Feature of the Week
Week 2 - Maritime Madness
Since making our very first tables and frames over a year ago now, we have been looking to expand the materials we work with, always determined to bring you more choice and quality. Oak furniture has been a goal for us for a while now so after a tip about great hardwood businesses north of İzmir, we set off on a week long adventure with high hopes. Although we didn't actually manage to secure any oak timber we came across the most incredible aniques, lots of which were salvaged from ships and naval vessels all over the world.
For those of you who have visited us you will know about our antiques room and the number of pieces we have around the store. Interestingly it was never our intention to go into antiques. Tekin Ada, the man behind Just Living Kalkan was a licensed antiques collector long before the store opened and always had a weakness for interesting items with a history. Over the years his collection grew and by the time Just Living opened he had so many items in storage he had no where else to put them but the brand new, very big store. Initially intended as decorative pieces, we were all a little surprised at how much attention they drew with many people eager to incorporate a little bit of Turkish history into their homes.
Skip forward a year and now we have dozens of new...well old...items coming through our doors every week for restoration that are sent on to become functional pieces of furniture in homes all over Turkey. Working with experienced antiques dealers we restore long forgotten pieces and work directly with you, the customer, to find the perfect piece to really add that wow factor to your home. Nothing captures the eye and imagination quite like a 200 year old wooden chest sat at the foot of a modern bed in a white washed room!
You can imagine our shock arriving at the wood wholesalers, expecting nothing more than a quick chat and some wood samples, when we stumbled across a warehouse filled to the brim with antiques . As it turned out these wood wholesalers were also salvagers of marine antiquities and naval memorabilia. It didn't take us long to find some must-have items and four and a half hours later we left excited at the prospect of what we could do with these incredible pieces. After many more visits and an extension of our trip by three days we compiled a list of items that we had fell in love with. The pictures above show only a few of the exciting new projects we will now be working on.
The beautiful brass mirror is made from the porthole of a ship and has been tastefully utilized to make this mirror for one!
The well weathered dinner gong is also from an old ship and was used in the canteen/galley by the chef to announce meal times to the passengers. It would be the perfect addition for those of you with larger families or a quirky piece of dining room furniture for rental properties.
The elegant round table is made from Walnut and also belonged on a ship used by the Captain in his study.
One of our favourite finds however, mostly because we know so little about it, is the ball compass from an old Russian Naval Ship beautifully preserved in its protective wooden housing. After a good clean up, we have some interesting plans for the 3 we managed to bring back with us!
Although not in keeping with our maritime theme we did pick up a lot of other antiques. The beautiful oak barrels are very old butter churns and we think they'd make a very unique bar and set of stools!
We were fortunate enough to find some incredible chests with some of the most detailed, well preserved decorative work we have come across to date.
The stone carvings of famous Romans and mythical characters are by a Turkish artist and would make perfect coffee tables, suitable for both indoor/outdoor use.
Be sure to visit us instore to see what else we brought back with us from İzmir and see what exciting developments have been happening with these pieces. Let us know if you see something you like or have any interesting ideas.
If you would like to know about any of the prices for these items or any offers we may have please contact us dirtectly or visit instore.