Originally from Russia, but now based in Sydney, furniture designer Alexey Oleshov is the co-founder of TEXTURE.design – a purveyor of unique furniture, antiques and artworks. His unusual coffee table, which he is sharing with us today, is quite the talking piece due to is unique combination of antique French doors, concrete and glass.
“It’s my own creation and part of the TEXTURE.design collection. This table is a handsome piece with a perfect combination of modern lines and antique spirit,” says Alexey. Featuring antique doors created in France in the 1920s, the table also sports wrought-iron curves and its many details are set under a tempered glass top that is supported by a recycled stone and concrete base. It’s quite a mix!
“It has been known to stimulate conversation. Toughened glass and dynamic lines of dry-sealed concrete carry the energy of the city; while the wood, and iron greys of the inset piece evoke the warmth of the French home from which it came,” says Alexey.
And as for what’s on top, Alexey uses the table to showcase the things that currently inspire him – most of which have a story behind them. “I usually store my perfumes on the coffee table as I like to put them on before I leave for the day,” says Alexey who is favouring two at present; Le Labo Patchouli 24 and Kirkijan.
The designer also likes to use the coffee table to store art books and the novels he is currently reading. “Presently, Mark Rothko’s book is giving me colour inspiration. I adore his timeless art pieces and would love to have an original of his one day.”
The Rothko tome sits alongside a book that explores the famous champagne house Veuve Clicquot and a Peter Lindbergh photographic album. “It’s a beautiful book that inspires me for its art, culture and colour. Sadly, Lindbergh passed away recently, so this collectible is now a memoir to him.”
As for the designer’s coffee table styling tips, he is at pains to emphasise just how important the coffee table itself is. “It’s one of the most undervalued pieces in the room – it’s incredibly important in defining an area, creating flow and providing a space for ornaments and personal items,” says Alexey.
And when it comes to updating your coffee table items, Alexey advises changing things up from season to season. “Beautiful new items will help you energise the space. By simply adding and rearranging a few pieces, you can completely change the atmosphere and mood of the room.”
Photography: Victoria Carwin