furniture

Antique Modern Furniture

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I stumbled upon this incredible bed made by Hive Mind Design in Brooklyn.

It got me thinking about this mash-up trend in contemporary furniture design where classically antique elements are fused with clean modern lines and materials.

Dessouschic Tables By Noé Duchaufour Lawrance

Dessouschic Tables By Noé Duchaufour Lawrance

The most ubiquitous examples of this is the Louis Ghost Chair and the Bourgie Table Lamp.  Both are clean and modern, but have obvious classical elements.  

And you see them everywhere!  I am particularly bitter about this because I have been wanting a ghost chair for ages and I missed the "cool" window.

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Perfect for a forest glade

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Something about this sofa makes me happy, and I am normally not into contemporary furniture.  It has tasteful whimsy.  

It's called the Borghese Sofa and costs $5175.  WOWZAH!

The text on the website is fantastically pompous:

"The stone pines of the Villa Borghèse in Roma serve as the guiding aesthetic for this light sofa by Noé Duchaufour Lawrance for fellow French design house La Chance.  It's no wonder that Noé started out as a sculptor. His work embraces the ideals of "niwa," the bijoux garden at the heart of a traditional Japanese home."

Ha!  So heavy handed.  I love it!

Malachite: Just putting it in writing

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I am not the first person to say MALACHITE IS AMAZING, and I won't be the last.......because it's amazing.   

Malachite is a green mineral, often banded in appearance.  This patter has been reproduced in fabric, wallpaper, DYI hand painting, vinyl, and anything else you can think off.  The bold color is unmistakably decadent  and the application of this pattern produces out of this world results.   

 

Emily Henderson Design, Elle Decor

Emily Henderson Design, Elle Decor

Amanda Nisbet Design

Amanda Nisbet Design

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Sally Wheat Design

Sally Wheat Design

Nate Berkus Design

Nate Berkus Design

Hillary Thomas

Hillary Thomas

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Hillary Thomas -  Malachite Lamp Finial  $75

Hillary Thomas - Malachite Lamp Finial $75

Hillary Thomas -  Malachite Bowls

Hillary Thomas - Malachite Bowls

I think this room is a little all-over-the-place, but I felt like I needed to include it because of the ceiling.  Not only is it hand painted malachite, but I am all about patterned ceilings in general. 

Interior designer Shelley Johnstone Paschke designed the lounge and powder room for the 15th biennial Lake Forest Showhouse

Interior designer Shelley Johnstone Paschke designed the lounge and powder room for the 15th biennial Lake Forest Showhouse

Let's downsize!

There is something about Resource Furniture's collection of space saving furniture and murphy beds they makes me want to live in a shoe box. 

The 5th Element.  Production Designer: Dan Weil

The 5th Element.  Production Designer: Dan Weil

I can't help but be reminded of Bruce Willis's apartment in The 5th Element, where everything was hyper-space-saving.  

Resource Furniture has managed to create a line of furniture that is so attractive and functional, that it makes one dream of downsizing.  Of getting a studio in the big city and keeping life simple.   

Caveat:  The furniture is sooooooooo expensive (no surprise there). 

Minor caveat: The murphy beds look so slim that you couldn't fold up a blanket in there.  You would have to keep a basket near by where you put blankets and pillows while the bed was stowed.  This probably isn't a big deal for some people, but for others, it brings the whole thing a-tumblin' down.  

Campaigning

Starting a few years ago, I became a total freak for campaign furniture.  If you aren't in the loop, campaign furniture is a style which evolved as a way of making high quality furniture portable, so that it could be taken to war or on a African safari or on some other fabulous journey.  

You can recognize campaign furniture because it typically incorporates design elements such as hinges for making the piece more compact, brass bumpers and other protective hardware, and drawer pulls that are flush with the surface.  

Found this English campaign desk, cerca 1820, on  The Buzz On Antiques

Found this English campaign desk, cerca 1820, on The Buzz On Antiques

Vanessa De Vargas's green campaign chests give me hives of joy

Vanessa De Vargas's green campaign chests give me hives of joy

A year ago, it was time for me to man up and buy an adult couch.  I was set on a brown leather chesterfield (what's not to like) , but then I stumbled on this campaign sofa at Danish Modern Noho.  It's as if it had been lying in wait for me.  I walked into the store and it jumped up and bit.  My life peaked that day.

Emma's living room sofa.  Rosewood campaign sofa with brass detail.

