Monday, October 24, 2016
Yves Klein – French Artist & Visionary
Yves Klein was a pioneer in conceptual and performance art throughout the 1950’s. Today, Klein is renowned for the use of a single color in the majority of his works: International Klein Blue (IKB). Enamored with the vastness of the sky and sea, he worked with a chemist to develop this deep Ultramarine pigment – an approach that would later become his legacy. Though often misunderstood in his short lifetime (he died at the early age of 34), he has since he became one of the earliest and most impactful influencers of minimalism.
You will see in some of the works below, he commonly used “human paintbrushes”. This was done as live-performance art. We’d love to have a Yves Klein piece in our gallery – his works would compliment many of the antiques in our showroom!
The works of Yves Klein
Yves Klein’s influence transcends time. Check out some of the photos below to see how his legacy has influenced interior design, art and fashion – even today.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016
At Jean-Marc Fray, we live in the details. Whenever we discover an antique piece during our travels, we’re immediately thinking about the restoration process. One of the simplest and most elegant ways to modernize any restored piece is through the use of antique hardware and brass coverings.
Hardware can be visually impactful – whether it’s bringing in a touch of another era or changing the feel altogether, how a piece is finished makes all the difference in the world. We’ve gathered a few images that are inspiring us right now, along with a few of our latest pieces available in-store, online and on 1st Dibs.
Art Deco door knocker
The detail of this door knocker is perfect for any cabinet or door, and we love the way it stands out against the wood behind it. A beautiful statement piece.
Art Deco enameled bath taps (1925 – 1935)
We imagine these Art Deco bath taps would be the ultimate finishing touch to your half bath – or even your master. Circa 1925 – 1935, these taps are a welcome piece of history to any home.
Bronze braided rope handles
One of our favorite pieces in the gallery – an ebonized, polished walnut buffet adorned with braided rope, bronze handles. This piece recently sold, but we’re still in awe of its distinction.
French Louis XVI painted mahogany buffet adorned with Bronze hardware
Another great buffet in our gallery – we love the simplicity of the bronze pulls, and appreciate their glamour all at the same time.
English campaign style chest and pulls
A great historic piece to bring to a modern space.
Vintage door knob
Vintage fan-shaped hardware pulls
1880s Eastlake style door hinges
1960s atomic starburst brass drawer pull
An example of gorgeous brass handles from a Kelly Wearstler book.
Waterworks bath hardware
More glamorous bath hardware – we’d love to see this piece bring life to a clean, modern bathroom in a contemporary home.
Art Deco buffet featuring custom brass hardware from Jean-Marc Fray Antiques
There is a perfect marriage between this burled wood buffet and it’s solid brass hardware.
Custom brass-work by Jean-Marc Fray Antiques
New to the gallery – this vintage lambskin armchair is part of a set. Check out our site to see it’s matching armchair, an ottoman and a matching sofa. We’ve wrapped this entire set with solid brass – a certain way to elevate any space.
Monday, October 10, 2016
While we love clean lines and minimalistic spaces, we also know that a home should be a refuge; a space that provides ultimate comfort at the end of every day. At Jean-Marc Fray we wholeheartedly believe in the juxtaposition of old and new. There is something to be said about the comfort an antique piece can add to a room through it’s timeless physical details and history. We’re passionate about finding a way to bring historic pieces into the modern world by restoring them and adding a hint of modern details. Whether it’s adding brass legs, an ebonized treatment or patina, we take great care and attention to detail when restoring a piece and preparing it for display in our gallery. Antiques are one great way to add a ‘homey’ vibe to a room, and below are some more of our favorite ways to bring comfort to your contemporary space.
Purchase and collect pieces you love (especially antiques!)
2. Bring the outdoors in
3. Soft fabrics and texture
4. Pillows, pillows, pillows (and rugs too!)
5. Comfort with pops of color
6. Works of Art
Monday, October 03, 2016
A mirror is usually thought of as the perfect finishing touch. A way to add light to a dark room, openness to a small space and drama to an empty wall. The idea of decorating with mirrors has a long history dating all the way back to the 17th century. At Jean-Marc Fray, we spend a lot of time traveling and searching for the most unique and exquisite mirrors available. Mirrors are always necessary to our vignettes for gallery shoots – you’ll find them dazzling many walls within our West 6th space in Austin, Texas. To pay homage to our love for mirrors of all shapes and sizes, here are 6 of our favorite decor inspos for you to use in your own homes.
Verre églomisé mirrors
The ancient technique of coating the reverse of a piece of glass with delicate metal leaf, etching patterns into it, and often adding color. (Architectural Digest)
2. Venetian mirrors
3. Master bathroom mirrors
4. Floor decor
5. Vintage goldleaf sunburst mirrors
6. Mantle musings
There is no space that won’t benefit from the use of a great mirror. Make a statement in your bathroom, living area or bedroom – the opportunities are endless. For more mirror inspiration and to see our current collection, follow us on Instagram and Pinterest – or visit us here and on 1st dibs.