French Club Chair: the most timeless chair ever!

 History of the French Club Chair:

The first French Club Chairs appeared at the beginning of the 20th century. They were characterized by their straight lines, from the Art Deco Style opposed to the Art Nouveau Style with its clean and flexible lines.  After the Second World War, dozens of shapes appeared.

Some have stood the test of time, such as the “Moustache”, with a lip like curves across the back and the “Gendarme’s Hat“, with an elegant arch like curve, both appeared in the 40’s. My favourite one is the Round Shape, which was the most famous and had become the Club Chair’s most emblematic incarnation.

french club chair | la boutique vintageStunning Vintage French Club Chair “Moustache”

Contrary to popular belief, this leather Club Chair is French origin.  At first, the Club Chair was called “The Comfortable Chair” to distinguish it from the “Fauteuil de style” which had straighter lines and was less enveloping. While the name “Club Chair” refers to the Gentlemen’s Clubs in the 19th Century in England where gentlemen could escape from their home (and wives) and enjoy cigars, brandy, and conversation about business, politics and sports. The names of the fashionable London streets full of such Clubs are still used to name classics English Club Chairs such as St. James or Piccadilly.

Years later, The Club Sofa appeared, offering more seating space, but also an opportunity to have a comfortable bed. You can find the same shapes as the Club Chairs, like the “Moustache”.

This vintage chair has become the most coveted chair in the world and had inspired many designers, from Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand to Philippe Starck in the 80’s 90’s with the creation of the Bubble Club. It was made of polyethylene moulding, taking the Club Chair from the bourgeois home to the terraces and gardens. So over time, nothing changes fundamentally, everything deforms and is transformed, and the club doesn’t stop instilling new ideas, by these contemporary forms since its origin. Its longevity, modernism and refinement are still very much admired today.

bubble club | club chair | la boutique vintageStunning Bubble Club by Philippe Starck 

How the French Club Chair is made?

Only noble materials are used in the design of the Club Chair. The leather used is the sheepskin called the “Basane” in French, a very high quality of lambskin leather.

Design, carpentry, fellmongery, upholstery and coloring are the main crafts involved in the manufacture of a Club Chair. Each chair is a product of all this combined expertise. The appearance of the Club Chair was possible thanks to the application of a new padding technique, using double conical springs not only in the seat cushion but also in the backrest and the armrests. Coir filling supplemented the suppleness of these springs.

The covering is made of vegetable-tanned sheep’s leather. Some marks and defects in the skin are visible through the dye, making each chair unique. Furthermore, the incredibly fine grain gives the armchair a unique patina over time. French leather was renowned for its quality from the 19th Century.

Between six and eight skins of approximately 0.8 square meters (8.6 sq ft) each are required to cover an armchair. They are applied wet, stretched as tightly as possible, and contract as they dry. They will last around 40 years and after that time, you will have a fantastic patina for more decades to come!

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Fantastics French Club Chairs “Chapeau de Gendarme” 

Nowadays:

The techniques have changed, covering have evolved as Industrial Techniques have developed, and have included mercerised cotton, velvet, calfskin and, most recently bycast leather. However, sheep’s leather is still considered the authentic material for the chairs. The industries progress led to the replacement of the padding method with no-sag springs or elastic webbing, together with synthetic foam.

Why choosing a Vintage Club Chair?

There are so many reasons!

  • It gives so much character, a great sense of charm, luxury and elegance to any interior.
  • It is timeless, a classic that would be appreciated for all generations.
  • It is very sturdy.
  • It gives an instant sense of history to any room it inhabits.
  • It is trendy, always was, is and always be.
  • It has the ability to fit in with so many different styles from rustic to contemporary, industrial, retro, vintage, shabby chic and so on.
  • It has an incredible soft leather.

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My favorite! The French Club Chair “Round Shape”

How to take care of your vintage French club chair?

It is important to know that heat and sun are factors that may lead your Club Chair to dry. So you need to nourish the leather from time to time with some linseed oil with white vinegar to bring back its suppleness and its shine. If you need to make some refurbishment, always ask for a professional. The work has to be done by hand, the way they were originally built with artistry and passion.

You can consider to acquire a Club Chair, you will acquire not only a gem, you will get a unique piece of art and history that will become one day an Antique, in fact a real investment!

Where can you find some?

To antique dealers, vintage shops and of course at La boutique Vintage!

We will always offer you a wide range of Authentic Club Chairs with striking lines, perfect proportions, and a stunning patina on original full panels of leather.

And you what is your favorite one?

