Showing posts with label Alhambra Antiques. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alhambra Antiques. Show all posts

Monday, January 24, 2011

Steve Williams' Show Opens This Thursday

I'm very excited about the new artists I have had the opportunity to exhibit and represent once we made the front portion of our store a gallery space. The first artist we showed in June and July was Asser Saint-Val. His work is surrealist with a whimsical nature that really captured me. He works with all sorts of media trying to achieve an array of textures. This collection was known as "The Melanin Project." I had to take home two pieces. Here are a few we showed:


I have also shown the work of a ceramist named Gerbi Tsesarskaia. She makes all her work out of soda fired grolleg porcelain which means it can be used functionally as it is safe to eat on, or aesthetically as art.

This Thursday is our opening reception for Steve Williams, who created a show entitled "Currency" for us. For those of you who may not know, I also maintain a blog on our website where you can read more about Steve and how he created this exhibition. If you're in the area I hope you will stop by to have a little wine and cheese with me, this Thursday, January 27th at 7 o'clock.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Alhambra Antiques Opens New Exhibition to Much Acclaim

Paintings by Asser Saint-Val hang over a vintage composite stag

Olga Granda-Scott stands amidst the work of Eric Besson

After undergoing aesthetic renovations during the spring, the repurposed Alhambra Antiques space in downtown Coral Gables hosted a vernissage on June 16th with a new look and fresh vibe. A cross between antiques store, art gallery, and cultural space, the “new old” Alhambra Antiques is an intellectually stimulating experience. The current exhibit has been curated to include unparalleled vintage, antique, and select contemporary offerings with innovative creative artists Asser Saint-Val, Eric Besson, and Fiorella Chelini showing selections of their work.

Art collectors, designers, and aficionados gathered at the event to benefit the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a charity which has always been dear to the hearts of directors Olga Granda-Scott and Douglas Scott. Attendees included interior designers Jim Murphy, Diane Sepler, and Kevin Gray; Vizcayans president Don Kress, art dealer Marvin Ross Friedman, artist Asser Saint-Val, and celebrity columnist Daisy Olivera.

“The way the space is staged makes walking through the store a mysterious adventure. Humor, wit, and curiosity can all be used to describe the creative vignettes” said attendee Cristina Romney Espinosa. “I’ve come to expect the unexpected every time I visit—as well as a great party!”

As part of the new three artist group exhibition, the surrealist paintings of Asser Saint-Val brought much color and life and were particularly well received. The Haitian artist, who lives and works in Miami and has sold works to important collections including the Rubell family, hesitated before showing his works in a non-traditional gallery space. But once he saw the way they could be juxtaposed with some of the very elements used to create his fictional characters, he loved and appreciated the tension created.

“Asser’s work is a bit of reality spun into a whimsical character which spoke to me when I saw it. I love incorporating humor into my installations, and I felt that he had embodied that sense of blurring the lines between practicality and fiction” explained Olga Granda-Scott. “It is a very exciting process to be able to find interesting work and expose our clients to a new way of living and collecting.”

The exhibition will be on display through August 15th, when a new roster of artists will be unveiled.



Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Alhambra (Antiques) Brings New Life to an Old World Space

Alhambra (Antiques) continues to redefine the boundaries of the antiques trade with their latest offering: the design works of contemporary French artist Eric Besson. At a time when many antiques stores are closing their doors, Alhambra (Antiques) continues to take their 20-year venture in ever-expanding directions.

“We don’t offer only antiques,” says Olga Granda-Scott, “my hope is that we offer the unconventional – items and objects of distinction. We appeal to people who have a strong sense of individuality – and of course good taste.”

After undergoing aesthetic renovations during the spring, the repurposed space will open again with a new look and fresh vibe. A cross between antiques store, art gallery, and cultural space, the “new old” Alhambra (Antiques) is an experience not to be missed. Exhibits will be curated to include unparalleled vintage, antique, and select contemporary offerings sprinkled with innovative creative artists who share a similar aesthetic.

