Not. To. Worry. Buy chairs, remove offending upholstery, get weaving. Sounds like a plan, except I'm no weaver. But then Modern Chair Restoration. Ever since reading this post on how to tackle a CH23 chair by Hans Wegner I've wanted to give this weaving thing a go. I mean, how hard can it be? Hard. Do I have the time to start another restoration project? No. To buy or not to buy? Buy. When will I learn? Never.
Friday, 30 January 2015
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
I'm in the midst of sprucing up the kitchen … it's been an unworkable space for far too long and enough is enough. I've decided to do away with all the wall cabinets to create an illusion of space and rearrange the existing base units to make for a more cohesive, fitted look. There's still lots to do - painting, faffing, tiling, procrastinating and so forth - and the end is nowhere in sight. So what better time to waste time thinking about stuff I could buy (but won't buy) once the hard work is out of the way than now ...
The model 265 wall and ceiling lamp by Flos 'cause a girl can dream about directional lighting, right?
This chopping board from Plümo because marble, because hexagon
I like the functionality of this crate by Merci … stackable and foldable, I'm sure I'll be able to put it to good use
A little something from Hay … I'm thinking utensils from a fancy shop may improve my cooking experience and/or my actually cooking!
Because as objects go, this Hario pouring kettle ticks all the aesthetically pleasing boxes
Friday, 23 January 2015
photos Ricardo Bassetti
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
This. An 'armchair' that is currently not on public view at the Los Angles County Museum of Art. When it first popped up in my Pinterest feed I thought 'no, no, no, it's all wrong' … my default position being strictly DCW. No deviations please. And that means no arms. I wasn't sure if I liked the look of a DCW with arms. But it's since grown on me. It's difficult not to fall for all those curves. Come to think of it, it's difficult not to fall for this one full stop. Why it never made the cut is worthy of some research … someone?
Found via Obsessilicious on Pinterest … his Eamesilicious board is definitely worth following!
Monday, 19 January 2015
Friday, 16 January 2015
photos via Share Design
Click here for more images of Holscher's home and to find out more about the designer.
Wednesday, 14 January 2015
photos via Noden Collective
Generally speaking I don't like to mix my woods, but today I'm making an exception. I mean, what better way to tackle my 'mix and match' issues than with these striking images from NODEN, a vintage Scandinavian and European furniture dealer based in Singapore. This compilation I've put together contains pieces in teak, rosewood and oak - all equally delightful, all possessing the grace and good looks one would expect of designs by the likes of Børge Mogensen and Hans Wegner.
The unfussy nature of the styling allows each piece to speak for itself. Whether it's the organic shapes, tactile curves or angular edges, the rich tones or pleasing patinas, it's the furniture that does the talking. But if it's words you're after, NODEN is pretty good with these too … I just love this quote from their website:
"Vintage items can have a way of holding you to the ground. When you think of how long (and how far) a vintage object has travelled … its presence seems all the more significant – its character alluringly full."
Monday, 12 January 2015
EDIT : a place for objects that have caught my eye, ideas I'd like to explore, inspiration I'd like to capture …
I love this look by Studio Nicholson - in fact I've been swotting up on Nick Wakeman and her minimalist womenswear label and I'm sold
PCK wire chairs by Eames, yes please and thank you
Ib Kofod-Larsen's Kandidaten sofa - the craftsmanship, shape and materials … what more can I say
My fascination with peeling paint continues unabated … just look at the wonderful texture it creates
For no other reason than just liking this picture of an arrow
I'm smitten with the cherry wood structure of the Cesta table lamp designed by Miguel Mila in 1964
Thursday, 8 January 2015
What better way to kickstart the new year than with a selection of pictures from a girl after my own heart … I mean, look at all those chairs! Carolina's instragram account (@carolinavd) is a treasure trove of mid-century goodness which features, in part, her Finnish apartment. From the lighting to the seating, the iconic classics sit happily alongside contemporary pieces from the likes of Hay, Muuto and Normann Copenhagen. Carolina's natural flair for mixing things up is, in my opinion, only outdone by her ability to create a space that doesn't look too curated.
The same goes for Carolina's instagram feed, which also features snapshots of her trips abroad and visits to the family's summer house (think vintage ARTEK … everywhere). And then there's the pictures of FINN JUHL's home and those taken at the ALVAR AALTO MUSEO. And with a penchant for highlighting Finnish designers - I've spotted TAPIOVAARA and JUHA LEIVISKÄ as well as AALTO - Carolina's feed keeps the mid-century and Scandinavian modern part of me extremely happy.
And I haven't even mentioned Emma, the West Highland Terrier … for all you dog lovers out there!
Follow @carolinavd HERE