In Persian means ‘Exalted One’

In Egypt during the Early Dynastic Period, chairs existed as an ode to authority. The higher the rank of the individual, the more exquisite the chair. They are ubiquitous and ever present throughout history. Chairs elevate and support; they help and they hinder. A BARAZ chair is different. It pays homage to antiquity with the restoration of a vintage chair to its former glory, and in deference to the 21st century, it is amalgamated with a contemporary work of art. There has never been another like it. There will never be another like it. Antique function. Contemporary form. The BARAZ chair.
Maha - Eastlake Ornate Oak - 1875 - 1910

The Eastlake furniture style envisioned by its creator Charles Lock Eastlake, came about in response to his dislike of the over-the-top Rococo Revival and Renaissance Revival styles popular during the Victorian era. Although Eastlake furniture is technically considered Victorian, being popular from 1870-1890, it breaks away from the excessive high relief carving, classical elements and numerous curves of other styles produced during this time frame. Eastlake emphasized the beauty of wood grains, favoring oak and cherry, as well as rosewood or walnut if not obscured by dark varnish. In spite of his suggestions, however, many American furniture makers used ebonized wood for Oriental decoration on otherwise essentially Eastlake pieces.

H- 36” x W- 17.5” x D- 17”

Original Art –  The Sacred Cow, Oil on Canvas

Ophelia - Eastlake arm chair - 1875-1910

The Eastlake furniture style envisioned by its creator Charles Lock Eastlake, came about in response to his dislike of the over-the-top Rococo Revival and Renaissance Revival styles popular during the Victorian era. Although Eastlake furniture is technically considered Victorian, being popular from 1870-1890, it breaks away from the excessive high relief carving, classical elements and numerous curves of other styles produced during this time frame. Eastlake emphasized the beauty of wood grains, favoring oak and cherry, as well as rosewood or walnut if not obscured by dark varnish. In spite of his suggestions, however, many American furniture makers used ebonized wood for Oriental decoration on otherwise essentially Eastlake pieces.

H- 34” x W- 22.5” x D- 20”

Original Art – Red poppies, Oil on Canvas

Bankei - Victorian Hand carved Armchair - Mid 1880

A chair that follows a graceful style known as Victorian Rococo or Victorian Louis XV. Th is lasted longer than any other single influence in the late 19th century. John Henry Belter, one of the few American cabinetmakers whose name still lives on, became prominent for his craftiness in rosewood furniture which was more richly and ornately carved that the general run. Instead of carving the crest on the chair, attention was diverted to carving the sides of the back. An understated finish in the carving and scrolled lines made this type of furniture as attractive as it was comfortable. Foliage, flowers, and fruits were worked into the involved designs, held together with scrolled and pierced framing.

H-40” x W-23” x D-20”

Original Art – Th e Buddha, Oil on Canvas

The story behind the chair

Chairs are among the most ubiquitous things in a home or place of work. They have been around forever from thrones to electric chairs, from high chairs to rocking chairs; from the CEO’s chair to the judge’s chair to psychiatrist’s chair to a director’s chair. The BARAZ chair is an authentic and timeless antique chair restored to its former glory and further enhanced with the original work of a contemporary artist.

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There are some that love vintage things and the history they bring with them, however The BARAZ is not just a vintage item; it is essentially two pieces of art aesthetically and eternally united to make the chair so unique that no other like it exists anywhere in the world. Unlike art that hangs on the wall or sits on a shelf, The BARAZ collection is an art installation; it is art that stands on its own four legs gracing any ambience it is put in. It is designed to start conversations in any setting and destined to become an heirloom bequeathed from one generation to the next to enjoy and to collect. We don’t promise A BARAZ chair will be the most comfortable chair you own, but we guarantee that it will be the most unique chair in the world. So pull up a chair and start the conversation.

Bespoke elegance

As an immigrant I know how important it is to bring that one piece that connects us to our roots and the country we leave behind when we adopt another land as home….and every home has that one chair, passed down from an aunt, a grandmother or a loved one, sometimes through several generations.
I went around Ontario, sourcing these chairs, collecting them from private homes and families, each had a story to tell, each one unique and a one of kind piece like the history they were embedded in.
 
This was the inspiration behind this projectand after nearly 36 months I have restored 20 chairs and married them with a piece of art, giving it a new life to send them off to new homes here and around the globe so that they may continue their journey.
 
These pieces are timeless and the art original. Some have the actual canvas stretched on on the back, some have been painted directly on and some are silk works done on silk. 4 artists including me have leant their work to these BARAZ chairs.”

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Looking after your Baraz chair

Taking care of the art
All the paintings that adorn the backrest of the chair are original pieces of art. In keeping with the authenticity of the chair, the fabric, upholstery used for the seat has not been protected. It is advisable for the purchaser to use a scotch guard for the seat. Th e paintings on the back rest have been treated and protected and wiping it with a soft dry brush is all that is needed to keep it clean. No water, or any other cleaning product should be used to clean the paintings. A soft muslin cloth is also acceptable but keep the touch soft and light. Do not use a heavy hand to wipe the surface. Th e chairs should be kept away from direct sunlight. Th is will result in fading the fabric and aff ecting the artwork.
Keeping the polish clean
Most of the chairs purchased so far are Oak, Walnut or Cherry, but the polish varies from fi nishes like Ebony, Golden Oak and black. This happens because the chairs have been passed down from generation to generation, with little knowledge of the original polish color. We determine the color on the wood based on the painting that adorns the chair and the color of upholstery used for the seat of the chair. Please clean the wood by using a soft cloth along with Orange polish shine diluted with water. No alcohol based cleaner should be used on the wood as it will strip the polish away.

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Mazarine is a much awarded Indian born Canadian artist who lives in Toronto, with her husband and two children. Her works have been exhibited around the world and she has an international following.

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An accomplished award-winning artist, Mazarine has had several sold-out solo and group exhibitions around the world. She has an avid following of collectors and her works have pride of place all over the world.

Contact

 Toronto, Ontario

info@mazarinememon.com

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