Monday, January 17, 2011

A touch of Romantiques













To put it bluntly, what we aim for here at Romantiques is to create bloody fantastic pieces of furniture. And then create, create, and create some more.
And the best thing is, that's not the only thing we pride ourselves in, and it has everything to do with being part of such a dynamic and passionate team.
 
But firstly, here's a taster of what we do- we put the life and fun back into lackluster pieces. Or any piece for that matter. Injecting a little bit of our personal style, combined with whatever fancy the client feels, is all part of a day's work, and the creation process in our Sydney-based studio.
 
Your favourite poem scrawled across a chest of drawers, brightly coloured harlequin chairs around an art deco dining table bearing a painted gothic cross, a full-scale reproduction of Raphael's Birth of Venus on your living room wall...whatever a client demands, whatever we feel like doing, it's really all possible. There's no want of excitement in our line of work.
 
While we include many different businesses and services as part of our team, the three people that really keep the wheels turning at the studio are Geoff Libonati, owner and founder of Romantiques, Andrea Libonati/myself, the graphic designer, and Caldonia O'Leary, the artist.
 
All three of our jobs correlate and contribute to every piece of furniture that comes through and leaves our doors. Geoff has over 25 years of experience in the furniture alteration industry, and is the self-confessed all-rounder, and furniture expert, of the business. His persistance and unyielding work ethic is an example the rest of us try to emulate. He's the first person in the studio in the mornings and is already busy preparing the pieces while the rest of us are still yawning.
 
But before the pieces are even ready for preparing, my job comes into play. After meeting with clients and discussing the endless possibilities for their piece, I can create a visual representation of the finished piece itself, making it a whole lot easier for the client to imagine. After all, for the layperson, our ideas might seem a little radical. Anything that makes the process a little easier for the client to handle is a good thing! I'm always thinking up new images for our art on furniture range, taking pictures, dreaming of colour schemes...there really is not enough time in the day.
 
After the piece has been thought out and prepared, it's onto the art department. This is where we can really see all our ideas take shape, guided by the paintbrush of our artist Caldonia. Her passion for art shows in every piece that crosses her path, and it's not only the furniture that undergoes the creative treatment. Her love of the Renaissance period have led to another service we are able to offer... reproductions of beautiful classical art. A perfect partner to any piece of revamped furniture.