This spring issue also represents our brand, in more details as well the story about our connection to Kyiv, a city we all truly love and dearly miss, as well as the story behind our apartment there and the process of its reconstruction, where the extraordinary finished interior now features some of our truly beloved Czechoslovak design items, similar which you can acquire on our website.
Head of Edition: Eva Slunečková Editor-in-Chief: Valentina Nízká Furniture and apartment: Formalist (Alexandra and Sean Krichmar) Cover photo: Mikhail Loskutov Interior design: Emil Dervish Cover story prepared by: Danica Kovarova
At Formalist, we always aim for perfection, not only in our service but as well in our approach to each individual item.
Every single piece that comes to our company is at first always being carefully inspected, to the smallest details. We then always ask the very same question, what does the item truly need? Does it need to be professionally restored or perhaps kept in its original condition?
The items we offer are truly unique and special, and we always aim to keep them as original as possible, especially because our customers mostly value the authenticity of such items. Therefore, some of the items we offer are kept in their original condition to preserve their true beauty and elegance as it was when first produced.
When it comes to restoration of such items, we always aim for the best fitting result that every piece needs. We always see the true value in such items no matter their current condition because we know we can bring the glory back to these items, therefore when it comes to a professional restoration, there is absolutely no room for mistakes, everything needs to be executed perfectly.
We work with our own professional team of restorators and upholsterers. Every single item is always being carefully inspected and restored by approved techniques only, that of course includes using the best suitable materials we have to ensure our clients the best quality.
The restoration of the items we offer must always retain their original dimensions and structure.
When restoring wood, we always try to use the same type of wood that was used in the production of the item. For this purpose, we often use parts from objects that are no longer possible to restore.
Also, during restoration, we always replace the springs in the seats and backrests using only proper fillers.
When it comes to screws and other metal parts, we always deep clean them, therefore most importantly we always leave them original. However, if the condition of these parts does not allow us to use them, then instead we use the same original parts from other objects that cannot be restored anymore. This is done for several reasons. Firstly, the original parts are much stronger and better than those for which they can be replaced today, and secondly, the more original parts are preserved in an item, the higher the historical value of the object.
Regarding chrome-plated parts, we always professionally clean them and remove rust from them. We never re-chrome, we never deal with it, as such a process violates the originality of the objects and diminishes their historical value.
Formalist Ukraine, as a project manager and investor, takes over our Kyiv real estate projects and their realization incorporating our furniture. Every project starts with an idea and our own unique vision, all the way to the final realization, all with the help of course of architects and designers. The entire circle from the idea to the final realization starts and ends with Formalist Ukraine.
In the last few years we have invested in a number of properties. Our first project was in 2017. Its was a 60 sq m apartment in the quite centre of Kyiv where we incorporated our vision and the realization was done by an Ukrainian designer.
Our second project was in 2019 where we thought, how can we turn a magnificent property in the heart of Kyiv near St. Sophia Cathedral into something spectacular. With the help of the Ukrainian architect Emil Dervish and by incorporating our furniture it turned out better than we expected.
At Formalist we always aim for absolute perfection and that includes of course always being original in order to stand out.
As of today we have clients from over 25 different countries! Thank you for your trust and support, we hope that in the future the list will be even longer.
Argentina Australia Canada China Czech Republic France Greece Ireland Israel Italy Japan Kazakhstan Kuwait New Zealand Norway Poland Qatar Russia Singapore Slovakia Spain United Arab Emirates UK Ukraine USA
Thank you very much for your purchases and for choosing us! We guarantee the authenticity and quality of all our goods.
Plánovalo se, že článek bude pojednávat o vintažním značkovém internetovém obchodě Formalist, o tom, jak funguje, co si objednat, jaké nabízí výhody oproti jiným podobným obchodům. Stručně řečeno, standardní postup. Nicméně po setkání s Alexandrou Kričmar-Šamis, majitelkou internetového obchodu Formalist, která je do své práce pohlcená s takovou vášní, že jí může nakazit kohokoliv, byla koncepce změněna. Půjde o příběh o tom, jak přeměnit každodennost ve svátek, nastavit svůj vnitřní barometr na krásu a obklopit se originálními věcmi, ve kterých se zachovala část lidské mysli, energie, duše. Alexandra nejen prodává autentickou, vintažní kabelku značky Chanel nebo Louis Vuitton v perfektním stavu, ale také učí, jak se obklopovat smysly, které spočívají v maličkostech.
Její vášeň pro hledání a kupování exkluzivních vintažních věcí po celém světě začala před 15 lety v Londýně. S manželem si všechno kupovali výhradně pro vlastní potřebu, nikoliv na prodej. Postupem času se sbírka rozrůstala a došlo k přirozenému vývoji – vášeň přerostla samotné sběratele a volala po širokém publiku.
