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Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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Thursday, April 25, 2013
An opulent mansion, lavish parties, sequined dresses, a mysterious millionaire, beautiful women, and a scandal - all wrapped in the aura of The Roaring Twenties - come alive in the new film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Baz Luhrmann's remake of the film already has the style conscious buzzing as a new sartorial inspiration prepares to launch on the big screen.
A character as iconic as the 1920's era itself, the wealthy and mysterious Jay Gatsby is played by the talented Leonardo Di Caprio. Secluded in his grand mansion, the furtive Gatsby throws nightly parties, with liquor flowing and guests fluttering around lavish interiors filled with Lalique style glass, sweeping stair cases, period furniture, and magnificent Art Deco pieces.
A screenshot from an intense scene of the film showcases not just the era's cutting edge fashion, but also a variety of high-end, high quality furniture; pieces that find their way into an interior design concept that successfully mixes vintage and antique furniture.
A single glimpse of the magnificent exterior of the Gatsby mansion, and one can easily imagine what extravagant treasures furnish its rooms and halls. Interior design in the 1920's gave birth to the Art Deco style. Forms are sophisticated and feature strong geometric designs. Exotic woods such as rosewood, teak, and mahogany were used. Many materials were used for detail, such as veneers, lacquers and high French polish, plastic, Lucite and metal.
The Art Deco era was characterized by opulence and a lavish lifestyle, for those who could afford it. Ever the gracious host, Gatsby's illustrious nightly parties spilled out of the grand halls of his home to his glistening pool and lush gardens.
In the decades after the "war to end all wars," the world enjoyed an economic boom in the Roaring Twenties, followed by the Great Depression. The boom and bust took physical form in the great design trend of those decades: Art Deco. Even outside, Art Deco finds placement in terms of architecture and decor.
We can't wait!
Posted by Jean-Marc and Cynthia Fray at 12:44 PM
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
In the golden age of fashion, when the Parisian couture houses reigned supreme, the surrealist painter, Salvador Dali, presented the legendary couturier, Coco Chanel with a gorgeous table for her Rue Cambon apartment. Today, the now classic "Sheaf of What" design is highly coveted by collectors worldwide. A pair of these luxurious tables are currently on display in our gallery, but surely, they won't be around for very long. Don't miss this opportunity to bring in a glamorous piece of history into your home.
Posted by Jean-Marc and Cynthia Fray at 2:53 PM
Friday, March 8, 2013
At Jean-Marc Fray, we are passionate about antiques, curating only the best pieces with the highest level of craftmanship and decorative impact. This spectacular Art Deco buffet is attributed to the iconic French furniture maker, Jules Leleu. In his day, Leleu designed the Grand Salon of the Ambassadors at the Society of Nations in Geneva and the French Embassies of several nations as well as the luxury ocean liners SS Ile de France and SS Normandie. This piece, unsigned, displays not only a skilled craftsmanship, but also his knowledge of the aesthetics of the Art Deco period. Built with stunning Macassar and burled elm, grand with lemonwood and mother-of-pearl floral inlay and giltbrass trim.
Posted by Jean-Marc and Cynthia Fray at 11:00 AM
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Pantone, the world-renowned authority on color has announced Emerald as their pick for 2013's Color of the Year. Emerald evokes a sense of sophistication and luxury. It is a color of elegance and beauty.
A great pop of color puts a touch of fun into any interior. Take a look at our own verdant selection:
This simple, yet exquisite hand blown glass bowl, with its shimmery, metallic finish and 23 carat gold flecks in the "Avventurina" glass is a testament to the Italians' sophistication when it comes to glass blowing - your friends will be "green" with envy! REF TT226.
This exceptional pair of handblown, Murano glass green lamps with avventurina gold flecks would grace any room. REF SS122
Hand painted from Spain, this incredible antique gem is oozing with Old World charm. A strong decorative statement, not to mention a much sought after collectible. REF TT78
We love this French coffee table in gilt brass with a pietra verde marble top. Finely cast details, neoclassic lines, gorgeous green tones in the marble and beautifully patined gold finish makes this piece irresistable! REF TT27
A wonderful mix of rich greens and luxurious gold hues comes together in "L.O.B." by Marissa Star. "L.O.B." is an original mixed media painting on panel with a high gloss resin finish. Absolutely beautiful! REF MS18
Stack in style! This 3 tiered demilune shelf has a whimsical feel and looks great in GREEN!
Posted by Jean-Marc and Cynthia Fray at 10:33 AM
Thursday, February 14, 2013
For a chandelier that is glamorous, striking, unique, and generously proportioned with an architectural twist, look no further! An incredible find! Seven tiers of twisted, "torciglione" pieces cascade from the sturdy structure. From every angle, the beautiful clear and opaline spirals surround every inch of the chandelier. Viewed directly from below, it is a whimsical scene of graceful Italian glass-making. Rewired to UL standards.
Posted by Jean-Marc and Cynthia Fray at 12:32 PM
Monday, February 11, 2013
Only 3 More Days Until
Still searching for something special?
A few ideas for all you romantics out there:
|Maison Bagues Crystal and Bronze Chandelier|
Set the mood for a romantic evening with the right lighting. This French crystal chandelier, with its flowers, beads and candlesticks will surely do the trick.
|Maison Bagues Brass Bambou Bar Cart, c. 1940|
Dinner for Two? Serve up something delicious on this beautiful bar cart!
|Louis XVI hand carved armchairs, circa 1920.|
His and hers armchairs, dramatically upholstered for love in red velvet.
|Italian Vintage Brass Chiavari Chairs, circa 1950.|
|Red-Orange Murano Glass bowl from Venice.|
This seductive, Venetian glass bowl will be hard to resist!
|Cerulean Bleu Murano Glass Vase.|
Roses or tulips? Any flower would look fabulous in this vase, but even after the flowers have come and gone, this vase will continue to make your interior shine...
|Hand Painted Venetian Vanity, circa 1900.|
And last but certainly not least, we just couldn't resist suggesting this unbelievably romantic little desk or vanity from Venice. Your love letters will never be so inspired!
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!!
Posted by Jean-Marc and Cynthia Fray at 2:06 PM