A wonderful project by M Group is featured in, and on the cover of (!), the August issue of World of Interiors. We were lucky enough to have been a part of this project. Tony and Freddy visited the project site, and as the article makes abundantly clear, M Group took great care in selecting their textures, materials and designs. It was a fun, intelligent, and challenging job that fits perfectly with the historic NYC location. Congratulations M Group!
Whenever we have a chance to be part of the Kips Bay Showhouse, we consider ourselves lucky. This year, we were particularly excited when Alex Papachristidis asked up to supply a special pair of our Cole Porter Coffee Tables. What would make these tables special is that, above the parchment lower shelf, would be panels featuring the work of Nancy Lorenz! Ms. Lorenz studied lacquer techniques in Japan and creates amazingly vibrant works. We were not sure if her work had ever been used as a table surface, but like all of Alex's projects, it worked spectacularly well! His final touch was for us to finish the brass frames in a rose-gold tinted lacquer, which bring the tops and the frames together perfectly. Thank you Alex!
We recently found a file of in-situ photos from a wonderful project of Howard Slatkin's which we were a part of. The project was in New Jersey and completed in the late 1990's, one of the last major projects we produced from our old 55th street location. Hope you enjoy them!
We recently completed a custom version of our Louis XVI style bookcase with more restrained decorative detail (compared to the floor model, pictured further below). The client selected brass rosettes from our collection of custom cast brasses to use in the capital and for the keyhole escutcheons. Below are images from the installation as well as the floor model and design sketches for 2 variants of the design.
Victoria & Son was lucky enough to be included in the July - August issue of Veranda! They featured a custom full-round circular bergere we made a few years ago for M Group. The bergere was actually based on some of our corner bergere designs, which we adapted into a 3 section circular form, which you can see in the computer rendering of the frame below. Researching the design, we discovered a pair of one of the corner bergere designs in a 1950's photo of my Grandfather's apartment in the Dakota. Veranda published this photo, but a fuller version of it is below. He made most of the pieces seen in the image, including the tole flower-form candelabra crawling out of the wall, which of course I want to make now...
We consider ourselves lucky to be a part of any project. However, when a client comes to us for work in their own home, we must admit to being particularly grateful. Especially when the client relationship goes back a few generations! Alexa Hampton commissioned us to make the coffee table pictured below for her home last year. The most prominent features of the table are hand-carved anthemion on either end of the table. We went through a number of carving models to get to the final one, as you can see below. And we couldn't be happier to see it in such a beautiful home (thank you Architectural Digest)!
Bonhams will be holding the estate sale for the late Lauren Bacall on March 31st, 2015 in New York City. You can find the complete catalog here. We were happy to find lot 116, which is a desk our founder, Frederick Victoria provided to his friend and client, Ms. Bacall. This is something Mr. Victoria would have called in the "chateau" taste; a provincial piece that reflected a bit more of the Parisian sophistication than your average provincial piece of furniture. The design is one of a few chateau-style desk designs with a superstructure from our archive. Some of these superstructures have open cubby-style openings, leather fronted "cartonnier" style drawers, or as in the case of this design, wooden drawers and doors.
We've finally started cataloging some of the brass mounts we use for custom orders and have rediscovered some wonderful models. These are period style brasses that we cast as needed for custom commissions, and alter as needed as well. For example, if a client likes a keyhole escutcheon, we can turn it into a drawer pull if locks are not called for. We even found some porcelain escutcheon sets! We are currently working on the keyhole escutcheon category, which are the examples below. When we get to the sabot, collars, pulls, galleries, etc, we'll be sure to post them as well!
Thank goodness for social media! Tony Victoria produced this cabinet years ago at our old 55th street location for Howard Slatkin. Collaborating with Mr. Slatkin was one of the all-too rare projects when no level of detail was too small to be considered. Truly a great and challenging professional experience. Neither Tony or I have ever seen it in-situ, but perusing Instagram recently we stumbled upon it in Mr. Slatkin's feed!