Exploring Provence

By Max Morris, 27th July 2016

I’ve always been drawn to France.   I love the country, the cities, the ancient ruins, the towns falling off hillsides, the wine, the normality of drinking wine at lunch.

And one of my obsessions is Provence.  I always repeat doing things I really love.  So Provence.  Right down the bottom, above Marseille but below Avignon.  Though Avignon is where I start.  You could go for weeks, a village a day if you want to move that fast, or you could dawdle around, a village a week, and stay in each place and discover every special part of it.

So I start in Avignon. Palace of the Popes.

Palace of the Popes, Avignon
Palace of the Popes
P of the P Walkway Resized
A walkway in the Palace of the Popes – I love walkways like this.  No bitumen!

P of the P Inside Resized

P of the P door

P of the P Great Hall Ceiling Resized

How great is this hall, the soft arch of the ceiling against the hardness and strength of the vertical walls.   No wonder they hold up for centuries.

Busing along, a village a day …. Gordes, high in the mountains.  The cobbled street.  The cobbled house.  The cobbled pathway.  The doors. Doors with deep deep history.  The view.  Free for everyone.

Gordes and Provence

Gordes town

Gordes house

Gordes street

Gordes doors

Gordes doors_clock

Rouillson, the Ochre city.  Here, they mined ochre for dyes until chemicals took over.  Well, my short version of history.  Just look at the photos.  I was totally taken in by the colour the minerals create in the land, and you see it in the houses.  Brilliant orange and yellows, well ochre.

Rouillson the ochre town

Rouillson the Ochre buildings resized

Rouillson Ochre peaks

Rouillson Ochre colours

Rouillson Colours in the ochre

Rouillson ochre hills resized

And if you can only do one place.  You have to see Bonnieux.  It’s a wonderful hillside town with so many great experiences.  The local wine bar, the local restaurants, the market on Friday, the lavender products, the most amazing maze of streets all leading to views to stun you.  Medieval buildings alive with all the comforts of today, done simply.

Bonnieux thru the trees

Lavender Fields
Lavender Fields

Bonnieux houses

Bonnieux tower bell

Vincent Sheppard – It’s not wicker, it’s Lloyd Loom!

By VANGUARD, 26th April 2016

The history and longevity of Lloyd Loom is a testament to its technique and quality

Joe Aqua, Jim Lagoon ,and Lily Pure White Dining Chair.
Joe Aqua, Jim Lagoon ,and Lily Pure White Dining Chair.

Aqua, Pure White, Lagoon, the fresh inviting colours of our Vincent Sheppard dining chairs work naturally to enliven any dining space. However, beyond the colour, it is the interesting texture of the seat itself that always captures our customers’ full attention. Strong, but soft and flexible at the same time, the weave prompts curiosity and often the puzzled enquiry “Is this rattan?”

About Vincent Sheppard Chairs

Although the look of rattan is similar to the Lloyd Loom weave, the Lloyd Loom weave is actually far stronger and softer. It is this Lloyd Loom weave that is used to form the seats on Vincent Sheppard chairs. Invented in 1917 by an American inventor, Marshall Burns Lloyd, Lloyd Loom is a combination of wire and paper.

Invented in 1917 by an American inventor, Marshall Burns Lloyd, Lloyd Loom is a combination of wire and paper

We know it can sound strange when you first learn about it, but Lloyd Loom has a long and established history! Its first use was actually in the production of baby carriages in the United States. From there, it quickly evolved into new products and travelled across the Atlantic. The newly famous Lloyd Loom chairs were selected for the finest hotels, restaurants, cruise ships, and even for seating at Wimbledon too! The technique and the products have been a staple design ever since.
  

The history and longevity of Lloyd Loom is a testament to its technique and quality, but it is Vincent Sheppard that is credited for the resurgence in popularity of the Lloyd Loom chairs.

The Belgian-based company saw the potential in the material and the opportunity to bring the chairs back into our homes today by creating contemporary and practical designs.

As early as the 1990s they began to invest in their own production facilities and to create new ranges of chairs that could suit any home.

