A Vignette To Chairish

Stol m grattInspiration the amazing Italian Dimore Studio

Screenshot 2015-04-19 10.05.16A Swedish mahogany side chair with a curved made during the Karl Johan period ca 1810.

More information about the chair here!

Hard Not To…





Love, adore and just want this pair of Gustavian armchairs in original paint. Made during the 18th Century.

Contact us for more information.

Birch Beauty


XXX_8829_1346083171_1Karl Johan bookcase in birch.

XXX_8829_1303224231_1Pair of armchairs in birch in black leather.

XXX_8829_12977240A pair of Swedish birch benches. 

This blond look made its entrance in Europe as during the 1830’s. The style was originally developed in Germany but made its way up to Denmark and got the name Biedermeier. While mahogany was still popular in the northern parts of Sweden Birch was the preferred wood down in the southern regions. The style was more prominent in homes of the upper middle class .

A Chest of Drawers In Your Bathroom

irvine_0005…is simply very nice.

XXX_8829_1316466308_1Swedish Baroque chest

1340228_lLate Baroque chest of drawers. 

8829_1321287776_1aA late Gustavian chest. 

Thank you Ingrid Abramovitch!

Screenshot 2015-04-06 06.55.03 ingrid_main2The award winning journalist and writer Ingrid Abramovitch, now senior editor of Elle Decor, goes shopping with 1st Dibs.


…and she chose our blue painted Gustavian floor clock among her picks.

Thank you!

See all her picks here. 

A Perfect Wall

Photo Apr 05, 9 46 22 PMInterior by Axel vervoordt


English side table in oak made during the Baroque period decorated with brass hardware.

Place it on a black and white stone floor, paint the wall a dusty gray and place your favorite portrait above.

More information here!

Desk Space





See a selection of antique desks here!


Thomas Hamel Talks Antiques

Thomas HamelUS born, now Sydney and LA resident interior designer Thomas Hamel. Photo by Lord Litchfield.

Why interior design? 

It must have been in my genes from birth, from a very young age I have always built miniature rooms and houses using the most unusual items and enormous imagination. I really had no second option when I was planning my university education, a career in interior design, it was meant to be.

Interest for antiques – where did it come from?

As with my passion for interior design, antiques have always been a part of a vision for me. Growing up in Virginia I was always surrounded by beautiful examples of Georgian antiques. While working at Parish Hadley in New York City, I would scour Christies and Sotheby’s catalogues most evenings.

Favourite mix of periods / styles in a room?

From my early days, simple Georgian pieces have always been on my radar and now after living in Australia for over twenty years, I like to mix antiques from more exotic origins such as Anglo-Indian and Chinese into my interiors.

How do you convince a client to purchase antiques instead of a new piece?

I am fortunate enough that most clients request that we source at least one or two pieces for a room that will have the patina and character that we all desire. It is these pieces that typically give the room the magic.

Auctions vs. dealers vs. flea markets vs. 1st Dibs?

Up until a few years ago most of our purchasing is done via auctions which entailed a constant search for ‘the right piece’. 1st Dibs has become an invaluable tool for all the designers in our firm to source incredible items from across the globe without visiting the actual locations.

Inspiration sources on how to use antiques?

I have built an incredibly large design book library which is constantly being referenced by my design team. I have also amassed over my 25 year practice tear sheets and magazine pull outs, a reference library for design inspiration which is catalogued and highly utilised by myself and the team.

You have homes both in Sydney and in LA. What are the favourite antique pieces you have place there?

In Sydney, a George III period giltwood console with an alabaster stone top, which originally came from Ditchley is a prize possession as is a Portuguese secretaire bookcase with a pagoda top (it fascinates me this Chinese influence on such an early Portuguese piece).

In Los Angeles, we have amassed a wonderful collection of Chinese and Oceanic artefacts and porcelain for which we can never have enough. Although they are many hundreds of years old, they have such contemporary forms about them.

What style / period do think will be the next trend?

Firstly I don’t usual consider trends in our work but I do see an increased interest and demand for antiques in general. The days of having a home that looks like a single vision showroom are over from what I can see with our clients, everyone wants a more individual character.

Thomas beautiful homes in Sydney and Los Angeles where he splits his time:








Thomas 5 Picks from Laserow Antiques Collection

1340228_lSwedish Baroque chest of drawers.

ORG_IMG_3726_lPair of Neoclassical / late Gustavian barrel back chairs

942332_lSwedish Rococo corner chair made during the Rococo Period bild_115_copy_3_lPair of Chinese wedding chairs made ca 1800

To see more of Thomas Hamel’s beautiful work go to: thomashamel.com

A Good Chair


IMG_2850-1_lChair made in oak with original leather upholstered tufted back, seat updated with a vintage leather. Made in mid-19th century.

More information on 1stDibs.com


Tomorrow’s Interview: Thomas Hamel


Tomorrow on Friday March 6 we will “Talk Antiques” with award-winning interior designer and antiques lover Thomas Hamel. We chose to feature Thomas since he has THE eye for seamlessly incorporating gorgeous antiques into his designs and with projects in all four continents and those with a wide range of looks, he is brilliant proof that antiques can fit anywhere anytime.

Check back in tomorrow at noon!


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