Originally Posted by gdl203
Something like this?
Our FK-style sofa is a grey windowpane fabric
Not far from; if I recall correctly, our floors have a more reddish tint.
Originally Posted by binge
Have you sat in those Eames plywood chairs? I find them extremely uncomfortable. As iconic a design as they are, I find it a bit unhospitable to seat guests in them.
I've never sat in the Eames LCW for a long time, so I can't speak to its comfort. But they are only for occasional use and will likely be separated and moved elsewhere in the future. In the mean time, guests can sit on the sofa while we brave the plywood
Originally Posted by binge
You're in Chicago right? I thought that area had really good mid-century vintage furniture stores. When I was buying a whole new set of furniture last year, it seemed that the Chicago area had lots of great vintage kit.
That might be true, but I have a weird aversion to vintage. I get weirded out by things that have been used by people that aren't family.
Originally Posted by freshcutgrass
So why not make the effort and be a little inventive? A "home" furnished entirely of that standard issue stuff is going to have no personality, and convey a "sheep" mentality. In fact, I would rate it a notch below going back to Ikea.
To throw you a bone, I'd say go with the tulip table, and abandon the rest.
Aw, is it so bad? Keep in mind, this stuff is all meant to outlive our stay at the apartment and will be reconfigured and disbursed in the future. Right now, I agree, it's all a bit icon-heavy. Moreover, I'm not concerned with whether other people think 'sheep' when they see our apartment; I just want an apartment that looks nice. The problem is that the classic pieces are often classic because they look so good.
Originally Posted by matadorpoeta
it seems to me you are just buying what they are selling, rather than seeking out pieces which reflect your own style. i suggest some introspection.
Well, I don't want to be close-minded toward other options, but it's not like we just saw DWR's catalogue and picked out the highlights (even if, incidentally, we happened to do so). We spent time at Luminaire, a big store in Chicago that carries a lot of Italian stuff (Cappellini, Zanotta, Porro, etc.), but a lot of contemporary Italian design leaves me cold. Many pieces are closely inspired by the classics to begin with, some are a little too anonymous, and others are way too weird.
Of course, there is also the issue of cost. We are happy to spend a lot on the sofa, but want to spend less on lounge chairs for the moment. The Eames LCW are nice because they work as lounge chairs, are relatively inexpensive (but not cheap in any objective sense!), and can easily be used in other applications later. We have seen other lounge chairs we like a lot, but either size, price, or adaptability get in the way.
What other dining chairs would you recommend? I am partial to the Chair One:
Originally Posted by Nataku
You're lucky you and your wife can agree on furniture and interior decor. When my wife and I bought our place, it was a nightmare. I prefer the modernist style such as your's - she, on the other hand likes the more "pottery barn" contemporary look. We had a tough time.....you seem like you have it easy.
Well, when we first started going out, we definitely would have disagreed. But as my taste in music has converged on hers, her taste in design as converged on mine.