London-based Anna James is an international designer and decorative artist, specialising in bespoke residential and commercial interiors.
Her creations involve craftsmanship of the highest order, with an approach that crosses the boundary between art and design. Breathing new life into classic pieces, Anna restores and reimagines antique furniture into high-end products, creating unforgettable works of art that are both decorative and functional. Anna’s company work includes, furniture restoration and design, murals, paint effects, works on canvas and fabric design. She took a series of digital images of these walls and later she transposed them onto carefully prepared period pieces. Verona furniture design is unique to a particular moment in time, and gives each piece its own individual artwork and identity as messages are constantly being added to the walls.
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This 1930’s Venetian armoire was inspired by the walls at the entrance of Juliet’s House, in Verona, which are covered with declarations of love from people of all ages and from all over the world. High resolution photographs of the walls were printed onto vinyl and then heat molded to the surface of this five-door wardrobe.
2. STARCROSSED LOVERS
Influenced by the story of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, this Edwardian Love Seat has been transformed into a romantic interpretation of a star-crossed night sky. The two paintings of nebulae, one representing each lover, have been used to create digitally printed fabric to upholster the Love Seat.
3. ROMEO & JULIET
These graffiti clad bedside tables were inspired by the walls at the entrance of Juliet’s House, in Verona, which are covered with declarations of love from people of all ages and from all over the world. High resolution photographs of the walls were printed onto vinyl and then heat molded to the surface of this set of bedside tables.
4. SMOKE SCREEN
This Victorian screen features a fabric print, decorated with playful and bewitching smoke trails printed on a deep black background. The print references the sultry scenes of classic film noir boudoirs, enchanting any space with the promise of provocation and mystery.
5. GRANNY TAKES A TRIP
The finish on this 1920’s writing bureau was inspired by the famous boutique, Granny Takes a Trip, located on the Kings Road, London, in the 1960’s. The psychedelic hand painted design references the boutique and the objects it once sold. The original glass doors have been replaced, new pewter handles fitted and specially treated red leather has been applied to the desktop. This piece also features soft closing draws.
6. HARLAND MILLER DESK
Made from oak and walnut, the finish on this hand painted Old English writing desk was inspired by Kandinsky’s ‘Buntes Ensemble’. This piece was gifted, in it’s original state, by London-based artist Harland Miller to form part of the first Anna James collection. He wrote his first novel, Slow Down Arthur, Stick To Thirty, at this desk.
This serpentine shaped sideboard, a classic piece with charm and character has been hand painted with meticulous detail and features a black glass top and soft close draws. Available in a number of colours. Limited Edition.
Mondrian and his infamous grid-based paintings inspired the finish on this 1940’s Italian table. Restored and hand painted this piece has been transformed by the use of bold colour, working in unison with the design of the table itself.
9. PLANET QUEEN
This 1940’s sold oak English wardrobe has been fully restored, hand painted and fitted with a mirror and satin lined, padded soft closing draws. The tree represents the former life of the wardrobe and has been painted with a translucent, iridescent glaze. This piece has a ghost like ethereal quality.
10. PARALLEL LINES
Blondie’s ‘Parallel Lines’ album cover inspired the finish on this 1960’s minimalist set of draws. This hand painted piece also features soft closing draws.
This 1930’s desk has been reimagined, treated and restored before applying a finish to reflect that of a pinstripe suit. The piece has been hand painted with chalk stripes and the draws have been lined with a suit lining. The leather on the top has been replaced and the draws remade and put on soft closing runners.
An Erte Harper’s Bazar cover inspired the restoration and hand painted finish of this dressing table. The original mirror has be replaced and new glass handles fitted. The draw boxes have been remade and put on soft, self-closing runners and lined with padded black satin. The piece is accompanied by a restored and hand painted piano stool, which has been upholstered with black velvet.