MCM Love: Attic Treasures on Commercial Drive

The last time we were in Vancouver we took a little time to wander and check out some different shops… from Thrift Stores to a Mid-Century Modern specialty boutique.

Have you ever been to Attic Treasures on Commercial Drive?

The Saarinen tulip chairs and table are the first clue to what the inside beholds!

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As you step through the door you are greeted with MCM eye candy that doesn’t quit!

From George Nelson inspired starburst clocks, retro table-top fans, to whimsical kitchen pieces like this apple canister set…

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And lighting, lighting, lighting galore.

Look at all those fibreglass drum shades. And the fab pendants. We could easily have brought the plain white one on the far right home with us!

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How about that funky dome shaped stereo? I didn’t investigate, but I think it’s a Bradford radio/record player. Doesn’t it remind you of a space ship?

As you turn the corner you are drawn in deeper by the collection of furniture before you.

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Look at this wall-to-wall mix of teak and leather!

Squirrel!

Seriously. Everywhere I looked, I darted off to!

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It was just way too hard to stay focused on one thing… And did I mention the lighting? Oh, right. I did.

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Oooo, and I love this coffee service. Hhhhh.

What’s a girl to do? I just had to touch 😉

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The colour and grain in this teak ice bucket was so beautiful… but it didn’t come home with me.

And then there was this wall of pottery vases. Temptation, much! Oh, I was so dying to touch…

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But did dare?

Of course! I couldn’t resist!

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Being in this store was like being in the middle of a Mid-Century exhibit, only better because we could touch! And even better, because we could buy any piece we wanted to (assuming money was no object)!

For this visit we were just happy to have made the discovery.

Since then, I’ve had a chance to soak this store in. Now I can’t wait to return. Who knows what we’ll discover next time? Maybe our home will become the new home of a fabulous treasure we find inside 🙂

Have you been to Attic Treasures? If you don’t live nearby, do you have a favorite MCM spot to shop?

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!

Mid-Century Modern Challenge – Answers Revealed!

On Friday I posted a fun little challenge to see if you could name the pieces in this photograph along with their designers.

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Wouldn’t you love to be on the receiving end of a shipment like this?

Anyway, not to keep you in suspense any longer, here are the answers…

1.  Eames Walnut Stool designed by Charles and Ray Eames, 1960

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2.  Coconut Chair designed by George Nelson, 1955

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3.  Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair (LCW – Lounge Chair with Legs), 1946

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4.  Eames Aluminum Group Side Chair, 1958

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5.  Eames Eiffel DSW Dining Chair (Molded Plastic with Wooden Legs), 1948

 

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6.  Arne Jacobsen Series 7 Side Chair, 1955

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7.  Eames Lounge Chair, 1956

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8.  Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool, 1954

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When you see the dates of these designs, it just goes to show that great design is never out of style… no matter where the next trend takes us! I hope you find this a useful resource.

And a special congratulations to Tracey Ayton of Tracey Ayton Photography for naming 6 of the 8!

Thank you all for playing along 🙂

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A Rare MCM Plycraft Chair by George Mulhauser

When you hear the name George Mulhauser, there’s probably one or two very distinct chairs, maybe even three that come to mind. But I bet this chair I’m about to show you isn’t one of them!

When I saw this reference to a mystery chair in House Beautiful

Quirky Green Chair

The mystery chair: Frank saw it in an antiques store, fell in love with it, and has no idea who designed it.

I knew I had to write this piece! For that mystery chair was this one I pinned about 17 weeks ago! And at the time I didn’t know anything about it either.

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And then I came across this page on the Suburban Pioneer website.
According to the item description the incredible designer behind this unique chair was George Mulhauser. Who knew? If I had to guess the designer I would have headed towards Norman Cherner.

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Doesn’t the curve of the back and arms remind you of the Cherner armchair? Well the arms minus the artistic scroll!

I love the sassy position of the arms and their scroll. To me  it looks like the chair is standing with its hands on its hips!

Here are a few more of the Mulhauser chairs I was able to find.

I’m not loving the fabric on this one…

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But back in 2008 it sold for $2160!

I don’t mind the striped fabric on this swivel desk chair, but I’m thinking the seat has been reupholstered.

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Notice the seams and button detail? The other chairs don’t have this. Did you notice this chair is also without an upholstered back?

This next chair is not a desk chair, it’s the Mulhauser bentwood armchair.

