Designs and Designers

CIRCA WHAT: Rattan Cane and Caning

CIRCA WHAT: Rattan Cane and Caning

Introduced in Europe in the 17th century, caning was a popular method for chair seating. Rattan—a plant native to Southeast Asia—was harvested, cut, and woven to create strong seats and chair backs.   The techniques and materials have not changed much in all the...

CIRCA WHAT: Haitian art

CIRCA WHAT: Haitian art

A massive part of Haitian culture is art, in the style of paintings and metal sculpture, this tradition reflects African roots with strong influences of religious aesthetics. This art is a huge representation of Haitian culture and history. Haiti is home to many...

CIRCA WHAT: The Chippendale Chair

CIRCA WHAT: The Chippendale Chair

The Chippendale chair has been around since 1750-1780. Today, we see Chippendale style furniture and specifically Chippendale dining chairs in just about any Florida home! As we introduce our version of the Chippendale chair, heres a bit of history on one of the most...

Circa WHO: Danny Ho Fong

Circa WHO: Danny Ho Fong

Danny Ho Fong was a Chinese American Furniture Manufacturer. He was born in Canton and professionally active in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Fong settled in California in the 1930s and subsequently founded TropiCal which became a leading producer of Rattan...

CIRCA WHAT: Pagodas

CIRCA WHAT: Pagodas

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...

CIRCA WHO: Broyhill Furniture

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...

CIRCA WHAT: The Peacock Chair

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...

Circa WHAT :Tole (Chandelier)

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...

CIRCA WHO: Buri Rattan

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...