Chair, There and Everywhere

So of course I always take pictures of chairs everywhere I go. Here are some recent finds:

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The Huntington (see previous post) is an amazing but mostly a hands-off place to visit, so this welcoming chair put a smile on my face.

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Spotted these at MOMA in New York city – each one is a showstopper.

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Fabulous combo of shape and color at the Botanic Gardens in Houston, Texas.

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Not your Grandma’s chair – loved this outside the box upholstery at the Lucketts Design House.

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Gorgeous Frank Lloyd Wright chairs spotted in the visible storage area at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Interesting to compare the two versions side by side.

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If a coaster is more in your budget than an Eames chair, try these I spotted at the MOMA shop in New York.

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A little closer to home, here’s a sneak peek of a reupholstery project I’ve been working on.

I’m not the only one who’s been noticing chairs in my travels. Readers have been sending me pictures!

Here’s a mouthwatering arrangement of chartreuse Knoll Womb chairs a reader spotted in Richmond, Virginia:

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Another reader sent me a photo of this beautiful bench in Aspen, Colorado:

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Love it! Any more readers with chairs to share?

 

Let’s Go Shopping in Bali

Lucky us! My dear friend Katherine, owner of Zuna Yoga and part-time resident of Bali, is taking is on a decor shopping trip in Ubud, Bali!

Before we start, a few musings from Katherine on what we’ll be seeing:

‘Ubud is a hub of creative arts in Bali. It is brimming with carving, painting, jewelry, music, dance, theatre and more —so it’s surprising that the local language possesses no word for art. For the Balinese, this creativity has no meaning in itself. It is intended solely for pleasure of the gods, and its merit lies in the act of creation, rather than in the finished product. This also explains why so much of what is created, particularly the offerings for religious ceremonies, is simply destroyed directly after the event. 
 The Balinese are very religious and superstitious. Spirituality is everywhere, with trees, houses, temples, shrines being blessed by the people daily. The woven baskets (made of bamboo) are traditionally used to carry offerings to the temples. They are filled with flowers, fruit, incense, or symbolic coins. You’ll often see women dressed in ceremonial costume riding sidesaddle on the back of a motorcyle, with one of those baskets balanced on their laps. They also make fun decorative objects for storing more mundane items, like office supplies, charging cords and remote controls!
 Coconut wood is a common material, you can see the utensils and some of the painted trays (as well as the wooden inlay in the woven objects) are made from it. It has a lovely grainy, mottled texture and is polished to a smooth finish.
 Indonesian batik is quite famous. It’s a wax-resist dye technique, usually used on a heavy cotton fabric. The Balinese favor bright, rich colors and patterns. They wear batik tops and bottoms as part of their traditional garb – you see it everyday, everywhere. It’s also great for decorating – pillows, table runners, blankets.”
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Katherine tells me there’s beautiful beaches in Bali, too. But with all this fun shopping to do, who has time for the beach?
Learn more about Katherine at ZunaYoga.com
 

 

Brass Is Back

I made a fun visit to the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams signature store in Tyson’s Galleria last week. There was tons of eye candy, and lots of brass, which is definitely back – and in a good way!

LOVED the beautiful contrast of shiny brass and fluffy Tibetan wool upholstery on this one.

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Seriously can’t stop thinking about it. This is possibly the best looking director’s chair ever.

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This one with the brass frame is also wonderful – part seating and part sculpture:

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These make a beautiful statement with the neutral fabric – eye catching but not overwhelming, glamorous but not over-the-top.

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You know that I’m all about the chairs, but there was brass elsewhere – wall art, dining tables, side tables. A little goes a long way, but I’m a fan of all of it. Gorgeous stuff.

