Monthly Archives: March 2011

joyful chinese art

These are delightful figures I think, so simple and typical of the joy Chinese people find in their children. Would you believe we found them as just pieces of art painted on bits of timber and we have put them to use as a tray !  Perhaps the … Continue reading

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consider

Quite a few years back I travelled extensively through Louisiana by car and I was shocked and saddened by the abandoned state of many of the small towns and villages. You would drive into to what was supposed to be … Continue reading

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favourite ‘coffer’

Very Shaker- looking , I think.  I love the warm colour and good drawers; the left-over patches of near- black lacquer; the little bit of extra depth that makes this such an adaptable, useful piece , like, it works well as a desk … Continue reading

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it’s greek!

Some browsers through our furniture pages may have wondered about the word ‘coffer’…yes?  Well, I have done so for years too, until I looked up my venerable Oxford English yesterday and lo! there it was: coffer, n.  Box, especially for valuables. It’s … Continue reading

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noir desk + screen

Far from ordinary….. a gorgeous black lacquered desk and similarly lacquered screen , both from the late Qing period of Chinese history ( that is, the end of the 19th C) .  The lantern ?  Strictly nouveau ,  but it does have a certain provenance … Continue reading

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re-imagined

Some years ago a clever creative in Turkey looked at the piles of old Causasian carpets laying around that had fallen out of favour and foresaw a new life for them.  He or she cut them into pieces, juxtaposed the … Continue reading

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wise words

From the editorial in The Australian yesterday:  Life is precious and beautiful, and the simple fact it will some day come to an end for each of us is depressing enough, without people going out of their way to exaggerate the … Continue reading

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art of tibet

Lost and found amongst our images…this beautiful old painted tibetan door.  Isn’t a picture worth a thousand words?  We have a number of equally lovely tibetan pieces about to leave our workshop in China and they’ll be on-line as soon as the … Continue reading

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retro

In the mix too – very pretty cotton –  we’ll soon have some in big 60 cm square cushions in the shop and online.  Watch this space !

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peonies

Coming soon… big, 60cm square cushion covers in this startling but classic Chinese red peony cotton…one of an eclectic mix of colourful natural fabrics that we have picked up in our travels from China to Istanbul and even New York City too and now at long last have turned into BIG cushions.  We’ll … Continue reading

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