categories + archives: vintage

max ingrand + fontana arte: chic italian mid century glass lighting and mirrors

Max-Ingrand-Oval-Mirror

Italian mid century glass lighting is my go to for adding chic panache and glamour to my client’s homes.  The chandeliers, sconces and table lamps are still amazingly contemporary while giving that nod to the past that says, “yes, I’m … Continue reading

setting a chic dinner table – christofle silver knife rests

Christofle-knife-rests-birds

Knife rests are a wonderful practical invention whose sole purpose is to keep greasy and messy knife blades off your good tablecloth.  You place one at each place setting with the knife blades resting on them.  The French must be … Continue reading

a tattooed tiffany silver pitcher at sotheby’s

Sotheby's-Tiffany-Silver-Pitcher

Tiffany and Company have been counted amongst the leading names of New York’s premier luxury brands for well over 150 years.  Their partnership with contemporary designers like Paloma Piccaso, which began in 1980, has only helped to further build on … Continue reading

phillip lloyd powell – a forgotten member of the american studio movement

Phillip Lloyd Powell (1919-2008) was a little known American furniture maker who frankly needs better PR!  His work is beautiful and modern, and it’s a shame he isn’t nearly as well known as his close American “studio movement” contemporaries Paul … Continue reading

vintage scandinavian ceramic design – where else but jacksons!

Jackson Design in Stockholm is a newly discovered source for great 20thcentury Scandinavian ceramics – mind you its been around for 30 years!  The brain behind the firm, Paul Jackson, is devoted to offering the best of classic Scandinavian design.  … Continue reading

Edgar Brandt and the elegance of Art Deco metalwork

image credit: Edgar Brandt, lantern, Christie’s This could be a first, but today’s designer of Art Deco furniture, lighting and decorative objects, was a blacksmith who got his start designing weapons for the French military.  This is not the most … Continue reading

oui, oui – luxurious french silver from puiforcat

Jean Puiforcat, silver and ivory box, TheNational Gallery of Victoria,  ©Jean Puiforcat/ADAGP, Paris.  Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia One of my favorite decorative arts designers of the past is Puiforcat, makers of exquisite silver.  The firm was originally founded in 1820 … Continue reading