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  • Select a Category from the panel below the black header bar.
    • This displays all the items in that category.


  • From within a Category (eg; Bedroom)… enter into the search bar the product type, styles, textures, etc that you’re looking for.
    • You can use any words and in any order - but they must be separated by single spaces,
      (eg; pedestal modern wood)
    • Entering part of a word has the same effect as entering a whole word - eg; "classic" will also display "classical" and "stainless" will also display "stainless steel".
    • Double barreled words must be hyphenated - eg; Neo-Classical, Wrought-Iron, etc.
  • Press <Enter> or select the search icon.
    • The Category display will reduce to display (for this example) only "bedroom pedestals that are modern and have wood".


  • If you're not sure which words to use, select from the blue attributes below the categories then tap the keywords that appear to add them to the search bar.


    • You can select multiple attributes and multiple keywords... and you can also combine them with your own words.

    • To remove words from the search bar, highlight them and select delete.
      • If they are keywords you can de-select them from the keyword list.
    • After each modification press <Enter> or select the search icon.
      • The images will update to reflect your latest search criteria.
    • To re-display the full category select the X in the search bar and press <Enter> or the search icon.


    • If too many words are entered in the search bar... hover over the bar to display all the search words.
    Item availability?
    • We live in a world where designs and trends are changing faster than ever... and items that were available yesterday are often not available today as new designs supersede older ones.

    • This is particularly true with overseas items where limited stock is imported and often not repeated.

    • However, many items can be sourced given sufficient waiting or production time... and they can also often be copied surprisingly accurately by our skilled manufacturers.

    • It's also almost impossible to keep up to date on a daily basis with which items are and which are not available, so displaying all the items "that are or have been available" gives browsers the widest selection of what they might be able to have… and this often helps them clarify which styles and designs they really like.
    Not sure what you want?
    • Browsers often have a vague idea of the styles they like... but they haven’t yet found the actual item.

    • That’s where we can help… because many items displayed on our site are available in additional pieces that may not yet have been cataloged… (eg; you might see an armchair you like but were really wanting a corner.

      However... an armchair is often part of a range that includes a recliner, a loveseat, a settee, a corner suite and an ottoman... and available in the exact size and color you’re wanting.

    • Just tell us and we’ll try to source it for you.
    Found what you like... but not the right color or size?
    • Sometimes the excitement of finding exactly what we want is quickly followed by the disappointment of not being able to get it in the shape, size or color we like best.

    • Well, here’s some good news… many of our items can be supplied or made as you want them, whether it be your preference of size, shape, texture or color.

    • Chat to one of our friendly sales consultants… or better still, enlarge the items(s) you’re querying and select the Contact Us button on the page.

    • This will automatically attach the item to the CONTACT US option in the black header bar… and then we have your preferences recorded and can get back to you with meaningful answers.

    Custom designs
    • Most people are passionate about their individuality… and they like to express their uniqueness in the way they dress, the cars they drive, and of course in the way they decorate their homes.

    • And, whereas people often change their clothes frequently and their cars every 3 to 7 years… they change their furniture less often, with (on average) lounge furniture expected to last for more than 10 years, and dining rooms and bedrooms for even longer.

    • And, with today’s high cost of quality furniture, people prefer to buy exactly what they want rather than to settle for 2nd or 3rd choices.

    • That's why we offer Custom Designs… and we are often able to make exactly or close to what is wanted, whether it's an adaption of an item in our gallery or a picture seen in a magazine or on the internet.

    • For more information on custom designs… select ABOUT US in the black header bar… then WHAT WE DO… Custom Designs

    Interior decorating and site consultations
    • We also offer a comprehensive interior decorating and design service as well as site consultations.

    • For more details on these…
      Select ABOUT US in the black header bar… then browse any of the sections under INTERIOR DECORATING.

    Overview - Ancient Civilizations 3500 BCE - 476 AD

    In Nomadic times, tribesmen were frequently on the move and there was no need for furniture as we know it.

    Lightweight blankets and roll-up mats were used for sleeping and sitting on with cushions later being added for comfort… and It was only when permanent settlements started being established that tree stumps and rough planks began to be fashioned into crude furniture.

    Throughout the golden eras (first the Egyptians, then the Greeks and finally the Romans) the masses had little in the way of furniture but royalty and the nobility was able to commandeer the best craftsmen and community resources to create what was truly remarkable furniture for the times – as is evident from the perfectly preserved items found in Tutankhamen's tomb.

    This however all came to an end in 476 AD with the fall of the last Roman emperor!

    Ancient Civilizations 3500 - 2500 BCE

    The earliest “furniture” dates back to a Neolithic settlement in 3215 BCE where evidence of stone furniture such as cupboards, beds and seating was found.

    Furniture was rare in these times and most regular people used woven baskets to store their few belongings and would sit on mats or blankets, with cushions later being added for comfort.

    But as permanent structures evolved and villages were formed, some rudimentary furniture started appearing amongst the working class in the form of crude chairs, tables, beds and stools.

    The Egyptian Era 3000-2000 BCE

    As skills developed so did the quality of the furniture, but it still remained very rudimentary with “proper furniture” an exclusive luxury saved for royalty and for the rich and powerful.

    Pieces were individually hand crafted and although they had mostly straight lines and boxy shapes they were ornate and opulent – often inlaid with ivory and gold and designed to showcase the superior status of their owners. Much of the knowledge gained of this time was learned from the quality of the items found in the tombs of the Pharaohs.

    The Greek Era 2000-300 BCE

    The earliest Greek furniture was influenced by the boxy designs of Egypt but by 500 BCE they started developing more of their own style.

    Inlays and carvings continued to be used but more sparingly, and softer lines with curves were introduced.

    The Roman Era 31 BC – 476 AD

    The Romans were entertainers and often had people in their homes for social, political or economic reasons and therefore needed lots of chairs – for the average Roman these were essentially stools but wealthier Romans also had folding stools, a status symbol of the time.

    Furniture was made from wood, metal and stone (generally marble) with more ornate and elaborate shapes emphasizing the status and wealth of their owners.

    Lounging or reclining couches were used extensively for entertaining and in poorer homes they doubled as beds at night.

    This however all came to an end in 476 AD with the fall of the last Roman emperor!