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Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Wine Crate Furniture : The Story

Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Collection FurnitureIn my last post I explained that EuroLuxHome.com is now the a US distributor for Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Wine-Inspired Furniture. These pieces are very cool. The European reclaimed oak wood furniture is very high-quality and it is unique as it features drawers made from genuine upcycled wine crates from the Bordeaux region of France.

Trendy Wine Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Coffee Table

 

 

 

 

This Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Coffee Table was the #Trendy20 Best Design Nominee at the High Point Market Fall 2016. You can browse the Hobbs Germany collection on our website, and we are still adding new pieces.

Hobbs Germany Custom Restaurant Wine furniture

This was a custom order of the Hobbs Germany Bordeaux cabinets for a restaurant. It looks amazing, and the upcycled wine crate drawers are sturdily mounted on a steel base. I explained more about the furniture construction in my previous post.

Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Wine Cabinets Custom Restaurant

This is another shot of the custom order for the restaurant. If it is strong enough to stand up to restaurant use, it certainly has the muscle to last a long time in a domestic kitchen!

David & HenryIIThe designer, David Hobbs, is a British gentleman who moved to Germany in 1971 on active duty with the British military. He met Angelika, who is from Ramstein in Rheinland Pfalz. They married and decided to settle in Germany. They began importing British antiques into Germany in the 1970s and then moved into French antiques, specializing in sales to the US military community. Over time, David also began designing furniture and built his own company, Lifestyle Furniture, in 1981.

However, the Bordeaux Collection, launched three years ago, has become his true love and passion. The Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Collection is currently available in seven Finke stores throughout Germany. Finke is a high-end home goods and design store. David and Angelika are actively expanding distribution throughout Europe.

LeoHobbsEuroLux Home is now a distributor for Hobbs Germany in the United States.

On a personal note, David and Angelika also are animal lovers and they have just adopted two baby brother kittens. Their 16-year old Siamese, Kerri-Lee, will most likely not be happy! The kitten making himself at home in this photograph is Leo Hobbs.
Apparently Leo likes crystal!

Angelika

Angelika Hobbs is also a gourmet hobby cook who almost made it to the US TV show Iron Chef! She came in 2nd place in a competition of hobby chefs in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.

Angelika says cooking is her absolute favorite thing to do! We can’t wait until we have a chance to visit David and Angelika at their home next year and enjoy a gourmet meal!

Until then, we hope you enjoy browsing the new Hobbs Germany Bordeaux collection on our website. Feel free to ask any questions too… we love to talk about this gorgeous new wine-inspired line!

 

Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Wine Bar Cabinet

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

New Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Wine-Inspired Furniture

EuroLuxHome.com is now a US distributor for a very cool new line of furniture, Hobbs Germany!  We met David and Angelika at the High Point, NC, furniture market and fell in love with these unique pieces. They were looking for a US distributor who could handle shipments from Europe and a drop-ship model of business – voila! That’s us!

Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Wine Kitchen IslandThe wine-inspired furniture has a heavy-duty steel construction that is welded together for strength. The wooden tops are solid, European reclaimed oak. The kitchen islands have beautiful tops made of granite from Italy. But the coolest part is that the drawers, with heavy duty slide construction, are made from upcycled wine crates from the Bordeaux region of France. The stamps of the wine houses will of course vary from piece to piece but are all authentic. These are very high quality pieces and we felt they would be a great fit with our French antiques! See the full Hobbs Germany collection here.

Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Wine Bar CabinetAs the wood is reclaimed (perfect for the environmentally conscious and those who love upcycling!) there is heavy distressing that is a natural part of the product and will vary from piece to piece. The solid oak tops are stained a medium brown, which can also vary from piece to piece, as the natural wood soaks in the stain at different rates. The wood is then sealed and has a wax finish that is nice and smooth to the touch. The black Italian granite slabs used in the kitchen islands have a greyish brown veining.

Hobbs Germany Wine RackThe upcycled wine crates range in age to 10 – 15 years old and are actual wine shipping crates from true vineyards in the Bordeaux region of France with the stamps of the vineyards on the crates. The crates sit on and are adhered to solid oak shelves with heavy-duty, high-quality thick metal drawer slides.

Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Wine Box HutchCustomers may fill the drawers with 12 wine bottles without worry that the shelves cannot hold the weight. Also, as the crates are solidly attached to the oak shelves, they cannot be accidentally pulled out of the unit. For instance if a child were to pull a drawer of 12 wine bottle out on top of himself, he could be seriously injured. However, that could not happen with these drawers. Definitely German engineering. ;)

Trendy Wine Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Coffee TableThe Hobbs Germany Bordeaux Coffee Table pictured above was the #Trendy20 Best Design Nominee at the High Point Market Spring 2016.

Lamp Table with WheelsIn addition to the larger pieces which are wonderful for a dining room, kitchen, or home bar, the Hobbs Germany Bordeaux collection includes smaller pieces of furniture like this two-drawer lamp table. Very charming in your French-inspired decor!

