Curating fascination

In some cases, the more worn and battered the better. In the case of Indian antique furniture, it is often the most eclectic pieces that help to create stunning curated interiors. For Corso de’ Fiori’s Jeremy Willoughby, Indian antiques in particular are a personal passion and a market he’s developing in New Zealand.

Visiting Jodhpur once or twice a year, Jeremy has developed an extensive network of speciality dealers in the area from which he sources a significant array of pieces each trip – pieces that catch his eye and objects that can be repurposed as interior or exterior furniture.

Often, the pieces he chooses have interesting origins, whether they were initially handcrafted as luggage trunks, iron buckets and tubs, or wagon wheel hubs, their origin serves as a real point of difference when they are repurposed as coffee tables, planters, or sculptural accent pieces, for example.

“I’m always looking for functionality,” Jeremy says. “I look for pieces that are still intact or those which have been tastefully repaired over the years. A lot of them have been battered and beaten throughout the course of their life and use, so they are very rustic – but that’s part of the appeal.”

Despite their age, and often extensive use, the antiques show an amazing level of craftsmanship – century-old techniques that in many cases are still in use in India today. “These pieces are made by artisan craftsmen. The way these products were created is amazing. Even today, they still use many of the same hand-crafted manufacturing methods,” Jeremy says.

Predominantly crafted in teak and the softer mango wood, antique Indian furniture is often highly detailed.

“It’s these aspects of the pieces that really tell their story and make them a point of difference, and an immediate talking point. No piece is the same as another either. Every time you go to India you find different pieces so you never know exactly what you’ll source.”

Corso de’ Fiori specialises in curating interiors with an evolving collection of homeware and furniture sourced from around the globe. The Indian antiques are part of a much wider collection of antiques including those of China, as well as contemporary furniture and homewares from high-end brands to undiscovered artisans.

With an expert, personalised design service available, and operating both a retail and wholesale division, visiting Corso de’ Fiori opens up a world of discovery to inspire and create interiors with a difference.

Make sure you stop by Corso de’ Fiori’s Newmarket showroom or visit them on ArchiPro here to peruse their constantly evolving curated collection of homewares and furniture.