Vintage Industrial Lighting: My top 10 favourite

Are you looking for the perfect Industrial Lamp?

Industrial lighting is really trendy and will give the perfect final touch to your decoration project. If you struggle to find the right one for your interior, have a look and be inspired by my Top 10 Favourite Industrial Lights.

  • Jielde Lamp

Of course I love it, maybe because I’m French and she is too, but also because I love the way you can personalize it as much as you want. You can have 1, 2, 3 until 6 arms, you can choose their colours, and you can put it everywhere in your home, it will fit perfectly! Besides the design is really perfect, even if it was built for industries. The lampshade with its circular ring is great once it is on, you can orientate the light as much as you want and you won’t be burn! Not a surprise to be a French iconic light!

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Vintage Industrial Jielde Wall Lamps

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Vintage Industrial Jielde Floor Lamp

  • Anglepoise Lamp

The Anglepoise lamp is just a beautiful vintage lamp , an icon of English design. The design was made on the principle of the human movements. It’s all the time on balance. The springs are really important for its stability. So, for the vintage ones it is best to try to keep all the original parts. My favourite one is the Hermes model, when its base is dressed with leather. It really becomes an incredible piece!

The shape of the lampshade is also really cute, just enough big to concentrate the light on a focus point. I also love the stamp of the brand “Made In England by Herbert Terry & Sons Ltd Redditch”.

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Vintage Anglepoise Lamp – Hermes Model

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Vintage Anglepoise Lamp – Hermes Leather Base

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Vintage Anglepoise Lamp – Herbert Terry & Sons

  • Gras Lamp

The Models 205, 206 and 207 are so fantastic! They have an amazing ergonomics with triangular based pyramid which is absolutely gorgeous! Especially when it has wood, so nice!  I love the simplicity of the design, just a remarkable architect lamp by Mister Bernard-Albin Gras!

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Vintage Gras lamp

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Vintage Gras lamp with wooden base

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Vintage Gras lamp

  • R.G. Levallois Lamp

This Industrial lamp was built to use in garages in the 30’s 40’s, it is so great with its seven bulbs (that were heating the cars’bodies), and can be indeed very bright and perfect in a living room, dining room or a kitchen. Its size is really huge, the base on wheels makes it easy to move everywhere. It gives so much character to any interior.

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Vintage R.G. Levallois Lamp

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Vintage R.G. Levallois Lamp Base

  • Singer Lamp

What a fantastic little vintage lamp made with Bakelite. The giant Singer was selling the sewing machine but not only that! He was selling the stool, the table and the lamp! The brand name is written on the Bakelite lampshade and at least one of the part is marked with the name “Simanco U.S.A” with a serie number. The design is simple but so lovely. I love this lamp on a bedside table, a console or on a desk. Just beautiful!

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Vintage Singer Lamp

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Vintage Singer Bakelite Lamp Shade

  • Dugdill Lamp

This lamp with adjustable arms (number of 2) made from steel tubing, has a style that is pure and clean. It is mounted on a cast-iron base, it is working with pivots both vertically and horizontally thanks to its daisy head adjusting nuts. What I like the most is the scallop-shaped shade. It swivels in order to direct the beam of light. And the name Dudgill is stamped on the base. It is absolutely stunning!

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Vintage Dugdill lamp

  • Sanfill Lamp

This one is not the most known but has a great ergonomic, it is between the Gras lamp and the Jielde lamp. It could be mounted on a clamp or on a base. Made from nickel-plated steel, its switch is located on the top of the shade, just lovely! The shade is made from aluminium. And it has a plate riveted on to the joint, bears the inscription “SANFIL J.L. Paris”. Such a very collectable lamp!

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Vintage Sanfil lamp

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Vintage Sanfil Lamp Paris

  • Cremer Projectors

Those projectors are symbolic! They have been working to light so many artists, dancers and so on in France. But they make you think about those Barwell & McAlister projectors from the Hollywood Studios and all Celebrities they light during the 50’s.

Moreover, they have a special design with the brand embossed and the name “Paris” written on them make them very desirable. When they are on a tripod, they can fit in every room of your home and looks absolutely fabulous!

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Vintage Cremer Projector

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Vintage Cremer Projector

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Vintage Cremer Projector

  • Pirouett Lamp

The French Art Deco most known table lamp! This lamp is easily identifiable with its lampshade with multi-faceted.  Those were made in glass and were from different colours and sometimes with different patterns such as clouds. The base can be round or with an Art Deco style. It was a luxury lamp and is still for me, so uncommon and looks so great on a desk, or in your hallway on a console, just fantastic!