 How are Vincent Sheppard Made
How is Vincent Sheppard Made?
 

Kraft paper is twisted around fine steel wires which are then woven together, this creates the sheets of material seen above. The steel wire gives the weave it’s strength and malleability; the paper keeps the feel of it soft and comfortable.  Each chair is hand crafted into shape on wooden frames such as rattan or beech wood before being painted.

Vincent Sheppard at Originals

We were soon introduced to the Edward, the Henry, and numerous other designs that would begin to define the modern refined Vincent Sheppard look. However, their innovation didn’t stop there, soon arrived the Joe and the Jim, our enduring favourites. Beginning to work with mixed materials, the designs became even lighter and more attractive. The contemporary designs and colours are a definite stylish addition to any home. It compliments and blends in well with the other styles available at OriginalsView them here.

The Joe and Jim dining chair both sit on chrome bases and the most recent addition to the collection (and perhaps our favourite!) is the Lily which sits on teak legs. Experimenting beyond neutral colours, Vincent Sheppard also created a refreshing colour palette that gives you a number of choices for your own home.

Vincent Sheppard Joe Dark Grey Wash Dining Chairs
Vincent Sheppard Joe Dark Grey Wash Dining Chairs
Vincent Sheppard Joe Lagoon Teak Leg Dining Chairs
Vincent Sheppard Joe Lagoon Teak Leg Dining Chairs
Vincent Sheppard Lily Pure White Dining Chairs
Vincent Sheppard Lily Pure White Dining Chairs
Vincent Sheppard Joe Lounge Broken White
Vincent Sheppard Joe Lounge Broken White

Sleek lines, contemporary colours, and refined craftsmanship have all become synonymous with the Vincent Sheppard brand. See, here’s the thing about these dining chairs, they are all finished by hand. Once the Lloyd Loom has been woven, skilled workers build the frame of the chair and then shape and attach the weave to it. This ensures that each piece from start to finish is produced completely in-house using only FSC approved materials, resulting in a commitment to the value of their workers, to our environment and to an exceptionally high level of quality.

Vincent Sheppard Jim Broken White & Grey Wash Dining Chairs
Vincent Sheppard Jim Broken White & Grey Wash Dining Chairs

Anyway, why are we still talking? See for yourself! 

View the collection online here or come visit us in our showroom on Dunearn Road.

Amazing London

By EXPLORER, 20th April 2016

See London up close and amazing. I was taking my Mum on her first trip to London. I lined up all the tourist sites she had heard of. It made me look at the city, for the first time really. We Aussies don’t have old, really old. So the size and structure of the buildings and bridges and palaces really struck me. I was the one who was in awe.

Houses of Parliament front
Houses of Parliament front
Houses of Parliament
Houses of Parliament

And of course the everyday, ordinary things we sometimes don’t see. Surprising, memorable pictures of simple things on an Autumn day.

London bicycle
London bicycle
London Indian restaurant
London Indian restaurant
London lamp flowers
London lamp flowers
London window boxes
London window boxes
Tribal Masks
Tribal Masks

Reindeer & Bull

The Eye
The Eye
Ship Masts
Ship Masts
London autumn sunset
London autumn sunset

You did have to be there, but just in case you get it, it was an awe inspiring sunset.

 

Paradise Bali ~

By EXPLORER, 19th April 2016

Paradise on our doorstep. I often find todays Bali crazy busy and crowded, but a trip for a recent wedding showed me the magic is still there.

The setting took your breathe away. I guess it was the location of the venue, high on the cliff, the space, and the blue skies. Really it’s all quite understated when I look at the setup. The simple arrangement of the lights, the flowers, and the uncluttered table settings allow you to appreciate the colour and excitement that’s really in the happy crowd, set against the brilliance of the sea and sky.

There’s a warmth in the tropics that I always associate with summer. So all the triggers are on for fun, relaxing, laughing, dancing.

And that’s before the wine.

Paradise Bali

Paradise Bali

Paradise Bali

Paradise Bali

Paradise Bali