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THE PLACE | FLORIDA, PART THREE
"New York decorators haven’t picked over the more than 40 antiques stores on West Palm’s South Dixie Highway, known as Antique Row, where midcentury modern is almost as common as vintage rattan"
By ABBIE AGUIRRE | THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE | NOVEMBER 21, 2011
As most anyone in Palm Beach will tell you, many of the pastel city’s fortunes were managed by Bernie Madoff, and it’s tempting to think that this is why its upscale consignment shops are teeming with loot. New York decorators haven’t picked over the more than 40 antiques stores on West Palm’s South Dixie Highway, known as Antique Row, where midcentury modern is almost as common as vintage rattan.
The 8,000-square-foot Objects20c and its loft upstairs (3611 South Dixie Highway; 561-659-0403) offer everything from Eames chairs to Stickley mission furniture. Faustina Pace Antiques (3633 South Dixie Highway; 561-804-6682) mixes Swedish and French industrial pieces, while Cashmere Buffalo (3709 South Dixie Highway; 561-659-5441) has mod, Asian and African antiques. Coco House & Co. (3625 South Dixie Highway; 561-305-3157; cocohouseandcompany.com) specializes in whimsical English bamboo furniture, which holds up well in the Florida sun. A popular pit stop for decorators, Rhythm Café (3800 A. South Dixie Highway; 561-833-3406) is a campy former 1950s drugstore that serves an excellent Earl Grey ice cream.
Serious collectors will want to stay at Hotel Biba (320 Belvedere Road; 561-832-0094), a cheerful, kitsch-filled motor lodge from the 1940s with easy access to Antique Row. For the definitive Palm Beach experience, check in at the very grand and recently restored Breakers Palm Beach (One South County Road; 888-273-2537), where courtyard boutiques carry Loeffler Randall, Repetto and K. Jacques shoes alongside the requisite Tory Burch and Lilly Pulitzer prints.
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