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Vintage Pirouett Lamp – Clouds

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Vintage Pirouett Lamp – Art Deco Leg

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Vintage Pirouett Lamp

  • Lumina Lamp

This industrial lamp was the lamp of the textiles industry in France during the 60′s. It was set up beside the sewing machine (just like the singer!) to direct light on to the needle, it responded so well to the demands of lingerie (yes! like Dim and even Lejaby!) and clothing manufacturers. Just knowing that makes it desirable! Otherwise I just love its design with its long steel legs and the curves of its shade. You can place it everywhere!

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Vintage Lumina lamp

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Vintage Lumina Lamp Shade

Need more inspiration? Have a look at my Pinterest board: Vintage Industrial Lighting. Already in love with the Jielde? Don’t hesitate to visit La Boutique Vintage.

The Jielde Lamp: An Icon of Industrial Lighting

Are you looking for the perfect Vintage Industrial Light?

My favorite one, beyond any doubt, is the Jielde lamp.

Let me tell you why!

Lightning is essential to create mood and ambience in every room. The Jieldé is the solution to add an instant industrial style update, a touch of urban-chic to your home.

What a wonderful industrial lamp, unique in the world, designed with the ability to twist and turn at the joints without conflict to the wiring, that we can settle and unsettle by ourselves, grow longer, grow shorter, which articulates in all direction, which laughs at vibration, which can revolve indefinitely and absolutely waterproof. It is “indestructible” and is made to last a lifetime. It is not only beautiful, it is highly practical. You can choose it wall mounted, table lamp, floor lamp, pendant light, single or double. With the Jieldé, you can light every room in your home.

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A little of its history:

By the end of the 40s, tired of not finding a lamp adapted to his activity of mechanics, the engineer Jean-Louis Domecq, draws one. His daughter Marie-Francoise said that he was always with a pencil in his hand and was working hard, just sleeping three hours per night. He was running all day long. After some trials, the definitive drawing is fixed in April 1950. It perfectly corresponds to the fixed specifications: simple, strong and articulated to adapt itself to all workstations. No more wires! The first specimens were sold to his best friends. They all wanted it!

Because of this brilliant invention, he will spend the years 1951 and 1952 to industrialize the production.

In 1953, he created a company dedicated to the marketing of its lamp, whose initials (pronounced in French) will form the name: JLD / Ji eL Dé.

Since that date, this lamp called “The Standard” by all aficionados, has never stopped being produced and will evolve according to the standards and will adapt sometimes itself to the needs of some specific applications. The success of his lamp didn’t change Jean-louis Domecq at all. He wasn’t conceited. He just settle down in Lyon (3rd Arrondissement) and sold his lamp as spare parts like Meccano toys, by continuing to work on others models very specifics.

In 1970, he had created the “LAC”, now “LAK” and also some sophisticated ones like the hairdresser light, the dentist light, the chiropodist or the waterproof one for working stations in hot and humid areas.

Jean-Louis Domecq will have designed about forty lamps.

The “Standard” is not only a lamp it is a personalised solution! You are not buying a finished product, you’re buying a flexible concept. Each buyer has to choose his spares and build his own lamp.

The colours “Vespa” green (between Russian Green and Laurel Green I would say) and grey were both very popular at that time.

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Jean Louis Domecq died in 1983, he will thus not see, in the 1990s, his successors taking “The Standard” out of his purely industrial context. Floor lamp, reading light, wall lamp, quite adorned with glittering colors, “The Standard” became Loft.

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Nowadays, the Jielde lamps are recognized as being icons of the French Industrial Art. You can find them with 1, 2, 3, 4 , 5 and even 6 arms!

They are made in Lyon (France) with the same gestures of former days; and all the components are manufactured in France as well, this is a real “Made In France”. Each one has a different number to remain unique. You can recognize them as they are all wearing a metal sign or a sticker.

You can buy them brand new and you will always have a unique piece, but you can also hunt them for antiques, their beautiful patina will add so much Vintage and Industrial Character to any interior.

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If you have a vintage one, here how to date them:

-      From 1950 until 1970 the metal sign is riveted to the wing (using different colors: black, blue and green) the craftsmen were taking in the stock whatever color it was.

-      In the 80s and 90s a black and silver sticker substitutes itself to the original one.

-      From the 1st of march 2008, it is a black and white metal sign which is also riveted.

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Dates:

-      22nd April 1952: trademark registered

-      1983: Marie-Francoise Domecq is the new CEO of the manufacture.

