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A World of Quality in Miniature

There is something about miniature furniture that never fails to entice interest – delicate yet proportionate, small yet sturdy, miniatures provide perfect conversation pieces for the home.

Originating as apprentice pieces or as cabinetmakers’ models, miniature furniture was always intended for display either as a demonstration of skill or as a scaled down version of a final piece that could be commissioned. Read more

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Interior Inspirations – Pinterest

Sometimes we all need a little inspiration as we plan out interiors. Pinterest is a perfect place to take a moment to see what’s popular in the world of design blogs and to collect images for later reference.

Come join Theo Blog’s boards on Pinterest and follow our journey through Althorp, The Drawing Room, English Heritage and more…

Some of our favourite pins are below: Read more

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‘A Pleasure to Grasp and a Delight to Behold’

Reading ‘At Home, a Short History of Private Life’ by author Bill Bryson this passage on the history of mahogany stood out for its eloquence.

Mahogany was introduced to British carpentry in the mid 18th century and soon superseded oak as the wood of choice in fashionable households. It soon becomes apparent why…

It could be carved and fretted into the delicate shapes that perfectly suited the exuberance of rococo, yet was strong enough to be a piece of furniture. No wood had had these characteristics before: suddenly furniture had a sculptural quality. Read more

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Thought for the Day

“When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through.” Steve Jobs Read more

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The Original Original and Its Prodigies

This post was re-blogged from the original with the kind permission of John Black.

An admission: I have a fetish for chairs.

As a designer, chairs offer the best opportunity to design from a sculptural aspect. Coupled with my historical jones, it should not be surprising that the one chair design that stands out is klismos. Given the timeless nature of this chair, it is no wonder other furniture designers have gravitated to this form as well. But what I find as interesting as the chair itself is the diverse personalities involved with bringing this form, along with ancient Greek ideals, back to life. Read more

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Investing in Education – Saigon Children’s Charity

Theodore Alexander’s manufacturing facilities are based in Ho Chi Minh City and we have a deep and abiding affection for the people of Vietnam. For many years we have been proud sponsors of Saigon Children’s Charity, an organization that help educate Vietnamese children from disadvantaged backgrounds by building classrooms in remote areas, providing vocational training and sponsoring scholarships for children from families in poverty.

We recently donated a cellaret for auction at the 2011 Saigon Summer Ball, and proceeds from the sale will enable Saigon Children’s Charity to provide educational opportunities for impoverished children. Read more

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