over over the years I’ve learned so much from watching how things are done and being a part of why or why not a certain piece would be a good pick for Newel. Now, I love scouting and shopping for great pieces to add to our collection, and I’ve really developed an eye for what I feel is a perfect match for the type of inventory we offer and how I want to show it in my space.

Antiques News - Q&A with Newel's Nicole Kapit

Newel's Showroom

ANF: Newel boasts an incredibly large collection. How do you decide which pieces to feature in your showroom?

NK:  The first part of my decision is always based on condition; everything here at my 61st Street showroom is client ready and might only need small tweaks and retouches before leaving for a client’s home. 61st Street is a curated space where every piece is restored and ready to go. As we restore items from the extended collection in Long Island City, I have them brought over to 61st Street. It’s important to me to constantly rotate my inventory so clients have a different experience every time they visit my showroom. The Long Island City location is a treasure trove to choose from, so I never run out of inspiration for 61st Street. Lastly, Newel is known for a certain level of quirkiness and over the top, so I try to keep that fun feeling here on 61st Street. I will always have a few unexpected items on the showroom floor to keep in line with what Newel has always been known for.

ANF: Newel is renowned not only for the enormity of its collection, but also the incredible diversity of its pieces. What do you look for when acquiring new pieces?

NK:  It’s a very easy formula actually, I look for quality, style and the unusual - this is what encompasses Newel.

Antiques News - Q&A with Newel's Nicole Kapit

Newel's Showroom

ANF: Who and what have been your biggest influences in the way you think about designing a space?

NK:  This might sound cliché, but my clients truly inspire me - interior designers are amazing artists, I watch how they scout for their projects and how they plan how a piece is going to be shown, and it is always in the best possible form - I draw from that when designing my own showroom.  We also have an incredible contemporary art collection here at Newel, so many times the artwork dictates how I would like the room to look and feel. Sometimes I hang the art first and then work around how the art resonates in the room.

ANF: Are there any boundaries you like to push as a tastemaker?

NK:  Yes all the time, Newel is known for pushing boundaries, I love having over the top unexpected items in my showroom, like Ray Geary’s series of pills cast in resin or Arthur Court’s huge aluminum palm trees. They add whimsy and I strongly feel there should always be an element of humor, it sparks conversation and gives the showroom a lightness.  

Antiques News - Q&A with Newel's Nicole Kapit

'175 Pills' by Ray Geary, a 2015 sculpture in resin, priced at $6500, available from Newel.

ANF: What are some recent trends in the market that you’ve been keeping an eye on?

NK:  I wouldn’t pin-point any certain period as a trend per se- there are favorites in the industry of course (Mid Century, Art Deco, 1940s) but what I love and do see is many clients layering styles to their homes, which I think is amazing. Its very similar to how I like to style the showroom, I believe mixing the periods really adds drama and dimension to a room. The days of decorating a space in one style are over in my mind. Of course if done right, I feel there should always be a level of unpredictability to a room, its conversational and adds a level of sophistication.


To learn more about Nicole and Newel, visit Newel.

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