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Darkside

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Do any of you guys have pets? We're slowly buying furniture for our new apartment, but internet searches are saying that basically anything woven or wicker/cane is a no-no with cats.

Looking at these items in particular:

Hoffman Chair
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Rove Wishbone Repro Stool
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Wegner paper cords are durable and tightly woven, but I can’t comment on the Rove replicas. Aren’t a lot of cat furnitures made of paper rope?
 

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They made the bottom of the wishbone chair legs with a rounded ‘foot’ that isn’t represented in the replica.

I assume they’re doing this because they are squaring then up with a chair leg trimming machine.

It seems like such a minor detail but the rounded foot makes for a nice leg which does not need a plastic foot.

I used this detail on my own chair and it makes a more difficult build because the chair needs to sit flat right out of the glue-up process.

Replica companies seem to always delete subtle but important details that the designer found to be important in the original works.

The most important part of a round tenon chair is the assembly. The tenons must be setup in a kiln and dried at the ends to shrink it. After glue-up it slowly comes back to normal humidity and locks in tightly to the joined part. It’s very common in danish chairs that they do it exactly this way.
 
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NycLondon

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For my fellow overthinkers:

Should art be hung flush with the wall, or with a slight forward tilt?
What do great museums do?
Louvre:
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Angled, but probably because of traditional system of display?
MMA:
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Dulwich:
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Sotheby's
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MoMA photos:
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MLV:
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Picasso:
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CONCLUSIONS-traditional old masters and others are angled, modern art and photos flat.
 

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I agree, modern is typically parallel to the wall with an even reveal (gap) around the back of the frame. Modern art hanging is typically done with a wall cleat at the top and a shim at the bottom if a gallery system is not used.

Gallery systems are nice for certain types of framing and often used where you'd have groups of art works hanging one atop another.

I make a fair amount of art frames, and typically my clients request wire hangers with two mounting points to minimize the tilt and make for easy installations. For mirrors or heavy art I rather use cleats or D-ring hangers. The downside to D-ring hangers are that the wall mounts must be perfect or the art won't be level and can't be easily adjusted without remounting the hardware. Cleats are more easily adjustable but require multiple mounting points in the wall and require repainting after removal.
 

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On the theme professionals know best.
Musee d'Orsay rehung their great collection flat:
dOrsay rehang.jpg
Louvre drawings:
Louvre drawings.jpg
Lausanne:
Lausanne.jpg
Leopold:
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Zurich:
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Klee:
Klee.jpg
MAD posters done perfect (no frames!):
MAD posters.jpg
Finally, you want angle, we got it!
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The famous La Palette cafe.
 
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Really, regarding tilting v flat, there is no correct answer, even for museums and/or for different periods of the work. Sometimes it is simply the curator's call.

And obviously a residential living room with a ~9' ceiling and relatively shallow lxw can't be compared to a museum gallery.
 

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Really you need to show a fuller image, but I guess Caucasian. Rugs often have different patterns from kilims simply because you can do that with piled weaving techniques.
Thanks. Poking around that seems to be a good guess. Different rug, same idea below. I don't really need to know an exact match since I'm just thinking about picking something up the origin is just to help with search terms.

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Really, regarding tilting v flat, there is no correct answer, even for museums and/or for different periods of the work. Sometimes it is simply the curator's call.
Indeed that is what my representative set of photos of great museums was intended to demonstrate. There are some definite trends: photos flat, posters flat. Old Masters in traditional museums angled. Impressionists: depends on the museum, the more modern the collections, flat (e.g. MOMA Paris), the more traditional, angled (MMA). Most post-WW2 art, flat. When I buy an Old Master I will let you all know what I do. In the mean time, everything is flat in my flat.
 

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Thanks. Poking around that seems to be a good guess. Different rug, same idea below. I don't really need to know an exact match since I'm just thinking about picking something up the origin is just to help with search terms.

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That picture looks more Turkish. But still hard to tell.
 

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Indeed that is what my representative set of photos of great museums was intended to demonstrate. There are some definite trends: photos flat, posters flat. Old Masters in traditional museums angled. Impressionists: depends on the museum, the more modern the collections, flat (e.g. MOMA Paris), the more traditional, angled (MMA). Most post-WW2 art, flat. When I buy an Old Master I will let you all know what I do. In the mean time, everything is flat in my flat.
Sure, sometimes the reasons are technical, sometimes curatorial, sometimes whimsy. It's OK; there really are no rules.

When I buy an Old Master, it will be a poster that I thumb-tack to the wall and allow to warp.

I worked on this exhibition...what a complete bitch when the walls and floor are already pre-tilted for you! :wink:

 

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