Thursday, April 13, 2017

Murano Glass Chandeliers & Modern Homes

Murano glass chandeliers & the homes they live in

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Murano glass – a material we’re always talking, searching and obsessing over at Jean-Marc Fray Antiques. Jean-Marc and Jean-Noel are currently spending time in Venice doing just that! You may have seen some fun photos on our Instagram over the last couple of weeks. Whether it’s sourcing rare, antique pieces or designing new chandeliers and lamps – we’re always working with this exquisite material and style. On theme with their current buying trip, we’re talking all things Murano glass chandeliers on Le Blog this week. Specifically, how to mix this historic and unique glassware with modern interior design.

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We sourced the image above through a quick search on Pinterest, but we would recommend using a similar chandelier from our gallery (of course)! This aquamarine Murano glass chandelier by Barbini is a striking and magnificent way to add color to a space filled with a primarily neutral color palette.

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We love everything about this modern farmhouse kitchen. From the shiplap walls to the cornflower blue cabinets and mirrored kitchen island. The real statement in this image though, is the floral Murano glass chandelier. This is a great way to dress up an otherwise fairly simple space!

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It’s no surprise that we love statement lighting at JMF, and we have a couple flower chandeliers in stock at the moment just like the image above. Both Murano glass, flower chandeliers are by Cenedese. Information for the chandelier on the top can be found here, and information about the chandelier on the bottom can be found here.

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A cascading chandelier is always a good idea. We love the juxtaposition of this glamorous fixture against the vintage tulip table and chairs.

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You too, can own a cascading Murano glass chandelier. We have a variety available, but this one is one of our favorites.

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Sputnik chandeliers – a widely popular style right now in interior design. Authentic vintage design, prisms for days.

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We seem to have a thing for the sputnik style, and have a wide variety of this style available in the gallery right now. To see a full range of our available lighting, click here.

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Our relationship with Murano glass is a bit of a long time love affair, and we have no interest in ending that anytime soon! Stay tuned to our blog, emails and website to see our latest Murano glass arrivals, and for even more – visit our Pinterest board!

 

 

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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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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Our Travels – Spring Break Series

Our European Travels

Working in the antiques industry is an amazing way to see the world. Our travels take us all over the globe sourcing the best pieces we can find, but our favorite place to return to while vacationing or searching for new pieces are Nice, France, Venice, Italy and Ventimiglia in Northern Italy.

Since March is the month of Spring break, we’re sharing some tidbits from our our travels. Enjoy!


Produce from local markets available in this part of the world is a cut above the rest. Walking around these markets in the early morning is one of our favorite pastimes.

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Who doesn’t love indulging in local flavors during vacation? Pictured: the famous San Remo Linguini with Clams – our mouth is watering as we type…

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A delightful and vibrant salad.

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Our favorite dish – Octopus galore!

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This is where the magic happens – in the local flea markets. We find some of the best pieces, with the most incredible stories in the heart of the Cours Saleya Market in Nice. Jean-Marc grew up spending his weekends at this market unearthing items that spoke to him. Needless to say, this is a must-see if you ever find yourself in Nice!

Read more about Jean-Marc’s passion in the about section of our website!

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And after a day of shopping and adventuring, there is nothing like the reprieve you feel while relaxing at the beach. We love the simplicity of European beaches and any time we’re able to spend by the water.

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At the end of the day (as always), the best part of any time spent traveling is the time we get to spend with our family. We love this photo of Jean-Noel and Juliette!

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We hope you’re able to take a moment to relax during the Spring break season – whether you’re traveling or having a stay-cation!

 

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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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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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