In my blog post on the the story behind Hobbs Germany I share more photos and tell you about the British gentleman and his German chef wife who created Hobbs Germany. Till then, we are delighted that EuroLuxHome.com is a distributor for Hobbs Germany in the United States.
You can browse the full Hobbs Germany collection and wine-inspired furniture here.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

To Upcycle or Not to Upcycle

The hot new buzzword in antiques and vintage is “upcycling.” What does it mean, exactly?

An “upcycled” object is something old that has been re-purposed into something new and functional. An upcycled object can be as simple as an old jar turned into an oil lamp, or it can be as complex as an antique sideboard turned into a dual vanity for the bathroom.

In our recent newsletter, we introduced you to a line of upcycled vintage light fixtures we’re now carrying. They’re made by Nashville artist Robbie Cook, who takes smaller vintage objects like silverplate spoons, electrical insulators, and old door plates and turns them into charming chandeliers. Here’s one example:

This “spoondelier” re-purposes 360 vintage silverplate spoons into a unique chandelier. Those spoons might otherwise have wound up in a landfill. The spoondelier may not be for everyone, but for those who enjoy their antiques with a touch of whimsy, this is a great piece. Not to mention it’s a one-of-a-kind work of art, since each one is handmade and no two are alike.

Here’s another example of Cook’s work:

Blue insulators take on new life in this fun and beautiful chandelier!

And here’s one more example of Cook’s work. This piece represents elaborate upcycling at its finest:

This delightful chandelier is a perfectly amusing piece for any cottage decor or for anyone who takes her tea with a lump of humor.

OK, upcycling small objects is one thing, but would you ever consider cutting holes in an antique server? Some designers would!

Above, interior designer Julie Murray found an antique sideboard to create a two-sink vanity for her bathroom.

And another example. This old dresser not only got its top ripped off, but it got a paint job, as well!

This upcycler did note that this particular dresser was “of no good quality.” Perhaps to ease her conscience?

I take a positive stance on upcycling. If a piece of antique furniture can’t be saved any other way, why not paint it and put a sink in it? And certainly re-purposing old insulators and silverplate spoons into fun light fixtures can’t be a bad thing. But would I ever deliberately cut holes in a fine antique French wardrobe to run cords and cables through the back? Yes, I have done it. But I saved the small hole I cut so that it could be glued back in the future. Living with antiques, I believe, means you should cherish and care for your vintage and antique pieces, but also make them useful and functional for your life today.

What’s your take on upcycling? Where are your boundaries, in terms of re-purposing antique and vintage furniture and objects?

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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Best of the Month: November 2012

As November winds down, I thought I’d round up the most popular blog posts of the month, items from our Facebook page, and stuff we loved around the web. Enjoy!

Cheap Magazines

If you love to read about decorating, you might be interested in this offer from Hearst Magazines (which we originally ran on our Facebook page). Through December 13, 2012, you can give or get a subscription to any of their 18 titles for just $5 per year! Wowser. Take your pick of popular decorating magazines like Elle Decor and Country Living, lifestyle magazines like Town & Country and Cosmopolitan, and guy titles like Car & Driver and Popular Mechanics. Note this isn’t an affiliate link. It’s just a good deal I’d thought I’d pass along!

Vintage Life: To Side or Not to Side

In the continuing adventure of our bungalow renovation, this post about our decision to re-side the house with HardiPlank generated helpful comments and advice from readers. Oh, and did we mention when we pulled the old siding down we found termites? Great.

Upcycling: Fine China as Flowerpots

 

I’m a fan of re-using and re-purposing old objects, including furniture, to suit modern needs. I loved this idea from Domino Magazine (shared on their Facebook page) to use china as flowerpots. Although the chinaware shown isn’t old, you certainly could use old pieces, which would add still more charm to your vintage interior. By the way, did you know we carry upcycled light fixtures? Check out these this line of chandeliers and light fixtures hand crafted by artists in Tennessee from old silver tea sets, silver spoons, vintage electrical insulators, and old key plates!

 

Wine Guide 2012

Readers told me they enjoyed our Thanksgiving wine guide, which of course will work for any occasion!

Customer Spotlight: Whitmire, South Carolina

Many people tell me they struggle with how to work fine antique French furniture into their decor. It can seem like a challenge, especially if you’ve inherited or purchased various styles over the years. Our clients Julie and Bruce V. of Whitmire, South Carolina, do an excellent job at combining old and new pieces into their design scheme. We featured their home recently in our customer spotlight.

Kitties!

Lastly, I leave you with this. As you wrap, pack, and ship your presents this holiday season, do you get “help” from a furry friend? This handsome fellow, shared by Cute Animals on Facebook, garnered a lot of comments from our friends and fans. Did you know a portion of all our sales goes to PETS, Inc.? We’re passionate about animal welfare, and we love supporting PETS, Inc. Pet lovers won’t find a more worthy charity to support during this holiday season.

December is fast upon us. I’ll see you next week with some Things We Love. What do you love at this time of year?

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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