Gabby explores the use of unique materials in transitional and antique style furniture design

Gabby continues to explore the use of unique materials in transitional and antique style furniture design:

Gabby’s products are appealing not just because our products are trend setting and narrative, but because we’re made of good stock. Inside and out, our material selections are unique, which stems from our core philosophy, a commitment to innovation. A new Chapter from Gabby, her 6th, is one of Sophistication: meaning highly developed, elaborate and produced with a  high degree of skill and knowledge, having worldly knowledge of refinement. Gabby has created a new antique style furniture aesthetic from unusual materials such as: Horn, Faux Shagreen, Eglomise Mirror, Recycled Wood and Molded Concrete.

HORN

This small drinking table is the perfect accent piece. Adorning the brass iron starburst shaped base is a unique hand-applied horn top in a pie shaped geometric pattern. The Nina Table the epitome of modern, transitional style. SCH-240050

Horn is a fascinating naturally harvested and hand-selected material. To form the luxurious finish of our Theodore Side Table, for instance, our artisans must take it through many steps before application. Horn can be physically altered by heating.   In fact, the word “plastic” first appeared in the late middle ages to describe the pliable state of horn after heating. Horn, if cooked too much reduces to jelly. Actually, gelatin, the kind used to make jellies and Jello, is made by boiling down horn and hooves until the rigid structure breaks down.

Is it mountains, clouds, or airish arcs? The uniquely elegant design of the Woodward Coffee Table is finished in rusty bronze with a natural horn top. SCH-240540

Our artisans first split the unworked horn into 2 moon shaped halves. The pieces are placed into a heated pot of oil, and cooked until soft. While heating by torch or charcoal braziers like glass lamp work is much quicker, the oil submersion evenly heats the horn for our next step, the press. After the horn is pliable, it is taken out of the pot and placed in a flat metal press for one day to make the pieces flat. Once flat and dry, the pieces are removed and cut into shape. Sometimes the underside is strengthened with wood and fiberglass inlays using AB glue. After insertion into the furniture, the surface is sanded with a multi step process and the horn is finished with a protective resin layer for shine, strength, and durability.

This hourglass shaped side table is covered with horn in a geometric square pattern. Accentuated by brass colored center piece, the sleek curves of the Theodore Side Table’s shape adds a refined statement to any décor. SCH-240165

The result is a beautiful and complex shape made of natural, replenishable materials.

FAUX SHAGREEN

Shagreen is a rough and untanned rawhide, formerly made from horse skin with seeds pressed in to leave a texture, but now mostly made of shark or ray.  It is commonly used in fancy book covers, pocketbooks, or sword hilts and scabbards, where slipperiness is a disadvantage.  The word comes from the French chagrin meaning annoyance as it relates to its rough or granular texture.

This sleek yet simple faux shagreen table has a nice surface area and shelf. The natural shagreen color easily blends with any décor for those with an eclectic and sophisticated taste. SCH-240005

Shagreen was a very common cover for 19th century reading glasses containers as well as small Chinese container boxes.  In the 17th and early 18th centuries it was primarily shark or ray skin, which are naturally covered with round, closely set, calcified papillae. These scales are  ground down to give a roughened surface of rounded pale circles, between which the skin is usually colored with a green vegatable dye. This shagreen was first popularized in Europe by Jean-Claude Galluchat (d. 1774), a master leatherworker in the court of Louis XV of France. It quickly became a fashion amongst the French aristocracy, and migrated throughout Europe by the mid-18th century.

This distinguished white faux shagreen waterfall coffee table is simple yet unique. The contrasting honey colored oak wood trim gives this table an elegant finishing touch. The transitional style Sierra Coffee Table is sure to turn heads. SCH-240075

Our Faux Shagreen is a modern interpretation in color and manufacturing of this traditional material.

EGLOMISE MIRROR

Verre églomisé is the French term for gilded glass, where gold or silver leaf is applied to the back of a piece of glass with a gelatin adhesive, creating a mirror-like, reflective finish in which designs are sometimes engraved or combined with reverse painting. 

Embracing a 1950s retro style with modern touches, the Anthony Mirrored Cube is a functional piece. The detailed black wood molding frames three eglomise mirrors and open ends of this fashionable side table. SCH-240020

Although dating back as far as the 3rd century B.C., this technique was popularized and named for Jean-Baptist Glomy (1711–1786), and 18th century French framer for Louis XVI, who decorated mirrors and tremeaux for Marie-Antoinette.

An enchanting combination of geometry and simplicity create the deco inspired Ethan Mirror. The captivating eglomise mirror and silver leafed frame’s curvy lines emphasize the unique style of the Ethan Mirror. SCH-240015

Eglomise in its purest form of squares of silver leaf seems to originate in our transitional furniture designs. But quite the contrary, the technique possesses a historically rich, depth which will resonate interest in any room.

RECYCLED WOOD

As Gabby explores new forms and types of recycled wood products, what our fans expect to see is meaningful narrative created by opposing different material combinations, like you see with the soft, earthy recycled pine, contrasted with the cool, dynamic hardness of the iron louvres in our Emma Chest.

Emma Chest: The three iron louvered front draws of this recycled pine chest create an antique inspired design that will add an eclectic touch to any space. Our blond recycled pine finish is a great complement with the black metal drawer fronts. SCH-220190

While we believe we have “done it again”, what you will be surprised to find is unusual types and uses of recycled wood. The processes themselves are illustrative and will stimulate conversation.

The circular Cyrano coffee table is inlaid with triangular offset pieces of recycled elm wood. Simple in form but bold in design, the table is slightly elevated off the floor for added mobility and finished with a water based sealer. SCH-550435

Our recycled wood originates from reclaimed warehouses, furniture, barn wood, structural beams, where the scars of age speak through our furnishings.

This handcrafted piece is a new take on a classic shape. With painted burlap accents, great storage, and delicately carved trim add new beauty to a traditional piece. SCH-501065

MOLDED CONCRETE

By design, concrete, a liquid to solid material takes on any texture or form.  Molded or precast concrete is produced by using a reusable form or mold. Precast stone is differentiated from precast concrete by using a fine aggregate in the mixture, so the finished material looks more like natural stone. We find moulded concrete as far back as Ancient Rome in inventive aqueducts, culverts and tunnels. Pre-cast, paneled buildings were pioneered in Liverpool, England in 1905, by John Alexander Brodie, inventor of the football goal net.

The rhythmic circular patterns in our Wyatt Bakers Rack make storage fun to look at. Iron finished in a brushed and aged zinc with a colored molded concrete. SCH-240545

Cool to the touch, concrete possesses qualities of stone, feeling ancient but reborn. In our Wyatt Bakers Rack, a precast shelf has been molded from anciently figured wood, appearing petrified, to complement the Brushed Aged Zinc finish of the geometric metal frame. Products made of precast concrete can withstand the most extreme weather conditions and will stand up to years of constant usage.

This substantive molded concrete top is contrasted with the drape iron skirt design of the Wilton Console Table. Rhythmic and communicative this conversation piece will grace any sofa or foyer. SCH-240535

 

The main features of Gabby’s new product offerings incorporates transitional pieces and many mixed materials, including metal, stone, recycled wood, glass, rattan, and mirror in a more transitional styling. Look for geometric shapes, clean lines, and sophisticated details. New products also include darker finishes as well as gilded, metallic, antiqued, gold and silver and finishes that contrast well with our current furnishings.

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