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Curated Collection: Vintage Africa; Mud Cloth, Pottery, Relics and Textiles

Vintage African Goods: Kuba Cloth, Zulu Shield, Ceramics, Pottery

Our newest hoard of vintage goods hail from the continent of Mama Africa. Actually, they’re more special than any old collection of vintage. These pieces are full of wondrous stories from meaningful places. Kuba Cloth from the Kuba Tribe. Mud cloth from Mali. Along with face-masks, statues and a gorgeous Zulu Shield. 

 

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KUBA CLOTH 

MUD CLOTH

zulu shield made of for hide in Africa

ZULU SHIELD

 


Masks: 

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Pottery:

african textile for nursery handwoven by women

african goods, textiles, pillows, pottery and more

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Curated Collection: Ystad Metall Sweden

 

As proponents of incorporating choice vintage into both the shop and our own homes, we especially enjoy learning more about the origins of the vintage objects and ephemera that catch our eye and, sometimes, reappear time and again in our antiquing and sourcing adventures. We also adore a good backstory. Take, for instance, the Swedish firm AB Ystad’s Metallindustri, which began in Sweden in 1833 and came to produce some of the most notable designs in bronze and brass home accessories of the twentieth century.

Eventually, the firm’s name was changed to Ystad-Metall, and it was during the decades before and after World War II that some of the most iconic of the firm’s designs were developed. In the late 1930’s, Ivar Ålenius-Björk (1905-1978) designed what would become the company’s most iconic and timeless product, the “Liljan” candlestick, for the 1939 World’s Fair, depicting a stylized pair of lily leaves that rather stylishly hold a taper candle. Using old-world techniques and craftsmanship to produce decidedly modern objet, Ystad employed some of the era’s most prolific and talented Swedish product designers. Other notable artisans of the era included Gunnar Ander, who also developed iconic lighting for the firm.

While somewhat rare to find, it is always a delight to be able to offer our clients a curated and covetable selection, and we currently have several of the most iconic pieces from the firm available in-store, including the aforementioned “Liljan” candlesticks, Ålenius-Björk’s iconic tubular vase resembling a skyscraper, Gunnar Ander’s sharp and minimalist star-shaped candlesticks, as well as his famous flower-form miniature candlesticks, and a rather rare bronze catch-all dish depicting a rearing horse.  To view our entire collection visit the store or click here. 

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Movements: Japanese Interior Design and the Art of Feng Shui

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When I think of Japanese design, I think sleek, modern lines. Soft woods, plants galore. Beams of sunlight drifting through open windows, across pine floors with straw mats and low tables. Floor pillows and steaming cups of tea. Lanterns and water features. Peace and tranquility. There’s something inspiring about Japan’s tendency towards serenity — especially in this modern age, when we lead such busy lives. So, I present this issue of Movement’s as a sort of rebellion. A call to reserve our homes for rest and rejuvenation. And with the right touch, any room can be transformed into a zen oasis.

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Restore & Refresh

Finn Juhl “FD136” lounge chairs for France & Son, in the designer’s residence.

Perhaps there’s a chic but scruffy family heirloom in your basement. Maybe you’re on the hunt for the perfect vintage accent but wish to renew a less-than-prime piece. Or maybe you are an ardent vintage buyer who always needs a project. Regardless of the reason, breathing new life into a formerly undesirable piece is as satisfying as it is surprisingly simple. We’ve rounded up the most helpful methods and hints for doing just that.

Material: Wood

While some always practice the “If it’s rough, cover it with paint” mantra, it doesn’t have to be this way. Unlike a lot of furniture produced today, vintage and antique pieces were designed to last and made to be refinished. And with craftsmanship and materials like that, it’s easy to see why.

For many hardwoods, such as walnut, maple, teak and oak, a simple and breathtaking option is a rubbed-oil finish. Easier to achieve stunning looks with than a glossy and toxic-smelling varnish, only rudimentary skill is involved. Our favorite oil finishes include the Watco family of oils, and Tried & True Wood Finish, both noted for their easy application and durable, beautiful appearance. Even on veneered furniture, oil finishes impart a modern, smooth, gorgeous finish with a slight lustre all its own.

Maintaining piece finished with oil is simple as well. On tables and oft-used pieces, always use a drinks coaster, as most oil finishes are susceptible to rings. If piece shows wear, and to keep the finish resilient, it is necessary to re-oil occasionally.

Helpful Hint: Between coats of any oil-finish, a quick but thorough once-over with .0000 (ultra fine) steel wool not only enhances the final finish, it allows the wood to absorb more oil more deeply by opening the pores of the wood.

