It was e-shop Cavalier’s “code” that first caught my attention: “We believe in warm modernism. That means comfortable pieces with clean lines and tactile materials. Old world skills applied in a fresh way. A sophisticated mix of vintage and contemporary. These are the keys to the Cavalier home.”
The brainchild of award-winning San Francisco decorator, Jay Jeffers, and creative director and partner, Michael Purdy, Cavalier has managed to make good on this mantra and brings a stunning array of “handsome goods for the home” – everything from bespoke furniture to fine art and jewellery – to a global audience via the web. In partnership with online marketplace, Dering Hall, Cavalier is a place to procure truly unique pieces, including Jeffers’ collection of California-made seating, lighting and decorative objects.
Goods are arranged into three concise categories: Furniture, Lighting and Accessories. From a chic Drake ottoman ($1,850) in muted grey wool, to an Italian cherry and glass side table by Dassi ($3,400), Furniture features a careful edit of accents you won’t find anywhere else. The Lighting area is further divided into floor, ceiling and table lamp varieties and features an interesting mix of midcentury modern pieces – a pair of green glazed ceramic lamps ($1,695), for example – as well as antiquarian stone lamps ($3,750), defined by their interesting fissures and imperfections.
The Accessories section goes by far the deepest, and it is where Jeffers’ and Purdy’s worldly, witty sensibilities really shine. Chunky Nason Morretti glassware (second picture, from $195) in aubergine and gold-leaf finishes mix seamlessly with a Bois de Verre Murano vase ($2,950) in sea green, as well as with sculptural Shizue Imai earthenware “bronze” bowls (price on request). An array of Michelle Hatch accent pillows in deep navy blue cotton (first picture, from $375), resin skull sculptures by Laurence Le Constant (price on request) and suede fringe wool throws from Spain ($675) round out Cavalier’s worldly offerings.
Cool, often quirky, and always original goods that adhere to the “code” – you won’t find another online address quite like this one.