Thursday, February 16, 2017

Lucite Luxury & Our New Arrivals

Lucite is back and it’s here to stay.

French designer Erwine Laverne once said, “The most important element in rooms is people, not furniture.” Erwine and his wife Estelle became famous for their Lucite chairs and made the case for lucite furniture in 1959. Decades have passed, but we’re happy to say that lucite is back and it’s here to stay.

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Though lucite was most popular during the 50’s-60’s, it was actually introduced in the 1930’s. Among the first collectors was Polish-American businesswoman and art collector, Helena Rubinstein. Helena collected art, furniture and decor in bulk and was well known in the design community. It’s unclear if an interior decorator introduced her to lucite, or if she found it herself, but she remains known for her glowing lucite sleigh bed from Paris.

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What we love most about lucite furniture is its ability to remove clutter from a space. Coffee tables, chair legs, or any other type of pedestal furniture can seemingly add chaos to a space. The use of lucite furniture completely removes that worry. This is especially useful today when people are moving into smaller and smaller spaces. There is a large focus right now on living with minimalism – and acrylic or lucite pieces are the perfect solution!

Below are some of our favorite uses of lucite furniture. What are some of your favorite looks? Share with us in the comments below!

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Even more exciting news about lucite? We’ve added some STUNNING new lucite pieces to our collection. From two-tiered transparent tables juxtaposed with shining brass, to a beautiful Mid-Century Modern mix of lucite, brass and chrome -these new tables are must-haves for any modern home. Shop now.

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Mid-Century Modern French coffee table made of brass, glass, and lucite. This stunning table has major decorative impact and two tiers of glass. The transparent lucite juxtaposed with the polished brass make this such a unique and lovely piece. The canted corners and high quality make this a wonderful piece to add to a modern or eclectic living space!

 

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French Mid-Century Modern coffee table with two glass shelves made of beautiful lucite and polished brass. The modern sleek links of the frame pair well with the decorative spherical brass finials.

 

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Modernist French coffee table from 1970 by Maison Raphael. This stunning piece is made of glass, brass, and lucite. With a clear glass piece sitting on top of a transparent lucite and polished brass frame, this elegant table is a favorite in our gallery. It draws attention with its sleek lines, modern features, and excellent condition.

 

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This large coffee table made of brass, chrome, and Lucite has wonderful Mid-Century Modern style. The frame pairs brass and chrome together beautifully and brings a sleek, modern look. The top of the table slides open, creating a display case within the Lucite casing. This piece is so unique and perfect for a sophisticated living room. The functionality and beautiful lines will work well in a modern space. The table’s polished metal and simplicity is so eye-catching!
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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Glass Favorites of the Moment

Glass Favorites

Now that it’s February, we’re in the mood to talk about things we love. We are proud to have a high quality, unique offering of glass (and especially Murano glass) pieces in our showroom, and online. Jean-Marc and Jean-Noel travel all over Europe seeking out the most beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces they can find. And if you ask, they can probably tell you a story about each piece – where they found it, who owned it, intricate details about the different patterns and colors in the glass…the list goes on. We believe that when planning a design in your home, you want to source pieces that can be more than aesthetically pleasing. You want a conversation piece, something with a story or something that draws guests into the room. We’re very proud that our glass lighting and accessories have refined, historic elegance and have stood the test of time – making a definite decorative impact in any modern home. Check out some of our glass favorites below!

Large Stamped Murano Glass Lantern

This striking fixture catches the light through the stamped and textured Murano glass panes. We love the luminous aura and chevron designs! This piece exudes high quality and sophistication and will completely redefine any space.

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Murano Glass “Avventurina” Gold Table Lamps

23 karat gold flecks make this pair of handblown Murano glass table lamps shimmer in appearance (”Avventurina” process).

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Blue and Amber Art Deco Murano Glass Bowl

This handblown Art Deco Murano glass bowl is stunning in light amber, aquamarine blue, and a clear base. This one-of-a-kind piece is beautifully transparent and of the highest quality.

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“Pulegoso” Murano Glass Vases

We adore this new three vase set made of handblown Murano glass. Each vase has a mercury lining, giving it a reflective green hue. The Pulegoso technique enhances the colors, leaving various sized bubbles in the glass. These vases are made by Alberto Donà.

 

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Wavy “Avventurina” Murano Glass Bowl Set

More “Avventurina” pieces in our gallery right now! Beautiful hand-blown Murano glass bowls with a shimmering hue. These bowls feature wavy edges and have an organic air to them. The shimmery appearance comes from the 23-karat gold flecks in the clear glass (hence the term “Avventurina”).

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Empire Style French Antique Crystal Chandelier

A new arrival you can’t pass up – this Empire style crystal chandelier with a gilt brass, embossed structure  features a lovely array of detailed cut crystals. Purchased in France – we think this piece would be excellent in a master bedroom, bathroom or entry.

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These are only a select few of our latest new glass arrivals right now! We have a beautiful collection and can guarantee you will find something perfect for your home or project. To see more of our beautiful glass products, visit our website here.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Ceilings to Swoon Over

Dramatic ceilings and inspired lighting

It’s finally 2017, and we’re kicking up the drama. From dramatic lighting to case pieces – Jean-Marc Fray Antiques has it all. To support such exquisite works of art, we’re taking some time to appreciate dramatic ceilings anywhere from cathedrals and architectural wonders to simple apartments and hotels!

Geometric pops of color with brass details – we can’t get enough of this look at the Tilbury Hotel in Australia.

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A gorgeous gold leaf ceiling provides texture and glamour to any room – even this one going through apparent renovations!

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There’s something so warm and charming about an industrial space like the loft below. We especially love the scalloped brick details.

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A must-see on any trip to Paris, we’re always enamored by the Sainte Chapelle. A photo doesn’t do the sweeping details and gothic relics justice.

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What a grand ceiling – the perfect backdrop for our Murano glass chandeliers.

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More and more details! Jaw-dropping design, stark white and regal.

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If you’re looking for a way to amp up the drama in your own home, our gallery is the perfect place to start. We have some of the most unique, one-of-a-kind fixtures. Whether your ceiling is flat white or dynamic with wooden beams or stamped tiles – our chandeliers will compliment your space perfectly. Check out some of our current favorites below!

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Stay tuned to our emails and social channels to see our new arrivals each week!

 

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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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