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Furniture in the US is so cheap!

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Bouji, Jul 27, 2006.

  1. Bouji

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    The Linley stuff looks pretty good. The Neiman stuff looks regularly upscale
     
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    Well, the Lindley looks great. Not sure about the fabric on it. I like the updated chesterfield. the Neiman thing is just bad IMO.
     
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    ... I only buy antiques - some compensation is I know you guys in the US pay a hell of a lot more for antiques than I would (and least the French ones I buy)
    Where do you find/buy your antique French furniture? Any favorite places?
     
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    Where do you find/buy your antique French furniture? Any favorite places?
    Various, Sotheby's, Christie's, Mallett, and Bonham's made up the bulk of it, but I have friends in the trade too, Huntington Antiques in the Costswolds, which specialises in early English furniture, but is a close friend of mine, so has sourced many rare pieces for me, Appley Hoare Exterieur, on Pimlico Road, Howe and Ross Hamilton Limited both also on the Pimlico Road.
    It may interest you to see some photos of my apartment, which I posted a while ago on this thread

    http://styleforum.net/showthread.php...highlight=wife
     
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    Two images are not showing up on that thread for some reason, so I'll post them all again

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    Well, the Lindley looks great. Not sure about the fabric on it. I like the updated chesterfield. the Neiman thing is just bad IMO.

    I don't know whether you noticed, but the Linley does not come with fabric, which makes the price all the more ridiculous.
     
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    Some very nice pieces - I particularly like the room itself, though. My tastes are more to the far modern side, but this is nicely done.

    I assume you used a professional decorator (and I mean that as a compliment)? It's just the way the textiles are matched or rather "go" with each other that seems professionally done. It reminds me of David Hicks' style.

    Is the bedroom wallpaper from Colefax & Fowler?
     
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    Last time I had commented that Bouji's house had elements of Madeleine Castaing's aesthetic.

    Mallett also has rather nice English and French items. As for Hicks, where are the tablescapes?
     
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    Personally, I'm not into mass production furniture; I only buy antiques - some compensation is I know you guys in the US pay a hell of a lot more for antiques than I would (and least the French ones I buy)
    Exactly what I asked in this thread: http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=12420
     
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    Some very nice pieces - I particularly like the room itself, though. My tastes are more to the far modern side, but this is nicely done.

    I assume you used a professional decorator (and I mean that as a compliment)? It's just the way the textiles are matched or rather "go" with each other that seems professionally done. It reminds me of David Hicks' style.

    Is the bedroom wallpaper from Colefax & Fowler?


    Thank you.

    No, I did not use a used a professional decorator, it was mostly done by my wife, though I did also choose and sourced most of the pieces; she just told me the kind of style to look for.

    The bedroom wallpaper is indeed from Colefax & Fowler.
     
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    I barely even read the thread but in response to the title... what the fook-hell are you talking about? I've seen 30,000 dollar beds. That ain't cheap. :p
     
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    I barely even read the thread but in response to the title... what the fook-hell are you talking about? I've seen 30,000 dollar beds. That ain't cheap. :p
    I'm comparing relatively similar products here.
     
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    I'm comparing relatively similar products here.

    No, you are not.
     
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    No, you are not.
    What, exactly are you trying to say? Comparing NM to Linley is what Louis XV is to Ikea? Come off it. Don't waste space on my thread.
     
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    No, you are not.
    I agree with Matt. I don't think you can really assess the quality of the furntiture w/o seeing in in person, but even online the NM couch looks far inferior. It could well be that cheaper tends to be cheaper in the U.S., I have no idea. But I can say that prices vary wildly here, as I assume they do in England. You can pay $800 or $15,000 for couches that have some superficial similarities.
     
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    What, exactly are you trying to say? Comparing NM to Linley is what Louis XV is to Ikea? Come off it. Don't waste space on my thread.
    Seems pretty straightforward. He's saying that the two couches don't really appear to be comparable. Caricaturing that point so you can do battle with a straw man doesn't seem a particularly productive use of space on our board.
     
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    I agree with Matt. I don't think you can really assess the quality of the furntiture w/o seeing in in person, but even online the NM couch looks far inferior. It could well be that cheaper tends to be cheaper in the U.S., I have no idea. But I can say that prices vary wildly here, as I assume they do in England. You can pay $800 or $15,000 for couches that have some superficial similarities.
    Agreed on the price front, but the minimum you will pay for this kind of sofa in London is going to be around 4000 pounds.
    In my eyes they are virtually identical; both are modern interpretations of classic styles; which I would not pay more than 1500 pounds for. Actually, come to think of it, I would not buy either - perhaps this is why they seem so similar to me, whilst some of you notice differences. I see nothing in either of them.
     
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    What, exactly are you trying to say? Comparing NM to Linley is what Louis XV is to Ikea? Come off it. Don't waste space on my thread.

    My, you are truly a self important ass.

    My point was that Neiman Marcus does not sell high quality furniture. I do not think that Louis XV to Ikea is a good comparison, but perhaps Minotti to Ikea is.

    You seem to prefer tables with skirts[​IMG] . Not me. If, as you say later in the thread, you are not interested in either make of sofa, why do you bother asking? I fact, the modern furniture available in the US and the UK is identical and the prices are generally a bit higher here due to shipping costs. What you posted are two sofas that are neither modern nor traditional. They fall into the swamp that divides the two genres. It just so happens that one is a nie version, and the other is crap.
     

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