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The Big World of Small Things

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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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What do you call a small ottoman?

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What do you call a small ottoman?

“We no longer think of chairs as technology; we just think of them as chairs. But there was a time when we hadn't worked out how many legs chairs should have, how tall they should be, and they would often 'crash' when we tried to use them...”  Somewhere down the line, someone thought to themselves, "As nice as sitting on a chair is, surely we can improve upon the practice." This week we turn our attention to footstools, footrests, ottomans, tabourets, benches and whatever else you may call them. Simply put, a seat without a back.Footstools can be traced back to Ancient Egypt, where you...

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You've been framed

Furniture

You've been framed

Whether the art you want to frame is on a canvas or through a mirror, our surreal frames introduce a mesmerising harmony to their surroundings. But there is more to these marvels than their looks, though we admit the looks are tempting enough.  Reviving classic designs is a dive into history. From the aesthetic symbolism of the age to the socio-political realities, a complete knowledge of the historical context is required. Further, you must investigate the materials and techniques that would have been employed at the time, and often we have to build backwards from the present day to achieve...

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The story of a desk

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The story of a desk

Furniture often acts as a vessel for both the tangible and the abstract. When done right, a piece of furniture becomes an ambassador for another time, philosophy and sensibility. So, even the smallest details become integral in telling a story. Given a time machine, not everyone would opt for 18th century France after all. This week we would like to present to you a stunning desk, somewhere between Emperor Asoka and the young man for whom this desk has been commissioned. This desk takes us to the story of Buddhism, which enjoyed a thriving patronage in first millennium India, thanks to which we have inherited a well...

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A Study of The Study

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A Study of The Study

Though we love our flamboyant French pieces, from time to time we need more severity. It is the English styles that lend themselves to this end. From adaptations of French rococo to the use of Chinoiserie lattice work, English interiors consort with the world but stand distinctly English.  We recently made some of these distinctive pieces and could not help but muse on the charms of a traditional study. Irish forest green and dark wood stains, a desk composed to receive years of patina, tilt-top tables for a game of whist, armchairs exuding the charm of a post-war salon. Have we stirred your imagination yet? ...

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