The first exhibit, opening on June 16th, will feature hand-forged furniture by French artist Eric Besson. Mr. Besson works with pieces of industrial repurposed metal creatively mixed with vintage elements. His work has been selected by leading designers for important commercial projects, including the flagship John Varvatos store in New York City. The collection exhibited at Alhambra (Antiques) features furniture works with sleek lines adorned with letters from old printing houses.

Mr. Besson’s work will be exhibited alongside the whimsical sculptural work of Italian artist Fiorella Chelini, the surrealist paintings of Asser Saint Val, and the arrival of a new shipment of antiques from all over Europe.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Redesigning our Home (again!)

Hopefully you recall what our living room looked like the last time I featured it:
Most of the items at our home (with some important exceptions) we maintain actively for sale on our website, so we frequently have to start over again with the design of living spaces. The first thing to sell was the great industrial coffee table, gone to Greenwich Village in NYC, via 1stdibs. We are still in need of a great coffee table. Those are really hard to find. My husband had seller's remorse after that sale. The next thing I changed (not because of a sale but just because I liked them better) was the pair of white-painted armchairs. Instead, I took home this pair of comfortable French bergeres:

But alas, those are now on their way to Hong Kong, so I decided to bring home some rough leather moustache club chairs for a totally different look:

The same week I sold the charming white settee to a designer from Illinois. So off that went and my only choice was this more formal gilt settee which I upholstered in a light burlap to dress it down. I think it makes a fun contrast with the club chairs.


I never really liked the proportions of the little table in the corner with the pink table lamp next to such a big mirror...
so I brought home this amazing antique processional statue. I'm sure you've figured out by now that I have a weakness for religious pieces, though part of what I love is its sculptural qualities.

She is sitting on this appropriate gothic style side table (also originally for processions):

I don't have pictures of the new room because my camera was stolen (grrrr....) but I'll have a new one soon, I promise!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Designing an Enticing Holiday Showroom Display

For a long time, I've had a thing for the glass domes that were used in the 19th century to protect important clocks, taxidermy specimens, or religious statues. They have certain quality to them that makes whatever is inside just a little more special. I bought a series of empty ones last year and it took me a while to figure how to do something creative with them. Here's what I came up with:

Vintage jewelry displayed on stacks of old leather bound books.


Old crowns on some crusty paperbacks in an oval dome. This group joined another "Souvenirs" dome:


This display needed some holiday cheer, so I added some Christmas balls and gilt finials:


These stacked books set the stage for some tiaras:


Here's the completed holiday card shot:

Happy Holidays to all my wonderful readers, you are very much appreciated!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Rough Luxe and New Directions

"Rough Luxe" is an oxymoron that I have been running into quite frequently and I've been reflecting on this nascent movement (trying to determine what it is and isn't.) The WJS Magazine defines it, when referring to those in their 20's, as "a rejection of the minimalism that dominated the world they grew up in...Rough Luxe sounds the death knell for perfectionism" WSJ.

I quite like the term myself and believe that Rough Luxe describes a design aesthetic I have embraced for a while in my home and my shop. Take the photograph above, it is of our showroom's entrance. The floor is marble but not polished... rough yet a luxury. The painting is unframed, giving an arguably luxurious item a toned-down, un-stuffy feel. The sideboard has great history, yet its straight lines and contrasting colors give it a modern and timeless feel - a few accessories on it, but not cluttered. Vintage yet modern: Rough Luxe.

It's a bit of a surprise that I could embrace any movement with the term luxury in it. During the condo-building boom of the past few years (at least here in Miami), the term "luxury" was so overused to describe just about anything that it quickly became a joke between my husband and me. We would drive by huge billboards with scantily clad women draped over them, martini in hand, advertising the latest "luxury" project. The term became so diluted that it is now in the process of being redefined by pairing it with other concepts.

Rough luxe is now the name of a new boutique hotel in London which states this on their home page:

This is Rough Luxe
. Half rough, half luxury. A little bit of luxury in a rough part of London. A little bit of rough in a luxurious London. ..Guests at a Rough Luxe hotel might share a bathroom or have a small room or a small shower cubicle, but the luxury is in the choice of the wine, the bed linen, the art on the walls and the people looking after you. Our look is a mix of old and new, furniture and art; combining colours and beautiful fabrics with cheap materials and existing distressed original walls. Cheap materials are treated as precious items and preserved for their beauty and memory of the site.


