Friday, August 28, 2015

Travels, Wine, and an End of Summer Sale Event

We are fresh back from our summer travels, during which we journeyed from the Ligurian coast to the Basque country, handpicking many fine treasures. (Our container just arrived — keep an eye on our website to see what we found!)

We started in Ventimiglia on the Ligurian coast of Italy…

Grimaldi on the Ligurian Riviera, and a stunning scallops risotto in Ventimiglia

…went on to Nice on the French Riviera…

The Promenade des Anglais, Jean-Noel and Juliette Fray enjoy refreshments in Old Town

…crossed the Pyrenees Mountains…

Some of the Pyrenees wildlife and landscape en route to the Atlantic ocean

 …stopped in Biarritz on the French Atlantic coast…

The oceanfront in Biarritz; crunchy bites after a day of surfing

…and we ended our trip in the colorful Spanish town of San Sebastian.

San Sebastian Cathedral, followed by a delicious fish stew

We found some great treasures, enjoyed delicious meals by the sea, and tasted some cools wines along the way.

Because we like to share our favorite finds, we will serve wine from these regions and small bites in our gallery next weekend. During the event, you can also enjoy 30% off your purchase* in our gallery and online. Please join us on Friday, September 4 and Saturday, September 5 from 11:30 to 5, as we toast the end of a marvelous summer!

*30% discount applies to all furniture and lighting. Discount does not apply to accessories or fine art.

Dorade and Provence Rosé in Montpellier

Posted by Jean-Marc Fray French Antiques at 04:40:00 PM
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin

Most know Ellsworth Kelly as the famed abstract painter and print maker. His bold use of color and minimalist restraint have made his work notable for sixty years. Now, Mr. Kelly is lending his artistic genius to the city of Austin.
“Curves on White”
 For the first time, he will create a freestanding stone building at the Blanton Museum of Art, appropriately named Austin. Inside patrons will find luminous colored panes of glass echoing his iconic color schemes along with a rose wood sculpture, and black and white marble panels.
Below are the renderings for the exterior and interior of Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin.
The glass panes are a subtle nod to a religious structure. However, the stone building is meant to be a place for reflective thinking.

The rosewood totem: 
Want to know more? Visit the Blanton Art Museum of Art for further details.

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Posted by Jean-Marc Fray French Antiques at 09:23:00 PM
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Friday, August 14, 2015

Coffee Table Style – What’s Yours?

Cocktail table, coffee table … call it what you will, but it’s become the place to make a statement with books, architectural elements, fresh blooms, and over all personal style. 
Jamie Meares took a youthful approach with blooming tulips while Nate Berkus kept things airy with a lucite option. 
Champeau & Wilde accent their ornate backdrops with sleek coffee table options. 
Below we paired our favorite coffee tables with sophisticated reads and beautiful Murano glassware to create three distinctive styles. 
When it comes to your table, what’s your style – polished and sleek, fresh and colorful, or urbane and minimal?

Posted by Jean-Marc Fray French Antiques at 01:00:00 AM
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Friday, August 07, 2015

E.1027 by Eileen Gray

After almost deteriorating,  Eileen Gray’s first architectural venture E. 1027 at Roquebrune, France is open for viewing. The home has been restored to its former beauty at last.

Gray was originally trained as an artist and recognized internationally for her unique furniture designs. It was her mentor Jean Badovici who encouraged her to begin full-scale architecture. She created her modernist masterpiece as a vacation spot for them to share. Even its name is an ode to their relationship: The ‘E’ standing for Eileen, ’10’ for the ‘J’ in Jean, ‘2’  for the ‘B’ in Badovici, ‘7’ for ‘G’ in Gray.
 Though the two were lovers, the villa was completely her invention. The modernist movement and her desire to create a continuum from the land to sea heavily influenced Gray’s work.


She stayed throughout its construction from 1926 to 1929 to ensure every detail created harmony between the senses and surroundings. Such details as windows cut for ideal views, breezes, light, and shadows give the illusion of folding into the sea. She incorporated her furniture designs into the home as well as the architecture with the delicate spiral staircase on the exterior.

 Tour of the home can be arranged through Cap Moderne.

Images via Manuel Bougot (1,3,4,5) and Tim Beaton (2,4)

Posted by Jean-Marc Fray French Antiques at 01:08:00 AM
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