C.1900 kitchen farm lamp, used to light, at the start of the century, the long kitchen table. This opaline shade goes up and down, thanks to its counterweight in porcelain.
The best and worst things humanity has to offer can be viewed on the internet. I'd like to think that for every schoolbus bullying video, there's a website filled with objects like those of Jean-Marc Furio's, and it's our job to find the good stuff.
Furio is the French antiques dealer behind The New Collector, an antiques shop based in Bangalow, Australia, a couple hours south of Brisbane. Their specialty is Industrial Art objects from the first half of the 20th Century. Furio has a keen appreciation for the Bauhaus and "we like to think that Gropius would have loved to walk in our shop," as he writes.
Freshly back from a trip to France, The New Collector's website is loaded up with gorgeous objects you could spend all day browsing. Here are some of the recent acquisitions:
Four seat Hazelnut school desk, no metallic nails to hold the base, the nails are in timber. c.1880-1890. The school desk became smaller only two seats after the war, then in metal in the 60s.
Perfuma "made by De Gion." The elegance of the machine age era. Designed to spread a fragrance into a room. Boiling water in the tank near the base released the perfume stored in the top part. C.1925 Italy.
Hat stand press. Circa 1900 France.
Industrial lamp by Johannes Richter, Germany, 1950. Model Grandiosa. The red filter can be put on or off.
1920's beautiful bottle holder, fantastic shape, metal. Northern France.
Pharmaceutical bottles, with the ingredients written in Latin.
Vintage Samsonite leather suitcase, USA, 1940's; Strong and large aluminium trunk great for storage or as coffee table; Vintage solid film reel case, great display when open.
Draper's table from "les trois quartiers," a high end fashion boutique in Paris around 1880, this 3m long table is supported by 8 turned legs, beautifully carved and could be the show piece of a shop or of a loft designer flat. Circa Napoleon III from Paris. A stunning piece.
The 702 ABC Sydney radio station has a monthly audio podcast called All Things Vintage, and in this month's installment they interview Furio on the how and the why of what he does. Listen to it for free here.