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Birds of Paradise

Decor Decorative Arts Furniture

Harp of the North! that mouldering long hast hung On the witch-elm that shades Saint Fillan's spring And down the fitful breeze thy numbers flung, Till envious ivy did around thee cling, Muffling with verdant ringlet every string,— O Minstrel Harp, still must thine accents sleep? Mid rustling leaves and fountains murmuring, Still must thy sweeter sounds their silence keep, Nor bid a warrior smile, nor teach a maid to weep? This week, we are happy to share a breakfast suite featuringa beautiful Birds of Paradise print by Warner House. The Louis XV style set for four includes two wicker-back...

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When Wendy Grew Up

Children Decor Furniture

When Wendy Grew Up

"...with Tink in the house we built for Wendy. The fairies are to put it high up among the tree tops where they sleep at nights." It is always magical when there is a new arrival in our Collection for the Absolute Hearts. Much like fairies, there shall be new additions to our collection as long as there are new babies.  Not so long ago, children were meant to be seen and not heard. Parents had no role to play in parenting, they were introduced to their children when they came of age and there was no sociological understanding of childhood. It...

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Classicism by Parrot & Lily II

Classicism Decor Decorative Arts Furniture History

Classicism by Parrot & Lily II

"The only way for us to become great or if this be possible, inimitable, is to imitate the ancients"   Everything we do is undoubtedly classic, but not every piece is classical. We like to believe that we are on the path of one day constructing a classical temple right here in our atelier. But we will admit that is a more fantastical notion for the distant future than a note on our production schedule. Until it can be unleashed, this is how we feed the beast. Classicism in furniture is hard to capture. After all, we have no furniture remaining from antiquity to...

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Noscitur a sociis

Curiosities Furniture Lifestyle

Noscitur a sociis

Even more than man, art is known by the company it keeps. An ill-curated collection can do a disservice to even the most valued individual works. It is no news that we treat our work like fine art. After all, their primary purpose is always visual. That you can sit on them is merely a happy afterthought. So we never think of them as just individual pieces that are being sold, but as significant additions to someone's personal collection. We see them reinterpreted every time they are moved, analysed through the seasons, paraphrased by each onlooker.  We are each the curators of our own lives. If we...

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The Joy of Jouy

Art History Curiosities Decor Decorative Arts Furniture History

The Joy of Jouy

Some of our most widely requested upholsteries are toiles de Jouy. Often, we are even asked if we would vend them separately. There is no need for us to do this, when there are so many wonderful houses in the trade with rich savoir-faire and centuries of heritage to inform their work. We have had the pleasure of working with small mills and big brands from all over the world.One such place is Christopher Moore, better known as the Toile Man. We recently made a wingchair with 'La Foire du Caire,' the iconic Petitpierre et Cie print faithfully recreated by the Toile...

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