Traditionalists Update! English Looking Glasses Now in Town


English Looking Glasses, an uber-traditional London-based company, is making its debut in the Twin Cities market, says Amy Weston, manager of Brunschwig & Fils and its International Market Square sister showroom, D & D Associates. Weston has brought in the small company to give locals another high-end custom option for historic reproductions, as well as a line of of decadent mirrors and furniture inspired by the designs of Thomas Chippendale, Robert Adam, George Hepplewhite, and other traditionalist icons. She says all of ELG’s pieces are made with old-fashioned joinery methods and techniques. (She once watched one of the company’s craftsmen in the UK gild a mirror with 23.5 karat gold leaf by hand. After just one layer, he was covered from head to toe in gold leaf.) Weston expects to have a selection of furniture and mirrors on display in the showroom come fall, but pieces can be ordered through her now. Check out the goods here. Mirrors range from $3,000–$15,000; tables, chairs, and loveseats range from $5,000–$25,000.


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