Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My New Loves. Saarinen Inspired Side Tables.

One of my favorite designs from the mid century is Eero Saarinen's tulip style.  About 2 years ago I spotted a small white tulip end table on Craigslist. I paused, I lost.   I just knew that some day I would come across them again.   I had to wait about 2 years, but yesterday was that day. I spotted a Craigslist ad that read something like "moving sale, 60's and 70's furniture".  There they were, a pair no less!   I drove in rush hour traffic to get them. There and back, thanks to the Los Angeles traffic, it took me about 2 hours to make what would otherwise have been a 30 minute round trip. That's okay though. I had to have them and I LOVE!  Now, where to put them and what to place on top. Oh what fun!

My little tulip tables.  

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Jonathan Winters, the Actor, the Artist.

Who knew Jonathan Winters was an artist besides a hilarious actor? Apparently a lot of people! Just not me, until recently.  I came across a killer sketch at the past weekend's estate sale and thought "Hmmmm, the Jonathan Winters"? I had to have it.  Wish I could say it was a real painting but it's just a poster.  I was immediately drawn to the strangeness of it and the 60's styling. It's kinda out there in terms of design, somewhat strange you might say, but I like that stuff!

I posted the Jonathan Winters art here on my blog on Sunday and I received many comments and emails saying that indeed people knew he was an artist and everyone seemed to love his work.  I had to investigate to see what I had been missing all this time!  I'm in love and now want more of his work.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Estate Sale Part II. I had to go back!

The estate sale I went to yesterday was so good I had to go back today for more.  I didn't think there would be anything good left but wow, was I wrong. Best part, everything was half off today.  Check what I hauled home.....

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturday Estate SAILing.

'Twas a good day for pickin!  I was up bright and early and at the sale at 7-ish. My friend Kevin was there so that helped to make the hour pass quickly.  I was #3 through the door.  Love that.

My first score was a set of 2 matching Danish style lounge chairs. I love this style chairs.  I already have 3  in my house, each a bit different,  but I needed another one for my den.  Score!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Craigslist Love. Mid Century & Danish Modern.

TGIF!  and there are some great sales this weekend. I can't wait to get out after more than a week of being sick and laying around the house.  I'll post pics of any great finds tomorrow.

In the meantime, I wanted to share some great Mid Century finds on Craigslist Los Angeles:

Mid Century Lamp $50 (Silverlake)

Pair Mid Century Lamps $170 (Silverlake) same person as above. These are amazing! Look at the wood inlay.  I want these!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Yep, I'm Still Talking About Modern Rugs

Boy, when I get on something I really stick to it until it's complete. I like to check things off the list!   You might remember a few posts back I wrote about mid century modern rugs.  I've decided I can't wait around for the perfect true 60's rug to pop up. I need something soon, but later if the right rug comes along at an estate sale or garage sale, great!

Here are some cool new rugs with a mid century/retro look .....

All from  Can't beat the selection and prices!

4x 6 Ultimate Shag Cream & Smoke Rug $79.99 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Lost Art. Mid Century Phones and Phone Tables.

As technology advances we see iconic pieces lost to new innovation.  Such is true with telephones. I can't tell you how many people I know that no longer have a home phone, myself included.   Well, technically I don't.  I DO have old phones in my house, because I love the way old phones look, but they aren't plugged in to a land line.

Mine are just decor, but aren't they great?

this one is a repro but I'm always looking for the real thing....

Friday, March 18, 2011

1960's Popsie Toys by Pride Creations.

Some weird and funny little things came out of the 60's. Popsies are one of my favorite bizarro trends from the mid century.   Developed in Japan in 1963, these pop-up toys were only made for about a decade and then disappeared.  I've learned approximately 175 different styles were made.  All are quite odd/funny looking and sarcastic in tone.

Here are 3 I picked up at the estate sale a few weeks back that had the Paul Laszlo tables.  I spotted these Popsies in one of the pictures posted online, sitting next to a couple of Matryoshka dolls. At the time I did not know what they were but I knew I wanted them because I like little weird chotchkie things.  I got mine for $3 each. I see they can go for $50 up to $150 if still in the box.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mid Century Modern Rugs. My Latest Obsession.

