Buyer, Tori Hunger, talks her favorite March new items – the Cassis Bar Stools (in red and blue). Here’s why she loves them:
Q: What’s your favorite thing about these bar stools?
A: It’s not often I come across a piece of red furniture that I’m drawn to because sometimes it might feel like too much for my personal style, but the combination of the diamond pattern and bold red color makes for a cool piece that is fun AND classic. Also, I love the fact that they’re indoor and outdoor safe. I think the initial thought might be to have them outside, but I love the idea of having a teak wood and rattan piece in my home as well because it gives the organic feel I crave for the inside of our house.
Q: What makes these pieces special?
A: Well, a lot of our items are hand-crafted, and these stools are no exception – they’re hand-woven in Indonesia, and when you see the rattan pattern, you can’t help but have an immediate appreciation for the detail that goes into something like that.
Q: Can you give us three ways you’d utilize these pieces?
A: Well, my husband and I want to buy them for our patio bar outside by the grill. They’re easy because they’re all you really need to use if you’re trying to bring an area of your home to life. Another way would be inside, near our kitchen island. These pieces have enough character to simply be decorative against a wall and pulled over when you have company hanging out in the kitchen. Lastly, we have some friends who have high standing tables outside by their pool, and I can imagine two of the blue bar stools set up on each side of those tables with some pillows that have a pop of color.
The Roman Empire made several contributions to past and present society, one being chair design. As the Empire expanded across Europe, so did its methods of craftsmanship. It was during this reign that curule chairs were first introduced, said to have originated in Etruria. These chairs, or stools, were reserved for magistrates holding imperium to sit on during court or royal gatherings. One of the earliest recorded examples of the curule chair dates back to 494 BC when Roman dictator Manius Valerius Maximus was awarded one as a result of his victory over the Sabines.
In Rome, the curule chair was traditionally made of ivory and had a wide x-base, no arms, and no back. Keeping up with this regal tradition, we’ve created our Bone Curule Stool in the same fashion but updated it for a more modern appeal. Combining 18th-century Empire Style with 16th-century Moorish design, this exquisite stool has the best of both worlds. Each stool is embellished with hundreds of pieces of camel bone that are carved and inlaid into a wood frame by hand—a meticulous and time-consuming process skilled artisans endure to create these imperial pieces. Fit for a king or a queen, this stool is complete with a durable white linen cushion, and is an ideal seat for a vanity or desk. Hint: Pair two at the end of the bed for even more regal ambiance.
Zardosi is an intricate Persian embroidery technique that dates back to the Mughal Empire under the patronage Emperor Akbar. Traditionally done in gold bullion wire (Zardosi is a Persian word that means sewing with gold), this detailed needlework was once used by Persian royalty to embellish their garments and accessories. Due to industrialization and loss of royal patronage, this unique and extremely detailed technique is now practiced by only a handful of artisans—a dying art we’d like to keep alive.
The Zardosi embroidery process begins with the artisan sitting (usually cross-legged) around the wooden framework with their tools. These tools include curved hooks, needles, gold or silver wire, and whatever style beads or sequins they choose. The design is then traced onto the fabric and stretched over a wooden frame—the intricate embroidery then begins.
Our Zardosi Isaiah Crown Wall Art is fit for a king and will deliver a spiritual element to a wall space. Profiled in a gold wood frame, this ornate crown features delicate, hand-sewn beads and is outlined with the verse from Isaiah 28:5, “In that day the Lord Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people.”
Our Zardosi Cross Wall Art fits with holiday or everyday decor. Featuring an ornate crown atop a cross, this intricately detailed piece delivers the message from Isaiah 40:29–31, “He gives his power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength . . .”
Last but not least, our Zardosi Psalms Crown Wall Art features an ornate crown on a bed of laurel leaves above the verse from Psalms 149:4, “For the Lord takes delight in his people he crowns the humble victory.” This beautiful piece is embroidered on stretched canvas over a wood frame.
We can’t imagine how a wonderfully unique and traditional technique has become almost obsolete, and though it’s not much, we hope these pieces will help keep this dying art alive.
When it comes to styling an étagère (or anything for that matter) there are no rules, only suggestions. However, there are a few style tips that we’d like to share on how to style our Elegant Étagère.
Keep it Simple
First things first—when styling an étagère, keep it light and airy. Too many visuals or bulky objects can muddle its presence in a space, taking away from the aesthetic value.
The Right Scheme
Use colors and patterns that will complement each other. The neutral tone and texture of our Roman Bowl or Lil’ Elephant Statue visually complements the stark white hue and smoothness of our Beijing Vase Collection. It’s important when using neutrals to add a few pieces of color to make the space pop. Incorporating our Gilt Branch Sculpture is a great piece to highlight the hand-applied gold leaf finish of our étagère.
Layering is Everything
When deciding on what to showcase with your étagère, it’s important to keep in mind how each piece will fit. Layering objects with various heights throughout the series of stages is key. Whether it’s layering our Small French Paintings alongside our Blue and White Pottery or using a stack of books as a riser, varying heights (with the right pieces) caters to a very curated look.
One definition of style is: a distinctive appearance, typically determined by the principles according to which something is designed. An in-house design, we’d say this sums up our take on étagère.
Appreciating beauty is something we here at Wisteria pride ourselves on—especially in the craftsmanship of our products.
Our Moorish Chest is the epitome of beautiful craftsmanship. A design brought from North Africa to the Indian subcontinent by 16th-century Mughal princes, this chest is adorned with thousands of pieces of camel bone.
Handmade, each piece of bone is intricately cut and inlaid by hand on a hand-carved mango wood frame. A simple design with a striking pattern is the result of many hours of craftsmanship. The meticulous process of crafting this chest—down to the slightest detail—reminds us that handcrafting furniture (or anything for that matter) may be antiquated, but it’s not a lost art.
This chest is a great way to infuse handcrafted, textured pieces into your décor. Make modern exotic by blending contemporary accents alongside this worldly piece. (Hint: Our Lucent Accent Chair and Bullet Glass Table Lamp will help complete the look!)
See all colors of our Moorish Chest and other handcrafted products online.