Photography by William Dickey | Styling by Yukie McLean
Architect Michael Graves once said, “Architecture is not all about the design of the building and nothing else, it is also about the cultural setting and the ambience, the whole affair.” And that may be one reason today’s designers are so interested in collecting remnants of the buildings from earlier times. Small pieces of moldings, an old mantel, and a balustrade—they introduce a little bit of history and character to our homes.
The shop, Maison de France Antiques, specializes in old, architectural remnants from France. Ginny Smith, co-owner says, “It’s like Christmas every time we open a container. I love that every item is original.” And for shoppers, it’s a treasure hunt for a bit of history.
The sources for many architectural remnants are the ruins of old churches in Europe. Fragments of moldings can vary in color, size, and style. These particular pieces were found in France.