I like to obsess.  I think it keeps my ADHD mind busy (that's my self-diagnosis). If I did not have something to hunt for and obsess about I'd be bored.  My latest?  Mid Century Rugs.  I want one (or two)!

I see them on Craigslist from time to time and they are always quite pricey - with good reason.  Don't get me wrong, I understand their value but I'm cheap, I mean I love a good bargain. I'm the girl that wants to come across one at a garage sale or estate sale and get it for like $10.   Hey, it happens. My friend Darren found one of his MCM rugs for $4 at a garage sale.  I remain hopeful....but I'm impatient too.  Great combo I know, obsessive and impatient. I'm a wreck!  My ideal rug would be hues of blue/green or orange tones - or all of them mixed.  I don't have a particular style or design I like, I'll just know it when I see it.

Check out these beauties....

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Adopted Mid Century Daybed Sofa.

Happy Sunday!  Hope your weekend is going well.

I thought I would follow up on the adopted daybed sofa and let you guys see what it looks like in Darren's house. I think it's a perfect fit.  It's amazing how one piece can change the feel of a room.
What do you think?.....

Thursday, March 10, 2011

What a Small Mid Century Modern World We Live In.

Funny story.  After renovating our new home in 2009 my husband and I went through many, many sofas to get the look right in our den/living room.  Followers, you've heard about the on-going sofa drama!  I think I blogged about 3+ times about it.  Well, one of the first mid century style sofas we bought we had to sell right after we tried it in our space. It wasn't quite right. I put if up for sale on Craigslist and sold it to a super cool mid-century guy named Darren.  After that I started bumping into him at estate sales in Los Angeles.

Fast forward almost 2 years to now.   You remember the daybed/gondola style mid century sofa I tried to make work in my space?  I couldn't make it work (insert my sad face here) so I put it up for sale on Craigslist. Lo and behold....who wrote about it?  Yep, Darren!

He's buying it for his fab mid century modern home.  I went by his place to check out some of his "hoard".   You see, most of us that estate sale frequently build up a "hoarder's nest", myself included and yeah, I'm talking to you Mr. Modtomic.   I searched through his hoarder's garage and came away with some beloved new treasures: an original oil painting, a BULLET planter (finally, woo hoooo) and a vase.   See my finds below....but first, you must check out his amazing home.  Yeah, I asked to take pictures for my blog. I have no shame.  But fortunately he obliged. His space is pretty much spot on my ideal and perfect mix:

see the little brown sofa? that's the one we sold him years ago and the future home of our (soon to be his) daybed sofa. it's going to look perfect!

This is just a piece of the home.  I need to leave some things private right?  I don't know if he'd want his entire home pictured.  

Now on to the great pieces I scored from him:

Original oil. Looks so much better in person.

I love MCM pottery.  The vase is new, the little orange pods I've had for awhile - they're actually salt and pepper shakers.  Come to think of it, Darren was at this sale when I bought these! Too funny.

And can I get a "holla".  Finally I have a bullet planter.  I originally envisioned the classic tripod stand but I've got to say, I'm really digging this unique style. 

Have a great day! 

Monday, March 7, 2011

Mid Century Chairs.

Happy Monday!   Let's get to it.  Let's talk about chairs.  So you all know by now I have a chair addiction.  Though I have no room for anything else in my house (unless I swap things out) I picked up 2 (more) chairs on Thursday.  I was at a meeting early in the morning so on my way home of course I had to swing by a couple of thrift stores in that neighborhood.  

First stop, Goodwill.  I walked away with only one little thing, but I love it and it's already on my desk: a gold perpetual calendar.   Second and last stop, because I've got to cut myself off somewhere or I could easily spin-off into a day-long thrift-ing spree, I found 2 mid century chairs.  I almost didn't go to this store because I really needed to get home but  thought, "What if they have something great in there"?  Right?  Well, they did.  Two mid century chairs:

Since my living room sofa change-up last weekend I decided I needed a mid century/danish lounge chair to finish the space off.  So, there in the thrift store was a lounge chair! That never happens - actually finding something you are looking for.  I scooped it up with plans to reupholster it.  I can't take the plaid!  Next, an adorable wood dining style chair. It's perfect for accent or as a desk chair OR a dining chair if you're someone that is bold enough to use mixed styles of chairs at your table.  Don't know where it's going but I like it.

