Thursday, February 25, 2016

Warm Metals | Interior Design Trends for 2016

This is a fresh start for a new year, and interior design trends for 2016 are especially bold. If the end of 2015 gave any indication of what this year will bring in terms of trends for the home, it will continue flowing in direction of organic shapes, marble, and metal. Predictions include more circular shapes in furniture from coffee tables to chairs, an expansion of the use of marble (think entire rooms), and warm metals will take center stage transitioning from their supporting roles as accents to focal point furniture pieces. 
Photo Courtesy of Joseph Dirand Architecture

 

Click Above for the Direct Links 1) French Pair of Brass Side Tables 3) Pair of Mirrors in the Style of Paul Evans 3) Vintage Romeo Rega Brass Coffee Table 4) Murano Vase by Davide Dona
Of all the trends this year, warm metals in shades of gold, rose gold, brass, and copper will sweep in and compete with wood for placement within interiors. The rise of warm metals coincidentally pairs beautifully with both Pantone 2016 colors of the year, a soft dreamy pink (Rose Quartz) and a heavenly light blue (Serenity). Catching on to this new wave, we have acquired just the right brilliant pieces to move you forward into 2016. From metal pieces with a modernist bent for a more minimal tone to traditional French classics. 
Photo Courtesy of Jean-Louis Deniot Architecture

 

Metallic pieces from the 1950s and 1970s will be especially covet worthy this 2016.  In lighting, the trend will point to gold metals with a brushed gold look that gives off an opulent air with sophistication. Creating a focal point around metal pieces will be key to creating the perfectly polished interior.

Click Above for Links 1) Italian Murano Glass and Brass Wall Sconces
2) Antique Gold Leaf Sunburst Mirror 3) Rare Pair of Vintage Chiavari
Brass Chairs  4) French Vintage Gilt Brass Side Table
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Chanel Decor: Change through the Eye of Elegance

The ethos of Chanel, it always changes. Change after all is one of the overarching themes explored by Coco Chanel during her lifetime. The metamorphosis and evolution of Chanel is meant to mirror what a woman experiences in her life. Chanel is at once an ode to the woman and the legacy she left to women worldwide.  Change at Chanel is always rooted in elegance and a nod to the past in the present.

(The Evolution of an Icon / Young Chanel and Madame Chanel / Courtesy of the Chanel Archives)
In different facets, change appears everywhere within the house of Chanel. It appears in the symbolism of the house colors: black, white, beige, gold, and red. It even appears throughout her majestically golden and chinoiserie laced Paris apartment.
(Courtesy of the Chanel Archives)
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(Courtesy of the Chanel Archives)

 

 By Jean-Marc Fray  1) Antique Louis XVI Bronze & Crystal Chandelier 2) Murano Glass “Polvera d’Oro” Chandelier 3) Louis XVI Six Medallion Back Side Chairs 4) Art Deco Style Murano Glass & Brass Sconces 5) Murano Glass and Brass Wall Sconces 6) French Antique Louis XVI Carrara Mable Top Buffet

On a more surface level change also appears with Chanel muses. Every season from resort to fall, there it is again, a new muse to spearhead a new campaign.  While in France, Jean-Marc was lucky enough to find a rare piece, a lightbox advertisement for Coco perfume starring the very original Chanel muse, Inès de la Fressange from a now shuttered perfumerie. Shot by Paolo Roversi, this advertisement for Coco was the very last in a series that Roversi and de La Fressange created.

 

 

Considered still to be one of the most chic and stylish women on planet, she was the first model to be signed to an exclusive contract with the house of Chanel. During the 1980s, Inès de la Fressange ruled the world of Chanel. Born of a French father with an aristocratic background and Argentine model mother, de la Fressange grew up in an 18th-century mill outside Paris. The ultimate at strength and innnovation, she has gone on to produce her own fashion line, perfume, collaborations with other companies, and published book sharing her Parisian style secrets.

Launched in 1984, Coco was created by French perfumer Jacques Poige as a fragrance that would rival Yves Saint Laurent’s Opium. If N. 5 was for day, Coco was the spirit of evening, filled with exotic Oriental notes and heavy with richness.

 (Courtesy of the Chanel Archives)
 (Courtesy of the Chanel Archives)
 (Courtesy of the Chanel Archives)

 

 (Courtesy of the Chanel Archives)

 

After 1989, photographer and artist Jean-Paul Goude took over Coco advertisements with Vanessa Paradis, Karl Lagerfeld’s new chanteuse muse. Following this iconic caged bird themed series, supermodel Shalom Harlow signed on as the face of Coco during the mid-90s.  The last two decades for Coco is a testament to how successful it is. Spun from the original are two flanking perfumes, a rarity for fragrance if ever.  Coco Mademoiselle and Coco Noir the two opposite extremes between a grand dame. That is Chanel for you, always changing. 


 (Courtesy of the Chanel Archives)
 (Courtesy of the Chanel Archives)
 (Courtesy of the Chanel Archives)

 

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

2016 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide | Jean-Marc Fray Antiques

 

L’amour, there’s nothing quite like it and February reigns supreme as the month of love. This month is also about that all encompassing symbol of love, the Valentine’s gift. Cultivating that romantic magic can be tough 365 days a year, however, we have you covered for one of those days.
This year, we’ve assembled a fool proof his and hers assortment to please even the pickiest of hearts or frost them with diamonds. From Charvet to Chanel and back with our favorite choices in our shop. Everything of course selected with love, from Jean-Marc Fray Antiques.

 

 

 

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