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Vintage & Antique Collection

During the past 20 years Birgit Israel has evolved from designing for other companies, to creating her own collection of lighting and accessories. She also started her own production company and created her first line of furniture, which was introduced in 2006. These pieces are all influenced by Birgit’s love and passion for Vintage and Antique pieces.

 

Since starting as an Vintage and Antique dealer, Birgit hand-picks each piece for the showroom which is based at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. Renowned for her eye, our showroom is the only place where we exhibit the ever changing mix of B.I Collection and Vintage and Antique pieces designed or sourced by Birgit.

 

To determine the difference between Vintage and Antique, it is best to establish the age of the piece. For most, an Antique is an item of considerable age, generally no less than 100 years old. These pieces are also valued on the historical significance and the time period.

In comparison the term Vintage refers to an item that is at least 50 years old. At the showroom we have a mixture of both Vintage and Antique pieces.

 

Influences such as American Hollywood Regency, French 18th and 19th Century Antiques, Danish Mid-century and Neoclassical lines have established Birgit’s style. These influences are often noticeable in the pieces that are sourced by Birgit. Mixing old pieces with new designs is a key feature of Birgit’s Interior projects. By sourcing these pieces, Birgit is creating an opportunity for Interior Designers and Décor Lovers to include a rare or highly collectable piece to their interior. By including our Vintage or Antique pieces, you will add value to your interior and create a focal point in any space.

 

The newest pieces Birgit has sourced for the showroom vary from highly collectable Objet D’Art to 19th Century Ornaments. We have selected a few pieces to demonstrate the variety and uniqueness of the new collection.

Birdcage

A large highly decorative birdcage with architectural features in dark stained wood and 1 door.

74W x 33D x 85H cm

C19th Pair of Scandinavian Ornaments

A pair of 19th Century highly decorative Scandinavian leaf-shaped ornaments with cut flower decoration on a marble base. The pieces are sold as a pair.

58H cm

C19th pair of French Empire Candlesticks

a pair of decorative 19th century french empire candlesticks with elegant gilded bronze detailing. sold as a pair.

27H cm

Flower Still Life, oil painting by Willy Knoop (1888- 1966). The piece is framed, signed and dated 1960 in lower right corner.

 

Frame: 98.5W x 86.5H cm

Print: 90W x 80H cm

For any additional information for any of the pieces included in this blog post, please email us info@birgitisrael.com

BI Signature Collection – Brass Collection

Brass has always been a key material at Birgit Israel since the first pieces were introduced into the BI Signature Collection. The Brass Collection is now renowned for classic pieces, which ranges from lighting to dining tables. There are three finishes available: Polished Brass, Bronze and Antique Brass. The variety with the finishes gives you the opportunity to create different depths and textures to add to your interior and are often mixed together.

 

The most renowned pieces are the Pebbles – the elegant lines and shape create the ideal side table. Either on their own or in a cluster, they are iconic pieces. There are four different sizes available, Dia40 x H40 cm, Dia40 x H50 cm, Dia60 x H40 cm and Dia90 x H36 cm. Mixing the heights, sizes and finishes look beautiful together and is how Birgit loves to style these pieces. The largest size of the Pebbles is designed to be used as a coffee table, but the pieces can be made to bespoke sizes to meet your requirements. All sizes are available in all three finishes.

The Xavier Bronze Desk is truly one of a kind and is definitely a show stopping piece in any interior. The depth of the bronze adds another dimension and compliments the design of the desk. The piece is also versatile, described as a desk, but can also be used as a console table or dressing table.

One of the newest pieces to be added to the BI Signature Collection, is the James Trim. This piece incorporates a delicate brass trim to add extra detailing. The chest of drawers is available in our standard finishes (White RAL 9001, Black RAL 9004 or Taupe RAL 1019), which means there is a number of different variations available. We are happy to work with bespoke RAL colour variations to help create an exclusive piece that compliments your scheme.

Our Aram Side Table has been reintroduced to the BI Signature Collection this year. The side table has been a design classic within our collection, but this year we decided to also introduce a new colour way to keep the piece current. The modern combination of white and black satin lacquer enhances the original design and works well with the shape of the piece. The original design is our standard Black (RAL 9004) satin lacquer with polished brass trim in the centre. The brass is used to lift the design of the tapered side table, where your eye is drawn to the middle where the shapes meet.

