Found Objects is our curated collection of — you guessed it — found objects.
We wander far and wide gathering antique furniture, accessories, textiles, industrial objects, architectural fragments, and about anything else we feel has a presence, is useful, and is a good value.
To maintain a high level of quality and taste, we make a concerted effort to minimize mass produced merchandise in our dynamic collection, which changes almost daily.
In an earlier blog post, “Honest Mistakes and Audacious Lies,” I quoted a New York Times article about incredible fakes in the world of “period furniture.” Once again, the professionals in the highest echelons of the art world have found themselves in a pickle.Read more »
The Douglas DC-3 airliner is very dear to my heart. I have loved the design and romance of this plane from my childhood, so you can imagine my excitement when a dear friend called and asked me if I would like to accompany her on the final flight of United Airlines’ retiring DC-3 fleet. The year was 1968. The flight was round-trip between San Francisco and Santa Barbara.Read more »
On August the 23rd, 2011 at 1:51 p.m., I was standing in the lobby of our design studio when our 25-pound, bronze Meiji-period elephant sculpture began rocking forward and back as if it had come alive. And indeed it had: at that exact moment a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck outside Washington, DC and rocked our elephant in Virginia Beach.Read more »
We attend a good many auctions and the first thing you learn is you must pay at the end of the auction for the total amount of your winning bids plus the house percentage. House percentages vary, so be cautious.Read more »
It was made entirely by hand with very little metal; the body of the caboose is constructed from a cheese box. It is not a fragment but complete, with wood wheels and metal guardrails on both platforms. (I wrote about these in my earlier “Buddy L Fire Truck Fragment” entry.)Read more »
As you read our blog posts please keep in mind that we are neophyte, junkyard boys, if you will, and not antique or fine art appraisers.
We purchase with our eye. If an object has presence, value and appropriate scale we purchase it, even if we don’t necessarily know what it is. In fact, it’s not uncommon for customers to fill us in about pieces we have on the floor: what something was used for or what it’s called. The learning never ends.Read more »
We have them from 3” to 48”, antique and vintage. (New iron urns are virtually all from China and not on my picking list. Does that mean we don’t have any urns from China? No, probably not; it can be very difficult to determine country of origin, not to mention the age, of a rusted/painted iron urn.)Read more »
An article about the birth of the new ViBe Creative District where we have our interior design practice, Details, and antiques shop, Found Objects
On Sunday, May 15, 2016, the summer issue of Distinction magazine was released. Distinction is a magazine of “culture, dining & style” that’s sold in the Virginia Beach/Norfolk, Virginia area. The issue contained a wonderful, enthusiastic article about Virginia Beach’s ViBe Creative District, a new and excitingly artsy area blossoming out of a formerly blighted neighborhood.Read more »
Around 2006 we received a visit to our studio from a gentleman from Ohio asking if we would give our assessment of a home he was purchasing in an Oceanfront neighborhood in Virginia Beach called Croatan.Read more »
I would like to begin this post by thanking the folks at Distinction magazine for their fine work on the article, “It Takes Vision to Create a ViBe.”
I would especially like to thank Mike Hixenbaugh, Eric Lusher, Hyunsoo Léo Kim and EJ Toudt for all the care they took to present the ViBe Creative District to our neighbors.Read more »
This is an especially captivating steamroller we acquired from the private collection of a true Renaissance man, antique collector, photographer and painter: Durwood Zedd.Read more »
What, you might ask, are these? They are usually 36-inch square, oak, slatted baskets used for transporting tobacco from the drying sheds to the tobacco market. They were in common use until about 1980; some folks have told me this type of basket is still used in Maryland tobacco markets.Read more »
In those days you could get there on Wednesday morning and watch the outside dealers unpack and set up to get the best stuff*, and did we find some great stuff: a large round Empire table with a zinc top; half the blades of an eight-foot windmill (placed in a commission in Parker, Colorado); a complete four-foot windmill that we had powder coated a deep tomato red and placed in the same Colorado commission. (Do ya think I have an issue with tilting at windmills? Duh!) Which brings me inexplicably to the Brazilian water jars.Read more »
I cannot imagine it was mass produced, but who can say? Every detail is painstakingly executed like a finely tailored garment. I imagine it might have been a student project for a fine arts program.Read more »
Sometimes the greatest found objects hide in plain sight, and the greatest artwork isn’t the painting…but the frame.
This cart is a perfect example. It was found at auction by our observant friends George and Christi in Smithfield, VA.Read more »
An article featuring the design work we did for one of our clients in Virginia BeachRead more »
Our quest to provide antique building materials for a private residence in the States took us to France. Prior to the trip we’d spent weeks researching stone and acquiring dozens of samples. We decided on a reclaimed stone called Pierre de Bourgogne, from a reclamation yard near Aix-en-Provence.Read more »
We were fascinated by the pop art portrait of Henry Pu Yi, the last of the Manchu Emperors, by the French artist Fabienne Jouvin. We purchased the three colorways.Read more »
The story of how we acquired Julia and Paul Child’s dining tables and four chairs begins with a 1907 Steinway, Model M piano.Read more »