AURORA, Ohio-Scott Thomas Furniture has collaborated with Dr. Michael Connors, a leading authority on Caribbean antiques and architecture, to introduce a new licensed furniture line with a Caribbean/Cuban Modern design aesthetic at High Point Market next month. In addition, as the introduction of the Michael Connors Collection by Scott Thomas coincides with the release of Connors’ new book, “The Splendor of Cuba: 450 Years of Architecture and Interiors,” Scott Thomas will host a book signing with Connors on Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Scott Thomas showroom, 525 North Wrenn Street, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The recently published “Ode To St. Croix,” gives a unique look into what that travel was like and it provides a look at St. Croix through the eyes of a religious, white, New Yorker landing on the island’s shores in the mid 1800s.
“The style of furniture made in the Caribbean islands from the 1920s to the 1950s is a genre that has been totally overlooked and/or neglected—except by collectors,” Connors said. “This is the perfect time to illuminate the unsurpassed beauty and elegant legacy of Caribbean Modern design. This younger look, classification and expression of furniture forms is completely new to the marketplace, and Scott Thomas has the foresight, understanding and ability to reproduce it.”
Recognized as a leading expert on authenticity and appraisal of investment quality Caribbean furniture, Connors brings to Scott Thomas more than 30 years of experience in consultation, collecting, writing and teaching in fine and decorative arts. He lived in Havana for two years, researching and writing the new book, and it was there, as well as in Martinique, Jamaica, Barbados, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other Caribbean locales, that Connors discovered modern furniture designs which influenced the new furniture collection.
The new book will be released by Rizzoli Oct. 4. Connors has written other books for Rizzoli, including “Caribbean Houses: History, Style, and Architecture” and “British West Indies Style.”