All of these pieces are available for bespoke services and hand made to fit your interiors. Please email us with your desired requirements for any bespoke pieces on info@birgitisrael.com.

BI Signature Collection – Lighting Collection

Lighting has been a growing part of our Signature Collection for Birgit over the past few years. We have a number of different styles of lighting ranging from table lights to chandeliers. The newest design which was introduced was the Hector Table Lamp. Using luxurious materials such as marble and bronze, the different materials create a beautiful contrast. By mixing different materials our pieces are unique and elegant, this is something we try to create with all of our lighting.

Our Hector Table Lamp is available in a number of different variations, with additional detailing or without. The picture below shows our Grey Hector Table lamp with bronze detailing. By adding the detailing, you can transform this table lamp. Each piece can look completely unique with this option. There are 3 different styles of detailing which were chosen specifically to match each colour of the marble lamp. The marble available is white, grey or black.

This tubular pendant light is called Timo Pendant Light, which is iconic to Birgit’s style, the simple shape with the use of either brass or chrome. A number of designers have used these lights over a kitchen island or dining room table, which has been an extremely popular trend over the past couple of years. The length of the cord is adjustable, so the lights be set to the exact height to suit your interior.  The Timo Pendant Light is available in 2 sizes, this gives you flexibility to create a different look with the sizes, either individually or by mixing the sizes.  Bespoke finishes are also available on request.

Our Paul Wall Light is available in two sizes, the small and large. This polished brass and black wall light has been one of the most popular pieces in our lighting collection. The swinging arm feature is perfect for a reading space with the option of having the light perfectly positioned over an armchair. This is another piece which is iconic for Birgit’s style with the simple lines and the use of bold materials.

Not only do we have Lighting as part of our BI Signature Collection, but we also have hand-picked Vintage and Antique lighting individually sourced by Birgit. These pieces are often one offs, therefore very unique and hard to source. By introducing vintage or antique lighting into your interiors you are adding character and charm. Vintage and antique pieces will also add history and value to your interiors. These pieces become more beautiful with age and can work perfectly to balance a modern space.

A pair of French 1940’s Kuper Horse Lamps are a prime example of the unique pieces Birgit sources for the showroom. They are also signed by the artist Kuper on the back.

BI Signature Collection – Desks and Consoles

Since first launching the BI Signature Collection, some of the key pieces in the collection are our Desks and Consoles. Iconic pieces such as the Zeta Desk, Xavier Desk and Simon Desk have played an important role in creating Birgit’s signature style which she is known for.

Birgit’s love of mixing old and new is apparent in the designs of our desks and consoles. By using rich materials such as brass and simple lines, these pieces are now very distinguishable as being part of the BI Signature Collection. The Zeta Desk is a perfect example, the strong lines and the use of brass makes this piece seamless. All of these factors play a part in the reason why this piece is now classic design and loved by many Interior Designers.

Another iconic design is the Walter Table, the finish for this piece is hand-applied to achieve the natural oxidisation signs which also creates a painted quality patina. The depth created by the oxidisation is individual to each piece meaning that each table is unique.  All pieces are handcrafted in Germany, where a great deal of care and attention to detail is put into every order. As one of our original Birgit Israel designs, the Walter Table still remains classic to this day.

We currently have a Xavier Brass Desk in bronzed finish on display in our showroom, this piece is beautifully finished. The depth of the bronzed finish and the simplicity of the design create a truly elegant piece. Again another seamless design, with pull–to-open drawers means there are no another details to distract you from the depth of the finish. This piece can be versatile with a number of other pieces being used as a desk, but also as a dressing table.

The Paula Collection is now established as one of our most loved collections. The Paula Console can also be used as a dressing table as well as a console. The wood lined drawers have wicker and brass detailing, the pieces are also available in white (RAL 9001), black (9004) or natural ash finish. With the choice of standard finishes this piece can adapt and transform your space.

All of these pieces are available for bespoke services and hand made to fit your interiors. Please email us with your desired requirements for any bespoke pieces on info@birgitisrael.com.