Check out what Lauder & Howard say in the Sydney Morning Herald here!


To encourage homeowners with contemporary interiors to be more adventurous, Mark Howard and Leslie Lauder of Fremantle’s Lauder and Howard Antiques and Fine Art allow items to be test-driven in situ at a client’s home.

“A two-metre carved timber figure can stand alone like a unique sculpture within a large white space,” Lauder says. “One of our customers had a super-modern interior which she modified with an art deco buffet. On top of the right side she placed three figures including a tall painted timber-finish Nigerian mother holding a baby and on the left she stood a mask from the Congo. It looked fabulous.”

Lauder and Howard are also in favour of re-purposing: using a Chinese screen as a bedhead; hanging a vintage door as artwork or propping it decoratively against a wall; using a haberdashery cabinet in place of built-in kitchen joinery.

It’s not the use for which these pieces were originally intended, but it gives an interior more personality and proves the theory that opposites do attract.

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