Old Is New

Color Inspiration: Masculine Empire

Screen Shot 2013-12-09 at 11.42.24 AMBlack, fire gilded bronze and mahogany.

XXX_8829_1297722865_1_1A French 19th Century bronze lamp with a black leather shade. More info

XXX_8829_1312882449_1Black lacquered Karl Johan Table with gilded details. More info

890649_lFrench Neoclassical / Empire gilded candlesticks. More info


Exquisite Neoclassical / Emire table signed SEST. More info

Hallway Candy

a59049f15623ddd38b47e71f386ca4dfLarge gilded Rococo mirror paired with a rustic chest.

Welcome to Primary Food and Drink By Graham Elliot

11280801924_700c387e3f_b-1Primary 409 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830

P-Logo-in-tileCement tile flooring in custom pattern with Primary logo

bar-pic-2Bar Area

bar-picBar seating

Table-PicMain dining room with a view of the open kitchen

lighting-globe-picCustom designed brass chandelier with frosted glass globes.

11280720514_a1a6db859e_bChef Graham Elliot and Executive Chef Merlin Verrier in action.

11280705776_e861ccc534_bDelicious food: Gnocchi with chanterelles and parmesan cheese.

11280623145_9c3e82d6bf_bMe together with Justin Shaw of JCS Construction Group and Executive Chef Merlin Verrier

11280625146_2d36727253_bExecutive chef Merlin Verrier, little me and Chef Graham Elliot.

ELLE Decoration FEB / MARCH

1800425_212954432230403_936725094_nELLE Decoration Sweden Feb / March 2014 cover

bild 2-7P. 150 Karin Laserow gives her point of view of what is todays best investment piece. Photo of an Italian Baroque chest.

The Beautiful Copper Pot







1036760_lA Swedish 18th Century copper pot made ca 1750. 


Screen Shot 2014-02-09 at 8.40.01 PMTwo 18th century copper pots in a traditional Swedish shape. Soon available on 1stdibs.com


Blue & White China in Robert Duffy’s Historic Manhattan Townhouse


Screen Shot 2014-02-07 at 4.26.57 PM1. Pair of Deflt plate

2. Blue and White China Ginger Jar

3. Blue and White Ming Chachepot with dragon motif China

4. Blue and White Tureen ca 1780 China 

Sideboard Usage

53a6628bed92bad0fec0137fb416f35eA both beautiful and practical piece of furniture. Here used as hallway storage.

885911_lSwedish 18th Century sideboard made during the Gustavian period. All original. Laserow Antiques 


010412113506-2Renaissance chair used in the gentleman’s library. Photo Niklas Lunström

x2_XXX_8829_1326117896_1Pair of French Renaissance armchairs in stained oak. Used as is with an extra cushion for the comfort sake. Surprisingly comfortable to sit in despite  it`s age. All original ,even the leather,  seat and back

Renaissance: An age of awakening and a time when the geometric forms of classical antiquity gave harmony and balance to the rooms and its interiors.  The period was named Renaissance meaning rebirth and refers to how the furniture were influenced by the Roman Catholic church who was now loosing their grip they used to have around society. In a wider perspective the period has been described as a time that saw the rise of individualism, a time for the individual to take a central role and to have a rich and meaningful life without being judged by the church.

It starts in Italy in the early 1400‘s then spread to the rest of Europe through out  the 15th century. The tool to propagate the new and revolutionary style was engravings delivered by hand. Up until this time the church had been the largest employer of craftsmen but now this role shifted to the royal families.

In Sweden Renaissance was introduced 1520 and lasted until 1650 when the Baroque period took over . Interior-wise in the rooms had only a few furniture of the simplest design and construction. Most of the seating were benches fixed along the walls. Chests were also used to sit on as well as storage. Chairs were not introduced until the first year of the seventeenth century then made in oak with straight backs and loose cushions to make then more comfortable.

Carrara – Not The Usual Way

7a6e31d2469d8cb4b1627bc17e248380Beautiful way of laying carrara slabs. The antique oil painting makes the setting just perfect!

Ephraim Ståhl by Tom Ford

bild-132 copy 2The ultimate mix by fashion designer Tom Ford.

bild-132 copy 3Detailed drawing of a late Gustavian armchair signed by chair maker Ephraim Stahl 1800. Page 214 in “The Chair Book” Thorsten Sylven.

220212194924utanskugg_lSimilar chair is available at Laserow Antiques

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When the past meets the present old always become new – just like in this picture where a fantastic gilded chair gives the contemporary interior the edge it needs. The royal chair maker Ephraim Stahl lived in Stockholm and created masterpieces for the Swedish castle during his career 1794-1820. In the early 1800 he was asked to make all the pieces for seating in the Swedish king Karl XIV’s castle Rosenberg. He was highly known for his elegant symbols inspired from the excavations in Pompeii and Herculaneum. Ancient Roman cities that not only inspired the chairmaker but the whole of Europe during the second half of the 18th Century.  Ephraim Stahl preferred gilded finishes with patinated green details. The green was used to imitate the oxidized copper looking like it was just excavated from Italy.


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