Cool furniture, design objects and desiderata

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  1. zissou

    zissou Senior member

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    The guy who runs the local mi-century vintage furniture shop was the one who told me that they use the same molds. Regardless, they look like faithful repros.

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    Hmm, I'm not sure a saarinen table would be a good fit in my home. I have mostly Danish teak furniture, and it might stick out like a sore thumb. I was thinking of having some custom hairpin legs made, and then putting them on a maple top.
     
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  2. Find Finn

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    The word on the street, is that they have, whether or not its true?

    HM stopped making the fiberglass chair back in the day, was that they didn't have a sustainable way to deal with the fiberglass, and that was when they started using plastic instead. :teach:
     
  3. SkinnyGoomba

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    In that case it sounds like a small super elliptical table would be cool. They make open claim to using the same molds that the originals were made in.
     
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  4. SkinnyGoomba

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    The original intention of mid century furniture, at least in America, was that it was supposed to be obtainable.

    That being said, most of the authentic versions maintain a very high level of craftsmanship.
     
  5. Piobaire

    Piobaire Not left of center?

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    This well states a certain POV.
     
  6. rodneytrousers

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    There's Mid-Century Modern which was, as SkinnyGoomba pointed out, to be obtainable. It was supposed to be more like fashion, buy a set of Mid-Century Modern stuff from mass produced man made materials, when the next thing comes along throw all that stuff out and get the new 'thing'. The Scandinavian region had furniture makers who used similar ideas of shapes and forms but wanted things that would last. Solid, useful, and beautiful. They were still in the Mid-Century Modern vain but instead of using man made materials they used woods and then the PP501 happened. Really, I just wanted to put this here.
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  7. gdl203

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    That Wegner chair may be the most beautiful chair ever made.
     
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    I've got 2 although they have a padded/upholstered type seat (although you can see the woven supports underneath) and part of the back is wrapped.

    Not sure if they are original (the seat is most likely recovered from what it used to be) but they were left behind in an apartment I sublet after my second year of college and I made sure to take them with me.

    They need some refurbishing--don't really like the upholstered seat, and the woven part on one of them has blown out--but otherwise they are such a lovely design. Unfortunately they are sitting in my parents basement until I figure out if I want to have this guy restore them ($$$) or if I want to sell them to fund some furniture that better fits my current living space.

    edit: and if you guys are interested, the guy I linked to above has some pretty sweet pieces for sale and the pricing isn't terrible.
     
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  9. SkinnyGoomba

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    If you have originals they're worth quite a bit!

    Honestly you take wishbone chair and have a good look at the craftsmanship, it's inspirational. It's certainly not what I would consider mass produced junk. Most of the top Danish makers are putting out a quality product, One of my coworkers has a Finn Juhl model 45 chair, I've had the opportunity to appreciate it, it's nice!

    I own an eames lounge + ottoman, but I can't say I'm signed on to the Eames 'everyman' way of living.
     
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    Yeah...my friends used to make fun of me when we had them in our college apartment (the one with the blown out woven seat support was deemed the "ass-bucket" for the way you sank into it) but I knew what they were and how many undergrads get to have such a thing of beauty in their apartments? The joinery work on the back rest is something else...

    I think they are likely to be real (or at least a very good reproduction). The neighborhood my school was in used to have a nice high end Scandinavian furniture store in the 60s-70s and so my guess was that they came from a yard sale or something and after passing between groups of students, all of their heritage (and knowledge of their value) was lost down to the point where some students just left them behind when moving out.

    Found a sweet made in denmark teak dining table (with leaves!) in the place my ex moved into a couple years after that. They had agreed with the previous tennant to buy some of their furniture and that was left behind. I saw it and immediately was like "holy shit where did that come from"...with a little love, that thing was probably worth a year's rent in that place. Unfortunately someone else may have known what that piece was worth (although clearly didn't treat it that way judging by all of the water rings) and they got an email a couple months later with some story about how it was someone's grandmother's and they really wanted it back etc. I figured at that point, either it was included in the sale of property or it was abandoned after vacating the unit...either way, no right to reclaim it, but the girls were nicer than I am and let them come take it back.
     
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    Really ? It's up there.
     
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  14. SkinnyGoomba

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    OTC,

    Great story, and here I am buying all of my furniture. Lol.

    Stephenhero, I feel you may dislike it simply because others like it, but if that isn't a gorgeous chair show us what is.
     
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    Geez, are my jokes that bad?
     

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