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CIRCA WHO & WHAT: Brown Jordan and the Calcutta Collection
The Brown Jordan Calcutta collection is one of our favorite vintage finds we come across at Circa Who! This collection features aspects of the chinese chippendale style faux bamboo and fretwork throughout, the pieces have a woven accented seat as well as an X shaped foot bar with the faux bamboo style throughout. This collection was originally designed by Hall Bradley in 1967, crafted of powdercoated aluminum making the .
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 years and only a few common tools are necessary to repair chair seats, making chair caning a craft that nearly anyone can master with just a .
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 beautiful beaches and more mountains than anywhere else in the carribean. The common popular style of painting features very vivid colors, spatial composition, and extremely detailed .
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 iconic styles in vintage furniture! Thomas Chippendale, of Chippendale Furniture is regarded as one of the most influential English furniture designers, being so popular that .
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 furniture. During the 1960s Fong was considered one of the best contemporary designers of Rattan furniture. Today most of the furniture is made in factories in the Philippines .
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 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 .