Sometimes the conduit for a creative twist on a classic is right under one’s nose, as was the case for designer David Francis, whose own antique étagère proved a worthy muse for the new Chinese Chippendale bookshelf, a spin on two traditional design elements. The piece has a wooden drawer and rattan frame and its distressed stone finish, one of 35, is very current. The bookshelf is $1,900 and available at Clive Daniel Home, Naples.
Linkasink’s new Vintage Jewelers Collection modernizes the classic styles of the last century’s great silversmiths. Its oval Taxco sink, fashioned from stamped brass plate and polished nickel or satin nickel finishes, updates the native motifs created by 20th century silver designer William Spratling in Taxco, Mexico. Measuring 22 by 16 inches and priced at $900, the sink is available at Hill’s Showcase, Naples.
Savvy auto enthusiasts can indulge their passion in the kitchen or bathroom with Herbeau’s DeDion faucet, inspired by the gearshift handle of the 1904 De Dion-Bouton automobile owned by Desire Herbeau. An 1884 DeDion Runabout set an auction record when it sold for $4.6 million in 2011; add a piece to your home for $1,936. Available at Ferguson Enterprises, Naples and Fort Myers.
A Nod to the Bard
Inspired by a 19th century Swedish original, Theodore Alexander’s carved mahogany Midsummer Night’s Dream sofa has a vintage sky-blue finish and high back and seat crafted from vintage hand-woven carpet. The sofa is $11,199 and available at Traditions, Naples.
A Place for Lace
Victorian-era lace jumps onto the upholstery of Ethan Allen’s Fairfax chair, a modern take on the Neoclassical standard with its carved exposed wood frame and turned legs. Shown with textured "Lacey" camel fabric, the Fairfax is priced from $1,199. Available at Ethan Allen, Estero.
The resurgence of age-old patterns like lace, lattice and florals add instant vintage aplomb. Kincaid Furniture’s Suzy slipcover chair pays homage to the past while providing creature comforts of today with padded, broad roll arms and a mini-skirt fringe. Available for $1,199 through La-Z-Boy Galleries, Naples.
The H. Hal Kramer Co.’s collection of handcrafted English and European art specializes in 18th and 19th century reproductions with subjects as varied as birds, butterflies, cherubs and hunt scenes—and appropriately available in ornate gold frames. Find them at Le Bourdon, Naples.
Retro drawer pulls and antiqued escutcheons for labels plus lots of storage—drawers, shelves, heavy-gauge wire baskets and pockets—provide multiple uses for Paula Deen’s kitchen organizer cabinet from Universal Furniture. Use it in the bathroom, laundry room or as a place to stow pet toys and food, as shown here with a rubbed and painted blue "Screen Door" finish, one of four available. The organizer is $1,199 and available at Baer’s Furniture, Naples or Fort Myers.