Author Archives: Werner J Freundel

The Mysterious Mr. Chippendale

Thomas Chippendale – arguably the most well-known and influential cabinetmaker of the 18th century – was born in Yorkshire in 1718 but little is known about the man himself despite his fame. Trained by his father John and the aptly … Read more

Categories: Art History | Artists and designers

English Accents

A recent article in Luxe Interiors + Design magazine features a Jacobean revival mansion furnished by Cindy Rinfret. Inspired by English architecture it features a light and optimistic interior and is highlighted by furnishings from our Althorp and Castle Bromwich … Read more

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What’s in a Name? The Canterbury (Furniture) Tales

Thomas Sheraton (1751-1806) appears to have been the first to record the written term ‘Canterbury’, the rather confusingly named music or magazine stand. In his Cabinet Dictionary of 1803 he divides the name as referring to two distinct pieces of … Read more

Categories: Art History | Theodore Alexander

Traditions that Bind

We have come a long way since the advent of publishing – the Ipad and Kindle have, for many of us, replaced the traditionally printed word and books and writing are certainly not the preserve of the ecclesiastical or aristocratic elite as they were in centuries past.

Some things do remain tangible and tactile about reading – it has to be encased, bound – and we strive to have beautiful cases or bags even for our electronic reading devices. Such is the tradition of bookbinding that we cherish the soft feel of a leather binding over the aluminium or plastic frame of the tablet computer, serving a practical as well as an aesthetic function. Read more

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Behind the Name – The Chiffonier

We are all familiar with the wardrobe, the term originating from a ward or room for robes, the term armoire originally was a closet or chest for arms or tools, the Davenport a complex small writing desk that was allegedly first designed for Lord Davenport – hence the name. All these terms can be found quite easily but the Chiffonier is a rather moveable feast. Read more

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The Designer’s Garden, Part II – The Bellflower

Trailing Bellflowers, also known as trailing husks, are a dainty and wonderful part of furniture in the eighteenth century and onwards. They are found predominantly in Neo-classical designs as a homage to Classicism. Encompassing many species under the family Campanulaceae, their Latin name signifies a little bell. Read more

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