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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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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