December 7, 2011 | Blog

Chandeliers have been around for a long time… Therefore there are a lot of chandeliers available on the market! We look for pieces that will stand the test of time in quality and style.

Our fantastic chandeliers are sourced from Europe and are available in:
- Finishes of silver, off-white or rust.
- Round (9 arms) or oval shapes (with 8 or 16 arms).
- With or without shades.


What do we want to achieve when we choose to use chandeliers?
Is it a light we need in that location? Or is it a visual object we need to break the space?
If we need to light that space, what do we want to achieve with that light? Do we want to have a focus light spreading light on the table or do we want to throw light around in that space?

These questions need to be answered first when sourcing for a light or chandelier.
It is important to think about using a chandelier just as a decorative object and/or for its lighting qualities as well.

Chandeliers can do both! They do work as light providers and act as a visual object in a space, particularly in hallways and dining areas.

With these chandeliers you can create some dramatic styling with or without using the separate shades that are available.

Among others, one of the interior designers that has been using our chandeliers on numerous projects is Patricia Stewart. See her stunning work here:

Aubrey oak flooring with Altimago finishes

April 14, 2011 | Blog

Tokens of Living is the proud distributor for Australia of the Aubrey oak timber floor from Europe.

Made from the finest hardwood timbers and European oak from a FSC certified Croatian plantation and made in their Dutch factory, finished with natural oils. Upon request it can be aged by smoking and steaming treatments.

In our furniture and flooring showroom in Darley street in Mona Vale we have numerous sample boards available. You will find treated boards smoked by ammonia, steamed or just finished with natural oils.

The Aubrey flooring has a lot of differences and appeal above other flooring.

A). The first point of difference is the stability. Most flooring warps and cups in the Australian climate, as it is very difficult to keep timber stable, especially with wider boards. We have found that a lot of architects have stopped specifying wider boards because of the instability and problems after laying the floor.

Rustic Flooring - Wide boards with bedOur floor boards have been developed 15 yrs ago to be used with under floor heating in Europe. Under-floor heating normally varies the temperature of the floor from 5 degrees to 24 degrees. To make this possible it means that the boards need to be of a very stable condition. Aubrey’s multilayered floor is made up from hardwood veneer layers, laid in different fibre directions to create stability. The boards are glued in one press run: the oak and hardwood veneers are pressed at the same time in a press, making it a homogenous product. It is of much higher quality and weight than the so called engineered boards which are made of standard ply with a separate top layer, separately glued onto it.
Aubrey floor boards are available in 16, 19 and 22 cm wide and are 20mm thick.

The flooring can even be used in wet areas like bathrooms.

Rustic Flooring - Signs Of AgeRustic flooring - Scratched V GroovesRustic flooring - CracksB). The second point of difference is the appeal and appearances this floor has. It is pre-finished at the factory, allowing the manufacturer to quality control the whole process. The floor has a large choice of details: it can be delivered with or without machined edges or hand scraped edges. Knots can be filled or remain open, the grade of timber can be grade A or B or natural, it can be aged by smoking or steaming.
The Altimago aging treatment is done by either smoking with ammonia or steaming. The smoking treatment ages the natural fibers of the oak to a timeless finish and appeal. The steam treatment darkens the oak and will give it a through out treatment and colour change. Much better for maintenance than the widely used staining techniques, which only gives it a surface treatment and therefore a higher maintenance schedule.

Natural oils are use to seal the floor. It will give the floor a natural (NON-gloss) look. Some colours will have pigments added to the oils to achieve the required look.

C). The Third point of difference is the Maintenance. These floor boards are finished with natural oils. For maintenance the only thing required to do is to jut reapply the oil. Normal use requires adding oil once or twice a year on area’s where the floor becomes a bit worn. You do NOT need to re-sand and finish this floor. It will become better looking over time.

D). Fourthly: Interior Decorating
When asked for interior decorating advice we found that a lot of customers just choose their flooring on the look of the timber instead of also looking at the decorating freedom and flexibility the floor should give you. In our opinion a floor is the base for making a space work. When the floor is chosen correctly, the decorating of the space is much easier.
For example: the yellow pine floor with polyurethane gloss finish, we all know so well, will make it very hard to make your interior pieces match with the floor. In our opinion it is impossible and one will not end up getting it right!

The natural tones of our flooring will do exactly what we are trying to achieve: it will give you decorating freedom, flexibility, ambiance and timelessness in your space.

What makes Tokens Tick?

August 25, 2010 | Blog

Sharing our passion for Design, Architecture, Interiors, Lighting, the Arts, Living Spaces and the Great Outdoors.

- Emotion in Architecture and Design
Why is it that we feel emotion when we enter a living or working space?
Why is it that a piece of furniture can look fantastic in a photo, but doesn’t give us any feeling when we see it in the flesh?
Why does that particular piece of art move you and not your neighbour?
Why are architects around the world trying to create living or public spaces that inspire you and move you?

Custom Made Furniture

August 25, 2010 | Blog

For designing, making and supplying custom furniture, the challenge is to supply our client what he/she expects to receive. Over the years we have found that it is relatively easy to make a drawing or sketch and have it approved by the client. The tricky bit is when the final product is handed over, whether the client has visualized the same end result: To achieve that the expectations of the client will match what we expect to make. This relies a lot on our experience and the client’s perception. (more…)

Designer Furniture

August 25, 2010 | Blog

Designer Furniture mostly relates to us as the classic design icons. Great examples of unique contemporary furniture that have stood the test of time are designs like Louis Polson/Hans Wegner/Le Corbusier/Eames/Frank Lloyd Wright to name a few. (more…)

Sydney Furniture

August 25, 2010 | Blog

Tokens of Living was founded 6 yrs ago after the founders found that Sydney was lacking a furniture outlet with soul and character. What makes your ticker tick when you enter a space or interior? What happens with the emotions when you are in an inspirational surrounding? It is precisely that, which inspired us to start Tokens of living in Sydney. Based in Mona Vale on the Northern Beaches to have more space and air to enjoy living to the fullest and live it! (more…)

Outdoor Furniture

August 25, 2010 | Blog

Outdoor furniture is much sought after in Australia due to its beautiful climate and outdoor spaces. Most houses are equipped with larger decks to accommodate this outdoor living. To use this external living space to its full potential we source furniture that will make it most comfortable. Patio furniture and outdoor furniture have become prime articles. (more…)