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Cool furniture, design objects and desiderata

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

  1. lefty

    lefty Well-Known Member

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    It's a DR table not a work surface and marble looks better when it has a patina of age on it. I have friends with 40-year-old tulip tables that are stained and chipped by raising kids and look fantastic.

    Don't put a manufactured stone table in that house.

    lefty
     
  2. Find Finn

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    It does, but people who tend to buy marble tops don't think so and get mad, when it stops looking pristine after a short while, which is why we stopped offering it.


    A surface I'm surprised isn't used more is lavastone.
     
  3. twistoffat

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    That said, the stainless steel kitchens from Poggenpohl and Bulthaup are both functional and beautiful. I have a leicht kitchen and actually went with an artificial top. It gets a lot of abuse and is cheaper to change than stone. An architect friend of mine came up with a great cheap alternative though. He poured concrete like for a floor into a precast reinforced mould. Once set the concrete was polished. Hard as rock and cheap as chips and looks great
     
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  4. Find Finn

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    They are both contemporary designs and work with steel, classic designs with inlays etc. not so much.

    Yeah I have seen that multiple times and it looks great, when done right and I actually saw one with small polished stones in it, like you do in flooring.
     
  5. Douglas

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    Thanks for the support, Lefty :)

    I'm well aware of the etching and potential staining properties of marble, but it's a time-honored interior surface in spite of that. My whole kitchen is already marble, it has some little stains and etch marks and scratches already and it doesn't bother me.

    Granite is highly functional but to be honest, I really just don't like the way it looks. And I really hate those manufactured stone tops. In an ultramodern kitchen I suppose they blend in well but even then they look a little hokey to me. For some reason, I do like concrete, but that too needs to be in the right space, and my home was not that space.

    Really, the only other serious contender for us was soapstone, which I really like, but it's really, really soft, and ultimately black/green was not the look we wanted.

    Anyways, the point is that I've already crossed the Rubicon with respect to marble, in a much more sensitive area. We're talking about a dining table here, and there are ways to be even more careful with a dining table than a countertop. A manufactured stone dining table in my house would be a bridge too far.
     
  6. lefty

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    Concrete is underused in kitchens without a doubt. If only he was looking for a new kitchen work space and not a dining room table.

    Thomas, two things come to mind. I'm having dinner at a friend's this weekend who had a beautiful table made out of a raw piece of walnut and bronze legs. Not exactly inexpensive, but I think you can do the look for less. I'd love to rip this idea off, but we're too close. Maybe keep your eye out for a great piece of used marble and go from there. I'll take a few pics when I'm there.

    If you would consider rustic I am probably selling a 100-year-old round pedestal table from the Philippines. Seats eight. Maybe too rustic but it really does stand out and round tables are great for dinner conversation.

    lefty
     
  7. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Well-Known Member

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    There is a place near me that does the 'live edge' wood tables called Willard Bros. if it ends up coming to a table in that spectrum I would give them a call. They have quite a bit of experience in that style of table, and have a huge inventory of slabs.
     
  8. lefty

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    The slab table has been a little overused lately, but done well it is very beautiful. The key is dark hand-rubbed finish that draws the eye in and a very high-end leg.

    Kind of like an expensive hooker.

    lefty
     
  9. SkinnyGoomba

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    LOL!

    The master woodworker of that shop is Ru Amagasu, who is a very talented craftsman in his own right, and also happens to be George Nakashima's grandson. Hard to find a better apprenticeship in the realm of live edge wood tables.

    Not sure if it's where the discussion was going, but it's a choice that would fit the look of the house well, in my opinion.
     
  10. lefty

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    It might fit my needs as well. I've decided that to maximize my space I'm going to do away with the bar seating area of the island and built a table for 8 coming out from under the counter where the stools would normally sit. This will allow me to keep the food/eating area visually separated from the living/seating area and allow for a few seating options in the living space. I have a harvest table that I will slip into the space and live with for a while.

    Either that or buy the apt next door and put in a proper dining room.

    lefty
     
  11. Find Finn

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    And very "on trend".

    You can most likely "DIY" it, get a walnut, wenge etc. slab and have someone make the frame in steel and get it copper coated, I don't think bronze is that expensive if you can get it wholesale.


    Speaking of "raw" wood www.hudsonfurnitureinc.com
     
  12. Find Finn

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    @Lefty, I'm apartment hunting at the moment and I decided a while back, that I wanted a round dining table and I have actually been looking at a Tulipan, Platner or the new Tom Dixon with the marble top as options, with some nice contemporary chairs and a Persian rug.
     
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    I agree that a "live edge" table (I had no idea that was the term) would harmonize nicely in my space but my folks are Nakashima collectors of sorts, owning two dining tables, a desk, and a coffee table (the coffee table is "original" George Nakashima, the rest are from his continuing studio operation). My wife and I have widely varying tastes, and it's hard enough hammering out a compromise as it is. The last thing I need is to hear "you just want that because you want the house to look like your parents' house!" I once retorted "it's not my fault I was raised with parents with good taste" but that didn't end well for me.

    Anyways, our house is already so staid I have sort of been enjoying the idea of breaking the mold a little with something a bit more daring anyways.
     
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  14. SkinnyGoomba

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    Lol, I'm engaged and live with my fiancé, so i completely understand.
     
  15. twistoffat

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    Be careful, never accuse your wife of having poor taste, afterall she chose you ;)
     
  16. Douglas

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    pretty much QED
     
  17. lefty

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    A round table is a good thing. I will miss this one. My problem is that a lot of my bigger furniture won't fit into my new NYC life. There are a few things I'm loathe to sell like my Jens Risom desk. But at 6' x 3' it's hard to justify the space for it, so it's in storage in NJ until someone makes me a reasonable offer for it (looking at you, SG) or I haul it out to Rago and auction it off.

    Pics of your parent's furniture/house would be cool. I bet they loved your place when they saw it.

    By the way, your house is anything but "staid." It's the most compelling place I've seen on here.

    lefty
     
  18. nootje

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    I'm so glad my gf and I have pretty similar tastes.
    I grew up in a house full of antiques, which is something I will probably never want to live in again. She grew up in a house full of nicknacks, thus preferring a more cleaned up look.

    Combined you get a more modern cleaned up look. Its one discussion we never have.
     
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  19. SkinnyGoomba

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    There is a very large overlap between modern and antiques, since many modern pieces 'of the era' are in fact antiques. That is if you are using modern to represent a body of work and not as a replacement for contemporary.

    Furniture or interior aesthetics seem to flip flop with each generation, the stuff I like is more consistent with what my grandparents liked than what my parents Like. I suspect when I have kids they will hate modern after 20 years or so.
     
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    I know, but when i said antique I meant the luxury 1890 look. This included paintings from the hague school like Verveer, Mesdag etc. The house basically was a live in museum.

    My own apartment has more elements from eames, rohe and an overdose of walnut bookcases. I call it relatively modern, but I'm sure it can be called something else more precisely.
     

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