Emma's living room sofa.  Rosewood campaign sofa with brass detail.

Well, this whole post came about because I was so pleased to spot a campaign chest in Anjelica Huston's Broadway-Producer office on the show Smash.  I give it a standing O.

Smash: Season 2, Episode 10

Smash: Season 2, Episode 10

Onefortythree is the light of my life

I was reading Emily Henderson's blog post about her living room, and she shows a detail shot of wall sconces.  Naturally, I assumed they were super fancy, but then she mentioned that a sconce was less than $100, and I couldn't believe it!  

I followed the link the Onefortythree, a shop and blog from a lighting and furniture designer.  

Can you believe that all these lights are less than $200 (and most are less than $100). 

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But wait, he makes other things that are reasonably priced too! 

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Wondrous Long Beach, CA

Hillary and I love the Long Beach Flea Market.  We don't know why people go bananas for the Rose Bowl Flea Market, when Long Beach is much less expensive and less stressful.

Hillary and I are planning on heading down there this weekend, so I thought I would let you in on a Long Beach secret.  If you don't find what you want at the flea market, there are many other great places in Long Beach to continue your search.  Make a day of it!

Here are some of of the places on our Long Beach circuit: 

Warehouse 1333Has a great mid-century furniture and smalls.  Ask for a discount and the just might give you one.

Grandma Darling's Antique Mall - Not worth going if you are in a mid-century mood, but if you have a taste for something older, then have a look around.

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Long Beach Antique Mall I & II - These two antique malls are virtually across the street from each other. They are stacked with mid-century finds (which is all anyone from southern California seems to want).  The first one has more soda machines and signs, and the second one has more furniture, but both are worth a pop in.  

Downtown on 4th St there are more antique and furniture stores, but they are pricey, so Hillary and I don't stop by often 

Susanin's Auctions: My fav!

When I lived in Chicago, I bought furniture and art from Susanin's Auctions.  I would go so far as to say that it is my favorite auction house (until I start purchasing Klimt's from Christie's).  Susanin's has amazing things, for surprising low prices.  

Even though I live in LA, I still scroll through their auction catalogues and dream.  Once I even compulsively bought a large piece of art and had to get UPS to wrap it up and ship it to me (probably lesson not learned).

FYI: Action catalogues show prices like this "300/500", meaning they estimate the lot will go for between $300 and $500, plus an additional buyers free of about 25% which goes to the auction house.

These are my top wants from their currently sale:

Art purchased from Susanin's.  Then I had to get UPS to go there, wrap it up, and ship it to me.  The whole thing ended up being $500, which was a huge amount for an unemployed recent college grad.  

Art purchased from Susanin's.  Then I had to get UPS to go there, wrap it up, and ship it to me.  The whole thing ended up being $500, which was a huge amount for an unemployed recent college grad.  

PAIR OF CERAMIC FRUIT TOPIARIES.  Height: 20.5" $50/$100

PAIR OF CERAMIC FRUIT TOPIARIES. Height: 20.5" $50/$100

STARK STYLE BLUE AND WHITE CARPET.  Lacking label. 15'4" x 10'8", $500/$700

STARK STYLE BLUE AND WHITE CARPET. Lacking label. 15'4" x 10'8", $500/$700

CHRISTIAN JORGENSEN (AMERICAN, 1860-1933) PORTRAIT OF A LADY WITH A SHAWL.  Oil on board, signed and dated '98(?) LR, Board: 33" x 25", $200/$300

CHRISTIAN JORGENSEN (AMERICAN, 1860-1933) PORTRAIT OF A LADY WITH A SHAWL. Oil on board, signed and dated '98(?) LR, Board: 33" x 25", $200/$300

  JIM LASER (20TH CENTURY) SALT INSTITUTE, LOUISE KAHN, ARCHITECT.  Photographic giclee print. Ink signed LR, Framed: 41" x 50", $75/$125   This one is so big, and it comes framed.  I am sure it packs a really big punch in person.

JIM LASER (20TH CENTURY) SALT INSTITUTE, LOUISE KAHN, ARCHITECT. Photographic giclee print. Ink signed LR, Framed: 41" x 50", $75/$125

This one is so big, and it comes framed.  I am sure it packs a really big punch in person.

ENGLISH FLAME MAHOGANY CHEST OF DRAWERS.  H: 48" W: 36" D: 18", $200/$400

ENGLISH FLAME MAHOGANY CHEST OF DRAWERS. H: 48" W: 36" D: 18", $200/$400