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Magic is a most exact science

Children Curiosities

Magic is a most exact science

When we are asked to customise magical pieces for little hearts, we must be at our best. We seek inspiration from the archives and set about to furnish dreams. Whether it is an Indian palace, a French Château or an Italian villa, we orchestrate every detail to academic accuracy.   When we are asked to customise magical pieces for little hearts, we must be at our best. We seek inspiration from the archives and set about to furnish dreams. Whether it is an Indian palace, a French Chateau or an Italian villa, we orchestrate every detail to academic accuracy.   Of course, these pieces are not just for...

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The Big World of Small Things

Children Curiosities Furniture

The Big World of Small Things

Art is exploration, and the heart always seeks what is next. There comes a time in an artist's quest for the ideal where they must invent the meaning of their next step themselves. For us, this often means pushing the skill of our artisans beyond comprehension. And when we tried to think big, we ended up thinking of miniatures.  It is funny to think that the earliest 16th century Dutch Dockenhauses were carefully protected from children. A Dutch cabinet house was no child's play;  they would cost as much as an actual townhouse on the canal in Amsterdam. They are better described as cabinets with the features of a...

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Do re mi... Doré

Curiosities History

Do re mi... Doré

  Purity of materials is at the heart of our philosophy. We find this aspect of our work even more valuable than its aesthetic appeal. While our designs are heavily academic, it would be a waste if the materials and techniques that we used to make them were not equally refined. We believe that a concept should be executed to completion to be of any value, and that includes historical accuracy in the production process.   While a compressor gun may be more convenient, it could never have the charm of a hand and a rag. Resin is certainly cheap, mass-producible and replaceable. But...

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Porcelain for the passionate heart

Curiosities History Porcelain

Porcelain for the passionate heart

Pottery is one of the oldest human technologies and also one of the earliest forms of art. The leap from utilitarian tools to decorative objects was a relatively short one, representative of the human quest for beauty. A few weeks ago, we invited suggestions from our instagram viewers about what they would like to see on our blog. Overwhelmingly, we were asked about porcelain. Parrot & Lily is not just a furniture atelier, it is a place where people who seek beauty in life come together. It is a home for art, architecture, history, beauty and lifestyle. In this spirit,...

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