CRAZY ABOUT CRITTAL








As a relentless Art-Deco and Moderne architecture fan-atic, A-Gent of Style has always loved the simple, geometric, sleek, masculine and ultimately chic look of steel windows and doors in architecture, with their grid-shaped glass panes that let in the light and allow transparency when they are used as room partitions. The contradiction that despite being very heavy and sturdy, they can look so lithe and delicate. Outdoors or indoors, in black but in white and bronze too (or any other colours as a matter of fact), they can be so versatile and are a great juxtaposition of past and present.




When A-Gent of Style was working for Veere Grenney, he was deligthed when it had been decided to install indoors mostly steel doors and windows in the two newly dug-out basement floors of the main project he worked on. That’s when he learnt that they were actually called ‘Crittall’ windows and doors in the industry .






Crittall Windows Ltd was founded by Francis Henry Crittall (1860-1935), an English businessman and philanthropist who in 1884, in the Essex town of Braintree, instigated the manufacture of metal-framed windows by the Crittall Manufacturing Company Ltd.  This company, now known as Crittall Windows Ltd, became the world’s leading manufacturer of steel-framed windows and doors; their features are particularly associated with the Art Deco and Modernist movements in early 20th C architecture and the company is still a notable English manufacturer of steel-framed windows and doors today.

 

 

If you take a close look around you, you’ll soon realise Crittal windows and doors are ubiquitous especially in urban settings but also in more rural environment. And they don’t have to be black!

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A-Gent of Style
‘s selection of timeless and beautiful Crittalls


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  Vintage books on Crittals. I heart the graphic covers


 



HERMES & JEAN-MICHEL FRANK



Hermès has come up trumps again by giving a renaissance to the art of marquetry. This time the world-class French fashion house, whose first fabric collection was launched in 2011 through a partnership with Dedar, decided to reinterpret the straw marquetry of the signature furniture collection by the 1930s French designer Jean-Michel Frank and created Marqueterie de Paille a jacquard fabric of silk and cotton that comes in five different colourways.

As the name Ambiance of the collection suggests,

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