Among dozens of galleries and antique shops in Palm Beach’s Antique Row Art & Design District, it’s Iconic Snob Galeries that has caught the eye of the design world. In 2014, Andy Casas and his partner Terry Dewis transformed an Art Deco building into a beautiful gallery filled with a diverse offering of furnishings and art, quickly becoming one of the go-to spots for interior designers, architects, and collectors alike. With treasures carefully collected from every corner of the world, they focus on curating high-quality, one-of-a-kind pieces that stand the test of time.
At Iconic Snob Galeries, you’ll find an eclectic mix of everything from antique hand-carved consoles to modern lithographic prints. So whether you’re a seasoned collector or just a beginner, you’re bound to find your next treasure here. We recently sat down with Iconic Snob Galeries’ co-owner Andy Casas to get the inside scoop on all things beautiful.
How did Iconic Snob Galeries get its start?
I’ve always had a curated-eye for great design, from interior design to architecture, art and antiques. I made my entrée into the field by selling my pieces in two multi-dealer shops: one in Aurora, New York and one in West Palm Beach, Florida. Then in 2010, I opened my first shop (Alexander Millen) in the Miami Design District. In 2014, I moved to Palm Beach and consolidated my businesses to one location in West Palm Beach. I was able to acquire a 6,000 square foot Art Deco building on the world-renowned “Antique Row,” and thus began Iconic Snob Galeries.
Where did the name come from?
It was a serendipitous moment in the winter of 2013 as I was shopping the renowned Lincoln Road Antique Show in South Beach, Miami. I made a bee-line to one of my favorite Parisian dealers who specializes in period Art Deco objects and font lettering and Voila! Henri had laid out the words “Iconic Snob” and it was at that moment I visualized the name of my new business was to be Iconic Snob Galeries. And as they say, the rest is history… with a lot of hard work! Those Art Deco font letters are now above the reception desk in the gallery.
Your motto is “Licensed to sell beautiful things.” What is one of the most special and beautiful things that you’ve come across over the years?
My all-time favorite is a pair of French Art Deco torchères, fabricated in bronze, nickel and python skin. They are in my home in Palm Beach and bring me such visual pleasure every time I glance at them. In the gallery now, there is a Karl Springer breccia marble console table, a Russian Regency style library table and a rock crystal chandelier by Maison Baguès (acquired from a home in London) that meet our criteria of “A Beautiful Thing.” Our being “Licensed to Sell Beautiful Things” allows us to partner with DECASO to represent our pieces on their website, which meets and exceeds our standards of professionalism and love of beautiful objects and furnishings.
What do you think sets you apart from other Palm Beach galleries?
I don’t limit the gallery to only offering the “Palm Beach Look.” The gallery offers curated pieces from the 18th century to the 21st century, an eclectic mix of bespoke (Alexander Millen Collection of Lucite furnishing and fireplace accessories), classic, modern, and traditional, all sourced from around the globe. It is with this mix and the price point of the items (for every budget) that we offer something for the traditionalist and the modernist all under one roof. And to sum it all up, the gallery does not offer an item just for the designer name associated with it, but rather for its form, finish, and execution. It is all of this that has made Iconic Snob Galeries a must-see destination.
In addition, to your flagship design center, you’ve recently created an smaller studio. Can you tell us more about this space?
Yes, this past winter season we opened a “pop-up studio” on Antique Row, and it was a great success! I then realized that I need more space to house the ever-expanding curated collection, so I decided to convert our 1,500 square foot storage space into an annex of the main gallery for new acquisitions. We also use the space for exhibitions of up and coming artists, painters, sculptors, photographers and furniture designers. And as if the 6,000 square foot galley was not enough, we also have a 4,000 square foot, private warehouse full of merchandise that allows us to rotate pieces to keep the gallery looking fresh and exciting for our customers.
How would you describe your personal style, and who are some of your biggest style inspirations?
I personally prefer pieces with clean lines, exotic finishes and materials, such as zebrano wood, acajou mahogany, shagreen and python skin to name a few. I’m inspired by designers such as Jacques Adnet, Jean-Michel Frank and Karl Springer.
Who are some of your favorite designers?
Karl Springer for his clean-line designs, bold forms and use of high quality and exotic materials. Barovier et Toso Murano glass pieces for their continuous ability to be on the cutting edge of modern designs to keep with the times and their vintage pieces are as timeless today as they were in the early and mid 20th century. Jacques Adnet for his use of cerused oak and moderne forms. Maison Baguès for their use of rock crystal and, as others on my list, a timeless design sensibility that mixes well with traditional and modern interiors.
Do you have any advice for aspiring collectors?
I believe in referencing the past to today’s designs and understanding what made the great designers great. Concentrate not on current trends, but on classic designs. Especially when you’re collecting, buy the best piece(s) your budget will allow, even if it’s only one piece. Then, if you ever decide to replace or sell that piece, it won’t be a headache to do so. As a result, in my opinion, reproductions are not a great investment… visually or financially. As the saying goes, “When you buy the best you only cry once.”
Are there any vintage designers that you still think are flying a little under the radar?
I’m always searching for up and coming designers and artisans. For example, Art Basel in Miami, Florida has a venue called Design Miami, where you can see new, undiscovered designers trying out new concepts. With time, some will establish a presence in the design field, but I find that not many end up working for our clients and their needs for the time being. The goal is to find a new designer that can create class, timeless pieces.
Are you currently seeing any trends among what your customers are buying or gravitating towards?
Iconic Snob Galeries caters to interior designers and retail customers who are looking for pieces that are organic, one-of-a-kind and fabricated with luxurious materials. So, our gallery is curated with pieces that fit those needs and gives them a look that is on budget, classic, and not “of the moment.”
Lead photo courtesy of Iconic Snob Galeries