Friday, August 11, 2017

WHERE ARE THOSE BEAUTIFUL PIECES NOW? PART 1

I've always wanted to know where our interior designer clients placed all the beautiful pieces of furniture, accessories, and artworks we sold over the years at Wesco Fabrics. Although decorative fabrics and window coverings were our main focus. sourcing furniture and accessories was a fun and challenging part of the business that gave our showroom unique personality. 

 I'm touching a 250-pound polished petrified wood bear. A firm in Vail purchased it. I would love to see where everything went, whether to a beach house in Laguna Beach, a ranch in Wyoming, a home in Florida, or stylish abodes in Colorado.

 I'll share a potpourri of some of the unique pieces we've found over the years in Part 1 & 2 next week.

When we first opened our Denver showroom we knew we needed to feature unique designer furniture and accessories in addition to decorative fabrics. Marla and I had an affinity for Japanese antiques so we sourced them for the showroom.
This is an early image of me carrying antique millstones with our agent near Lake Biwa in Japan.
I can't believe we sourced and shipped over 60 twenty foot containers over the years!

Our Denver warehouse was always crammed full of fabulous pieces from around the world. I loved those blue Chinese chairs and the orange leather chairs.

Bali was a favorite destination for finding really unusual furniture. Marla is finalizing an order with our agent for assorted slab tables made from Teak, Tamarind wood, Suar wood, and Lychee wood.


This is a postcard we made showing some of the early items in the showroom. 

We wanted to diversify our product mix so we went to France and worked with brocante dealers south of Reims near Epernay. I found these beautiful 19th-century chairs in an old barn. They sold the first day we put on the showroom floor!

These were some of the fabulous finds we found in Japan, Bali, and Thailand. We found great Burmese lacquerware from dealers in Northern Thailand.


One of our most exciting buying adventures was in a rural village in Holland. I found a number of wholesale pickers with warehouses full of exciting items. We bought this beautiful antique German piece. We bought oodles of antique skis and sleds. It was in January and the warehouses were absolutely freezing!

An early postcard of the showroom with great antique pieces. I loved the Chinese door in the middle.

A new shipment arrives filled with treasures.

Our Denver warehouse was always fun to see. Many designers loved to see what we found on our trips. We often had container opening parties with cuisine and music from the region.

We had to have the carved wood sculptures on the left from an ethnic tribe in Burma (Myanmar).

This is another early postcard with products from Japan, Lombok Island in Indonesia, China, Thailand, France, and...North Carolina.

Our daughter Lisa came with us on a buying expedition one year. She loved this Chinese door we bought!

Designers loved our repurposed vintage Chinese cabinets. The color of this one was fabulous and sold very quickly!




We found these 19th-century Eastern European wedding benches in Holland.

These gorgeous decorative pieces from a small source in Chiang Mai, Thailand sold almost immediately when the container arrived! We went back to find them again the next year and sadly they were out of business.

I'm on a humongous teak root bench we found in Bali. Eight of us tried to get it out of the container and couldn't! A neighbor came to the rescue with an extra heavy duty industrial forklift as ours was too small. The designer who bought it used a moving company to take it from the warehouse.

Marla works on an order for polished petrified wood tables. 



My math skills aren't advanced enough to add up all the different fabrics I've sourced over the years. Thousands and thousands from the United States, Israel, South Africa, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, Turkey, China, India, Mexico, England, Spain, Belguim, Austria, Holland, Canada, Brazil, Japan, and Thailand. 
PART TWO WILL BE NEXT WEEK!

All images by Dick Gentry

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