-      30th September 2002: The company is taken over by Philippe Belier

And you: how many arms do you prefer? And where will it stand?

The Jielde in your kitchen

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The Jielde in your bathroom (the waterproof ones are perfect for that use!)

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5 Arms Jielde in your office

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The Jielde in your conservatory or living room

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Jielde lamp 2 arms in your bedroom

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 For more inspiring ideas of Jielde lamp, please, have a look at my Pinterest board: Industrial Lighting | Jielde  , you will get full of ideas to steal!

Already in Love  ?

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Vintage Christmas Cards

Vintage Christmas Cards

Nowadays, the new media is helping us contacting our family and friends to wish them a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year within seconds. But how impersonal is that! Sending a text to 50 people at the same time!

If you’re just like me a postcards lover, you’re always happy to receive something by the mail. Would you have the idea to print your email or text and hung it in your kitchen?

The Festive Season bring us once in a year, into the mood of making the others very happy, to wish them all the very best for the next new year and to remind them how much we love them. For me, the best way to do it, is definitely to write a few words on a beautiful postcard and give it or send it to our beloved ones.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you and hope you will enjoy those stunning postcards that remind us some happy childhood moments.

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Vintage Christmas: the 15 best Christmas Markets in Europe

The Christmas Market is a place where you can find everything in connection with Christmas. Most of time it is brand new handmade items or you can also find some vintage ones.

The first tracks of Christmas markets go back to the XIVth century in Germany, under the name of « Saint Nicholas’ Market». The first document telling a Christmas market is dated from 1434 under Frédéric II de Saxe’s reign, evoking one « Striezelmarkt » (protestant reform), which took place at Dresde the Monday before Christmas. Later, the reformation immortalized the tradition by renaming it “Christkindlmarkt” (the Child Christ’ market) to fight against cult of the saints. The Christmas market of Strasbourg dates from 1570, and the one of Nuremberg from1628.

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An important revival, considered as commercial, took place in the middle of 1990s. Numerous cities in Europe established their own Christmas market with chalets and sometimes attractions (short-lived ice rink, big wheel).

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Vintage Christmas Nativity Scene and French Santons

Why do we have a Nativity Scene?

According to the Gospel, based on the account of Saint Luc, Jesus was born in a cowshed, more exactly in a manger.  It exists two older representations of the Gospel which are known, date of the 4th century. The first one consists of a mural painting with a death chamber of a Christian family lived, around 380, which was discovered in the Saint Sebastian catacombs, in Rome. The other representation makes reference to a scene painted on a sarcophagus of the Saint Maximin basilica, representing the worship of the baby Jesus by the Three Wise Men.

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From the 4th Century, the Christmas Celebration is celebrated: In the Holy church Mary of the Incarnation of Jesus, today “Sainte Marie Majeure” in Rome. We know that a celebration of Christmas is commemorated during the night of December 25th since the 4th century. Indeed, the date of December 25th was fixed as date of divine child’s birth in the 4th century. The debates, which brought this decision, allowed developing a religious practice around this event. From the 4th Century, the former papers report that the celebration of the Christmas Eve took place in Sainte Marie of Rome around the nativity scene.

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Vintage Christmas Outdoor Decoration

Creating a beautiful first impression. Wow your guests with these Vintage Christmas porch decorations.

Glam up your front door with some Vintage ice-skating and lantern decoration.

Vintage wooden sledge, wooden skis or snowshoes will ensure that your front door stands out from your neighbours.

You can add some Christmas tree branches and cone pines, and a nice red or natural ribbon, all will cheer up your porch or garden.

Have a look at those examples:

 

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Vintage Christmas Gift Wrapping Paper

The Christmas season is really on. Now that we have the Christmas Tree and the table decoration, let’s give our presents some Vintage feelings.

We all love presents and for me, it is really important to offer something that look nice, whatever is inside, the gift itself has to be beautiful, what a great pleasure when your family and friends will say wouahhh this gift is stunning! It is so great to make people happy, so this is the time to make some effort and be creative again!

I love this old Vintage tin used as a gift box, with just a lovely ribbon and baubles, so simple, just beautiful!

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If you know very well the person, maybe you can more personalized the present you’re going to offer her. Let’s take an example with someone who loves the mountains, why not trying to find a Vintage postcard or picture about mountains and just add it on the top of your present. What a fantastic unusual gift! You have a Comics lover, buy on ebay a Vintage Comics, copy it and wrap his present with it!

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