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See how the style has changed to a round base? This chair is also c. 1965, and in 2008 apparently it sold for $1320.

This armchair has been reupholstered in white vinyl, and it looks like the arm and seat base still need to be reattached.

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Though it’s hard to see from this photo, the vintage ivory lacquer is most likely not original. Can  you see how it’s lightly distressed on the curve of the arms?

How fun is this set?

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It’s a Mulhauser Sultana set, and according to the write-up on Ebay, it’s very rare. The asking price is $6100 US, if that’s any indication of just how rare this set is!

And here’s another set I came across on So Eclectic blog. I love the story that goes with it…

Mary writes:

Look at this patio set. It’s so awesome with it’s lime green chippy paint, unique curvy wood, and the white faux leather.

And then she posts this UPDATE:

I believe that these are George Mulhauser Plycraft Chairs. Which would make them a whole lot more than what they were listed for in the store. Awesome. Wish I would have been able to snag these!

Isn’t that the truth! Sometimes it helps to know what ‘exactly’ you’re looking at! But then you have to decide if it’s cool because you like it, or if it’s cool because you know the value of it. It’s subtle, but makes a difference.

And that’s why it’s so much fun to write these posts. I learn, and in turn try to share some of this with you! It makes thrifting and antiquing that much more interesting… you know, to have a little knowledge about some of the things you might stumble upon. And these Mulhauser bentwood pieces are a great example of that.

Did you know this chair was designed by George Mulhauser?  Have you seen it before?

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Illustrated Mid-Century Pieces at a Glance

When I came across James Provost’s illustrated collection of iconic Mid-Century Modern furniture I couldn’t wait to share it with you. After all, what MCM lover wouldn’t want to see Eames, Cherner, Bertoia, Jacobsen – to name a few – all at a glance?

These art prints are available with a neutral background…

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A retro warm…

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Or a retro cool.

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They are also available in a range of sizes and options. Click here for more details.

You might also enjoy visiting Trendland: Fashion & Trend Blog where a few of Provost’s illustrations from above are shown individually and in larger scale.

Can you identify all the pieces in this print? Wouldn’t it be fun to try?

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The Cherner Chair Story

The Cherner Chair… one of my first Mid-Century Modern (MCM) loves. Everything about it makes me stop and gaze.

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But did you know there was controversy behind this one, too?

The story actually makes me feel protective of the Cherner Chair…

If you see this chair identified as Plycraft’s Rockwell chair, that’s because of this Norman Rockwell illustration.

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Which was featured on the front page of the Saturday Evening Post, September 1961.

The painting is not the problem. In fact, it’s kind of fun… but then that’s the nature of Rockwell’s work. No, it’s the fact that the Cherner Chair is sometimes referred to as the Plycraft Chair.

Without getting into the long details (read them here), the short version is that Norman Cherner had been hired by Plycraft’s Paul Goldman to design a sturdier version of George Nelson and team’s Pretzel Chair. It was Nelson’s recommendation that Cherner and Goldman collaborate…

When Cherner presented Goldman with his design he was told the project was scrapped. Lo and behold, six months later, Cherner saw the chair on a showroom floor for sale! The label indicated the chair was from Plycraft with the design attributed to “Bernardo”. Cherner sued Plycraft and won… And, Goldman admitted that Bernardo was a fictitious name. Seriously!

In the end Plycraft was still legally allowed to produce the Cherner Chair, but had to pay Cherner royalties and give him proper credit. If you see the Cherner Chair identified as the Plycraft Chair, or the Plycraft Rockwell Chair, this is how that came to be… but not the way it needs to be.

Isn’t this a great space?

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There’s always a story behind every piece!

But here’s another story that’s a bit more amusing, and certainly illustrates a stroke of luck.

Notice the Cherner Chairs?

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Well they were found sitting beside a dumpster by this gentleman, Chris Gulley. Yes, that’s right. A dumpster! Can you imagine? And they have been verified as authentic 1958 Cherner Chairs. And just to put perspective on the dollar value of this lucky discovery, a Cherner reproduction is worth upwards of $1000. So an authentic Cherner… well, you do the math!

Unmistakable, shapely, and innovative…

Do you see the Cherner chair a little differently now?

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Isn’t it amazing how powerful a story can be? Thank you Norman Cherner for such a gorgeous design!

 Thanks for stopping by!

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