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Cool furniture, design objects and desiderata

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

  1. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    What you're confusing for a step is actually the reveal, photographed at an angle.
     
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  2. archetypal_yuppie

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    I agree that they would look better with a 2-3 inch gap rather than 3/4"
     
  3. freshcutgrass

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    Well, it just isn't very helpful. It's kinda like "Eames era"...more of an umbrella eBay search term. I don't buy or sell things on eBay...I don't care for Eames designs (or anything by Herman Miller in general), and shudder to think that period of time as owned by Eames. I find it amusing that there are lengthy threads on which Eames chair fakes are recommended, when I don't recommend the authentic ones.

    I'm not sure what people mean when they use the term, but I get the feeling they are talking about "American".
     
  4. itsstillmatt

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    This is the most Canadian post I've ever read. You guys could add it to your national anthem.
     
  5. archetypal_yuppie

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    Hmm. Seems like there's a lot of conflation there, but I think I get your gist [or however you spell that word].
     
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  6. freshcutgrass

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    Here's some of that fancy woodwork everybody seems so enamoured about.

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  7. archetypal_yuppie

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    Impressive but bizarre
     
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  8. SkinnyGoomba

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    Not so keen on those two cabinets. The Eames were significant in American modernism, love them or hate them, they had a lasting effect.
     
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    I am not a fan at all of those furniture pieces that treat a piece of wood in a "natural" form and then slab legs on them for tables or, even worse, cut them into drawer fronts. So uninspired and boring.

    The second one at least has a bit more novelty to it but agree that it is rather bizarre and looks like apart from that surface treatment there is not much to talk about.

    I second the above comment on Eames: You might not like what they have done and for sure, certain models are over exposed. There is no doubt though that what they did - design and manufacturing invention - is of great significance.

    Mike
     
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  10. SkinnyGoomba

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    The first cabinet would be very nice looking if the back legs were repeated for the front and all of the drawers were flush and without the slab. I like slab furniture, but used sparingly and not made in a fashion that makes a slab very impractical.
     
  11. archetypal_yuppie

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    Yeah cut that extra shit off.
     
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    [​IMG]
     
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    I like the Minecraft dresser.
     
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    Quite honestly, anybody who would buy one of those offensive pieces should be drawn and quartered.
     
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    Well, you know, I live in Bernal, so I guess it's to be expected.
     
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    Sorta like.....McDonald's

    The "lasting effect" in question would be....boring.

    If you want something that is just as ubiquitous and iconic, yet always "works", get a Wassily chair and a Tizio lamp.
     
  17. SkinnyGoomba

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    Right, because both of those are truly refreshing.
     
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  18. freshcutgrass

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    No they aren't.

    But then again, it wasn't intended as such either.

    I was simply giving a couple of examples of classic designs that haven't lost their contemporary mojo. You always could, and still can, place a Wassily or Tizio in pretty much any environment (and the more out of context the better)...and achieve a sophisticated contemporary look.

    Eames designs are dated and lack the same effect. Nothing wrong with that if that's the look you want. But if I were going for that dated look, there are too much far better designs from that era to choose from.
     
  19. SkinnyGoomba

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    I'm not waiving the flag for Eames, but a curated modernist interior has not changed much and Eames is still part of it. Working this stuff into any interior is going to rely heavily on material choice.

    Much like interiors as a whole, to avoid being dated in a bad way often comes down to material choice.
     
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    I think the curated part is where you can run into trouble. But I've rarely, if ever, seen a sophisticated interior (modernist or otherwise...curated or not) that included anything by Eames. The only place I've seen Eames look like it belongs, is in period-specific environments like one of those Case Study houses. And I don't care for those. Similarly, I also don't like Nelson designs either. What comes to mind when I hear MCM...is that "Atomic" design aesthetic. It just isn't my thing.

    40's/50's design that's much better would be along the lines of Royère, Prouve, Parzinger, Mouille, Perriand, etc, etc, etc. But the probelm with that stuff is price. People (especially young people) love Eames chairs because they are cheap. But they want to be even cheaper and get the cheap knock-offs.

    People desire to put an Eames chair in their space for the same reason 20 year olds have full beards and cover their arms in stupid tattoos....they think it's cool. But I've never seen any actual cool people who have an Eames chair in their space. And I hate to drop this bomb on people...but real cool people never get tattoos.
     
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