Looking to make a statement with your design? We present one of the finest companies in the business.
Known for their original collection of antiques and 20th century furniture, Talisman have been a driving force in the world of design for over 30 years. Established in 1982, Ken Bolan set up his original showroom in Somerset. Today, if not off sourcing new pieces from far corners of the globe, he can usually be found at his flagship store in London’s Parson Green. This Art Deco former garage provides the perfect backdrop for his extraordinary array of furniture, art and jewellery. Moving here in 2006 and reacting to the impressive reception, a second showroom was opened in 2010 within the design mecca of SW1’s Pimlico Road.
Talisman views itself as an intersection between antiques, interior design and fashion. During Bolan’s selection process, the character of the piece is considered as importance as it’s provenance. It is this duality that gives the pieces their originality and theatre. A large proportion of the stock comes from the mid to late 20th century, and includes many works by Master Craftsmen Karl Springer, Pierre Cardin and Tommi Parzinger. Always one to make trends rather than follow, Bolan has been noted as one of the first to recognise the talents of the american furniture designer Paul Evans in the early 2000s.
In addition to their showrooms, Talisman has one of finest reputations for furniture restoration. Within their Editions service, their west country workshops produce much of their pieces at a museum quality. Dealing with items that can span 3 centuries, the workshops require a knowledge of a range of specialist skills. Proficient in techniques as diverse as stone masonry, bronze casting, wood turning and lacquering, its not surprising that their methods have been described as ‘verging on the medieval.’ Such is their attention to detail, a bespoke ‘Paul Evans’ guillotine has been created purely to replicate the precise shadow lines in his designs. A noted perfectionist, many of Evan’s angles were formed at a 70, not 90 degree angle.
Building upon the talent of their celebrated workshops, Talisman launched their Bespoke range in 2010. Formed of nine designs and ranging from sofas to console tables, these signature pieces provide a new platform for Bolan to further explore his creativity.
1. Two Part Buttoned Back Sectional Sofa by Talisman Bespoke.
2. A French Ceramic Coffee Table signed by Roger Capron, 1960s
3. A Large Sunburst Wall Sculpture Signed Devalf.
4. A Pair of Chrome and Glass Etageres 1970s
5. A Subtly Concave Walnut and Ebonised Nine Drawer Commode on Raised Plinth 1950s, Talisman Edition