- Mar 8, 2013
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Likewise with your floor — unless you love the yellowish polished finish, I would be very wary of attempting to match things to it. Otherwise you’re just going to end up with bunch of stuff that matches but isn’t what you really wanted. I’d buy stuff that goes well with your ideal floor with a view to redoing the floor when you have the time/money.
My place is indeed a rental. I am quite happy with the floor actually, I've seen lots of rental apartments with far worse floors in Paris.Not sure if OPs place is a rental or not, but you always gotta do the floor prior to move-in if that's your plan. If it's a question of economy, literally eat off the floor for a year or two while you save up for a table.
But I can see how matching things with the floor is a bad idea, since I might end up with a lighter floor when I buy my own place down the road.
Yeah, I really love that upholstered Gubi chair. I think I screwed up by buying the Gubi plastic chair (more below)...Out of the chairs you’ve posted, I really like the upholstered Gubi Beetle chair. I’ve seen it in a lot restaurants and it works very well as a dining chair, and is also very comfortable. I prefer it with brass legs but if black is more your style it still looks very good. It has an aesthetic softness that just works very well in a domestic setting.
The space is indeed fairly narrow. The living room is 315 cm wide (10.33 feets) and 680 cm long (22.3 feets). And I'm trying to fit a dining space, a "living room" space (couch, coffee table, TV), and my office.It is difficult to advise on rectangular versus round, especially not knowing the space. It is a very personal choice, dependent on many other factors.*
*One other consideration should be the shape of the two main horizontal surfaces, dining and coffee table, which will be in proximity to each in your situation (correct?). If so, I think it better, from your photographs as the camera view is very wide and the space might actually be fairly narrow, to avoid having both those surfaces being round or oval, which shapes generally take up more visual space and require more physical space in order to breathe.
I was really hesitating between the oval Saarinen:
And the rectangular Florence Knoll:
|Saarinen Oval||107 cm (42")||70 cm (27.5")|
|Florence Knoll||114 cm (45")||57 cm (22.5")|
They have similar length, but the Saarinen is 13 cm wider. But since it is oval instead of rectangular, they probably have a similar footprint.
Ended up getting the Florence Knoll (more below).
Love that Eames chair with 4-legs metal base, and the Saarinen Executive chair!Yes, sorry: exactly that Eames chair, in either fiberglass or polypropylene. I think the Eiffel base is too complex, and the wood base too heavy, for your situation. That model can also be ordered with pads if desired.
Or, alternatively the Eames Molded Plywood Dining Chair Metal Base (DCM).
Again yes, exactly that chair, in fabric upholstery. It is very comfortable, and beautiful/elegant imo, not too "anorexic-modern" but not too overly shaped either.
What I ordered
Since the sale was ending soon, I went back to the store yesterday evening, and I actually missed your last 3 messages...
In addition to the various item-specific sales, I had a 10% off additional discount for the whole day. So I bought a coffee table and 4 chairs, as well as other non-furniture related stuff (e.g. Cristel Casteline cookware that was 30% off and CP Achilles low in tan leather that were 40% off).
Florence Knoll Coffee Table
Until the last moment, I was hesitating between the Eero Saarinen and Florence Knoll coffee tables in white arabescato. The prices were very close, since the Saarinen was 15% off, which amounted to 2508 -15% -10% = 1920 €. Versus the Florence Knoll, which was not on sale, and amounted to 2052 - 10% = 1850€.
I ended up ordering the Knoll, since I felt the design spoke more to me, I liked the rectangular shape, I liked how the chrome and white marble would match the chairs, and I see the Saarinen everywhere (at least in stores and magazines). After reading your messages about the Saarinen being better for small spaces, I wonder if I made the right choice...
Gubi Beetle Plastic Chairs
I wanted to get Upholstered Gubi Beetle chairs (first pic), using the same fabric as the violin chair (second pic):
But they didn't have any "Svevo, Dedar (002)" fabric sample, which seemed to be the fabric in that picture according to the Gubi website.
So I had to choose between tons of fabrics:
I vaguely remembered that "Kvadrat" made great fabrics, but I had no idea what I should get. I only knew I wanted beige or grey. But I had no idea whether I should get "bouclé" fabric or "wool" or what would feel better to sit on in the summer.
I was overwhelmed by the abundance of choice, and didn't want to spend 3k€ on 4 upholstered fabric chairs where I chose a fabric at random...
So I went back to the plastic ones. I was hesitating between the beige and white, but the sales assistant convinced me to get the chrome and white ones, since they would match my white table better, and fade away to let the shape of the table shine.
I kind of regret not getting fabric chairs, but oh well, I guess I can sell the plastic ones in a few years when I really know what I want. At least they were cheap: 1139 (group price when you get 4) - 20% - 10% = 820€ for 4 chairs.
One thing I forgot to mention, is that I might get tan leather cushions to put on the 4 dining chairs. That way, I still get the "chrome + leather" look suggested by Gus previously. And since it's a cushion, it's easier to replace it if I move to a place where it doesn't match the floor.