INTERNATIONAL antiques, arts and interiors business Holly Johnson Antiques is opening a large showroom in the centre of Knutsford.

The two-storey showroom, which will open on June 4, initially for three days per week, Thursday to Saturday, is at St Ann’s House, Market Place, off King Street.

Founder Holly Johnson trained at Christies, went onto develop her career at Bonhams (then Phillips) and subsequently worked with David Dickinson showing 19th century exhibition furniture at the major London fairs.

Holly and her husband Ben Aardewerk, together with their specialist team, have supplied all the leading international interior designers over the years, with a particular following in America.

They also supply many London-based designers for private and hotel projects.

There have been many celebrity clients along the way, including Oprah Winfrey, film director Woody Allen, Janet Jackson, renowned chef-hotelier Marco Pierre White and David and Victoria Beckham.

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Holly said: “My love of antiques and interiors led me to set up my own business in 1996, and my husband Ben joined me in the business in 2010.

“Ben is the fourth generation in a long line of highly-regarded antique dealers based in The Hague.

“Over the years we have exhibited at the major London fairs as well as the international shows including Palm Beach, San Francisco and Chicago. For two years we ran a retail outlet at the New York Design Centre.

“We have immensely enjoyed the journey the business has taken us on, and are incredibly excited to open the UK showroom in our home town of Knutsford.

“We all have a great passion for beautiful, well-made things and searching them out for clients, and love nothing more than to assist people locally in choosing these special items for their homes.

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“We will be holding exhibitions and informative talks at the showroom on a regular basis.

“There has also been a lot of interest in our interior design service, so we will be extending this, and will be working with all the newest collections straight from the leading luxury fabric and wallpaper Houses.”

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