As furniture makers we often look at iconic furniture pieces for inspiration and sometimes assistance with design issues prior to production. This is a giltwood Pier table designed by Thomas Hope during the English Regency Revival period (circa 1800). Inspired by the Ancient Greek and Roman design, the table contains four carytids and above them are four medallions representing the gods of night and sleep. The carytids, according to Hope, represent the four parts of the day. The top is made out of a black marble slab. Hope’s used symbolic ornaments in his pieces to influence designers, clients and other craftsmen. Hope used giltwood in much of his furniture to contrast with the often colorful interior decoration of the time period.
Louis XVI armchairs feature elegant silhouttes, varied ornamentation and rigid, flat or coved backs. Gilded armchairs from this period were reserved and used as ceremonial furniture. These armchairs feature a flat back with a en chapeau (arched with the archsprings indented) . The legs are conical with straight flutings and the arms are set back with arm pads that curve down from the sides of the back terminating in the front with simple volutes.
The Gustavian chairs incorporated in the design to the left reminded me of a set of six Swedish dining chairs we created a few years ago. The dining room set of chairs were drawn from an original Gustavian chair that the client had found at a show. The additional five chairs were custom made by ERA Interiors for the project and were finished to match the existing gold leaf of the original chair. These chairs look elegant in modern as well as traditional spaces and incorporate the warmth prevalent in this historic design style.
Decor8 posted some great photos from Fritz Hansen inspired work. In the first image you can see how the Louis Philippe mirrors we designed looks in a space. They look especially nice in pre-war spaces with molding because their shape and also look amazing at the end of hallways in a longer, skinnier size.
These Louis Philippe mirrors are very popular for our studio here in New York City. We have created several custom sizes, one with silver leaf and the other in golden leaf. The detailed pattern vary depending on the specifications but in most cases the design will incorporate floral or geometric elements like this Pair of Louis Philippe Mirrors from 1st dibs. Custom sized mirrors are very common since incorporating elements of the right proportion and scale are essential in creating good interior design.
This is a set of three black lacquered tables that we created for a client. Side tables are perfect for a living room where people like to entertain because of their flexibility and mobility. Increasingly designers and clients are asking us to create a pair or a set of three side tables because they are easy to integrate into an apartment, especially in New York City where space is always a consideration. These tables measure 18″l x 18″d and 15″ h and can be used separately when needed or stacked one on top of the other like in the picture.
Pictured is an ebonized and gold leaf bench that was custom designed and made for the entryway of an NYC apartment. Inspired by the Japonaiserie style, the bench is 60″ long x 20″ wide and 18″ tall. This style originated from the European and American decorative arts traditions that was influenced by Japanese art and design. Some other pieces in the Janonaiserie style incorporate metal decorations made out of solid cooper and brass. Some of the most popular motifs in the Japonaiserie style include stylized branches, birds, flowers and chrysanthemums.
Ancient Greek furniture is known for its elegance and timeless look and has been influential in later periods including 18th century neoclassical, revival, and through to present furniture designs.The few pieces of Greek furniture that survived are made out of bronze, marble and picture designs in Greek vases. Wood was the dominant material utilized in creating Greek furniture and the finest furniture pieces had inlays of ivory, ebony and precious stones. Pictured to the left is a set of custom dining chairs inspired by the ancient Greek chairs. The rail back has a gilded anthemion pattern also known as a honeysuckle ornament.