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

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    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.

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  2. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
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  3. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Well-Known Member

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  4. Edsal17

    Edsal17 Well-Known Member

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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?
     
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  5. twistoffat

    twistoffat Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  6. CalTex

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    Do you guys find the Eames LCW comfortable?
     
  7. twistoffat

    twistoffat Well-Known Member

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    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
     
  8. nootje

    nootje Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  9. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  10. otc

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    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.
     
  11. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  12. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Well-Known Member

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    Matt,

    What did you use instead?
     
  13. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  14. SkinnyGoomba

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    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.
     
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    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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  16. Edsal17

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    I was leaning towards the marble, but thank you for the info! I only have a 13" laptop, so figured the 20" side table would be plenty big, but I will take a look at the oval one. I definitely don't need another night stand.
     
  17. otc

    otc Well-Known Member

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    I like this bathroom vanity made from an ikea cabinet with some custom work
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    mike1445 Well-Known Member

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    gilt home had nice full length mirror like that by Zuo, wanted to pick it up for the new house but wouldn't have been prudent considering we aren't moved in yet....
     
  19. Axelman 17

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    I went to the Poltrona Frau showroom and saw the wing chair in person - truly spectacular but at $7k+, out of my league. Ended up getting the Louis chair from Room and Board in Cognac Leather

    http://www.roomandboard.com/rnb/pro...log=room&menuCategory=201&menuSubcategory=206

    Now onto the next furniture question. Looking for a small table to put in the below space. I envision putting either a small sculpture or vase on the table. The key is that I want a table that will cover the outlet. Ideas? Could also be talked in a different direction to fill the space.

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  20. SkinnyGoomba

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    Hard to blindly suggest without the rest of the room in consideration. I think it'll be nice to use a pair of those wing chairs in front of a fire place. Considering that it is cool or cold seven months out of the year here you will get plenty of use out of it.
     

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