Reception Hall at Rough Luxe Hotel

Furthermore, they define the Rough Luxe philosophy as a new way of looking at luxury as part of time and not just as an object of consumption... An enriching personal experience... A time for reflection, the intellectual value of objects ... of social and cultural experiences linked to locations...food, lifestyle objects and events.

I must admit that in the past few years I have struggled a bit to appreciate both the minimalism and perfectionism of the trends in the design world. And I think I'm not the only one. Let's face it, much of that style is not all together comfortable or practical and it doesn't allow for a lot of variation and creativity in design. As a long time lover of all things old, the story and journey of a piece has always been a priority in creating an atmosphere that is meaningful. Meaningful in the experience it allows the people who live around it or visit to enjoy. Nothing with a history is ever in "perfect" condition and yes, it is desirable that way. Personally, I'm ecstatic and hopeful that the tide is turning. This does not mean that all 20th century design should be abandoned, I'm certainly not advocating that. Let's just be less strict and more adventurous in the settings we live in. Hopefully everyday can be a little more interesting.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Our New House: A bit of French, Belgian, Italian, Swedish and a dash of Industrial

Sound the trumpets...here they are...the pictures of our new abode! If you don't recall what it looked like before we moved in, you can click here to refresh your memory. You can click on any picture to see it full size.
This is what you see when you first open the door and walk up the front steps:

It is a French pastry table and a 19th century zinc clock face from the town of Belloy-Sur-Somme. If you turn to your left, you would see this Danish clock:

As you walk into the living room, you see this:

Another view of the living room , from the opposite end of the room:

Some of the pieces we chose are: a pier mirror, a pair of armchairs, a settee, we also got that fabulous cow hide (well, i think its fabulous) in Texas (where else!), and our coffee table is a vintage Italian industrial gear which we topped with a beveled glass. The living room opens into the dining room through two arches:
You might recognize the table and chairs from our previous house, but new are the beautiful chandelier, the painted sideboard, the Marguerite Ghy-Lemm painting, and the iron cabinet on the right. Next, I'll take you upstairs to our romantic bedroom:

Instead of a traditional headboard, I placed some old Italian wooden fragments on the wall to frame the bed. The lamps were made from an iron gate in a church (in the old European churches there were gates inside the church to separate the public from the altar, these gates were often beautifully adorned and often gilded). I also have a thing for old French linens (no surprise) which you can see on the bed. We chose the giltwood bergere for just a dash of luxury. Here's a close-up of my night table, with the lamp and my collection of Royal Vienna porcelain (things you acquire when you grow up as the daughter of an antiquarian).

That's all for now, you'll have to wait for the outdoor shots. Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

We are off to Texas!

Yup, that's right, we're off to Texas this week! We have decided to exhibit at the famous Round Top antiques festival, more specifically as part of the Marburger Farms Show. So our booth will be a building that looks like this:

or this:


...or it could be in a tent!
It will be quite an adventure as it is a two day drive each way in a 26 foot truck. We are sharing the truck with our friend and colleague, Faustina Pace Antiques and Interiors of Palm Beach, named by Domino magazine one of the best dealers in the South. This show is an internationally acclaimed event which draws thousands of buyers and sellers from all over the country. It is a series of more than ten shows in one week. Some of the best known design bloggers are sure to be spotted there, including Brooke of Velvet & Linen and Joni of Cote de Texas, as well as numerous famous dealers with their best stuff. So we're off to great places! I promise to keep you tuned in with fun photos from the trip across country. And when we return, you'll finally get to see the finished house.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

It's Container Week Again!

The container filled with all the goodies we purchased on our June trip to Paris has finally arrived! Unfortunately some of our purchases didn't fit in this shipment and will have to wait until the next one but here are some of the treats we have just unloaded. More to come in the next few days. Just leave me a comment if you are interested in anything or keep checking www.alhambraantiques.com for the new additions.

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