Furniture

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:

Tale of Tales......

The above image can be seen in the trailer for Tale of Tales (2015) and it seduced me into watching (the first part of) the movie, so I'm posting it here so you can save yourself the agony.  This set combines two things I love:

1. Dark wood antique furniture in light spars spaces, like in American Horror Story: Coven

2. White walls that are so heavily etched that they resemble lace, like in The Night Manager

Nouveau Americana - Revisited

House of Cards: Season 4, Episode 4 - Frank Underwood traces his bodyguard's hand on the White House wall.....I presume he will be embellishing the drawing into a Thanksgiving turkey.

House of Cards: Season 4, Episode 4 - Frank Underwood traces his bodyguard's hand on the White House wall.....I presume he will be embellishing the drawing into a Thanksgiving turkey.

House of Cards: Season 2

House of Cards: Season 2

In season four of House of Cards, Frank Underwood strolls through the White House reflecting on the time he, and the previous president, sat in elegant chairs and had a nice chat. 

Don't worry, Frank.  I remember.  I could never forget about those chairs.  

Cozy in Bed

The Affair - A bedroom that looks mighty knackered.

The Affair - A bedroom that looks mighty knackered.

A show I love, and a bed I love, unite!  

I have had my eye on the Supra Bed from CB2 for quite a while.  I have always loved its low profile, elegant caning, and cozy curves.  I was so happy to see it used in the love nest on The Affair.  

The Affair - A beautiful bed holding a nude man.

The Affair - A beautiful bed holding a nude man.

CB2 - You can have this bed for $1100-$1300 (nude man not included)

CB2 - You can have this bed for $1100-$1300 (nude man not included)

Lucite for babies

I just stumbled on this piece of perfection.  It's the Vetro Crib by Nurseryworks, and it goes for $3950.  I never imagined they made things this lovely for babies.  Then I started googling "lucite crib" and there were more!

Ubabub Nifty Clear Crib in Walnut

Ubabub Nifty Clear Crib in Walnut

Ubabub'  Pod Crib

Ubabub'  Pod Crib

Also, the internet is saying that Beyonce's baby is in a lucite cribe, and I expected nothing less from a woman of such taste.  

Spot on Square's  Roh crib  ($1,590)- at least two grand less than the others, but it is still big bucks

Spot on Square's Roh crib ($1,590)- at least two grand less than the others, but it is still big bucks

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

Doubling Down

One of my favorite blogs, Chinoiserie Chic, lead my to a design epiphany.  

I never think to use multiple side tables in place of a coffee table! 

I know this is an extremely minor epiphany.

Forget about side tables!  Those shingles are amazing!   

Forget about side tables!  Those shingles are amazing!   

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And obviously this concept works out side of the Chinoiserie realm. 

Interior designer  Shelby Girard

Interior designer Shelby Girard

Clock table

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I truly love this Maritime Table Clock by Angelo Mangirotti.  Yes, it's $280, but it is really striking.  However, I don't know if you can call it a table seeing as it has a slanted domed top.  

It reminds me of this clock side table I had in college that I bought at Wall Mart for $10.  It looks kind of like the one to the right, except mine wasn't unbearably ugly.  

Windsor Benches

In my post about Matte Black, I posted this picture of a Windsor Bench:

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There is something about this image that keeps pulling me back.  It's the matte black, and the large art, and that gosh darn bench.  It's not my style at all, but I want one.  

O&G Studio sells this bench, but there isn't a price on the website, which means it's a million dollars.   

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I was about to write that I like the O&G bench because of it's low flat back, but then I found this one (which is probably also a million dollars) by Peter Kramer:

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My new conclusion is that it's the simplicity and the color of all three of these benches that makes them so lovely.  

When the same bench is in a pale oak, or has too many turned spokes, it begins to feel like it belongs in a 90's entryway.  Case in point:

Nouveau Americana

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In the second season of House of Cards, Frank Underwood and The President stroll the halls of the White House, and sit down for a brief chat.  

The chairs they sit in are remarkable.  The furniture in the White House is consistently stately and unsurprising, but these chairs have an unexpected Art Nouveau quality.  They arms of the chair connect to the back in a smooth loop.  The dark wood and caning are classic, and the added organic quality take these chairs to the next level.

If anyone has more information about them, I'm all ears.

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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.  

 

My Parents's Chairs on The Blacklist

The Blacklist: Season 1 - Lovely Washington, DC home that is way beyond the means of the 30-something couple that lives in it because one is a school teacher and the other is in law enforcement.

The Blacklist: Season 1 - Lovely Washington, DC home that is way beyond the means of the 30-something couple that lives in it because one is a school teacher and the other is in law enforcement.

The Blacklist: Season 1

The Blacklist: Season 1

I did a little research and learned that in the late 80's my mom decided to splurge on four hand crafted Thomas Moser dining chairs.  At the time they were about $600 a pop (now they are $1075).  Clearly my mom didn't tell my dad how much they were until after the fact because THAT IS SO MUCH MONEY!  

The four Moser chairs are still around our dining room table, and in pretty near perfect condition.   

In one of the first few episodes of The Blacklist, a psycho killer breaks into the home of our heroine and holds her husband hostage in their dining room.  But of course, I was distracted by the chair behind her head.  It looked so much like the ones my parents have (but not the same).  

Thos. Moser dining chair $1075

Thos. Moser dining chair $1075

My super 80's mom should be telling my sister to get off that chair!

My super 80's mom should be telling my sister to get off that chair!

This picture of me shows not just Thomas Moser chairs, but also a  Thonet  nock-off rocking chair.  Double whammy!   

This picture of me shows not just Thomas Moser chairs, but also a Thonet nock-off rocking chair.  Double whammy!   

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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 $2298

 $5498

 $5498

 $698

 $698

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 $2698

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 $1998

 $1998

 $1498

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 $1298

 $1298

 $998

 $998

 $5398

 $5398

 $2198

 $2198

 $698

 $698

 $2398

 $2398

 $1298

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 $1398

 $1398

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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Chalky White's Chesterfields

Boardwalk Empire lost me half way through season three, but due to their recent Art Direction Emmy win, and the death of some tedious characters, I decided to give season four a go.  

Good decision.  The first episode has scenes in the upstairs offices of Chalky White's club, and he is a fan of chesterfield sofas.

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I have wanted a classic brown leather chesterfield for some time.  This sofa has perplexing duality.  It seems very formal, but invites you to sit down and relax.  It is used in the most masculine spaces, but has feminine curves.

When I think retail, my mind goes right to  Restoration Hardware, but you have to pay top dollar for that type of perfection.  The sofa to the right is about $3000, and you can't find something comparable for much cheaper (please let me know if you do).

If you are into the style, but willing to compromise, you can find less expensive options in fabric....but not cheap.  

 $1400  Decadent Avenue

Or do something crazy:

Overstock.com - pretty hideous.  I want to love it, but can't.

Overstock.com - pretty hideous.  I want to love it, but can't.

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