Back in 1980, Emissary pioneered the business of importing beautiful handcrafted home accents from villages all over Asia. In 1994, when the U.S. lifted its embargo on Vietnam, the company brought the first shipment of indoor and outdoor ceramics from the South Asian country to Savannah, Georgia. Today, discerning decorators look to Emissary as the authoritative source for items like glazed ceramic planters and garden seats from China and Vietnam. The company also produces a coveted collection of table lamps.
This curated selection of ceramics with an international flair features sculpture inspired by Tang Dynasty art, a pair of guardian lions, and a French-style antique-finish pot. There are drum stools, vases, and lamps, even figures of rams and shells, in both neutral tones and brighter hues ranging from glossy azure to mustard yellow.
Emissary got its start as an importer, bringing traditional Asian ceramic planters to the U.S. Now the company offers a variety of handcrafted earthen products, from graceful jars to garden stools and ceramic vases. Per tradition, special attention is given to glazes; the colors range from earthy neutrals to bolder hues.
Get graphic with these colorful textiles, furniture and tabletop goods. Kyle Bunting’s Ipanema rug is a work of art, with the hand-cut, hair-on-cowhide pieces arranged in repeating geometric patterns, while thomaspaul’s Damask throw pillow breathes new life into an old style. Elite Leather’s fire-engine-red Flores armchair is a flirty scene-stealer. And Katherine Bernhardt’s signed-and-numbered Mangocita silkscreen — an interpretation of a Mango ad featuring Penelope Cruz — is a study in strong lines and effervescent hues.
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