Unfortunately, nothing is that easy though. I placed this lounge chair in my living room (I was very excited) and because the back is high it doesn't look quite right next to my sofas (West Elm's Tillary) which are reeeeeaaaally low.  Dang it! Thought I had it all figured out!  So, looks like this lounge is going in my shop and the search continues.

I HAD the perfect lounge chair but sold it to someone in NYC.  At the time I didn't need it.  Woops.  Turns out hoarding can pay off sometimes.  It would have been perfect.  Oh well! 

Here was the chair I HAD and SOLD:
* I even restored this chair so I had extra love for it. It was painted green when I found it. 

I might try placing my Overman pod chair in the living room today to see if it works. I kinda already know it won't look right but we'll try and see..... I should post pics of all the chair options and let you guys critique.

Lastly, I've been toying with the idea of placing my recently acquired Bertoia side chairs in the living room - though they are not practical to sit on for long periods.  It would be more of a "statement" design....but am I that girl?  My hubby and I like to really lounge in the living room, so the Bertoias might seem out of place.

I blame this picture on me thinking I can get away with the Bertoias in my living room:

Have a great day!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Mid Century Modern Lofts.

Last weekend I met with a Rhan customer to deliver a mid century modern bench and a 50's wire telephone table.   He was very cool and sent me pictures of the pieces in his loft.  Thanks Ryan!  Check it out.....perfect right? I love to see my finds placed in their new homes!

This got me thinking about how long I've longed for a loft workspace. I decided to search for inspirational pictures of other mid century inspired loft spaces....yeah, just to torture myself.  
I wanted to share them with my  beloved followers:

Loft Offices, Berlin

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Harry Bertoia. Designer and Sculptor.

I've had a love of Harry Bertoia wire chairs for a very long time. I am still reeling at the fact that I now own a pair of armless chairs, thanks to Craigslist.   While we might tend to think of Harry Bertoia as only a chair designer, do you know what a talented man he was?  I feel so honored to have a piece of his design in my home because of what an incredible designer he was, on so many levels on below.

my new loves. 

Let's get to know the brilliant, multi-talented Mr. Harry Bertoia a bit.... 

He was an Italian-born designer who's birth name was Arieto.  Called "Ari" for short, upon his move to the US his name became Americanized to Harry.  He attended the Art School of the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, then Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, a prestigious school also attended by other well-knowns including Saarinen and Florence Knoll.  Upon completion, he was invited to stay on at the school to re-open the department of metalworking.  It was here that he began experimenting in jewelry design, metal sculptures, drawings and print.  He actually made the wedding rings of Charles and Ray Eames!

The Bertoia Family

He later went on to work with the great Charles Eames to assist in developing the molded plywood chair.  In 1950, by invitation, he joined Knoll and this is where he developed his signature piece, the Diamond Chair, and earned recognition as a furniture designer.  A very innovative and unique chair for the time, it used industrial wire rods that were finished either polished or coated with a white vinyl "paint".   It actually looks like a sculpture, less like a chair.  This chair became part of the "modern" furniture movement and over the next couple of years Bertoia created several more chairs for Knoll, including the wire armless chair.

About this chair he said:
 "If you look at these chairs, they are mainly made of air, like sculpture. Space passes right through them." 

In his life Bertoia created many architectural sculptures, including "tonal" sculptures, or sounding sculptures.  He gave small concerts in his barn to family and friends with his 100+ collection of tonal sculptures.  He is responsible for 11 albums of the haunting sounds his sculptures created, known as Sonambient.  To this day his Sonambient barn remains as he left it.  Three major documentaries have been released featuring his tonal barn.

The talented Mr. Bertoia is also known for his architectural sculptures including pieces at the General Motors Technical Institute, and the alter piece at MIT's chapel,  pictured below.

And some of his incredible metal work art sculptures and jewelry:


Floor to Ceiling Screen

Bertoia in his studio. 


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