Category Archives: Designs and Designers

WHO McGuire Designs
John McGuire and Elinor Stevenson met on the eve of World War II; he was in the Navy, she was a navigation instructor. They fell in love and got married after the war, eventually settling in San Francisco. At first, there was no sign of what was to come. He worked at Standard oil and then sold newspaper ads for the San Francisco Examiner, she worked for Boeing Aircraft .
CIRCA Lucite Furniture
Not a single day goes by that one of our customers doesn’t inquire about vintage lucite furniture they are searching for. The popularity of this style is remarkable. Lucite, associated with decor of the 1960s and 1970s, was introduced by DuPont in 1936, the same year Rohm & Haas debuted Plexiglas. That’s right, the difference is a trademark! World War 2 put a stop to the design of the .
Beach House Inspiration!
Summer is peaking & its time to start decorating! There are so many summer trends out there but our most favorite is pops of color, and nautical themes. Featured in Island Hopping by Amanda Lindroth she did the perfect ideal room. With bright colors of green and orange and having beautiful nautical hood chairs. Such a fabulous way to combine our favorite themes.   Circa Who has pieces that .
CIRCA Haines
William Haines Charles William “Billy” Haines (1900-1973) was a legendary Hollywood film star turned interior designer whose high style and glamorous interiors raised the bar of 20th Century design.  William Haines changed the look of Hollywood with his unmistakable style and redefined the way movie stars lived.   via William Haines Designs Born in Staunton, Virginia, William Haines left home in 1914 and opened a dance club in the boomtown .
Frances WHO
Frances Elkins Frances Adler Elkins (1888-1953) was a legendary decorator of the early 20th century. Her eclectic integration of various periods and styles, from French country to chinoiserie to art deco featuring avant-garde furnishings, created timeless interiors that were modern and fresh, but still retained a classic traditional style. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Frances Elkins was the younger sister of renowned Chicago architect David Adler (1882-1949). When Adler was .
Billy WHO
Billy Baldwin William “Billy” Baldwin (1903-1983) designs were immaculately timeless.  His name became the byword for exemplary American design.  Billy Baldwin’s style was crisp, elegant, simple and practical. Baltimore, Maryland native, Billy Baldwin briefly studied architecture at Princeton and sold insurance at his father’s agency before making the leap into decorating.  His early influences include Frances Elkins, Jean-Michel Frank, and the paintings of Henri Matisse.  Baldwin worked for the .
CIRCA Ficks Reed
Ficks Reed The Cincinnati, Ohio-based Ficks Reed Company was founded in 1885 by Louis Ficks.  Initially established as the National Carriage and Reed Company, the company produced woven reed and wicker baby carriages before expanding their product line. For over 125 years, Ficks Reed has built its reputation manufacturing high quality furniture using wicker, rattan, woven peel, bamboo, and selected hardwoods.  Ficks Reed has collaborated with world renowned designers .
CIRCA Cardin
Pierre Cardin  Since 1950, Pierre Cardin (b. 1922) has changed the look and business of the fashion industry.  He has designed everything from haute couture to prêt-à-porter fashions, PIA airline uniforms to NASA spacesuits, airplane and automobile interiors, hotels and restaurants, and furniture, lighting and accessories. Pierre Cardin worked as a tailor’s apprentice in Vichy, France as a teen, where he learned the art of tailoring suits.  He moved .