The Test of Time

I love shopping in antique stores. I love learning about a different place in time. When I walk into an antique store, I feel almost like I’ve gained a free museum pass or a free ride in a time machine–and if  buy something–almost as if I’ve purchased a small piece of time. As I observe the decor from earlier years, I find it very difficult to figure out why things were the way they were and always find it amazing how much things have changed.

Though I do not have first-hand experience of daily life in previous centuries, I do believe that the pace of life has increased. You can pick up any item in an antique store–whether it’s dinnerware, an appliance, clothing, or even a piece of furniture–and notice ways that our lives have changed. Many of the items that wouldn’t last us more than a year in today’s world still show up in antique stores, in decent and functional shape, from decades ago!

I believe the diminishing of lifetime product value comes from increasing consumer demand on manufacturers. We as consumers need more things but we want to spend as little money as possible. Thus it becomes difficult to purchase something handmade for $50 when we have the option of a manufactured version for $10.

When we prefer practicality, I wonder, what exactly do we forfeit? Perhaps the personal touch… 

Traditional craftsman carving wood with Thai floral motifs

Traditional craftsman carving wood with Thai floral motifs

Years ago, when craftsman didn’t have the demand to serve millions at a time, they focused their energies on ensuring that the one who received their item would really enjoy it. They felt personal responsibility for their craft–a customer’s satisfaction and pleasure with their purchase directly reflected on the craftsman, as a person. Since they crafted most items by hand, each had a personal touch, which made them unique. I appreciate that craftsman, such as those at Bauer International, still exist today that choose to create products by hand and then finish them using traditional materials and methods (such as stain and shellac) rather than the faster and more automated way.

I also love the idea that furniture can do more than just serve a function in a physical space. Something about artistic expression and attention to detail cause people to pause more and feel free to enjoy a moment in time. Perhaps human nature needs moments where they feel inspired to just be–to enjoy beautiful things without evaluating their usefulness. It may be a big jump, but could you say that your furniture does that for you?

I Can go Anywhere

The song from the kids reading show, “Reading Rainbow”, comes to mind today. The lyrics, “I can go anywhere…I can be anything…Take a look, it’s in a book” made for a very inspiring and catchy introduction to each episode.

After many Saturday mornings of watching the show as a child,  the core message of this jingle stuck with me. Now, whenever I think of travel, I have to consider not only physical travel, but also imaginative travel: where my mind goes.  Travel, by definition, means “the coming and going of persons or conveyances along a way of passage” (Thank you To my point, a book can make for a very quick passage to distant lands, through the vehicle of the mind. 

Now, what does that have to do with furniture? At Bauer International, we stake our success on the belief that our furnishings bring a certain transformational value to a physical space.  “Where does this value come from?” you may ask. Similar to books, we like to think of our furnishings as individual ways of passages–a means for travel, but without physical movement.


When we add this Planter’s Cupboard, for instance, to a room, our minds immediately make an attempt to categorize, describe, and/or make opinions about the item. Depending on how long we study the object, we might begin to draw out images from our memory–like a movie we saw once that had furniture in room with similar style, or of a time period that we’ve seen in pictures, or of a friend or relative who has a similar piece. Now, I might be dramatizing the effect slightly here, but to stick with the point, the decor of a room can really take you places–if you allow your mind to go.

To conclude this post, as the show’s star, LeVar Burton would conclude each episode of his show, “Don’t take my word for it!”  We encourage you to discover for yourself where and how you can travel today. Oh the possibilities!

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Welcome! This is the first of many posts from the crew here at Bauer International Purveyors. We’re so glad you could join us as we take a journey–a safari, if you will–into the mysteries of the industry, the nuances of the trade, and the intrigues of the cultures that have inspired our most popular designs.

If you’re not familiar with us, let me just start with an introduction. We’re a 22-year-old furnishings importer company focused on providing luxury furnishings to the golf, hospitality and residential industries. What first began as a passion for high-quality living and a taste of exotic culture, soon birthed a design portfolio full of furnishings, fixtures, and accessories, that would later turn into the enterprise that Bauer International Purveyors represents today.

During his twenty years with the company, our founder, Ken Bauer, deposited a vat of passion into the company for exploration as a way of life, and design as a means to inspire. He traveled the world, studied the world, and adopted the world into his world.

Today, we have the opportunity and privilege to carry on this passion, doing business with the finest golf clubs, resorts and residences from all over the world. If you haven’t already, we invite you to explore our collections for yourself, and to rediscover your taste for the world outside of your own.

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