Family run business, De Sede, originated in a small saddler’s workshop in Klingnau, Switzerland. With craftsman committed to making the best possible leather into beautifully designed seating, and an ethos that quality is a guarantee for success, they grew to be one of the world’s leading manufacturers of exclusive leather furniture.
De Sede is dedicated to designing furniture that will bring soul to a room, using leather that is ’uniquely created by nature with its pattern of pores, grain, surface structure and folds’ and treated using an ancient, chemical process so that the skin is preserved and made durable whilst being amazingly supple and smooth to the touch.
Evidence of De Sede’s high quality materials and attention to detail is very much apparent in this pair of black leather armchairs on chrome supports. In completely original condition, without tears or rips, the buttoned seats and stitched back supports are a superb example of the timeless designs combined with traditional and precise workmanship that has earned the brand an international reputation.
You can view them in our shop by clicking this link.
Husband and wife team, Ria and Yiouri Augousti, are masters of creating beautiful furniture using unconventional materials.
Their dream of building a collection of furniture and home accessories began thirty years ago and was inspired by various cultures, arts and architecture encountered on their extensive travels.
Now, with showrooms in Paris’ fashionable 7th Arrondissement and – more recently – in New York City, they are a truly successful team with a furniture range sought after by many high profile clients.
This large, box shaped pair of armchairs epitomises how they create simple designs that look wonderfully contemporary but can be successfully combined with many different styles of decor and will really stand the test of time.
The frame – on tubular steel supports – is covered in squares of parchment and perfectly complements the white leather of the cushions giving an overall effect of understated chic.
The high level of craftsmanship and superior materials used to construct these chairs is clearly evident upon inspection and – as would be expected from R & A Augousti – they are supremely comfortable.
Our Circa showroom has recently been revamped – fresh and new, but keeping to our usual grey and gold theme – and we are showcasing some interesting recent acquisitions alongside those already in our inventory.
The large Italian curved sofa, reupholstered in red velvet, along with the salon of Paola Buffa lounge furniture provide the perfect centrepiece to demonstrate how lighting, tables and seating could look when put together in a home environment, and to show how a diverse mix of styles can be such an inspiration for interior design ideas.
The lighting on show ranges from a colourful and quirky Italian ‘Triennale’ floor lamp to a pair of elegant Cristal Arte chandeliers that make for a wonderful complement to the large brass framed 1960’s Italian mirror; a very stylish piece with an inset faceted geometric design in gold and ruby. We have hung it landscape to fit with our decor but it looks equally appealing hung portrait or floor standing as in the picture on our website.
A range of cocktail, coffee and side tables – including a sleek, octagonal Romeo Rega design – are on display, and the dark stained oak flooring has been provided by our sister company, Marmorea.
We think it has a certain panache, but don’t take our word for it, come along and take a look for yourself.
We would love to see you!
And keep your eyes on the Marmorea site for an upcoming blog about our superior quality, Dutch wood flooring.
Circa is delighted to announce a recent collaboration with Empire development as part of the refurbishment plan for this stylish Pimlico flat which is to be sold as furnished.
It was fantastic to be involved in creating such a stunning living space incorporating the eclectic mix of styles that is such a big part of our ethos at Circa, and we look forward to updating you with more images soon.
For now though, let’s start in the living room where the classic 1950’s Italian armchairs – reupholstered in a sumptuous charcoal velvet – are a great complement for the more modern feel of the settee and an excellent choice of colour to go with the pale walls and flooring.
The 1970’s two tiered Lucite and Nickel coffee table – featured in one of our recent blogs and now part of this chic room – is a really great addition to a light and airy space such as this. The clean lines and contemporary edge create a centrepiece that makes a statement without dominating, and epitomises the kind of French elegance that can have a quiet but very powerful impact on interior design.
Moving on to the bedroom we have a pair of sculptural wall lights by Poliarte, Italy. Poliarte are known for their innovative and unique designs and these 1960’s wall lights bear testament to that. Crafted from clear and amber glass pieces they cast a soft glow on to the blue wall and flank the central piece of artwork to great effect.
Watch this space for more news.
Reupholstery is a wonderful way of breathing new life into furniture that is structurally sound but with some cosmetic wear.
At Circa, keeping close to the original design of our pieces is of paramount importance to us, and our skilled master upholsterer uses time honoured traditional methods to ensure this. We do however, add a touch of our own style with choice of colour and fabric.
For example, above is a sofa and matching chairs purchased at an Italian antiques fair and reupholstered by us in the UK. We chose a luxurious mink velvet to go with the elegant design but we did not have very long to admire the end product as all three pieces were soon to be housed in the West end office reception pictured above.
With the chairs below we took a slightly less conventional approach to colour by using a pistachio velvet which we felt really complemented the slightly more quirky design and black steel supports.
It is really exciting for us to give these fantastically well crafted pieces a new lease of life and will keep you up to date with more as they come in.
Watch this space.