A Contemporary Feast

The buying trip has been anything but boring. Coming across beautiful pieces ranging from 16th cent. tapestries to art deco sofas. The trip is almost over and cannot wait to share what we have found. To draw from some inspiration of mixing classical antiquity with modern design, check out the exhibition “Make yourself comfortable at Chatsworth” hosted by The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

Wallpaper Magazine gives us a sneak preview. Words by Wallpaper Magazine :

‘Through this exhibition we are trying to share with visitors our experience of the place and the reality of it,’ says Hannah Obee, who for 12 years has been working as the curator of Chatsworth. ‘It is not just a stately home, but a layered collection of contemporary arts.’ The Cavendish family has over the centuries been keen to collect contemporary art and objects, so the house’s displays range from 18th and 19th century British and French painting and frescos to a collection of paintings by Lucian Freud, site-specific installations and objects that vary from stones and quartz to contemporary ceramics.  

Information : ‘Make Yourself Comfortable’ at Chatsworth runs beetween 28 March – 23 October 2015; www.chatsworth.org

Read the entire article on wallpaper magazine here

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The Night Before

T’was the night before a buying trip and our minds were racing.

The thought of tables, lamps and chairs kept us pacing.

The joy of us rushing from city to city,

would surely keep our contacts busy.

As we make a list of the objects we desire,

Our sources search the vast empire,

They prep and polish the furniture with care,

In hopes that Lee Stanton would soon be there.

As we proceed on our journey in the airline beds,

Visions of antique accessories danced in our heads.

We make our rounds and inspect the goods

Assembling a collection made from the finest woods.

We nod our heads to the best of the lot,

While our clients await for the great things we bought.

We give our shippers a whistle as we spring to our flight.

Looking forward to the goods that will meet with delight.

As homes are meticulously decorated from ceiling to floor,

The best that we offer flies out the front door.

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South African Deco

The Former editor of Elle Decoration South Africa lays down roots in an Art Deco loft with an infusion of antiquity.

AO11England circa 1820 apothecary cabinet (AO11),U041908A England circa 1900 folding chair in maple (u041908a)

Laureen Rossouw bought a converted office space 10 years ago in Cape Town South Africa in the Business District, all her friends thought she was crazy at the time. With her husband, they slowly changed the anatomy of the building, as Laureen describes “Wanting to create the sense of an old fashioned waiting room in a train station”. A unique look and a difficult one. A favorite possession of hers is a vintage early 1900’s train station clock fixed to the side of a bookcase. Over time she has been able to collect vintage and antique pieces to infuse in the art deco structured apartment. Harmonizing the both styles in a way to complement one another, antique stools and books mixed with a 70’s deco side board and sofa.

Laureen’s home is a great example of how one can mix antiques with a style on the other end of the spectrum and still accomplish a sophisticated look while carefully implementing her own personality.

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France circa 1880 upholstered top stool (BA170), France circa 1930 metal bookcase (BA182)

Read the entire article in the April issue of Elle Decoration UK

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Spin The Bottle

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View our entire collection of bottles here.

View the entire article of architect Joseph Dirand’s apartment here.

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Living In A Flat World

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Image of the guest room from my home in Los Angeles. ELLE DECOR, March 2015.

Flat screen TVs, computer monitors, laptops and smart phones have become a necessity in our lives today.  We are inspired from images on Pinterest, Instagram and HGTV.  We shop for furniture, clothes and even the food we eat on line.

Have we progressed into a flat world of design that has lost a sense of dimension, texture and experiential beauty? Has design become homogenized?  Do we really believe that creativity is limited to what we see online and that we cannot explore our own identity without falling off the edge?  How often do we look at the same chairs, tables and bookcases made on an assembly line, etched with lasers and assembled in China with a spray finish that everyone can purchase from an online catalog?  Is knocking off items and tweaking them a bit our idea of being creative?  Have we lost our sense of personal style and identity? Are the things in our homes or the homes we decorate void of relevance, provenance and emotion?

 Screen Shot 2015-02-10 at 11.27.20 AMImage of the kitchen & dining area from my home in Los Angeles. ELLE DECOR, March 2015.

Imagine the days when people believed the world was flat and they couldn’t travel it without the fear of falling off. It seems we have regressed to those thoughts in design.  I challenge us to look beyond those flat screens and explore the multi-dimensional, infinite and creative world of design.  Think organically. Search for one-of-a-kind objects from different eras or origins, embrace texture and explore different materials. Let’s stop drinking the kool-aid. Let’s pick our own fruit and let our own creative juices flow. Let’s go out and not only explore a multi-dimensional design world, but let’s also contribute to the diversity of an even greater world of design.

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England circa 1930’s Palladian Mirrors (AV124), France circa 1920 industrial desk (AW188)B67 B74 France circa 1880 terra cotta fragment as a desk lamp (B67), England circa 1880 globe on mahogany stand.

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France circa 1880 collection of artist molds (BA162), England circa 1880 green leather desk chair (BA193)

I define my space and assembled a collection of things I love. The collection spans more than 3 centuries from around the world and every object tells a story. In perspective I created a space that defines me.

View my story in the March Issue of Elle decor online and on shelves now.

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Tramp Art

imageSome of the best pieces found during buying trips are tramp art objects. They are usually made from old discarded boxes and wood fragments. The artists would use crude tools to carve geometric forms and patterns into their pieces. The originality used in every box, frame, and model is what draws the collector, a piece is never the same as the last. It’s these qualities that make collecting tramp art so exciting.

Below are a few pieces from our tramp art collection –

AZ14CAZ109 France circa 1880 trap art box (AZ14C), France circa 1900 geometrical tramp art box (AZ109)

BA8BA161France circa 1880 large tramp art box with velvet and studded interior (BA8), France circa 1880 trap art framed mirror (BA161)

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Dealer’s Choice

I’m honored to have my Los Angeles home in the March issue of Elle Decor (now on news stands). As the story points out, I wanted to utilize the contemporary backdrop of a high rise building with plate glass windows for my art and antique collection spanning 3 centuries and a lifetime of  buying trips around the world.

As you can see the antique furnishings have simple straight lines corresponding with the liner contemporary architecture which illustrates how antiques can complement a modern aesthetic.

This project was a departure from my home in Laguna Beach (seen in the November 2014 issue of Architectural Digest) where the antiques found home in a more traditional English manor house environment.

The contrast of the two homes demonstrate the versatility of antiques. I Hope you enjoy the story.

Read the entire story in the March 2015 issue of Elle Decor on news stands now.

It was a pleasure to work with the talented photographer Bjorn Wallander, and the legendary Robert Rufino Interiors Editor.

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French Connection

In the March issue of Elle Decoration UK, a Milanese interior designer shows off his Parisian apartment.

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 England circa 1880 barley twist lamps (AY211B), Italy circa 1900’s reproduced map of Rome (LSC21)

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England circa 1890 green trunk (BA126), France circa 1900 glass bottles with stoppers (AY141)

To read the entire article pick up the March 2015 issue of Elle Decoration UK

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All Caged Up

Below are a collection of characteristic 20th century bird cages from our most recent shipment.

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France circa 1860 birdcage model made of food and wire (BA43), Italy circa 1880 ornate birdcage made of wood and wire (BA9)

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A Working Surface

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A collection of our Industrial work tables and benches.

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