Not many people know that the famous rock star Freddie Mercury had a degree in Art and Graphic Design from Ealing Art College and that he used his talent to design the logo for his rock band Queen.
A keen collector of art and antiques Freddie became a client of ours and we greatly enjoyed his visits to our shop on the King’s Road. He bought many pieces of Biedermeier and Art Deco furniture from us for his house in Logan Place, Kensington as well as for his apartment in Montreux, Switzerland.
The original Art Deco table was designed in 1941 by the cabinet maker and designer Erik Johansson and made by the firm Reiners in Mjölby, a small town in the south of Sweden. We designed and made this particular table in burr ash and black lacquer for the London house of the rock star Freddie Mercury in 1989. Mercury, who had a degree in art and graphic design from Ealing Art College, was a keen collector of antiques and art and was client of ours over many years. He was so pleased with this table that he commissioned us to make a second table for his apartment in Montreux in Switzerland. The only difference with that table was that the black spheres were decorated with silver stars.
In 1932 the young, handsome and flamboyant Maharajah of Indore commissioned a magnificent Art Deco bed for his palace “The Temple of the Rubies”. The bed was designed by the leading French designer Louis Sognot and made in aluminium and chromed metal.
In 1991 I designed a similar bed in light blond burr ash for Sir Elton John. I have just designed and delivered a bed almost identical to the Maharajah’s bed for a leading Rock Star. This bed, however, is made not of aluminium, but in green lacquered wood with a large panel of Shagreen (sharkskin) on the headboard.