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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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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Photo – Life Magazine circa 1941

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, 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 www.jeanmarcfray.com.

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

 

 

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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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