All posts by CIRCA WHO

Chinoiserie being a HUGE influence on Florida Vintage, follows one of our favorite motifs, Pagodas. Chinoiserie stemming from European aristocrats, focused on traditional asian motifs, such as foo dogs, elephants, koi fish, pagodas, and all things bamboo.   The Pagoda stems from the Indian Stupas, which was a dome structure used as burial for religious objects, which was relevant to the spread of Buddhism. The Pagoda consisting of five .
CIRCA WHO: Broyhill Furniture
Broyhill, the iconic, American designed and manufactured furniture legacy known for its mid century modern Brasilia, sculptura, and magna collections and our personal favorite here at Circa who, the faux bamboo collection they briefly produced. Hailing from the furniture capital of the US, North Carolina, the Broyhill family began by making chairs in the early 1920s. The company started by Broyhill buying some chair frames he would upholster in .
CIRCA WHAT: The Peacock Chair
Origin of The Peacock Chair As early as the 1600s, European colonists began bringing back beautifully woven products and furniture made of rattan from locations in Southeast Asia. Although the origins of the Peacock Chair have been widely debated, most accounts trace the throne-like chair to Asia, It is likely to have originated in the Philippines, which is why it is often referred to as the Manila or Philippine .
Circa WHAT :Tole (Chandelier)
The word tole refers to painted tinplate. Tole painting is the folk art of decorative painting on tin and wooden utensils, objects and furniture. Tole chandeliers are light fixtures made of metal and painted with enamel paint or lacquer. Vintage tole chandeliers trace back to Europe in the 1920s (specifically Florence, Italy), and later exported around the globe. They’re decorated with colorful vines, green leaves, and either porcelain roses .
CIRCA WHO: Buri Rattan
CIRCA WHAT: Buri is a type of palm tree that grows in abundance in the arid regions of the world. The dried leaves are removed and used for other products such as hats and fans. The hard rib is split with a sharp knife. The ribbon makes a strong, flexible fiber material.   First discovered buried with pharaohs in ancient Egypt, wicker is an ancient craft that uses raw .
Circa Who Featured by Kristen Rivoli
Dreaming of palm trees and sandy beaches yet? October 30th brought with it a few inches of snow to Boston so sunshine and warm weather are on my mind for sure! I consider myself fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to Palm Beach for work. Since childhood, I’ve spent most Spring Breaks in Siesta Key, Florida on the west coast so I consider that my home away from .
CIRCA WHO: Henry Olko
Henry Olko, who has a master’s in architecture, was a furniture maker for more than 30 years. The little-known American furniture designer Henry Olko often worked with pliable bamboo, willow, rattan, and leather-wraps. The vintage circa 1970s sculptural, was the President of Two furniture and architect companies: Henry olko Inc. and Willow & Reed Inc.      
CIRCA WHO: Betty Cobonpue
Betty Cobonpue is a Philippines-based designer, who in the 1980s created a line of furniture called Scultura. Cobonpue has described her design sensibility with a simple mantra: “No hard edges.” In her work, lines flow smoothly through the entire piece. She often includes decorative embellishments such as leaf patterns and scalloped edges. Unlike contemporary furniture that is woven, Cobonpue’s furniture is made from thin pieces of rattan vine, meticulously .
CIRCA WHO: Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi, a Milanese designer, best known for her sculptural furniture designs of the 1960s and 1970s. She issued her first line, the “Small Lune” collection, in the 1950s. Crespi studied at the Polytechnic in Milan, where she garnered a fascination with the seminal work of Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright. Crespi’s life was an inspiring story of self-reinvention, one that included a 20-year spiritual sojourn in the .