Everyone needs a Ghyczy

Peter Ghyczy is a German designer of Hungarian origin who had a major impact on international design.

He designed the famous ‘egg chair’ – once on loan to the Victoria and Albert museum – while employed at polyurethane factory, Elastogran, in Lemforde, where he was responsible for developing model polyurethane products.

In 1972 he founded Ghyczy and co and presented his first furniture collection based on casting techniques which he transferred from plastic to metal.

His aim was to create ‘independent and unique pieces of furniture’ and many of his patented methods – especially the innovative clamping of glass and metal together, as in the design of this ‘frameless table’ – have been copied and used for entire product lines.

Looking at this table, it is very easy to see why Ghyczy’s avant garde technique caught the imagination of the design industry. Created using only the highest quality materials, it features the Ghyczy emblem on the base with a thick, shaped, glass top, and is a substantial, yet refined piece.

“My designs take their orientation from their purpose” says Ghyczy, and we can only conclude that – in this case – part of that purpose is to be fabulous. View this piece by clicking the link.

Jean Charles de Castlebajac designs

Jean Charles de Castlebajac – also known as JC/DC – is a French nobleman and multi dimensional designer.

Jean Charles’ design career started in the fashion industry where he achieved international success from his imaginative clothing. His first showcase included the famous ‘coat cut from a blanket’ which retains an iconic status in fashion circles to this day.

He has designed a watch inspired by lego, a jacket made from teddy bears worn by Madonna and Helena Christensen, and once dressed 5,00 priests, 500 bishops and The Pope for a visit to Paris.

No surprise then that Jean Charles eventually turned his hand to the creation of stylish home furnishings such as these elegant coffee tables.

Whilst one is a simple square and the other a two tiered rectangle, they have the same raised frame surrounding the glass, and – in the chrome and brass that is always a great combination – are equally eye catching.

Classic designs that will stand the test of time. Unlike one of JC/DC’s less successful ideas of an astro turf body warmer!

Take a trip to our products pages to see these and other tables from our extensive inventory.


Circa Revamped

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.

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Celebrate in style

With the festive season approaching, we know that many of you will be preparing your homes for an influx of guests so we thought it would be nice to share a few interesting items that may spark some conversation when sitting by the fire with a well earned glass of something; possibly served on a table such as this unusual gueridon.

Although ‘gueridon’ has become a generic term for any small, usually circular, table supported by one or more columns, the early gueridons – which originated in France towards the middle of the 17th century – were characterised by sculptural human, animal or mythological figures acting as supports.

The one we have here is a Neoclassical design in the manner of Jansen, and features brass rams head supports and brass hoof feet. A beautifully detailed and very interesting 1960’s table.

Be ready to pass around the sweets with this attractive bon bon dish by Aldo Tura. Again 1960’s, the dish reflects Tura’s use of flowing lines and free shapes and has two brass rods intertwined at the middle to create a stylish handle.

Lastly, a distinctive rosewood, Italian cocktail cabinet.

The doors to the cabinet feature an Egyptian scene painted in pastels and the mirrored interior has three drawers. The bowed, reeded front supported on tapering legs with brass feet add the final touch to this charming 1950’s dry bar.


Turn the Tables

Today we have two large coffee tables to share with you, the first of which is this fantastic marble ‘jumbo table’ – designed for Knoll by Gae Aulanti – one of the few women designers in postwar Italy and creator of many elegant pieces.

It is not surprising that Gae Aulanti would design an imposing piece such as this, as she was responsible for several large scale museum projects – including Musee d’Orsay in Paris – and also had some background in industrial design.

The choice of Rosa Aurora – a Portuguese marble with a delicate pink colour – gives a soft edge to the design and, along with the cluster legs, combines a graceful elegance with a sense of serene strength, while the beautiful markings on the marble – going from pale to darker pink with green and grey hues – make this table truly individual.

Gae Aulanti has been recorded as saying that the focus of a room should be the occupants – not the furniture – but in creating such beautifully classic designs as this, she goes some way to making that a singularly difficult task. You can view the table by clicking this link.

Our second piece (below) – a 110cm square two tiered Lucite and Nickel table – is very cool indeed. With clean lines and a contemporary design it epitomises the kind of French chic that would create a stunning centrepiece to complement, rather than dominate, a room.

Great example of 1970’s modern furniture. You can view the table by clicking this link.

Large Lucite Coffee Table

A rare and unique table.

At Circa we constantly strive to source the unusual and when we find a piece such as this rare and unique leaping jaguar table from France, circa 1970’s, we just have to share it.

The jaguar leaps from a bronze tree with Verdigris finish and Ormolu leaf decoration, supported on a Nero Marquina base with an easily replaceable shaped glass top. All the materials used have been carefully chosen and each individual part crafted to the highest possible standard.

The Nero Marquinq used for the base is a fine-grained, black marble, originating from Spain and chosen for the white veining and occasional clouding characteristic in this material, while the bronze tree is particularly effective with the verdigris finish; a natural occurrence in copper, brass or bronze surfaces exposed to the atmosphere for long periods of time.

The ormolu leaf decoration – ormolu originating form the French ‘moulu’ meaning ‘powdered gold’ – adds a beautifully delicate feel to the tree and is achieved through a specialised process known as ‘fire gilding’ where mercury is driven off a kiln leaving behind a gold coloured veneer known in England as ‘gilt bronze’ and, in France, as ‘bronze dore’.

Now we get to the jaguar. In cast brass with gold lacquer, he leaps from the branch –  his back paws the only place of support – creating a real sense of animation and strength.

The defined muscle structure and refined features of the jaguar coupled with the superb quality of all the components make this a very special piece indeed. See it on our product pages by clicking here.