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Designer Spotlight: Demetre Chiparus

Demétre Haralamb Chiparus (also known as Dumitry Chipārus) is a Romanian Art Deco era sculptor who lived and worked in Paris until his death. Chiparus was born September 16, 1886 in Dorohoi, Romania to Haralamb and Saveta Chiparus. When he was 23 Chiparus traveled to Italy where he studies under Italian sculptor Raffaello Romanelli. Three years later Chiparus traveled to Paris to attend the Ecole des Beaux Arts to pursue his artistic endeavors. While in Paris he studied under Antonin Mercie and Jean Boucher.

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Designer Spotlight: Jacques Adnet

Jacques Adnet was a French art deco modernist designer, interior designer and architect who was known for his incredible designs in leather. Born April 20, 1901 in Paris, Jacques Adnet knew from a young age that he was destined to design. As a child he often built tiny model furniture from found objects such as wood and fabric. Adnet attended the Municipal School of Design in Auxerre followed by the École des Beaux-Arts Paris. Continue reading

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Style Files: Credenzas

Have you ever looked around your home and thought about your furniture? Really thought about the lines, the shapes, the style, the materials that each chair, each table, or each bed is made from? Furniture plays such an important part in our lives yet we rarely take a moment to look at the furniture we use everyday. The history of furniture is long and storied. Continue reading

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Style Files: New (Old) Antiques from AntiquitiesWeb

Now that the holidays are over and the in-laws are out of the guest room it’s time to sit back, relax, and treat yourself to some “me” time (and some “me” presents!) You’ve done your share of gift giving and now it’s time for some gift getting. Luckily AntiquitiesWeb has scoured the globe and come back with exciting new pieces to ring in the New Year with style. So keep your resolution to treat yourself right with a new beautiful antique from AntiquitiesWeb. Continue reading

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Style Files: Modernist Furniture

At AntiquitiesWeb we have a real love affair with modern furniture. While we appreciate an Empire settee or a gilded mirror, there’s something so timeless and chic about the smooth lines and sleek look of a modern piece of furniture. Modern furniture refers to furniture produced during the late 19th century to present day. The modern design movement evolved from the heavy, ornamental furniture of the previous centuries. Often, the length of time a piece of furniture took to create was a measure of its value. The modernist movement shifted the emphasis from heavy, time-consuming design to simple and functional design. Continue reading

Style Files: Art Nouveau

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Art Nouveau is a style of art, architecture, design, and decorative arts that was most popular during 1890-1910. It was a reaction to the strict, stifling academic art favored in the 19th century. Instead of harsh lines and industrial design, nature and the natural form inspired art nouveau. Its curved lines reference the natural curve of the human body. Art Nouveau was about blending in with nature while keeping a highly stylized design aesthetic—no easy feat. Continue reading