Friday, November 20, 2009


Since 1985, the artisans at Two World Arts have been creating custom furniture, lighting and decorative accessories for design industry luminaries. Doing to the trade reproduction and restoration, their pieces add a special handmade touch to a room, and they can make almost anything. I went on a fun field trip to their New York workroom this summer, where custom carved wall panels, a gilt headboard and tables were being made for big installations. It is worth seeing their work in person--make an appointment with Jean Chau to visit their showroom at 122 West 18th Street and order something special.

If you need a fretwork piece that adds color, this etagere with bell finials is a great choice.

Dress up a dresser with a beautiful scenic to match a print in the room.

If the budget does not allow for expensive antique deft pieces, this blue and white lidded jar makes for a great stand in.

A Leather bench with a double demi lune base has an au courant limed finish.

A Chinese Chippendale Side Chair is becoming an old standby these days, an interior must!

The reproduction Elkins Loop Chair is hard to find, and creeping in to take the place of the Chinese Chip as a chic side chair of the moment.

Lanterns of all shapes and sizes can be made and decoratively painted.

Wrapped linen! Lacquered! I love this clean, Parsons nightstand with a single drawer and magazine shelf.

When you need to go above and beyond for a client, get a Chinese Wedding Bed custom made.

Photos Courtesy of Two World Arts
A classic Chinoiserie Secretary is a great living room standby, with room for books, objects and geegaws.

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