For many years we have travelled to France in search of authentic French tradition and design; from the grand ateliers of Maison et Objet in Paris to the market stalls and vide-greniers of small country towns.
Our new website, Found in France, will reflect that diversity and authenticity; porcelain from Limoges, Quimper faience and knives from Thiers; Art Nouveau and Art Deco and Industrielle; old copper and linen and pewter and glass from big braderies and bustling foires, from fast-talking dealers and the friendly chaos of church brocantes.
But what draws us back to France every year are less tangible finds; the beauty and extravagance of the language; the frankness of the French; their passion for family and friends and food that turns every meal into an event; their generosity, their love of a bargain , their infuriating indifference to anyone wanting to do business between 12 and 2pm; their sense of style, their restraint - their native ability to know exactly when to let things be.
These qualities lie at the heart of everything we bring back home, an essence of France that our customers know and love. For this reason, it would seem that the next step in our journey should be to take some of you with us, to school you in the art of the brocanteur, to let you loose in the markets and ship your own French finds home. If this is of interest to you, just click here to subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook during our trip to France.
All the items may be viewed in our showroom at 15 Walnut Place in Akaroa. Visitors are welcome at any time, but please ring us first to make sure we are home:
03 3048760 or 029 770 5153.