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A new Huisraad collaboration: Cirque Furniture

Huisraad Modern is proud to introduce a new range of superior quality, hand-crafted furniture by Cirque.     Cirque features early mid-century and art deco styling that is both classic and modern. It is beautifully sculpted in stainless steel, also using full grain leather and hardwoods.      The reinforced bent stainless steel piping is reminiscent of the chromed tubular steel-framed furniture, famously pioneered by the Bauhaus school in the 1930’s in Germany, and specifically by the arthitect Marcell Breuer, with the only difference that stainless steel is a superior and more durable (and more environmentally friendly) material than the chromed mild steel pipes. It is also a tribute to the work of WH Gispen, Charlotte Perriand, and Gaston Rinaldi.  Cirque is...

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The screen that opened doors

In October Huisraad Modern bought a rare Eileen Gray black lacquered brick screen at the decade's most publicised mid century modern furniture auction in South Africa. It was the auctioning off of the well known Prop House collection owned by Capetonians Will Hinton and Tess Wolpe.   The Huisraad Modern Eileen Gray brick screen For a moment we fantasised that we miraculously came into possession of an unaccounted for original, Japanese lacquer, Eileen Gray brick screen that she hand made in the 1920’s in Paris. The process to find out more about this screen gave us a glimpse into the life of one of furniture designs’ most enigmatic historic personalities.    Eileen Gray Was it not for an Eileen Gray...

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The Search for the Roots of a Humble Little Side Table

Scouring the South African second hand scene in all its guises for valuable vintage furniture turned out to be a way more exciting and engaging project than I though it would be. And I already had high hopes when we started out. The stories attached to furniture are fascinating. The stories of the South African companies who made the furniture, what inspired them, and who they copied. The stories of specific pieces and the families that they belonged to for decades. The stories of how furniture traveled from one family to another. And of course the stories of the real heirloom pieces that were passed down through generations. Real antiques never really appealed to us. It is the vintage stuff,...

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A new life for a tired old haberdashery counter

If it was not for an over priced haberdashery counter with potential but an owner unwilling to negotiate in the CBD of Vereeniging, we would probably not have spotted this one in the store next door. It was not on offer and still being used as a counter and camouflaged by merchandise stacked around it. We found a couple of great vintage pieces in this shop, belonging to the amiable and handsome Mohammed Sahib: Two mid century book cases, an old sewing cabinet, a modernist chrome and glass coffee table and a somewhat eccentric red steel garden chair.  We were ready to pay for these when we saw the unit. “Whoa, look at this!” Ali said. And Mohammed promptly invited...

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