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The carbo n fo otprint of an a ntique piece of furn iture is 16 times lo wer than
that of its modern equivalent, according to a n indepen dent repor t.
The study – commissioned by the antiques t ra de – compa red gre enhouse
gas emissions in the lifespan of two che sts of drawers . The fir st was built in 1830
with an assumed lifespan of 195 years, in which time it has been restored and sold
twice. The s econd was new, of similar va lue, with an assumed life of 15 years .
Nigel Wo rboys, fou nder of A ntiques are Green, was a driving force
behind the study. “ We lau n ched the website antiquesaregreen.org last year to
help commu n icate what ‘the trade’, had been thinking for quite a while,” says
Nigel. “ We’re delighted to have ou r thoughts co n firmed – 16 times over.
The study was conducted by Carbon Clear Ltd, an independent
co nsu lta nc y specialising in carbo n managemen t an d carbon accou n ting.
The full report can be viewed at antiquesaregreen.org.
OLD IS ECO-LOGICAL
Antiques prove their eco-friendliness in a study that measured the
carbon footprint of an antique chest of drawers and a modern one
We turn our attention to early 20th
century adve rtising materials
What Vivid a nd decorative o rigin al
adver tising posters fro m the early 20th
cen tu r y, mostly Fre nch a nd Italian .
Why They we re never intended as
work s of art or to last the test of time,
so they can be very ra re. They are also
interesting fro m a sociological point of
view, a refl ection of the times.
Where Lauder & Howard ( 93 35
3856, lauderandhoward.com.au) has
a collection of about 30 large posters,
which have “ fabulou s in -yo ur-face
appeal,” says Les L a uder. P rices fo r the
1.5 - metre high posters can ra nge fro m
$1000 to $3000.
ERA SPOTLIGHT | ADVERTISING POSTERS
At its height, the Ottoman Empire spanned three continents, controlling much of
south-eastern Europe, western Asia and north Africa. Turkey was at its core and
it is in this eastern Mediterranean country that the boys from Fremantle antiques
specialist Lauder & Howard are finding artefacts for new venture Ottoman Empire.
Also sourced from Gree ce, Leba non, Syria, Ar menia , Uzbekist an a nd Egypt, the
grand old object s bring unique sophistication to outdoor s paces . La rge ter racot ta
pots and urns, rugs, iron grilles and marble sculptures and fountains are just some of
the items on show at the shop, which opened on Amherst Street in October.
Amo ng 18th- an d 19th-centu ry terracotta pots are some from the pre-15th-
cen tu ry Byzantin e period. A 300-year-o ld marble lio n’s head is also thrown i nto
the mix, along with wagon wheels and hand-made antique Turkish rugs, which
jux tapose again st co ntempo rar y hand-woven cu shio ns fro m Uzbekistan . There’s
a lso a rchitectural appeal in cast-iron an d wrou ght-i ron doo rs an d wi ndows.
Talking about the concept, manager Matthew Lucas can’t hide his excitement.
“ In terms of retail, there’s nothing like it in Perth. Although people want things for
gardens and terraces, there’s nothing available other than mass-produced items.
“ What we have created is a very sophisticated blend of the extremely old,
ex tremely beautiful, but ver y chic. The re have been el em ent s of it in the past, but no
one has blended it in such an original and imaginative way,” says Matthew. “A lot of
our existing clients are drawn to it, but we’re keen to attract a different demographic
a nd we’re even crea ting a Facebook page , which is something ve r y new for us .”
Matthew says it means they are able to buy things they wouldn’t u su ally have
the space or client base for. “ So, that makes it more fun. We are also sourcing
things in a different ma nn er, which makes the process mo re interesting.
“ We are discovering a whole world
of brillian t local Perth ma nu factu rers
an d suppliers for things like cushio n
in serts and paper bags – things we
wou ldn’t n o rmally n eed but are thrilled
to find are being made in WA.”
Prices at Otto man Empire sta rt
as low as$50, upto$10,000. “We
are trying to provide really attractive,
interesting pieces at affordable prices.”
Ottoman Empire, corner of Amherst
a nd Blinco stre ets, Fre mantle (08) 9335
Be intoxicated by objects at Ottoman Empire,
a new venture by a leading antiques dealer
Les Lauder and Mark Howard,
two of Ottoman Empire’s
owners. BELOW A sample of
the terracotta pots on offer.
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