Mallett to offer contemporary design

NEW YORK. The 143-year-old London antiques firm Mallett has opened a new company in Manhattan, Meta, selling contemporary design. “We noticed an increasing number of our collectors seeking advice on sourcing contemporary furniture, equivalent in craftsmanship to our antiques,” says president Henry Neville. The firm spent over $3m over three years developing this new firm with Louise-Anne Comeau and Geoffrey Monge as creative directors. The pair head up a London boutique advisory agency with Gucci, LVMH, and Paul Smith as clients. The 11 products in Meta’s first collection include a $700,000 enamelled bronze armoire by Tord Boontje and an Asymptote Architecture coffee table, which is based on rare 1780 imperial Tula steel and took 16 weeks to produce. It costs $150,000. Other items made to order, and numbered, include gold boxes and a lantern made out of the rare Chinese metal, paktong. “We will take these new design products on the road, possibly to both Dubai and Basel,” says managing director Giles Hutchinson-Smith. Brook S. Mason

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