The Art of the Tuft

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The chesterfield, an iconic staple of British furniture, epitomizes the sophistication and charm of English lifestyle. It was the 4th Earl of Chesterfield that requested a sofa that would allow a gentleman to sit upright in the utmost of comfort without wrinkling the garment. Ever since the creation of the chesterfield in the mid 18th century the style has continued to live on. The details revealing themselves in different furniture styles and eras, from the traditional wingback armchairs seen in libraries to midcentury designs in Paris.

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The style of the tufting varies according to the furniture’s designer. For example, these chesterfield chairs from Sweden have a very shallow tuft yet the stitching is iconic chesterfield. The ebonized carving of the wood legs in the style of chinoiserie design make this pair of chairs quite unique.

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The English furniture style, while sometimes overly traditional, lives on through new mediums and eras. The iconic Barcelona chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich draws tufting inspiration from the chesterfield while being applied to an architecturally new body shape just as this Danish egg chair does by designer H.W. Klein.

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As trends continue to evolve so will designer’s inspiration. However, one thing remains constant, traditional English furniture will always be an inspiration and will never go out of style.

Editorial Inspiration

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An original antique workbench is shown in a family’s Puglia home featured in AD Italia

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England circa 1850 workbench in bleached wood. (AY37)

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The Showroom

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A corner of the showroom featuring Spanish pottery, architectural column lamps, and botanical artwork.

 

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Editorial Inspiration

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Painted chest of drawers tend to make a statement. This green chest of drawers is featured in a vacation house designed by Tammy Connor in the recent issue of Traditional Home.

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Combining Texture

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Our latest piece is a set of early 1950’s black wire and upholstered Eames dining chairs. We decided to pair them with a rustic oak wine table in a cold concrete environment. The product of combining mid century vintage pieces with true 19th century antiques can be very refreshing.

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U.S. circa 1950 set of black wire bikini Eames dining chairs (U111015), France circa 1880 oak folding champagne table (BB84)

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The Daybed

Every now and again one needs to lay back and enjoy a good book, and nothing is better suited for that than a comfortable daybed. In the latest issue of Architectural Digest, Courtney Applebaum decorates the home of art dealer Maggie Kayne and features a reading room with a necessary piece of furniture, the daybed.

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France circa 1950 daybed in the style of Pierre Paulin (BB70), France circa 1880 deconstructed upholstered daybed (BB54)

Read the entire article in the November issue of Architectural Digest

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Book Release

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Congratulations to Ellen DeGeneres for the release of her new book “Home“. It’s a piece that displays the various styles of each of her houses, along with design lessons she’s learned on the way. The book dives into her resources including some major dealers and designers here in the LA area. Make sure to pick up a copy to add to your book collection.

“Ellen DeGeneres has bought and renovated nearly a dozen homes over the last twenty-five years, and describes her real-estate and decorating adventures as “an education.”

Pick it up your copy here – Amazon.com

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The Entry Table

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Photo: Elle Decor

Elle Decor highligts how to dress up your entryway table. See the article here.

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England circa 1810 marble top guardian table (AT92), England circa 1840 Breakfast table in mahogany with rosewood top (AX37)

France circa 1880 country folding champagne table (BB84)

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Editorial Inspiration

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Photo – Elle Decoration UK

A creative couple in Cape Town, South Africa buy an old boutique hotel and create a cultivated space for themselves. Featured in the recent November 2015 issue of Elle Decoration UK.

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England circa 1880 railway table (AO108)

AK101SS79England circa 1840 bronze lantern (AK101), Pair of fluted cast iron urns (SS79)

To read the article pick up the November issue of Elle Decoration UK

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Popping Up in Palm Springs

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Over the weekend we finished our install in Palm Springs store “The Shops At Thirteen Forty Five”. It is an exciting new pop up shop for us and can’t wait to share our collection with the new community. Check it out while you can. Vigenette 1Vigenette 2

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