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Cool furniture, design objects and desiderata

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by gdl203, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. StephenHero

    StephenHero Well-Known Member

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    They look like unofficial variations of Lina Bo Bardi's furniture. She designed a few chair models with the same components and materials.
     
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  2. JuyLe

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    Thanks for the info ;)

    I also took a quick picture of the table I "ikeahacked" by using a donated kitchen counter top and those 25€ a pop metal feets:
    [​IMG]
     
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  3. StephenHero

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    Homemade tables can be a good way to go. My work table is a 72" long butcher block (1.75" thick) on steel hairpin legs that I had custom made for around $60. I got the butcher block from a renovating photography studio for $85 or so. All in all, I've put another $50 into refinishing it and it's on par with something similar you'd see at a preposterous markup in a Brooklyn flea market.
     
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  4. JuyLe

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    This one cost me close to nothing. The wooden top was given to me (friend wanted to get rid of it), with cheap IKEA feet, I rented a BMW X1 to bring it home (barely fit) for 30€. Then I spent 50€ to get the metal feet and drilled them in. So that's a 80€ table. I'm really satisfied with it.

    [​IMG]
     
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  5. otc

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    Was pretty close to buying a walnut tabletop from the room and board outlet last weekend...was going to use it to make a new desk.

    But then I realized it would probably be months before I could get it from Minneapolis to Chicago

    Pretty awesome place though...I hadn't been there for years. A true outlet,not one of those "outlets" that sells produced-for-outlet crap--only open on the weekend, completely random selection, lots of partial items (desktops/tabletops/legs without their matching bits). My mom's been building up a small collection of the PET navy chairs to go on their porch
     
  6. SkinnyGoomba

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    Juyle,

    The luxo lamp is cool, looks great in that room.

    Stephen,

    I started prepping for paint yesterday. Starting with my stairwell to the basement because it really needed help. I'm doing walnut plywood for the landing and risers, then solid walnut for the stair treads and nosing. Replacing the molding with slightly taller rectangular molding and hanging an undetermined lamp. The color is white in eggshell, and if all goes well the white will likely consume the remainder of the walls in the house.
     
  7. StephenHero

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    Nice. Are you doing the trim/moldings in the same finish? I would really recommend a satin on all wood. It helps create a subtle visual hierarchy between wall and trim, and it will hold up much better to marks and blemishes because it's safe to clean with water and cleaning solutions. You're supposed to be able to clean eggshell with damp cloths, but in my experience some brands don't take well to it at all.

    Also, don't skimp on brushes or roller covers. They are probably more important than the actual quality of paint in my experience. Purdy's top of the line brushes are very good, and I would roll with 1/2" nap White Dove covers to prevent orange peeling.
     
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  8. otc

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    Benjamin Moore "matte" finish has become my favorite paint (I use it in the "Regal" level, have not tried the higher end Aura stuff). It's got some ceramic content or something in it to make it more scrubbable.

    It applies super easy, and has just a little more sheen than flat (about the same or a bit less than eggshell). I have it on my kitchen walls and it scrubs clean with dawn and a damp sponge (or a just a wet-wipe) and I don't seem to to have any pigment lifting or noticeable blemishes afterwards.

    Ended up using it in the living room as well because I liked it so much more than the flat paint I put up on a wall at the same time as I was painting the kitchen.

    Satin or semigloss on the trim for sure...
     
  9. limbo

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    Benjamin Moore is the bomb [​IMG]. After helping my friends paint their rooms in other brands, I nearly yelped in joy at how well BM paints.

    I used the Aura line for a few rooms. No splatter, almost odourless, dries really quickly between coats, and like otc mentioned, it scrubs and cleans really well.

    Went with "Stonington Gray" and "Coachman's Cape".

    Matte for most rooms. Eggshell for the bathrooms.
     
  10. SkinnyGoomba

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    Thanks for the suggestions.

    I'm going to lacquer the trim and touch it up after. Since I'm going to make the trim in the shop I can chose a paint to spray on and touch up afterward with spray as well. I can do satin for the trim and the stringers (which are pine, so I'm painting them).

    I bought Valspar, pretty happy with it so far.
     
  11. Jr Mouse

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    + 1 on Benjamin Moore. Easily the best paint I have ever used.
     
  12. zissou

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    I'm a big fan of Porter paints.

    McCobb table finish is almost cured and ready for final light sanding with 1000 and 2000 grit.
     
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  13. SkinnyGoomba

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    Sweet, looking forward to the results.
     
  14. SkinnyGoomba

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    Finally finished skim coating. The main floor and 2nd floor on this house are relatively well finished, but I think the guy who drywalled the stair well into the basement was on his first day. I think I'll post a pic when all is said and done, in-spite of recent crucifixions.

    Been eyeing this sofa as of recent:

    [​IMG]

    I like most of what bassamfellows does, but i'm especially enjoying this collaboration with Herman Miller.
     
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  15. otc

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    I'm trying to buy a vintage sewing machine...the Necchi Supernova I am looking at tomorrow is a beautiful Italian machine (although I think some of their older models are even cooler...the Mira and the Nova in green paint), but I suspect the cabinet will it comes in will not work with my taste at all...they tend to be too ornate and antique looking.

    I could always trash the cabinet and just use the machine on a table...but then I found this beautiful thing:
    http://www.core77.com/blog/object_c...s_to_different_attitudes_about_work_19972.asp
    I can't believe that Singer actually made that, and made it at a time when they were still selling machines that look like that. I would be happy to use this as an end table when I don't need to sew something.

    It also seems to be one of the only models they made that has this spring loaded support that pops out when you start lifting the fold-out top (all the other ones I see have droopy tables since they expect the hinges to support the load):
    [​IMG]
    I wonder if they consulted with someone else on the design of this piece...

    I bet it is going to be hard to find one of these. People tend not to list (or know) the model number when they are dumping stuff like that on craigslist/ebay, and most of the other designs are very unappealing.
     
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    Looks like u will be interrogating dinner guests. Pretty bad lighting.
     
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  19. SkinnyGoomba

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    I'm going to do this lamp as a ceiling lamp in the stairwell.

    [​IMG]
     
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