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The many ways to Louis XV

Decor History

The many ways to Louis XV

Just as there are many ways to love, many ways to travel to the same place or many ways to enjoy mangoes, there are many ways to employ the Louis XV style. A quintessential Louis XV bureau de dame in the style of Zweiner Jansen Successeur. Adorable brass cast putti whisper their secrets to their faithful companion, alluding to the private nature of a lady's desk. The desk features three private compartments and a hidden drawer, along with a secret nook tucked in somewhere, for the romantic or the nefarious. Click on the photos to explore.      Apart from lending his name to the style of...

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The story of a desk

Furniture History

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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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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