Chair

Rattan's Moment

I have been a big fan of wicker/rattan/bentwood furniture for ages and wanted to give a shout out to Carol's bed in the third season of The Last Man On Earth.  

This type of furniture is hugely popular right now, and it makes sense because we, as a culture, have moved away from our 60's-Mad-Men-Mid-Century obsession and are squarely living in the age of 70's revival.  You know a trend has been fully embraced when even IKEA has made room for the style in their collection.  Here is a sampling of what is going on at IKEA right now:

Outlier Outlander Chair

Outlander: Season 1, Episode 16 - A Scottish monistary

Outlander: Season 1, Episode 16 - A Scottish monistary

This chair came out of nowhere in the season finale of Outlander.  The show is set in 1743 Scotland, during a war with the English, so it wasn't a time when craftsman were thinking up new gorgeous chairs.  But then, behold!

This chair seems to fit the room and the time period, but has such contemporary lines.  What makes it extra special is that it only has three legs.  Ingenious!

Spitfire Chair

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This is is a Devon Spitfire Leather Chair from Restoration Hardware.  They go for over $1000 a pop, and always remind me of the scene from The Aviator when Leo is caressing an airplane and freaking out about rivets.  

The Aviator

The Aviator

I have never met a real person who owns one, but they pop up in sets all the time.  

Suits - Season 2, Episode - The office of someone who owns a sports team somewhere in New York.

Suits - Season 2, Episode - The office of someone who owns a sports team somewhere in New York.

More Windsors

Chasing Life: Season 1, Episode 4 - Home Beacon Hill townhouse

Chasing Life: Season 1, Episode 4 - Home Beacon Hill townhouse

This gorgeous chair popped up in the show Chasing Life.  I have been on a real Windsor kick as of late.  I seem to like them in a dark finish with very simple lines, and no turned wood.  There is something so timeless and elegant about them.  

What key works would help me find this specific chair (or something close)?  Suggestions?

Wait! That's my chair!

Doppelganger chair

Doppelganger chair

I was doing a google image search for "famous dining chairs" (because that's what I do), and the very first image was of my dining room chair...in worse condition and with a pretty unflattering seat fabric.  

But nonetheless....What! 

My dining room

My dining room

The chair image led me to a blog, and blog showed me a picture of my chair on Mad Men.

Mad Men: Season 2

Mad Men: Season 2

Clearly this is a woman after my heart.

The screen grab is from an episode where Don goes to California (whaaa!) and fixes a chair for an old friend (aka the real wife of the real Don Draper)

More sets with beautiful/uncomfortable Bertoias

I while back I wrote a post about how affordable and attractive Bertoia chairs are, but they are brutal on the thighs.  

Suits - Season 3, Episode 1

Suits - Season 3, Episode 1

The below picture was from a TV show I worked on called Making Mr Right on Vh1.  I never saw an episode of the show, but check out those Bertoias in the background.  The seats are welded on to i-beams and turned into benches.  Still massively uncomfortable.

Making Mr. Right - Production Design: Steve Leonhardt

Making Mr. Right - Production Design: Steve Leonhardt

Modern Family - Suburban home of gay couple

Modern Family - Suburban home of gay couple

Finding the Club House

Finding Carter: Season 1, Episode 2 - A shipping container structure, purchased by rich absent parents, so that their daughter can hang with her over-styled/emo/model friends.  

Finding Carter: Season 1, Episode 2 - A shipping container structure, purchased by rich absent parents, so that their daughter can hang with her over-styled/emo/model friends.  

West Elm -  Cadiz Wool Rug .  They must have used a 9'x12' in the set which retails at $1,300.

West Elm - Cadiz Wool Rug.  They must have used a 9'x12' in the set which retails at $1,300.

I started watching the MTV show Finding Carter, and like all sets for teens, the kid's hang out spot is extremely colorful, and full of snacks.  

Their playhouse/art studio is inside shipping containers.  I like the use of a rug on the wall to soften the space, even though I have never cared for the rug they chose.  

Here is a shot of the club house exterior at night:

everywhere

everywhere

This space is perfectly on trend: bulb string lights, Chinese lanterns, neon cord chairs, etc. 

You can purchase your very own neon acapulco chair (egg shape)....everywhere.

And you can get than jazzed up too:

Urban Outfitters $280

Urban Outfitters $280

CB2  $240

CB2 $240

CB2  $230

CB2 $230

Those Who Kill for this apartment

Those Who Kill: Season 1, Episode 1 - Chloe Sevigny's apartment

Those Who Kill: Season 1, Episode 1 - Chloe Sevigny's apartment

The stand out moment in A&E's new show, Those Who Kill, is not when the creepy serial killer traps Chloe Sevigny (she's a detective) in a torture-coffin-box, but when we get to see the wooden spiral staircase in her apartment.  It's like perfectly crafted DNA right in the middle of the open plan modern space.  

At first I thought this apartment was too upscale for her character (family money?), but I just learned that the show was shot in Pittsburgh.  I am not sure where it is supposed to be set, but if it is also set in Pittsburgh, maybe you can get a lot of bang for your buck there.  

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Notice she has Cesca Chairs around her dining table.  See, I told you they pop up everywhere.  

