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Boutiques & Antiques: Part One

March 10, 2010

My style in design school and even for the last few years has been ultramodern and is gradually moving farther and farther back in time- it started with Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry, went to Charles & Ray Eames (though I’ll never EVER tire of them) and Verner Panton. And now while I still love and appreciate modern design, I find myself more and more drawn to one of a kind vintage pieces, things with a history, an implied but obscured story, a gorgeous patina.  After discovering the stunningly understated beauty of i Gigi General Store in researching my last post, I have been dwelling on that space and finding myself very inspired in a specific direction. It has to do with specialty retail design, but also a modern+vintage European feel.

So, being that I have time on my hands while I wait for my job search to translate into employment as my creative outlet, I thought I would take this opportunity to design a space in wonderland. No budget, no contraints, just a pure concept. It was so engrossing and so much fun that I turned this post into what could be several. I have decided to just break it into two parts, so be sure to check back tomorrow for the second half! Today I’ll cover all the furniture & lighting, and tomorrow all the fabulous decor and extras. Taking a cue from the i Gigi General Store inspiration, I chose pieces that are various dark wood varieties, a lot of metal, and some sparkling, clear and jewel-like glass elements. The goal was to artfully blend old with new- some of the pieces are hundreds of years old while some of them are contemporary. Combining modern and vintage is a challenge that is extremely rewarding in the end and really frees you to actually live in the space and keep evolving it over time. I picture this space in an old building with white plastered walls, a distressed mid-toned plank wood floor, and floor to ceiling display windows at the store front.

Enjoy and please do comment with feedback, critique, and your own ideas you’s like to share with us!

1. 1940s French Metal SideChairs –  From T.C. Donobedian, Via 1st Dibs

2. Circa 1970 Denmark, Armchairs By Jorgen Lund – From Lee Stanton Antiques

3. Emeline Chair – From Anthropologie

4. Jules Wabbes Armchair, 1970sBelgium – From Last Century, Via 1stDibs

5. Maison Tufted Rectangular Ottoman – From Lavish

6. 1930 Denmark, Pair of Leather Club Chairs – From Lief, Via 1stDibs

1. 1900 Replica Altar In Provencial Black Patina – From Brendan Bass Showroom, Via 1st Dibs

2. Baker End Table 1950s – From Orange, Via 1st Dibs

3. Late 1800s Napeleon Iron Base Bistro Table – From Negrel Antiques, Via 1st Dibs

4. USA 1920s Industrial Iron And Wood Dining Table – From Gallery L7 – Via 1st Dibs

5. Lever And Lumber Table – From Anthropologie

6. Octagonal Gaming Table Circa 1920 USA – From Obsolete, Via 1st Dibs

1. Steel Trunk With Brass Fitting 1900 England – From The Antique And Artisan Center, Via 1st Dibs

2. Vintage Pull Out Grain Bin Custom Built By Southern Toledo 20th Cent – From Get Back Inc, Via 1st Dibs

3. Antique Record Storage Cabinet, From Star Press Items

5. Illusorio Cabinet – From Anthropologie

6. Antique Wooden Shelf – Found by No Accounting For Taste at Wertz Brothers Antique Market

1. 1970s Swedish Smoky Glass Globe Chandelier With Brass Hardware – From Craig Van Den Brulle, Via 1st Dibs

2. Blazon Gleam Pendant – From Anthropologie

3. Enzo Lamp – From Anthropologie

4. MenloLamp – From Anthropologie

5. Vintage Milk Glass Shades Pendant Lights 20th Century- From Battersea, Via 1st Dibs

6. Iron Standing Lamp – From Topsy Design Etsy Store


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