Upcycling An Industrial Look: The Making Of Metropolis
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Sometimes inspiration strikes as soon as you set eyes on a piece, at other times you flail around hoping that an idea will form as you begin the upcycling process.  In the case of this sweet French 19th century cabinet with lockable drawers, … Read More

Upholstery Lesson: Preparation For Leather
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Call me impatient but I really thought I’d be moving a bit quicker with my upholstery project, however when you’re learning the traditional way with an exacting tutor you soon realise that it’s the method that sets the pace…it involves layers … Read More

How to Upholster a 1950’s Office Chair: Corners & Stitching
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Welcome back to my upholstery tales; with each session bringing me that much closer to the final covering…or so I keep telling myself! And yet there’s so much more to learn within the traditional method –  under the strict tutor … Read More

Napoleon Rockefeller  Visits The Decorative Fair January 2016 
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This year we’ve picked some of our favourite exhibitors from the fantastic ‘must-go-to’ event (on three times a year) for all interior design and home decor aficionados, The Decorative Fair in Battersea Park. Showcasing some truly fantastic antiques and curiosities, from vintage factory clocks and mannequins to beautiful antique French painted furniture … Read More

1950’s Office Chair: Back To The Classroom
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My upholstery project has brought me back into the classroom once more, and I can’t think of a better way to kick off the new year. As promised, I’m sharing my journey with you, step by step. Who knows – … Read More

NR Wishes All A Vintage New Year 2016!
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  Bye bye 2015, hello 2016!  Time to look forward to longer brighter days, new exciting products and warmer cheerier weather (okay maybe the last one is a tad unrealistic!) We do have some lovely new products in our shop … Read More

Rule Britannia! Union Jack Chair
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Christmas has arrived early at Napoleon Rockefeller with the delivery today of these new hand-crafted quality vintage style Union Jack lounge chairs and matching foot stools made here in England! These little beauties are guaranteed to be a show stopping feature … Read More

Bespoke & Commissioned Pieces
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YESTERDAY.  TOMORROW. The art of painted furniture… Napoleon Rockefeller is dedicated to celebrating the beauty of vintage retro and antique furniture, and we’re also passionate about invigorating and re-inventing those out of date unloved pieces that otherwise would be all too … Read More

Little Edwardian Brown Desk
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Introducing my latest painting project…a unique vintage brown mahogany desk on castors in an (mostly) unloved shade of brown.   My first thought was how to make the most of the shape and character of this piece…what colours to go … Read More

A Fine Victorian Bookcase
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Painting is a passion, but it’s always more pleasurable when you’re commissioned to work on a piece that has fine form even in its naked unpainted state. And this handsome Victorian bookcase in rich brown mahogany was one of those examples. … Read More