From an early age I often dreamt of becoming an artist, But it was only much later in life that the dream finally came true…
Initially the Elliot collection consisted of artefacts that I collected from travelling around the world. Amongst them was one piece in particular that fascinated me - a tree of life painting on silk from east India . The work was recent, but the style was more traditional - it could easily have been mistaken for an antique as the level of craftsmanship was exceptional.
So impressed by this one piece that I returned to india on holiday but also planned to track the family of artists’ down and see if we could work together. In short - today we place our designs in galleries and the big auction houses of the world.
Alongside working with modern art , albeit in a traditional style, the Collection has also been involved with buying and selling antiques. We mainly deal in pieces from the east, but recently also brokered a collection of antique clocks from Europe to a private collector for $15M.
As time went by, the itch from an early age began to surface , I enrolled on a short course at the KLC school of interior design in London. However I soon recognised that I struggled to work with other designs and therefore needed to make my own . It was then that I realised that I wanted to make furniture and not just design interiors.
It was at the Chippendale school of furniture, where my dreams came true, and where I first encountered an American prohibition table from the 1930’s in the house of the head tutor. Designed to hide illicit alcohol by way of a secret compartment they were not very well made, They were constrained by the limited spring technology of the period, which made controlling the speed of the moving parts hard to use. Today they make terrific collectables and conversation pieces, but for me they were the foundation for the start of my furniture business.
A year later, on completion of the course , I was invited with my first piece of furniture; a deco revivalist version of the original prohibition table, to” The design show Shanghai” in China. It was an invitation I could hardly refuse, particularly as it was funded by the UK government. I didn’t expect to sell the table, as that would have been a bonus - I was more interested in the opportunity to find an Asian workshop that could make my designs with in the future. In short , I succeeded.
Understanding the boundaries of cabinet making is very important, without this knowledge, design is impossible. My passion is designing rather than making, but you cannot have one without understanding the other.
Today I am working on a Poker and drinks prohibition table, with plans to expand the table Collection to include different types of games in the near future, whilst continuing with art sales for financial support.