By Allen Cass
The European lifestyle is full of passion and tradition preserved through centuries of deep rooted families, generations of rich culture, iconic architecture, and inspirational design. From the homes people live in to the food and wine they enjoy, it is a culture that knows how to celebrate life. European design is varied and when done correctly transforms the ordinary into the timeless that will endure for years. While traditional French décor tends to be ornate, colorful, and have a grand presence, Spanish design is characterized by warm color palettes, and prints.
THE JERSEY CITY REPORTER
Hidden behind a gas station on Kennedy Boulevard, standing unassumingly near State Highway 139, there's a gray warehouse containing a veritable trove of rare European treasures.
The architectural salvage business, run by a group of local 20- and 30- something, is stocked with ornate exterior and interior doorways, structural ironwork and an array of decorative objects that had their beginnings in the palatial homes and grandiose architecture of Europe's magnificent past.
The company, dubbed Amighini Architectural after the family name of three of the business' principals, moved to the area in November and has been steadily progressing in making a name for itself in the regional salvage business.
The partners at Salvage Antiques have traveled worldwide to acquire their current inventory on display on their newly opened Beacon Avenue, jersey city location. Their showroom features over 500 distinct pieces including wooden doors, vitraux, iron entry gates, balconies, fireplaces, titles, armoires and more-each with its own history.
The collection includes architectural pieces from multiple styles such as - Classical French, Victorian, Provencal, Gothic, Tudor, Art-Noveau, and Art Deco. All items are original and have been meticulously restored to maintain original appearance.