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To see more: mgbwhome.com

Faking It

I spotted this recently…

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…and it got me thinking about how I really feel about fakes. This picture shows a chair that takes its inspiration from the Eames DAW chair. That’s the nice way of saying it. The other way of saying it is that it’s a fake. So I asked myself – is a fake so bad? This chair is kind of fun. But then again, the sales guy in the department store shoe department where I spotted it said that they used to have two, but one fell apart. According to my research, this patchwork version of the DAW costs about $165, while an authentic (non-patchwork) DAW chair made by Herman Miller costs more like $499. (Check them out here.) For the design lover on a budget, sometimes the authentic version is out of reach. But is the fake a good substitute for the real thing?

Some might say a fake chair is no different than a fake Rolex – put together with cheap materials in order to fool the eye into believing it’s real. That’s why no one with a fake Rolex has any hopes that it might one day be worn and enjoyed by their grandchildren – it’s never going to last that long. But with a real Rolex or a real Eames chair, passing it down to the grandchildren is a real possibility. On the other hand, a fake Rolex will still tell you what time it is, just like a fake Eames chair still gives you a place to sit. An authentic Eames chair is manufactured to an incredibly high standard of quality, while a knock-off is all looks – no fine craftsmanship here. In my opinion, the amazing quality of the materials and craftsmanship, as well as the attention to detail, is all part of the joy and beauty of the chair. With a cheap copy, that simply isn’t there.

What do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

Insta Real Life

I’ve been following Bungalow on Instagram for a while, and I was so excited when I realized they were in Scottsdale and I was going to be there too. A visit was definitely in order. Bungalow is a lovely (and huge!) shop that sells so many beautiful things for the home and even some clothes. They describe their style as “rustic modernism” – I’d describe it as comfy sexy modern farmhouse glam.  Here are a few of the fun things I saw:

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Loved this chair! The combination of the thin brass frame and the fluffy sheepskin made this my favorite item. I really, really want it for my bedroom.

There were other great chairs, too – these had great contrasting fabric backs, turning simple into stunning:

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This bookshelf was amazing – part sculpture, part storage:

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A basket of cow skulls, just to remind you that you’re in the West:

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But even so, a Union Jack looks great anywhere:

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And more great pillows:

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Loved this large leaf…

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And these upholstered benches…

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Thanks for introducing us, Instagram!

Bungalow, www.bungalowfurniture.com, Instagram: @bungalowaz

 

Belted

I saw a really fun pair of chairs at the Farmer’s Market last weekend. Rather than pay to have a worn out cane seat redone, make your own with belts! A fresh coat of paint and a colorful mix of belts makes for a great accent chair. This would be wonderful in a dressing room, or you could even make a whole dining set – although I’m guessing that would require some thrift shop stops for extra belts! Now I know what do do with all those seatless old chairs I’ve seen at the flea market.

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These chairs made by Was Paper.  waspaper.com

Chair-izona Part 2: Midcentury Heaven

If I ever win the lottery, I am headed straight to Red Modern in Phoenix, Arizona to outfit my dream house with some of their amazingly beautiful and pristine vintage Midcentury furniture finds.

They had some rare pieces like this Saarinen Womb Settee and a pair of Wegner Papa Bear Chairs. I’d never had the chance to sit in either of these before, so that was pretty exciting for a chair nerd like me.

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Even the sign outside was fabulous:

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As was the staircase inside:

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I was like a kid in a candy store – there was so much to see!

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I’m still dreaming about these orange chairs. They were beautiful from every angle.

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Which is better – the back of this chair – or the front?

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What catches your eye? I’d love to know – comment or send me a message on the Contact page!

More Arizona Design Finds to come…stay tuned!

 

 

 

Lunch Finds with PIF

I had a lovely lunch this week with my Partner In Finds and spotted some great lighting at the same time!

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The cobalt blue glass looked amazing against the texture of the reclaimed wood and the varying sizes of the pendants gave it a great funky fun vibe. And of course everything looks better with Edison style filament bulbs – these long ones are wonderful.

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After lunch, we stopped by JT Interiors in Potomac, Maryland and PIF picked up this lovely seat for her garden. She has plans to clean it up and give it new life – I’ll keep you posted on what she does to it.

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