Eames, but better

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You can purchase these Eames nock-off chairs from Amazon for $173/pair, which is an awesomely inexpensive way to bring icon design into your home.  But the artist, Phillip Estlund, has taken them to the next level.  He cut up paper, collaged them, and then applied a coat of polyurethane.

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These chairs are one of a kind and go for $3,600 a pop......and that is just crazy, but it got me thinking that this could be a really amazing DIY project.  Virtually anything would look good on this chair.  Sky's the limit! 

It reminded me a lot of this vintage school chair that had been coated with all canvas prints.  

 

Chairs My Parents Have: Part 2

Hello Ladies: Season 1 - Home of a middle class Brit, living in Los Angeles, who only wants to date models (or actresses) 

Hello Ladies: Season 1 - Home of a middle class Brit, living in Los Angeles, who only wants to date models (or actresses) 

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While watching the show Hello Ladies, I came across a chair that I could have sworn I had seen before.  When I was about 4-years-old, my mom splurged on Moser dining chairs, and tossed the old ones.  Turns out the old ones were Marcel Breuer Cesca Cane Chairs.

Breuer designed the chair 1928.  He used a continuous steel tube to create a cantilevered design.  The chair is named for his daughter, Francesca.

Fun Fact:  The design of the Cesca has always been in the public domain.  Breuer signed a contract with the Knoll Group, but he never sought a patent.  

When I asked my mother why she got rid of them, she said that the caning doesn't last forever, and "that's why you always see ads in the back of The New Yorker to update the caning."

Keep your eyes open and you will start seeing these chairs everywhere.

Top of the Lake: Netflix miniseries - Comfortable apartment in a small New Zealand town.

Top of the Lake: Netflix miniseries - Comfortable apartment in a small New Zealand town.

UPDATE:  These chairs are in Amy Adams swank apartment in American Hustle, but I saw it at the theater so I can't get a screen grab.

Unexpected Anthropologie

When did Anthropologie.com become such a great source for interesting furniture?  There are so many unexpected and outlandish pieces.  Can you believe that this is a chain store with a branch in your local mall?

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But the strangest thing of all is this massive (overpriced) LARPing tent, that is moments from being swept out to sea.

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 $8998

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Thonet at the MAK

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When I visited the MAK design museum in Vienna a few weeks back, I was struck by the exhibition design choice for their Thonet furniture.  Since writing a post about Thonet cafe chairs, I knew I would have to see some in person before I left the city.  

The chairs are lined up behind white screens so their shadows create a graphic hallway.  Displaying them in this way accentuates their simplicity and lines.  

Fact: It's actually pronounced TAWN-at: Pronunciation guide

Cafe Chairs are the new black

Orange is the New Black - Season 1, Episode 3 - Dining room in yuppy couples home.

Orange is the New Black - Season 1, Episode 3 - Dining room in yuppy couples home.

Michael Thonet - Chair No. 18

Michael Thonet - Chair No. 18

Fun fact: In 1859, Thonet produced Chair No. 14.  Fifty million of these chairs were produced through 1930.

The cafe chairs became ubiquitous, and they began to pop up in paintings of the time.  Below is a painting of the interior of the Moulin Rouge by Toulouse-Lautrec.  The chair is clearly featured.  

I love the cafe chairs that popped up in Episode 3 of Orange is the New Black.  It's a Netflix show about a woman who has to go to prison, so I didn't thinker there would much to write about, but clearly I was wrong.   

Not as big a fan of the table, but I liked that they paired the chairs with something slick and contrasting.   

I think of Michael Thonet as the godfather of the cafe/bistro chair.  He specialized in bent wood furniture, and began producing pieces in the 1830s.  

Michael Thonet - Chair No. 14

Michael Thonet - Chair No. 14

Henry de Toulouse-Lautrec - At the Moulin Rouge, 1890s

Henry de Toulouse-Lautrec - At the Moulin Rouge, 1890s

Designer Chairs: A do and a don't

Amazon is an amazing resource for knock-off designer furniture.

For example, you can purchase these Eames Eiffel style chairs for $90 a piece.     Can you believe it?!

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There are infinite pictures of these chairs looking good:

New York Times Magazine via  Feathered Nest

New York Times Magazine via Feathered Nest

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And then there is the Bertoia Chair.   You can purchase the side chair for $90 and the diamond chair for $120.  This is a ludicrous steal for such striking design.  

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They look amazing: 

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Marie Olsson Nylander

Marie Olsson Nylander

via retrospec.co.uk

via retrospec.co.uk

They are even used in the set for the TV show, Suburgatory....sort of.  I know that these are actually Eiffel Wire Chairs.  Think of them as a hybrid of the Bertoia and Eiffel chair.    

Suburgatory

Suburgatory

However, Bertoia chairs are EXTREMELY UNCOMFORTABLE!!!! Oh my gosh I couldn't believe it!   

Maybe the diamond chair is okay because it is more of an accent piece that you would sit back in, but the standard chair is unbearable.  If you need to lean forward to eat or work at a desk it cuts into your thighs and starts to hurt right away.  The pad doesn't do anything to help the situation.  

Therefore, I can't recommend this chair to anyone, no matter how attractive it is.  Please be warned.