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post #1681 of 4071

Yes, more polished metal please. Like this Karl Springer side table.

 

 

 

I have so many friends with rooms that look like that. The danger with sticking too closely to this style of furniture is that the room tends to look (and that pic is a great example) anemic. 

 

I'm a big fan of mixing and matching. Right now I'm looking at a 100-year-old twig chair beside a Mouille single head floor lamp backed by a large scholar stone which is near a brass table lamp (that as near as I can tell is Moroccan) and just to the right of a collection of Dorothy Thorpe lucite candlesticks. No two pieces from the same era, country or style, but they work for me - strike that - they fit me as I collected each one simply because I liked it. They work together or they don't, but I don't much give a shit.

 

Anyway, I would stay far away from the Noguchi and the walnut stool as both are pretty common. You love wood and have some skill with it so I would find a great block of wood, square it off so it's serviceable and live with it beside the chair until it shows you the table inside. Part of the reason I suggest this is that I think you need (based on the few pics I've seen) to put some living into the furniture you're collecting.

 

lefty

post #1682 of 4071
I appreciate the thought that went into your post. However, I don't really like eclectic in it's current form (Bauhaus, Danish and mid century American used to be considered eclectic when paired one another.)

My house is realistically so far from what you think it is that I think you would be shocked if you walked in the front door. It's a lot more eclectic than I'm comfortable with admitting to mostly because I like to buy things from artists in my travels and I have an obsession with art glass and silver. But that is why this furniture works for me, because it doesn't get in the way of that.

I just don't like it to look like I hired a 75 year old woman in tiger print as my interior designer so that she could pick out some antlers and a gold leaf table.

That being said, I appreciate your suggestion to build a table.
Edited by SkinnyGoomba - 2/26/13 at 7:47pm
post #1683 of 4071
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post #1684 of 4071
Anyone have a Saarinen side table? I thinking about taking advantage of the knoll sale, but I'm worried it won't be that stable on carpet or around a kid or dog. Any thoughts?
Edited by Edsal17 - 2/27/13 at 2:27am
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I find tables that compliment the Eames lounge to be very few. I don't like the coconut at all, so that swap would be a hard sell for me. Which one works better in you house?

My living room is dominated by a large grey MDF Sliding sofa and a 2.5 Meter long white USM sideboard. The LC4 looks great but it takes up a lot of space. I actually love it but it really needs a space where it stands alone as its such a dominating piece in itself. I have a signed Pengelly OC Chair in the same room. Its red so stands out but against the wall and matched with a red Baleri tato looks cool and my kids love playing on it. I shouldn´t complain because its nice to have problems like that i suppose.
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Do you guys find the Eames LCW comfortable?
post #1687 of 4071
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Do you guys find the Eames LCW comfortable?

The LCW is okay for short periods unless you buy the padded version. I find this to be true of a lot of Eames chairs
post #1688 of 4071
fwiw, i have a cluster of Gianfranco Frattini stackable tables in black next to the lounge chair. Very different Idea, but it works in our living room.
post #1689 of 4071
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My living room is dominated by a large grey MDF Sliding sofa and a 2.5 Meter long white USM sideboard. The LC4 looks great but it takes up a lot of space. I actually love it but it really needs a space where it stands alone as its such a dominating piece in itself. I have a signed Pengelly OC Chair in the same room. Its red so stands out but against the wall and matched with a red Baleri tato looks cool and my kids love playing on it. I shouldn´t complain because its nice to have problems like that i suppose.

It's a chaise, so it definitely requires a ton a space, they all do and it is probably one of the worst offenders in that regard. I'd keep it, especially if you use it all the time.

I find the LCW comfortable, but have only sat in one for 10-15 minutes at a time. For long sits I generally like sling style seats over hard seats. So for a small scale lounge I would take the LC1 over the LCW.
post #1690 of 4071
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Do you guys find the Eames LCW comfortable?

The chair just fits right.

Obviously people are different shapes so there are probably people who wouldn't be comfortable in it, but it is a delightful seat.
post #1691 of 4071
We used to have an LC4 in our bedroom, but I found that it looked skimpy and like it took up not enough visual space, which would be fine in a lot of rooms, but bedrooms, with their heavier furniture, are not kind to all pieces.
post #1692 of 4071
Matt,

What did you use instead?
post #1693 of 4071
We reconfigured the entire bedroom, so it isn't really a question I can answer. It points in a different direction, has different other stuff etc. I love the LC4, and I find it comfortable, it just faded into oblivion in our room.
post #1694 of 4071
Makes sense, i find it one of the most tedious peices to specify because it almost dictates what you can do with the remainder of the room.

When I looked at how the furniture was done in villa savoye and the other Corbusier villas it made complete sense that it was by itself more often than part of a group.
Edited by SkinnyGoomba - 2/27/13 at 9:39am
post #1695 of 4071
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Anyone have a Saarinen side table? I thinking about taking advantage of the knoll sale, but I'm worried it won't be that stable on carpet or around a kid or dog. Any thoughts?

Not a concern, especially with laminate or wooden top. The leg is solid metal and weights a ton. As a side-note; you can buy real Saarinen on a second hand market for almost half of new table.
I also would strongly advise to buy an oval side table. I have both and oval ones are perfect for laptops or as a table that slides right up to you when you sit on the sofa. It is the most ergonomic of two. I long relegated my round Saarinen tables to serve as night stands in my bedroom, they are quite good for that.
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