Red Chair Workroom Designer Tag Sale 2016

Saturday, June 4th

10AM-4PM

At the Red Chair Workroom (11100 Metric Blvd., Building 7, Suite 100B, Austin, TX 78758)

Shop from designers’ personal collections of to-the-trade and one-of-a-kind products; from one exquisite roll of wallpaper to custom-designed, handcrafted pillows, plus specialty home products you won’t find anywhere else.

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Photo shoot with Jessica Pages

We recently had a photo shoot with the lovely and talented photographer Jessica Pages, who we met last fall during our Tribeza magazine photo shoot. It’s always exciting for us to see our furniture, lighting, and accessories in a home setting outside of our studio workshop, and we wanted to share a few of our favorites with you. Enjoy!

Round Top Fall 2014 Recap

We had a new, bigger space at Blue Hills at the famous Round Top Antique Show this fall, where we were from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4. It was one of our favorite and most successful shows yet! We were thrilled to have Willem’s sister Adele of Sypesteyn Art share the space with us for the second time, and we look forward to making it an ongoing tradition from now on. A big thank you to everyone who has visited us and for those of you who still haven’t experienced Round Top first-hand, we hope to see you at the spring show. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, we decided to do a photo recap of our adventures at the show. Hope you enjoy!

Custom chandelier from start to finish

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reworks works with a variety of design professionals and consumers. More often than not, we work with interior designers who are seeking the perfect furnishings and accessories for their clients. Sometimes our client is an architect or builder; other times, we work directly with “end users.”

Some of our favorite projects have been ones where we collaborate with a team. For example, on a new chandelier project, we worked with an interior designer, Patrick Landrum of PL&D Interior Design; and his client, an Austin homeowner.

Patrick dubbed the style of his client’s dream chandelier “French flea market.” His client had been looking for a chandelier for the dining room in her home for several months. Patrick had taken her to private showrooms accessible only to the trade, spent hours looking at catalogs, and even created a special Pinterest board with examples of chandeliers. On her own, she had visited antique stores, showrooms, and lighting stores. The perfect chandelier did not exist, so Patrick and his client approached us with some specific styles in mind but also for consultation.

Patrick: “The client’s evolving style had moved from a rustic minimalism to what is commonly called French Flea market style—a mix of rustic, modern, and vintage. reworks is well-known and respected among interior designers for exactly this type of look, which is characterized by antique gilded pieces, iron chandeliers with missing crystals, worn velvets and damasks . . . The client had been looking at fixtures for some time and really liked the traditionally-shaped chandeliers with minimal crystal swags, and few pendants so the orientation was already decided…light, delicate, and wide.”

With a handful of photos for inspiration and guidance, Patrick first met with us to discuss proportions, dimensions, and crystal shapes and sizes. With Patrick’s sense of the parameters and our expertise in materials and fabrication, we began designing the piece as a team— playing with rings and tubular pieces, and bending and shaping them to find the right diameters and curves.

We created preliminary sketches to give the client the opportunity to visualize the process and weigh in. The most important elements were the crystal baguette ring, lower and upper arms, upper connections, the crystal sizes and colors, and the crystal basket.

We developed a connector piece design with hooks at the top to make the look of the chandelier more rustic, and to tie in with the style of the client’s dining room. The depth of the center basket was debated, and was ultimately changed to suit the client. We were able to make the rod support in the center of the chandelier disappear by using a clear filament so the basket would be suspended invisibly, which everyone was very pleased with. Once all of the chandelier’s dimensions were determined and approved, it was time for the fabrication process to begin.

With a small team of artisans, we began the work of connecting each custom piece of the chandelier to the center rings with minimal visibility allowing the crystal baguettes to reflect light through their entirety at the center ring.

Final crystal selection including clear and rock crystal almonds, small clear beads, clear square baguettes, and octagonal clear crystal chain were used on the piece. An antiqued silver finish was hand applied, and the crystal chains were oxidized to match. The final adjustment was the placement of the center basket suspended on the filament.

We personally supervised the installation in the client’s home, by an electrician Patrick selected. It was an exciting day for the client, who was over the moon excited about her perfect, custom, one-of-a-kind chandelier.

Guest Post: Adele Sypesteyn on her first Round Top experience

What a fantastic first time experience in Blue Hills at the Round Top Antique Show in Texas! It was a life changing experience for me. For two weeks I learned how to run a store from just a roof, wooden beams, and a dirt floor. The weather changed daily from cold, windy, and rainy, to hot and humid. You had to be prepared for it all!What I was not prepared for was meeting so many wonderful people. I rarely have the chance to work directly with my customers, as I show primarily through galleries. It was delightful to meet everyone face to face, and to hear so much positive feedback.

I was with my brother, Willem, and his girlfriend Chotsie who own reworks. Veterans of Round Top, both of them taught me so many lessons and we had so much fun working together. I will be going back in the fall with an expanded space- please come and see me! I have been inspired to create many new artworks that will be displayed there for the first time.

I have also been inspired to create in general! I am busy painting, sculpting, and as always, dreaming up new ideas to share with you all.

By: Adele Sypesteyn

Solid walnut tray donated for HRC Austin Gala

We made this solid walnut tray with brushed aluminum handles for the HRC Austin Gala, a black-tie event that was held at the Four Seasons on Feb. 15, 2014. The theme of the gala was “Love, Everyone”, highlighting that all love is equal.

Now in its 18th year, HRC Austin’s annual Gala has been one of the most successful in the country, raising more than $300,000 this year alone. Our tray was included in the silent auction, and ended up going home with Heather Beckel Luecke, one of the event co-chairs who had her eye on it since the moment we dropped it off.

This elegant tray is also offered in quarter sawn oak, as well as with many other variations such as hand forged metal feet or seeded glass tops.