When I talk to clients one-on-one I find the thing that fascinates them most isn't always the design heritage of a piece, but its back story - the past lives it's led, where I sourced it from, it's previous homes. That's the magic of vintage; not just the beauty of the design but the rich story it has woven over time.
So, in a new series, I wanted to start sharing more of my sourcing stories and also an insight in the restoration work some of our pieces undergo before launching on Anemone.
First up, these 1970s palm brass wall lights from the French Riviera. Salvaged from an abandoned restaurant, the interior was untouched and had been preserved like a time-capsule of chic South of France glamour for decades. My vintage dealer was able to secure 6, all in a terrible condition caked with years of orange grime, which my restorer told me later was nicotine build up. They were brought back to our Sussex showroom and sympathetically restored, with all their original milk glass globes. The brass has been lovingly polished back to it's original condition and has a soft, warm matte finish. All the fronds are in incredible shape and it has been completely rewired.
They're huge (62cm high). Here's a photo of me holding one for scale:
They would look amazing flanking a fireplace, if you had the right scale room, or they are a statement enough piece that they would like great alone, in a recess or at the end of a corridor.