A Working Surface

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A collection of our Industrial work tables and benches.

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Accessories

IMG_9355A collection of accessories in the Los Angeles Showroom.

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Antique vs. Vintage

IMG_3824I am always asked what defines an antique vs. a vintage piece. Both are somewhat fluid terms today. A purist would say an antique must be 100 years and that a vintage piece is anything less.

However, the “100 year“ rule was more applicable when methods of production were different, periods of style had longevity and eras were more constant. The lengths of eras or periods have progressively gotten shorter over time. Today, styles or periods change in a matter of years or decades vs. centuries. Quality has deteriorated and items are not made to last for future generations.

“AN ART DECO OR MID-CENTURY MODERN PIECE IS BY DEFINITION “VINTAGE”. TODAY THAT SAME PIECE IS CONSIDERED BY MOST IN THE DESIGN BUSINESS AS AN ANTIQUE”.

Therefore, I suggest the following explanation. A used item is something that can be purchased new but has changed character as a result of use. A vintage item’s character has changed as a result of production. It may be a different raw product used such as a different quality leather, wood or type of stone that is no longer available. It may be a change of design such as shape, color or simply functional adaptation. It may be a different method of production such as machine stitched vs. hand-stitched or a rubbed finish vs. a sprayed finish. This change makes the vintage piece unique, limited and a more desirable object from the past.

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The distinguished character of an antique is based upon longevity. It is completely out of production. It’s origin or provenance is from a different and usually once removed era or period of style. Yet it has withstood change and is still relevant today. In fact, the antique is even more desirable as a result of the aging process and originality that has evolved over time.

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Editorial Inspiration

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England circa 1840 pair of cane lounge chairs with scrolled arms (AX74), England circa 1840 side table in oak (BA112)

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Belgium circa 1900 metal desk lamp (AW201)

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Editorial Inspiration

In the latest issue of Veranda, a creative couple put their minds together to build a hideaway in Ojai California.

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France circa 1880 pair of classical column plinths (BA156), England circa 1820 pair of ivory columns with ivory base (UK20)

AW146B109France circa 1870 writing table in oak with stretcher base (AW146), France circa 1860 writing table with leather top (B109)

AK101TT5WEngland circa 1840 bronze lantern (AK101), Italy circa 1790 metal lantern with vines (TT5W)

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Sweden circa 1820 pair of decorated chairs (AZ140)

Read more of the article in the January – February issue of Vernada

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Bed and Breakfast for a Collector.

Tucked away in the town of Knokke Belgium is a B&B like no other. A place where you can sleep, eat, and buy all in the comfort of a beautiful house. Featured in Yatzer this month is the B&B by Bea Mombaers, a designer and collector. The beautiful design and charm of the home is not the only surprise for visitors. If someone happens to fall in love with a piece of furniture, they can take it home. Yes, all the furniture in the house is for sale. Basically a showroom that you can live in.

” As Bea constantly brings new objects from her travels in, the hotel’s furniture and decoration changes regularly, meaning that each visit to Bea’s B&B ensures for a different interior. Guests have a choice of three bedrooms (preferably the serene master bedroom upstairs with its concrete bathtub), and can enjoy delicious breakfasts either in the kitchen or in the garden next to the pool. Bea’s website also provides suggestions and tips as to where to dine and what to see in the surrounding area.”

Words by Yatzer

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2014 has been a year of new trends, blending showrooms with living spaces. The Apartment by Line is a showroom on SoHo’s Greene Street, NYC, designed as an apartment where buyers and browse and entertain. Thus lending ideas to potential clients and friends how one can decorate with the items from their showroom.

2014 has been a good yearn but 2015 is going to be better. Get out and travel, and if you find yourself in Belgium, make sure to book a night at Bea’s B&B. Maybe you will come home with a unique piece or two.

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View The Apartment by the Line

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Congratulations Marc Phillips

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Architectural Digest

The new rug showroom Marc Phillips opened late this year and we are happy to welcome them. Congratulations on the opening and being featured in Architectural Digest.

Here are a few of our top picks from their showroom.

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The Arcadia Rug from the Artistry Edition, and the Flat Weave – Modern Kilim rug.

Check out the full article on Architectural Digest

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A Collected Living

This fall a new book was released called “Collected, Living With Things You Love” highlighting the way one should collect, and live with their treasures. As an Antiquarian I have become well acquainted with collecting. Some of my favorite pieces are tobacco jars, but that doesn’t mean I still can’t learn a thing or two about acquiring other exceptional items.

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Architectural Digest

“At the heart of Collected: Living with the Things You Love is the idea that collecting need not be pretentious; rather, it should be a way of decorating with the treasures we find, no matter how strange or obscure.” Says Arielle Pardes.

View more of the book at Architectural Digest

You can pick up a copy here on amazon.

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A Festive Vignette

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u113014c AZ154 England circa 1880 copper Sankey corrugated life buoy (U113014c), France circa 1860 neoclassical vase (AZ154)

AZ14C AZ51France circa 1880, a tramp art box (AZ14C), and a candelabra on wood base (AZ51)

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France circa 1840 gilt and faux painted mirror (AS21)

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Luxurious Luggage

The holidays are here and with that comes travel. As we all prepare to leave home to be with family and friends there are a few things to consider. One is the luggage of choice, the second is, how to properly pack. Mr Porter features Mr Jerome Griffith, the CEO of travel accessories brand Tumi, demonstrating his packing methods.

Now granted times are different today, where we use smaller more compact luggage, but imagine what it must have been like to load up massive trunks just to go on vacation. Here are a few antique luggage pieces from the latest buying trip.

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England circa 1900 trunk in simulated crocodile (BA93), England circa 1890 travelers trunk (BA126)

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