Bronze Age: Mark Zeff unveils new furniture designs at Maison Gerard
For his first series in his Bronze Age line for New York gallery Maison Gerard, designer Mark Zeff decided to take a little bit of old and inject it with something new, culling pieces from the past 20 years from his archive. 'Over the years I’ve designed thousands of pieces of furniture for my clients in the hotel world or the residential world, and there’s favorites of mine that I’ve always admired, and thought that if I pulled from the history of doing them from a long time,' says Zeff. 'I just chose some of the best pieces and put it together to create this collection.'
Zeff designed six pieces - chairs, a desk, ottoman and table - giving each another life by adding new touches. 'I like very classic furniture, I like furniture that has a sense of the 19th-century-meets-the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s,' says Zeff. 'It’s just a mix of forms and materials that came from that period, like bronze, and cerused oak, and beautiful linen and leather, the inspiration was to bring some of my favorite pieces together under one roof.'
He titled the collection Constantine as an ode to the 19th century. The Constantine Club Chairs, for instance, are finished with a white bronze metal and Belgium linen upholstery and are also available in an oil-rubbed bronze finish with leather upholstery. The Constantine Writing Desk features an oil-rubbed bronze frame and a leather-wrapped surface with oil-rubbed bronze detailing.
The result is a selection of pieces that contain both classic and contemporary touches, ensuring an air of timelessness to them.