Internetový obchod značkových vintažních věcí Formalist otevřeli Alexandra se manželem před několika lety. „Čím jsou vintážní věci zajímavé?“ uvažuje Alexandra. „Tohle není jen vklad peněz, investice, jde o vlastní ideální styl, krásu, individualitu a perfektní kvalitu. V současné době stále více a více lidí dává přednost vintažním a starožitným věcem. Pro nás je velmi důležité, aby věc byla autentická a ve výborném stavu. Jednou z námi poskytovaných služeb je vyhledávání té či oné věci dle klientova přání. Ovšem my nejen hledáme, ale také se snažíme, aby věc byla dobře zachovalá a ještě dlouho lidem sloužila.“
Alexandra vyndává přívěšek Chanel. Jde o bižuterii, ale jakou! V originálních krabičkách má šátky Hermes, které tolik sluší královně Alžbětě, šperky Chanel, Sonia Rykiel, Tiffany, kabelky a saka v obalech… Vzpomínáte si na slavné Vintage Chanel bird cage earring, 1990’s, které mají rádi Beyonce, Jessica Simpson a Kim Kardashian? V obchodě www.seasons-vintage.com si je můžete koupit.
„Náš sortiment je neustále doplňován,“ pokračuje Alexandra, „můžete zde najít věci zcela pro jakoukoliv peněženku. Nejde jen o věci s příběhem, ale o váš jedinečný styl, způsob, jak si zajistit krásný a výrazný dojem ze sebe sama. To je možnost, jak vypadat skvěle v každé situaci a při jakékoliv příležitosti.“
Initially, this article was planned to be about the vintage online store Formalist which specializes in famous brands, I wanted to talk about its advantages over similar online stores, how it operates, and what to order. In short, the usual presentation. But after meeting with Alexandra Krichmar-Shamis, the owner of Formalist, whose enthusiasm about her Internet shop is contagious, my concept has changed.
This is a story about how to make your everyday life a lot more like a holiday, how to set your internal barometer to beauty and how to surround yourself with original things that contain traces of human thought, soul and energy. Alexandra not only sells an authentic vintage Chanel or a Louis Vuitton in perfect condition, but can also tell you how to surround yourself with beautiful things full of meaning.
Her passion for seeking out exclusive vintage items around the world began 15 years ago in London. Initially, she and her husband were shopping for themselves, not to sell. Over time, their collection had grown and, as a natural process, the passion outgrew the collectors and demanded a wider audience. Alexandra and her husband opened the online store Formalist selling vintage brand-name items just a couple of years ago. Continue reading Your Ideal Lifestyle or Beauty with Meaning
If you can design your house, you can design everything. Seven years ago we finished to build our house and immediately began to settle it down. Our house design and construction was made entirely by our own plans, sketches and designs. The main design ideas were conducted by Mediterranean area in general, also large part of the interiors and other objects we brought from variety of countries, because good ideas may came from anywhere!
For example, a clay vase for a traditional wedding ceremony, as a decor element, arrived from Jordan. The mirror in the cast-iron frame and the table inlaid with mosaics arrived from Morocco. The large bronze chandelier and a bright set of furniture for children’s room we found in Brussels. The bronze sconces have been found on the market in Paris. Colorful tiles made in Syria belongs to the last century. Dishes, crockery. Oh! We love dishes very much and buy them everywhere. The white tea set is from England and another one, decorated with the birds and poppies, is made in the Czech Republic. Wardrobes Art Deco are of the Soviet Era, made in the former USSR. The “samovar” of 70’s has been brought from Ukraine to serve us during long winter evenings and family feasts. The bronze fish and iron vases are from Tokyo. The bed and cast iron fireplace have been made by order. Outdoor furniture, chairs and tables with mosaic have been found in Northern Israel. And many, many other ones. Every item is handmade and is unique or made as a part of very limited amount.
With this gallery of our personal house design, we’d like to demonstrate you some original ways to create your own living space, using some eclectic combination of ethnic, vintage and antique treasures. You can use them at home or for space scenery. All of these objects became a part of our family’s history. I remember very well where and when we bought each one of them. Every part of the clothes, a chair or a lamp we can associate with one amazing event.
Beauty was made to be presented in each part of our daily life, not only to be exhibited in museums. If you like ethnic direction, if you love vintage and antiques, and if you want to decorate your home, please contact us. We will gladly help you to find exactly what you like. These items will serve you for years to come. You will be able to leave them as a legacy to your children! Create your own family story – a priceless gift for future generations.
Spring has come and soon the wonderful summer. The time for bright colors and light scents. Beautiful camellia glass clip earrings from Chanel Gripoix like living petals in clear mid-tones and bright colors. Founded in the mid-eighteenth century, Gripoix is one of the oldest jewelry manufacturers in the world. Gripoix cooperated with many fashion houses, but the alliance with the House of Chanel was the highlight. For Chanel Gripoix produced amazing necklaces and clip earrings in the shape of flowers, insects, crosses, jewelry cabochons, brooches and legendary gems. Their distinguishing glass beads were virtually impossible to verify from the genuine jewelry. Ideal Gripoix’s manufacture and first-class Chanel’s designers created unique bijou. Their products once occupied the first place among the high-end jewelry. These clip earrings have the size of 3 by 3 cm. (approx) and are not that small but perfectly suit to any elegant or everyday clothes. See detailed exhibition, photos and a description and if you have any questions about the specific item or shipment and If additional photos are needed, please contact us. We guarantee the authenticity and quality of all our goods.
In our catalog you will also find other treasures from famous Chanel Gripoix. We wish you a pleasant time and wonderful shopping on our website and we would like to see you to get by now and then.