From the Blog
We recently completed an etagere version of our Cole Porter model and had an occasion to use the original finial for this client’s project. As a model that has been made many times now, by many different hands, we thought this small detail might be intriguing. When Frederick originally made the etageres for Billy Baldwin, we used […]
Quick clip of a mahogany finial being fine-tuned on a lathe. Who said lathes weren’t fun?
We are gearing up for our very first collaboration with One King’s Lane. We still have a lot of work to do, but we took these clips during our marathon photo-shoot. Hope you enjoy the preview!
Thoughts for 2012 As my father and I prepare for 2012, I keep coming back to one primary concern: Europe. My concern is not so much about whether or not specific countries default on their debt, the EU finds a way to muddle through somehow, or even if the currency falls apart. My main concern […]
We recently re-discovered a custom pair of our model R644 end tables and it got me thinking it might be fun to see how we have adapted the model over the years. Fortunately, we have images of some the various ways we have made this model for clients. This black and white image above is […]
Above is a short video of Tony discussing Pichon pottery. Pichon à Uzes is a family owned factory founded in 1802 in the town of Uzes. The firm is still in business under Chirstophe Pichon, more information is available here: http://www.ceramique-pichon.com/ . In the video, Tony shares some examples of Pichon’s work from his own […]
We had quite an exciting discovery last weekend – Tony found this old holiday card from Elsie de Wolfe to my grandfather, Frederick Victoria! It seems to be from 1950, and shows a super-imposed bust of Lady Mendl between her two dogs, all of which is supper-imposed on a, rather nice, marble mantel piece. Moreover, […]
Here are some photos from the opening evening at our pop-up installation at The Silver Peacock last week. The pop-up is a collaboration between FPV and The Silver Peacock, so most of the furniture you see is ours, while most of the objects and linens are from The Silver Peacock. With all the pieces we […]
We recently added this wonderful armchair to our available antique inventory. It’s quite charming and rare – it had a specific use as well as being made later in the Louis XV period, as it was just beginning to transition into the Louis XVI style. So to highlight the unique character of this chair we […]
Hope the new year is off to a great start for you! Here is the second in our 3-part series on upholstery. This short clip covers basic methods of upholstery trim. Enjoy!
The last few weeks of 2010, as I try and think about what we might expect from 2011, reading the headlines alternating between recovery and recession themed stories has been frustrating. For every legitimate story evidencing the nascent recovery, there is at least one or more that cause me to pause. Most recently, the holiday shopping […]
A holiday message to everyone from Tony and Freddy. We wish you all a happy Holiday season and a happy and healthy 2011 for you and your family!
Hello! We have taken far too long to put this next batch of videos together, but we are happy to finally have one for you to see. This video is the first of a three part series we are devoting to upholstery. All too often these days, we find chairs that have had some foam […]
First, it has been far too long since we posted anything, even for a poster as infrequent as us. Sorry for that. On the plus side we have been busy and are planning more Trade Tips videos. One thing keeping us busy was a trip to visit Todd Romano’s new showroom in Los Angeles, which […]
Here is our third Trade Tips video clip! Tony Victoria covers the defining characteristics of Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI chairs as well as the transitional periods. He offers some great details to look for to help you identify the different styles. We hope you find it useful and enjoyable! Note: you may […]
We just finished our second Trade Tips video clip. This segment covers some of the basics of traditional chair construction and some key dimensions to keep in mind regarding chair design and comfortability. We hope you find it useful! Have a great Labor Day weekend! Please click on the link below for the video:
Tony and I are trying something new – video blog clips! We shot our first “Trade Tips” clip yesterday. It is a quick overview covering tricks Tony has taught me to identity mercury gilding versus electrolytic bath gilding of brass mounts. The topics for these clips will vary, this one being a bit more advanced, […]
The development of this table has been a bit of an odyssey and a learning experience for me. Believe it or not, we starting working on this table in 2008! There were some structural problems that we had to fix: primarily the “wobbliness” of the frame. Without cross supports or the right gauge material, this […]
This weekend I was in western Massachusetts, in an outlet store, and I stumbled across a perfect example of an issue I’ve been thinking about since I started working with my father: the trade-off between price and quality. It was a chair very similar to the one in this image. It’s a knock-off variation of our […]
As we all know, last Friday was another bad day for the equity markets. Most US indices lost just under 3.5%, triggered by the monthly payroll report. Payrolls were up (and the overall unemployment rate was down, but this measure is pretty much useless unless you happen to be in politics), but nearly all the […]
Over the weekend there was an excellent article in the New York Times about Town & Country and the new social trends it is adapting to under the able new leadership of Mr. Stephen Drucker. If you have a client who has a computer, or iphone, and has heard of the Internet – you need […]
We recently completed a custom project for our client and friend, Albert Hadley, to make a grand, king size, four poster bed based on one of our designs from the Design Library. This design has a classic chinoiserie feel – each bed post is made up of a cluster of 4 faux bamboo trees with matching […]
This is somewhat of a departure from what I have written about in the past, but the recent trouble in the equity and fixed income markets make it difficult not to comment on. After 2009, we all hope that 2010 will be better for our industry, and the days with 1 or 2%+ swings in […]
You may have seen our over-scale hurricane model previously, but we recently made a custom pair for a client with perforated metal covers. The hurricanes rest on a metal base with a large, hand-blown glass shade around a single candle. They stand nearly 44″ off the ground overall. Blowing a glass shade of this size and shape, to consistent […]
As you may have already seen, we have introduced a collection of furniture called Essential FPV. Essential FPV is our way to offer custom quality designs at less-than custom prices. The designs of each item are either from our Design Library or from our family’s private collection of pieces around our home. In most cases, […]
It feels like we started this project ages ago but our new Hurricane LED Lamp is ready and we are very proud to finally be able to share it with you. It started with the white porcelain flowers that grandpa Freddy tucked away by the box. There are many different sizes and shapes, but Tony and […]
We are very excited to have finished development on this table, our R808 Sidetable (very original name, right?). As you see it is a 2-tier brass metal frame table in a gun-metal finish with a smoky “Circuit Boy” lacquer on the panels. We started with a much thinner gauge metal frame with a blackened brass […]
When we are commissioned to make a piece from the Library or something custom, we very often use custom mounts as well. These are bronzes from antiques that we have owned over the years or that we’ve designed that are sufficiently unique to keep the mold of – and therefore avoid a lot of large re-development […]
Anyone passing by Scalamandre on Third avenue will surely notice the wonderful window that Michael Simon has installed there. Michael, whose offices are in the same building as Scalamandre, really has a fantastic attention to detail, one that you find less and less these days. One of Tony and mine favorite details is the glass […]