Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Mid-Century Modern Design is Here to Stay

Whether flipping through a design magazine or scrolling through your Instagram feed, you are sure to spot an iconic tulip table or Charles Eames style chair. As other design trends have come and gone, the Mid-Century Modern furniture craze has yet to subside, and in many ways has only flourished. With their high-quality materials, sleek lines, and functionality, these furnishings can feel just as relevant today as they did in 1950.

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Originating in the 1940s-1960s, the Mid-Century Modern movement was based in functionality, simplicity, and an organic elegance. Many designers of the period championed the concept that good design could be for everyone, not just the wealthy. The material itself was used to create the design and dynamic beauty of the piece, instead of relying on decorative ornamentation. New technologies gave way to new materials, such as vinyl and resin. Ray and Charles Eames, designers whose pieces have continued to symbolize the Mid-Century movement, wanted to produce furniture that was not just the best it could be, but also could be used by “the greatest number of people for the least amount of money.”

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Jean-Marc Fray, Poltrona Frau Sofa (1960)

Many designers and critics regard the Mid-Century Modern design aesthetic as honest and appealing. These qualities have helped the pieces stay relevant in a quickly changing world. As interior designer Christopher Kennedy states, “The style is about simplicity in building materials, eschewing excess adornment, having a connection to the environment, and surrounding yourself with fewer things but things that have meaning. Those qualities are always going to be in style.”

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Many Mid-Century Modern pieces have another wonderful aspect: an ability to be both the focal point of a room while also seamlessly blending with other furniture and decor around it. At Jean-Marc Fray, the Mid-Century Modern pieces in our gallery look fantastic when mixed with the many styles found here. Whether paired with Louis XVI or Art Deco, the Mid-Century furnishings layer beautifully. You can find pieces by many of the most famous Italian Mid-Century Modern designers in our gallery, such as Marco Zanuso, Gio Ponti, Paolo Buffa, and Carlo di Carli.

 

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Jean-Marc Fray, Paolo Buffa Style Mid-Century Modern Buffet (1960)

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Jean-Marc Fray, Mid-Century Modern Murano Sputnik Chandelier

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Jean-Marc Fray, Marco Zanuso Style “Lady” Armchairs (1960)

Still can’t get enough Mid-Century Modern furniture? Stop by our gallery or search our website for more Mid-Century finds, and let us know in the comments which iconic pieces from the movement you adore!

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Posted by Cecilia Chard at 04:51:48 AM
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Damien Hirst: “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable”

It’s that spectacular time of year when artists from around the world unveil their energetic, intensely developed, and enchanting installations of art to Venice for the Biennale. Few artists are fonder of, or at least accustomed to, the spotlight than famed British artist, Damien Hirst. Most art enthusiasts are quite familiar with his earlier works of embalmed mammals and ocean life in tanks of formaldehyde.

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This year he has delved beneath the surface in an entirely unforeseen fashion for his most recent exhibit– creating a background story of a freed-slave-turned-wealthy-art-collector in the first century, who loaded all his lavish artifacts onto a ship named “Apistos” (Greek for “Unbelievable”). The ship unfortunately sank to the bottom of the Indian Ocean and remained there for over 2000 years, until the site was discovered in 2008. Hirst’s installation is a display of the extraordinary finds that were excavated from the mythical “Apistos”.

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Jean-Marc and Jean-Noël have come face-to-face this week with Hirst’s first public work in nearly a decade: “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable.” These new works are a fantastical rendering of wild imagination, mythology, ancient history, bizarre cultural references, and audacity.

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Steeped in controversy from nearly the dawning of his career, Hirst’s art seems un-phased by the uproar in the current press from various international perspectives. Many of his works’ grandiose scale is no doubt what lead to their display in the palatial establishments of Francois Pinault: the Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogane. One of the sculptures especially of note is the bronze “Demon with Bowl”– a headless body covered in barnacles and coral from its deep-sea tenure, towering three stories tall in the atrium of Palazzo Grassi. (You can watch the incredible timelapse of its construction here). 

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His art has transcended from post-mortem still life sculptures embalmed in so-called aquariums, into the conceptualized remnants of a fictional Atlantean-style civilization resurrected from the deep sea. One can hardly imagine a more appropriate setting for such an unveiling as the age-old waterways of Venice!

Posted by Lauren Gunn at 05:10:27 AM
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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Macassar of Ebony: The World’s Finest Wood

Jean-Marc and Jean-Noël have been fortunate during their most recent shopping trips in finding some of the most exceptional examples of Macassar of Ebony pieces from the Art Deco period— buffets, side tables, bookcases, and more. These pieces usually adorned very noble homes and mansions from the 40’s to the late 60’s in Paris and the other great cities of France, such a Lyon and Marseille.

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The wood to create these stunning pieces comes from a flowering tree that is endemic to the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, and is named from the main seaport on the island: Makassar.

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Macassar of Ebony is multicolored, streaked with variations of brown and black. The grain typically consists of straight, crisp lines, and the furniture pieces created using this wood reflect a similar clean design with superb craftsmanship.

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For centuries this unique and beautiful wood has been highly appreciated and favored by woodworkers, leading to its inevitable scarcity. The region in Indonesia is now very restricted, further reducing access to this rare and special wood.

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Ebony wood in general is among the most expensive in the world. Therefore, the subset Macassar of Ebony is considered to be even more valuable, making it the world’s finest wood.

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Stop by our gallery or peruse our website as we prepare to load more fabulous Macassar of Ebony items from our newest shipment!

Posted by Lauren Gunn at 05:22:06 AM
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