Material: Woven (Wicker/Rattan/Papercord/Bamboo)

A walnut & papercord Wishbone chair by Hans J. Wegner

You’ve found the most gorgeous, structurally sound rattan and iron side chair. It’s sturdy, it’s vintage, it’s perfect for your desk. It’s also filthy from decades of sitting in a dusty garage or basement. Luckily, this is yet another simple procedure. If the rattan has a clear finish, simply clean with water and a soft-bristle brush, and allow to dry. If the finish looks dull, it can be wiped down with lemon oil or refinished with a coat or two of clear spray lacquer. Wicker can be treated in this manner. If it is painted, it may be lightly scrubbed with soapy water, allowed to dry, and re-sprayed or touched up.

For papercord surfaces, a dry, soft-bristle brush may be used to clean between the cords. Avoid getting unlacquered or otherwise unsealed papercord wet.

Helpful Hint: Because seating materials like this are likely to be used frequently, it is usually a good idea to seal them to protect against spills and stains. Use either a brush-on or spray-on product, and remember to never leave woven seats in direct light for extended periods, as it can have a destructive drying effect.

This is the first installment of a series on how to best bring back to life hand-me-down or found vintage furniture and accessories. As always, let us help you design your life.

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Design and Cocktails in Cuba : Movements Blog

Beyond the Mambo, guitar strumming streets of Communism, Cuba hides one of the richest fields of design and interior inspiration. Earth tones merge naturally into bright pastels and woods and metals collide in a look that can only be called organic industrial.

Design elements throughout Cuba infuse native island culture, African sentiments and Spanish colonialism. All this and with a twist of Art Deco. What may appear gaudy on the surface, is far deeper and more charming in its depths and we’ve just begin to plunge into this extraordinary sea. We eagerly await for Cuban/American relations to soothe as more and more of the tiny Caribbean island comes into the spotlight

So pour yourself a Cuba Libre (recipe below) let the tunes flow* and dive into the world of Cuban design.

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Another Way to Shop Coveted Home

Do you ever find yourself drooling over our Instagram photos and wishing you could get first dibs on our one-of-a-kind items? Well, we’ve just made shopping online easier for you! We’ve created a special Instagram account so you can shop Coveted Home’s unique inventory from your mobile device. We’re posting a few select items from Coveted Home Flea and discounted new inventory on our new account @shop_covetedhome. Simply leave your email in the comment section of the product image and we will email you an invoice. Pay within 1 hour of receipt and we will ship your item within 48 hours. One-of-a-kind items will be updated with SOLD in the description when no longer available. We hope this makes it easier for you to make your online purchases with us! You can also visit our online store to shop a variety of  Coveted Home and Coveted Home Flea items. Join us for our next Flash Sale on 6/26.

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Negronis on the Plaza

Celebrate Negroni Week (June 6-12) with negronis on the Plaza or whip some up on a vintage bar cart with barware and bar accessories from Coveted Home! The Negroni is a classic cocktail that contains equal parts Campari, gin, and sweet vermouth.  It’s served with an orange peel as a garnish. Campari is a bit of an acquired taste, and Negorni Week is your perfect opportunity to develop a taste for this classic aperitif. We’re celebrating Negroni Week by mixing up some of these delicious aperitifs Coveted Home style. And this month, we’re offering 25% off any new bar accessory from Coveted Home. BrassBarCart

DIY Negroni

1 ounce gin

1 ounce sweet vermouth

1 ounce Campari

Orange twist, for garnishing

Mix in a cocktail shaker with ice and/or serve in a chilled old fashioned glass over ice.

Negronis

We have a variety of fabulous new and vintage barware and accessories that will help you keep your bar cart game strong. AND all of our new barware is 25% off this month!

Barware at Coveted Home

Imbibe Magazine and Campari are teaming up with these venues on the Plaza and thousands of other venues across the world to celebrate the negroni and give back to their communities. $1 from every negroni that is sold during Negroni Week will be donated to each venue’s charity of choice. Also, Campari will donate $10,000 to the highest grossing venue’s charity. Woohoo. Drink negronis this week for a good cause!Visit a participating Negroni Week venue on the Country Club Plaza

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Journeyman Cafe

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Kansas City Vintage + Modern

Coveted Flea

Coveted Home Flea is quickly becoming a regular stop for vintage lovers in Kansas City. The Flea opened in March and is growing and changing every week. The Flea is built on our belief in the importance of incorporating vintage pieces into modern settings. What better way to put this into action than by offering vintage pieces in our modern furniture and home accessory shop?

We love Kansas City and being part of the design community. The Kansas City Star recently shared a piece about Coveted Home Flea. You can read it to learn more about Coveted Home Flea and to see more photos of our vintage goods.

Coveted Home Flea

Photo by Tammy Ljungblad

Pouf  / Langford Sofa / Art Glass Bowls / Knox Chair

Coveted Home Flea is located on our lower level, and it’s open Thursday through Sunday. The main shop is open throughout the week, and you’ll find a few of our Flea offerings scattered throughout the shop. You can also shop Coveted Home and Coveted Home Flea online or on Instagram @shop_covetedhome.

Coveted Home Flea

Photo by Tammy Ljungblad

Turkish Rug / Glass Bowl / Glass Float

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