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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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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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

West 6th – Austin’s Design District

Nestled in the heart of Austin, Texas on West 6th Ave, sits a uniquely curated design district that we like to call home.

Austin continues to be a trendsetter in the design and architecture industries and the Clarksville/West 6th neighborhood is no stranger to that! We’ve been lucky enough to have our doors open in the West 6th neighborhood for over 20 years, right inside the Whit Hanks Antiques building. There’s a lot of talent in this little section of Austin – endless opportunities for collaboration and referrals! We’ve gathered a list of some of our favorite design shops right in our neighborhood. Whether you’re redesigning a space or building a completely new one – the Design District on and around West 6th is the perfect place to plan and purchase for your next project.

Jean-Marc Fray French Antiques (of course!)

We proudly specialize in everything from Murano glass and Midcentury furniture to pieces from the Art Deco and Louis XVI periods. With more than 20 years in the business, we can happily share our expertise and even offer interior design services for any project you have in mind! We have pieces that will suit every taste – from modern to timelessly elegant.

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James Showroom

From unique textiles and pillows to art and accessories, Meredith Ellis’ designer bungalow boutique is everything that dreams are made of. We’re so happy to call Meredith our neighbor and friend. If you’re in the market for textiles you simply can’t find anywhere else – James Showroom should be your first stop, and we dare you to try and leave empty-handed.

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Annie Downing Interiors

We have a serious Instagram crush on Annie Downing Interiors. We love everything about this design firm – especially their eye for detail. We know we’re cut from the same cloth because of how Annie combines the old and the new – always mixing vintage and modern pieces, and then adding the perfect mix of fabrics. Annie Downing Interiors has all kinds of accessories, barware and gifts for any budget.

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El Interior

If you’re in search for a little global flare in your home design, El Interior is the perfect spot. From clothing to homegoods, Marcia Lucas has been sourcing sustainable, fair-trade goods from artisans in Mexico and Guatamala for over 35 years.

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David Allen Rugs

Located conveniently right next door to our showroom, David Allen Rugs is a great spot to shop for your next decorative rug. They have a beautiful selection of oriental rugs and have a highly educated staff ready to help you from the moment you walk in the door.

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Wildflower

From high end furniture, accessories, and gifts to their entire line of natural bedding – Wildflower is a fabulous shop located on the corner of West 6th and North Lamar. For over twenty years, owners Cory and Gunnar Hedman have prioritized environmental responsibility at the heart of their business. If you’re in search of natural homegoods and gifts – this is the perfect place to shop.

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Supply Showroom

Supply Showroom has it all. Fabric, leather, rugs, wallpaper… – you name it. Located on Lake Austin in a 1930s bungalow, they have the perfect set up to complete a space whether it’s residential or commercial!

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Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery

For the serior art collector, Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery has museum-quality pieces spanning art history from the 1600s until now. From Rembrandt to Matisse, you can confidently source fine art from this beautiful gallery and know the works are both original and historic. Russell Collection also showcases a variety of modern-day artists such as Maxine Price and Brian Hamill. For more information visit their site or stop in their gallery right off West 6th!

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B&B Italia

Contemporary furnishings, modern lighting and more can be found at B&B Italia, right next door to Whit Hanks Antiques.

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Page Home Design

Luxury and comfort – the two key concepts Suzi Page Whitworth had in mind when she founded Page Home Design. Page Home Design provides full-service interior design work and prides itself in being able to source one-of-a-kind items for its clients.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Give the gift of art

“Art is a form of love. Art is the ultimate gift. Art heals life.”

– Robert Genn

Christmas is right around the corner, and everyone is hustling and bustling to finish up their holiday shopping. It’s always a battle to find the right gift for every person in your life. Instead of purchasing a fleeting, trendy gift, buy something that will last a lifetime and always have a story to tell. Whether it’s for your parents, your siblings, clients, or a good friend – fine art is a fantastic sentimental gift to give to your loved ones. We’ve gathered some of our favorite art pieces available right now in our gallery, along with some additional gift ideas related to the wonderful world of art!

Neoclassic busts, statues and works of art in bronze, ceramics, terra cotta and more – make a perfect gift that your friends or family can put on display on their hearth, built-ins or buffets as pictured below! We especially love this Salvador Dali vintage stone sculpture bust.

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Another great sculpture, this Italian Art Deco period bronze horse with marble base is sure to make a statement in an office or living room.

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On a larger scale, we absolutely love this French Art Deco period Etruscan horse head sculpture in terracotta. A finely detailed vintage majestic animal bust that evokes unmatched power and strength.

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Who says lighting can’t be considered fine art? Our Murano glass collection and Mid-Century modern fixtures could be a perfect gift for newlyweds, a new homeowner, or even a collector. Our latest favorite? This Stilnovo style Murano glass and brass chandelier.

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While on the subject of Murano glass, we always like to recommend purchasing a piece from our vase collection. We have a gorgeous pair of Murano “incamiciato” glass vases (one pictured below) with a pattern of large circles that are our current favorites. Master glassblower Sergio Costantini layered clear glass with “polvera d’oro” (23-karat gold leaf flecks) over a pristine white opaline glass to create this beautiful “incamiciato” glass. These have a slight iridescent quality, which radiates the light in a lovely array of colors. This beautiful pair of vases is of amazing quality. See what we mean by having a piece that tells a great story?!

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Aah, sunburst mirrors. A classic for any home, and a piece of art simply because of the of the details!

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And finally, you can’t go wrong with an original painting. From Katherine Houston to Meredith Pardue, we have a jaw-dropping collection from some of the best! See our full collection here.

“Purple Rain” – abstract painting by Katherine Houston

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“Yucatan Flora” by Meredith Pardue.

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Museum Memberships

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Pictured: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Art Classes

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We proudly support The Art School at Laguna Gloria – the Contemporary Austin. From painting to sculpting classes, there’s something for everyone. A great gift for this holiday season.

From the entire team at Jean-Marc Fray, we wish you a very Happy Holidays! We’re located in the heart of Austin, Texas off West 6th street, and we’d love to help you source gifts for your loved ones this holiday season.

 

 

 

 

 

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