Thursday, March 30, 2017

History of the Chair

History Series – An Evolution in Seating

This week, we’re talking the history of the chair. If you focus in on the details of the chair you’re sitting in right now, you may be able to see the trends in architecture, design, style, culture and society. Because we’re in the business of antiques, we find it fascinating that every chair we bring into our showroom has a story and a soul. Was it a chair that was used for working, does it hold the stories of Christmases and Thanksgivings, of ancient rulers or simpler family times? It’s incredible to think that each chair belonged to someone before us, and probably someone else before that! And now, these chairs have the opportunity to belong to someone new, all over again.

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The earliest record of chairs appeared in ancient Egyptian tomb paintings. History tells us that chairs were a sign of wealth. We love to see the difference in chairs between then and now, but there are some things that haven’t changed. All chairs need legs, a back, sometimes arms, and of course, a seat – and though the shape, materials, and fabrics constantly change, one thing remains the same: chairs are a constant in every practical and well-designed space.

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Fan Favorite: The Klismos Chair

Originating in Greece, the Klismos chair has been around for centuries. With it’s enduring design, it’s compelling to see the different interpretations of the Klismos chair throughout the ages. Notice in the image below that despite history, the Klismos chair continues to showcase the stylistic comfort and proportion of classic antiquity. A timeless style, and one you’ll find in our showroom quite often!

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To learn more about the history of the chair, stay tuned to our website, and be sure to stop by the gallery to see our current seating collection!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Joel Mozersky – Austin Designer Spotlight

Joel Mozersky’s latest project

You may recognize this designer from a variety of projects around Texas. He’s unafraid to push the envelope and it’s evident in many of the projects he’s completed over the years – including the likes of Uchi, DownHouse, La Condesa, Taco Deli Westlake,  Juliet and more. Joel Mozersky is one of the top names in the Austin design community.

His most recent project is the one we’ve had our eyes on. Down the road from our gallery sits a historic mansion near the corner of West Lynn and West 6th. With just over 8,000 square feet, the project was a large undertaking and no detail was left behind. As obvious lovers of history, it’s no surprise that the Jean-Marc Fray team has been admiring this project from afar over the last year. From the grand entry and parlor room to the extravagant master bed and bath, the home is dripping in luxury craftsmanship and decor. We’re just excited the photos have finally been released so we can share with you!

To learn more about Joel Mozersky Design, visit their website or check out this article.

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All photos sourced from Joel Mozersky Design. Photos by Shade Degges Photography.

Our favorite aspects of this home are the beautiful original hardwoods that have been restored, the beautiful vintage lighting and brass elements surrounding the entire dwelling.

Are you working on an upcoming design project? Or looking to enhance your home with vintage pieces? Check out our winter sale (ending soon!) to receive up to 40% off one-of-a-kind vintage lighting, Murano glass, vintage leather, and more! Sale only available directly through Jean-Marc Fray Antiques. No holds. Cannot be combined with other offers. Limited time only.

 

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tribeza Interiors Tour

We were fortunate enough to attend the Tribeza Interiors Tour this past weekend and we were blown away by the beautiful design elements all throughout Austin. We live in a city rich with talent, and it was a fabulous experience to see how each designer has curated and showcased their vibrant style in different homes around the downtown area. From South Austin to Brykerwoods, we’ve gathered some of our favorite homes from the tour.

Featured Homes – Our Favorites

Mark Ashby Design

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Tilton Fenwick & Supply Showroom

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Merrilee McGehee Design

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Page Home Design

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N.Y. Harte Designs

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The best part of the tour? Finding Jean-Marc Fray pieces scattered throughout Austin from one home to the next!

You can have Jean-Marc Fray Antiques pieces in your home too! We’re excited to announce our winter sale – now offering up to 40% off. Limited time only, no holds. Cannot be combined with other offers. Discount valid only through jeanmarcfray.com.

A special thank you to Tribeza for throwing an incredible event, and for allowing us to cover it!

 

 

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Top Ten Pieces of 2016

2016 flew by, and countless buying trips and travels went with it. We’ve had many excellent pieces come and go over the last year, and this week we’re taking time to reflect on some of our favorites. Below are our top ten pieces of 2016.

Top Ten Pieces of 2016

Mid-Century Ico Parisi Credenza

This beautiful credenza captured our hearts the moment we found it. Italian-made, rich with cherry wood and brass details – an impactful piece for any home.

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Vintage Chesterfield leather green armchairs

Chairs we can sink into – something we’re always on the look out for. Not only do we love these chairs simply  because of the Chesterfield style, but also because of the gorgeous green leather. We imagine these chairs would complete a modern man cave, library or sitting room – and lucky for you – they’re available right now.

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English Campaign Style Secretary Chest

English Campaign style furniture has become very trendy over the last couple of years. We love this piece because of its function – a desk and storage space. This chest is perfect for the high rise dwellers who are looking to maximize space in lower square footage home. You can’t go wrong with the mix of the black lacquer finish and brass details – absolutely timeless.

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19th Century Louis XVI Gold Leaf Trumeau

Easily one of the best pieces we’ve had in the gallery to date. Hand-carved, gold leafed decor surrounds a stellar mercury glass mirror. An idyllic Parisian mantel piece – this mirror would make a beautiful statement in a great room or entryway. Available now.

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Mid-Century Italian Poltrona Frau Velvet Sofa

Who doesn’t love the look of rich velvet fabric on a sofa or armchair? This Poltrona Frau sofa along with the matching armchairs, are a staff favorite in the gallery right now. We love the swooping lines and the brass legs. The entire set was recently reupholstered in a dark teal velvet, a wonderful addition to a great room or loft space.

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Sunburst Mirrors

A cult classic for any styled home. We have a vast selection of sunburst mirrors found on buying trips over the years. Sunburst mirrors are great as a mantle-piece, bathroom mirror or to hang above a sofa or headboard. So many options…view our collection here.

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French Mid-Century Modern Macassar Sideboard

This beautiful vintage credenza is made with Macassar wood – a rare and magnificent piece with dimension that speaks for itself.

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French Louis XVI Velvet Bergères Armchairs

Some of our favorite armchairs in the gallery. Solid beechwood, hand-painted armchairs with original velvet upholstery.

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Murano Pink Rose and Crystal Glass Chandelier

This charming and feminine Murano and crystal glass chandelier is one of the most eye-catching light fixtures in our gallery. A perfect piece to add color and sparkle as a finishing touch to any home.

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Andre Arbus Style Art Deco Buffet

Strong and impressive with its ebonized wood and brass details – this piece has incredible decorative impact. We imagine seeing this as a focal point in a modern home. See the product page for more details.

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A year filled with incredible craftsmanship and details – the list could go on – but these top ten pieces remain at the top of our list. We reopen on January 2nd, stop by and pick your own favorite pieces to add to your home!

 

 

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