A Vintage Hat Box for the Total Experience!

If you’ve followed along with Audrey Would! on Instagram or Facebook, or places sZinteriors tends to pop up like sZinteriors on Facebook, then you might remember my hubs and I made a trip to Portland last summer. And part of that trip resulted in a custom hat for the Mr. being designed and handcrafted by Dayna Pinkham of Pinkham Millinery.

Here’s a shot of the guy in the hat…

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Right? Channelling a little Keith… maybe??

Read all about the custom hat experience over on Great Performances Group blog. You’ll be blown away at what style lies in 10,000 hours! However, what I’m excited about is finding a vintage hat box for said custom hat.

By now you know all about my love of vintage, the thrill of chasing down lost treasures, but generally that doesn’t include hat boxes. I do love them, yes I do, they just don’t come home with me. Usually.

Well… this one managed to sweet talk me. I guess if the hat fits right?

Vintage Hat Box

It’s a great ol’ hat box and there’s a definite connection…

Pork Pie Felt Hat, Vintage Hat Box

And if you sneak a peek into Keith’s closet ~ I mean the Mr.’s 😉 you will find a shirt that fits, too!

Striped Shirt, Pork Pie Hat

The play with stripes, basic black and silvery-gray, savvy attention to detail… that’s what I saw in the hat box. Design with intention, and attention to detail! BTW, if you’re curious about the wooden hangers, why yes, they’re a vintage find from another day and another time… I wrote about their interesting history here.

As much as the design of the hat box connected every which way, I was more concerned about the inside. Who wants to put a swanky custom pork pie hat into a grungy, stained box anyway?

Pork Pie Felt Hat, Vintage Hat Box (2)

If you are planning to use a vintage hat box, trunk, suitcase or other similar piece for storage, be careful with any deep musty smell of age. Trust me, this smell will penetrate whatever you place inside when it comes to felt hats and things.

Upon lifting the lid I discovered the inside was in excellent shape. No questionable stains, no icky musty smell. That meant this hat box was coming home with me – it was just meant to be!

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Now, what do you think, was this hat box meant to be?

What sweet little piece of vintage design have you come across in your travels? Did you buy it, dream about it or convince yourself you didn’t need it? Were you convinced it was or wasn’t meant to be?

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Industrial Designer Eva Zeisel… Do You Know the Doorknob Style?

Eva Zeisel was an industrial designer with a woven past in the arts. She was a Hungarian-born American who was renowned for her ceramics, mainly from the period after she migrated to the United States in 1937. But ceramics was not all she was acclaimed for, not by a long shot. Among her many pursuits, Eva also played a role in the Federal Glass Company… she was the designer behind a number of their glass barware lines.

Solid, dramatic bottoms were a signature of Eva’s style, and the ‘Prestige’ line had a base that one could say was inspired by something you see every day…

Eva Zeisel Prestige Doorknob Base

This solid bulbous base of the Prestige line was commonly called the ‘Doorknob’ style! Simple, elegant and so beautiful.

In design we constantly witness objects transcending the normal and stretching beyond the average. This is where the creative in the designer has a chance to shine, and it’s what sets great designers apart.

This amber swirl Old Fashioned glass is based on Eva Zeisel’s original design… and it has a story with a slightly underhanded edge. In the world of design it’s a story that is all too common.

Eva Zeisel Prestige Old Fashioned Glass

To learn more, pop over to Audrey Would! You will discover some interesting background behind this fiery piece of barware!

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