European vs. North American Beech Wood

December 10, 2010 BY Carrocel Interiors | Leave a response

European beech is a wonderful wood. All of our newly made chairs are made in Italy from European beech and so this makes it an important topic for us and our customers alike. For starters, it's necessary to make the distinction between North American and European beech as they are different despite originating from the same family. In fact, there are several differences between the two, however, for our purposes we'll simply focus on their properties and uses. They are both classified as hardwoods but their appearance and workability are not quite the same. For instance, North American beech is mostly a reddish brown and has a considerable colour variation between boards. The grain is usually very straight, closed, and much coarser ...

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Furniture Woods

November 15, 2010 BY Carrocel Interiors | Leave a response

Today and in the next coming days, we will be exploring the most commonly used woods in fine furniture. From dark to light woods, these posts will offer useful information on the origins, purposes, and characteristics of the woods used in fine furniture. So, let's begin. Mahogany Perhaps the most widely known wood for furniture, mahogany is our starting point. Even if you don't know much about wood furniture, chances are you've at least heard of mahogany. As previously blogged about, mahogany is part of the dark-coloured hardwood category of woods. True mahoganies belong to the genus Swietenia which are found in the Caribbean and in Central and South America. Mahogany also, however, can originate in Africa in which they belong to the genus ...

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Wood Types

October 26, 2010 BY Carrocel Interiors | 1 Comment on Wood Types

When working with wood or buying wood furniture, it's best to know what you're working with or spending your money on. Understanding whether you are dealing with a hard or soft wood can dictate the wood's appropriate purpose, how they take to stain or lacquer, and how durable it is. Here I put together a brief explanation of wood basics. In the next post we will visit specific wood types and their roles in furniture. Hardwoods vs. Softwoods Solid woods fit into two categories: hardwood and softwood. A hardwood is extracted from a broad-leafed tree (i.e., no needles) and include mahogany, oak, teak, birch, walnut, ash, beech, poplar, rosewood, elm, etc. Not to get too scientific, but specifically hardwood trees are angiosperms (plants that ...

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Furniture Leg Glossary

October 20, 2010 BY Carrocel Interiors | 5 Comments on Furniture Leg Glossary

Fellow furniture enthusiasts: here is a quick run-down of some furniture leg style and their names.  Always useful to know the name of the leg instead of saying....'yeah, i like the piece with the thingamajiggy leg!' [caption id="attachment_210" align="alignleft" width="300"] 1 - Bobbin 2 - Baluster 3 - Twist 4 - Cup and cover 5 - Flemish scroll 6 - 'Square' 7 - Louis XV 8 - Plain cabriole 9 - Carved cabriole 10 - Taper 11 - Chippendale straight 12 - Hepplewhite 13 - Hepplewhite decorated 14 - Adam 15 & 16 - Sabre 17 - Pre-Victorian 18 - American fancy 19 - Windsor 20-23 - Victorian 24 - Modern Cabriole[/caption]...

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Art Deco Shipment From France Just In!

October 15, 2010 BY Carrocel Interiors | Leave a response

Big news...Art Deco shipment from France has arrived! We have dozens and dozens of beautiful antique Deco pieces.  We have custom fine dining tables, sideboards, end tables, armoires, living room chairs, sofas, commodes, you name it! Check it out. ...

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Furniture Styles

BY Carrocel Interiors | Leave a response

Art Deco Art Deco furniture is characterized by the use of metals, dark and exotic woods (rosewood, ebony, mahogany). It was popularized in the 1920s in Europe and in the 1930s in the United States. It not only influenced furniture, but fine art, jewelry, and cinema. It has its roots in architecture and Deco furniture captures the same lines and curves. In many pieces, the darker aspects of the grain of the wood are highlighted to give the piece a certain striking appearance. In North America, Art Deco furniture and architecture were symbols of strength and optimist during the end of the War and the Great Depression. An example of this symbolism for hope is the sunburst motif often found in ...

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More Furniture Styles!

October 6, 2010 BY Carrocel Interiors | Leave a response

Regency Furniture This style of furniture is known for its simplicity and elegance. It was the last true furniture style that was readily identifiable before the excesses and incoherences of the Victorian era. Inspired by classical forms from Egypt and Greece, nearly all Regency furniture were veneered. Surfaces were kept plain and decoration was limited to turning and brass inlay in rosewood and other exotic timbers.  ...

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Introduction To Fine Furniture Styles

September 25, 2010 BY Carrocel Interiors | Leave a response

As my second blog post, I thought a good way to kick things off would be a short introduction of the various furniture styles that are out there.  There are several different styles - some modern, some classic, and some that never go out of style.  Whether you are interested in heavy carvings, light carvings, curves, cabriolet feet, or just plain and clean lines, there is a style out there for you.  So, let's begin! Chippendale - Named after the English cabinetmaker, Thomas Chippendale, this style is characterized by the use of flowing lines, carvings in the form of C-scrolls, floral motifs, fret work and acanthus leaves.  The carved cabriole leg ending in the ball & claw foot is another unmistakable ...

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Furniture Styles Continued

September 20, 2010 BY Carrocel Interiors | Leave a response

Federal Style This design originated in America during the Federal age after the Revolution in the 18th century. The most important development was the sideboard while the dressing table and high chest disappeared. Duncan Phyfe was one of the most famous cabinet makers during this age. He used rich mahogany from Cuba and combined it with precision-cut veneered panels of satinwood and rosewood. Bellflower, geometric, and eagle shield inlays, decorative motifs and hardware were popularize during his age. For what it's worth, it's my favourite style of furniture! Here are some examples:     [caption id="attachment_174" align="alignleft" width="244"] Antique Mahogany and Satinwood Federal Style Sideboard[/caption] Empire Style Like a lot of other styles, this 19th century design drew upon neoclassical views of Rome, ...

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Furniture Styles Continued

September 14, 2010 BY Carrocel Interiors | Leave a response

Louis XVI This style dawned the age of neoclassicism and was modeled an on idealistic view of ancient Rome. Despite the use of elaborate inlays and ormolu mounts the basic shape is rigid and square, unlike the rococo or Louis XV which flows all over the place. The cabriole leg disappears and is replace by a more straight leg. Apart from brass mounts and classical carving, the surface is flat and decorations takes the form of geometrical marquetry. French Provincial This style draws plenty of inspiration from the patterns of Louis XV. As is often the case with country furniture, designs were simplified and nonessentials removed so that the end result is often more appealing to modern taste than the original elaborate source. The armoire ...

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