When our designers set out to create the light and airy Lola Collection, there was no question where to start. Known for its lightweight versatility and retro charm, rattan was the natural choice. Using its fresh coastal vibe, they created a modern collection that makes infusing a tropical feeling into your home year-round easier than ever.Beyond its unique look, the flexibility of rattan makes it a designer’s dream. The collection uses this pliability to feature arched sides and criss-cross detailing, creating a strong visual presence. Each joint is hand-bound by leather, reinforcing the piece’s durability and adding a modern touch.
Rattan’s flexibility isn’t the only reason it is a desirable material for furniture makers. Pulled from mountain forests across Asia, natural rattan cane is lightweight and naturally resistant to heat and humidity. (Sidenote: The plant’s inner core is used to create wicker, making it even more popular.)
Best suited to indoor use and out of weather that may cause it to break down prematurely, the Lola Rattan Collection can easily be mixed with a variety of styles. Each piece is available in two rattans and with six different fade- and stain-resistant Sunbrella® cushions, making it simple to customize a combination right at home with your decor.
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Dating back to the 18th century, the chesterfield sofa was once the mark of class and stature. Today, it’s symbolic of great taste. While this iconic British design is often imitated, there may be no better re-creation than Frontgate’s own Barrow furniture collection.
Employing centuries-old techniques, each bench-made sofa is constructed one at a time, entirely by hand. The foundation of our sofa is our lifetime-warrantied frame – constructed of kiln-dried hardwood. Kiln drying removes moisture, guarding against warping and cracking. Using time-honored techniques, corner blocks are double-doweled for stability. By contrast, sofas with joints simply screwed together risk breaking when dropped or jolted.
Next, we focus on what industry folks call “the ride” – seating comfort established by a sofa’s suspension system. Our heat-tempered, double-coil steel springs are eight-way hand-tied, a time-intensive process employed by only the finest furniture makers. Rows of coils are tied together eight times: from front to back, side to side, and diagonally. This establishes tension among the coils, allowing them to flex together. The method creates stability that keeps springs from shifting, establishing a comfortable sit with long-term support. Meaning your sofa won’t be sagging in spots after a few years.
Our proprietary cushions are plush and comfortable, and they’ll stay that way. Why? The soft foam interior includes flexible coils. A layer of soft batting surrounds them. Around that is an outer casing with a goose down/fiberfill blend that’s baffled to prevent the down from shifting. The bottom line? Our cushions are designed to stay plump without maintenance.
Finally, we finish every sofa in your choice of beautifully tailored upholstery—from hand-tanned, top-grain leathers to an array of premium fabrics. On Barrow, we sew the material into a pattern to give it a pronounced tuft, and we finish it with buttons. Then, all railheads are hand-hammered into place, giving each sofa the look and feel of a bespoke masterpiece. With multiple silhouettes — traditional, petite, sectional, chair and ottoman — and fabrics to choose from, it’s easy to bring a touch of British royalty to any living room.
Want to learn more about Frontgate furniture? Read Passion for Perfection: How Really Great Furniture is Made.
Somewhere among the towering skyscrapers and corner delis of New York City lies an oasis of flora, trees and gardens. The New York Botanical Garden is a well-known institution of beauty and a favorite escape from traffic and noise for New Yorkers and tourists alike. Beyond that, though, it’s the home to the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, a leading organization for botanical research, with one of the most comprehensive portfolios of horticultural and botanical works. Our friends at The New York Botanical Garden granted us exclusive access to their restricted archive to use some of these rarely seen images for a collection of heirloom-quality botanical prints.
Each print was carefully chosen from the Library’s Rare Book and Folio Collection of more than 18,000 pieces dating as far back as 1200 A.D. We combed through the vintage engravings and hand-colored illustrations to curate a vibrant, one-of-a-kind gallery of tropically inspired art. Faithfully replicating each artist’s original masterpiece with archival inks and paper, we made every piece as enduring as it is beautiful by using our incomparable giclée printing technique. The prints arrive ready to hang with a mat and frame. Even better? A portion of every purchase supports The New York Botanical Garden’s work in plant research, conservation, horticulture and education.
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Nothing elevates a room quite like a display of Ming vases. The wheel-thrown and handpainted masterpieces add a touch of antique charm to any decor, whether displayed alone or in multiples. So when we set out to create our collection, we went straight to the source – all the way in Jingdezhen, China. Artisans here have been producing handcrafted ceramics for 1,700 years, dating all the way back to the Ming dynasty.
Our collection is a mix of traditional Ming patterns intertwined with exclusive Iznik and concentric designs on classic shapes, in a variety of colors. When it comes to showing off your curated collection, the choices are endless. From mini clusters of various sizes and shapes throughout a room, to one destination for all your pieces, it’s hard to go wrong.
If you’re just starting a ceramic collection, the easiest way to create high impact is by displaying a collection of multiple shapes and sizes in one color. Our latest Aqua collection brings new life to Ming vases (and a reason for collectors to revisit their own displays).
Multiple pieces in complementary colors paired with similarly colored objects help modernize your collection. Integrating live florals in select pieces will give a display even more energy.
A bold collection of black and white ceramics yields a graphic display, despite the intricacy of the traditional patterns at play. The juxtaposition of antique style ceramics with the clean lines of a modern shelf is right at home in a contemporary setting.
Once you’ve arranged your own Ming ceramics, be sure to share your displays with the hashtag #LiveFrontgate.
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