Since We’re On A Lighting Roll…

I’ve had this little project brewing and semi-complete for a while now. But the hold-up in finishing was finding a shade that would work. It’ll all make sense. Trust me.

First, here’s the lamp I found thrifting.

Round Base Lamp

I bet you’re wishing this find was yours. I know you do! Don’t you just love the sombrero scale of the shade?

Here’s a close-up of the base.

Diamond Design in Lamp Base

A little grimy, and in need of some TLC scrubbing.

Just the job for Bar Keepers Friend. Have you ever used this before?

Bar Keepers Friend Liquid Cleaner

I was introduced to it by Lisa from Lisa Goulet Design in this post… thank you for the introduction, Lisa!

Here’s a quick ‘Before’ and ‘After’…

Cleaning With Bar Keepers Friend

Sure took the tarnish off.

But I had to get into the grooves with a Q-tip.

Removing Tarnish from Metal Lamp

Can you see the difference between the pattern on the left vs. the right? I didn’t want to emphasize the pattern, even though the black in the grooves was intentional.

After the lamp base was completely cleaned, check out the golden hue it took on.

Tarnish Removed from Metal Lamp

Here’s another look at it.

Bar Keepers Friend on Metal Lamp Base

And this is how the lamp was left since the beginning of March, but only because finding a shade was a lot tougher than I thought it would be. Fast forward to last week, and here’s what I found just on spec at Liquidation World.

A pretty little cotton shade…

White Cotton Lamp Shade

And the scale is good.

Metal Lamp & White Cotton Shade

Perfect for what I have in mind!

Here’s what I did next.

Frame inside Cotton Lamp Shade

Gasp! Ruin a perfectly good shade?

You bet, and I blacken the frame, too!

Painting Wire Frame of Lamp Shade

You see I wanted to try a skeleton shade. Do you remember when I featured skeleton shades in this post?

What I didn’t anticipate was how tough finding an inexpensive shade with the right center piece and all the wire sections would be. Trust me, I looked!

Want to see how the lamp turned out?

First, a little look back…

Before

Round Base Lamp - Metal

Remember the sombrero?

Well here’s the skeleton shade in place of the sombrero!

After

Skeleton Lamp Shade on Metal Lamp

Kind of fun, right?

We replaced the socket piece with one that had a tri-light switch, but couldn’t find a clear tri-light bulb in this round shape. We ended up putting in a 40 watt bulb, and it’s plenty bright…

As you can see here.

Skeleton Lamp Shade on Metal Lamp

Round 40 watt bulb in Skeleton Lamp Shade

Round 40 watt bulb in Skeleton Lamp Shade

Skeleton Lamp Shade on Metal Lamp

 

Skeleton Lamp Shade on Metal Lamp

What do you think? Is a skeleton shade for you?

I was inspired by a few blogs that I read, and some photos on Pinterest. This project was all about trying something new, and the key was to keep the costs down… but also just to have fun. By thrifting and being thrifty this project only cost $15 and it really was fun!

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A Chandelier Makeover Lights Up Our Life ;-)

I’m not sure if it was the sunshine, or just the sheer determination to see this DIY project through to the end this weekend, but our ReStore chandelier is off the project ‘to do’ list! If you missed the ‘Before’ post, feel free to catch up on it here.

This is where we started. The chandelier exactly as we bought it from ReStore.

Wrought Iron Candle-Socket Chandelier

Plans: to spray it out black.

And here’s a quick look at my trusty spray booth ready for the spraying action.

Spray Painting A Chandelier

Well, my semi-booth…

And in my eagerness to get started, I almost forgot to protect the candle sockets, but luckily remembered just in time.

I cut painters tape to fit inside the opening – that’s the green you see.

And finally got the first coat sprayed on.

I was trying to be light-handed with the paint, but some areas got a little extra love on this round.

I learned that I probably should put some sides on my booth in the future. I got away without sides in other projects, but… let’s just say hubs was very understanding with the spots that accidentally hit his car.

 

I know they’re a little hard to see here (they are, right?), and from my perspective that’s a good thing 😉 Whew, most of these have come off! He must really love me now 🙂

Especially since this next part was where he stepped in.

Down with the old… remember to switch the breaker off to the light’s power source before messing with the wiring!

The new hole drilled for the chandelier…

And a swag hook with a butterfly anchor installed.

This part always makes me nervous :-{

The new chandie had to be rewired with longer wire…

And a new black chain installed, too.

It all looks pretty messy, doesn’t it?

But then we finally got to test the new wiring out.

Breaker on, and…

It all works!

The final step, to decide how low to hang the chandelier, then cut the wiring and chain to the right length.

We went back and forth on the height. This space has a 9′ ceiling, so we started with 30″ above the table, but it felt a little too low to hubs, so we adjusted it to 32″. We don’t have a dimmer switch… yet, but that’s been added to the ‘to do’ list!

What do you think?

Now that we’re happy with the light fixture, we can shift our attention to the rest of the space! We actually have a larger farmhouse trestle table that hubby made. We want to swap it out with this one, but just need to give it a quick refinishing before we do.

Here’s a little re-run of the before and after:

Before

After

Before

After

And remember when I mentioned the clock was one of the reasons we wanted to paint the chandelier black?

Before

After

We think this chandelier is a better fit.

How about you?

It’s amazing what a difference a little tweak like this can make. And the process was fun as well. In the end making changes to your space that put a smile on your face are worth the effort involved… and especially when you can support a great cause like Habitat for Humanity in the process! This was a perfect way for us to end our weekend. I hope you had a good weekend, too!

I’ve linked this makeover in support of Habitat for Humanity’s 5th Annual ‘Before & After’.

Supporting Habitat for Humanity

Pop on over to OPC’s The Better Half, to see other supporters, too!

THANKS FOR READING!

xo

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Oops, I Did It Again!

Okay, I’ve been trying to tackle my project list instead of add to it, but this project is one that I’ve been dreaming of! And when the iron is hot… well, you know how it goes 😉 So… surprise, I’ve added another!

When hubby and I were visiting our friends in Sooke last weekend we stopped into the Langford ReStore on our way home. I always like to drop in when I’m in the area. You never know what DIY is just waiting to happen, right? Cruising through the lighting section is how I begin my tour… And there it was! My DIY waiting to come home with me.

But let’s back up for a moment.

This is our dining area.

5-light Builder's Standard Chandelier

And this is another view.

Misaligned chandelier to dining table

Do you notice anything wrong with this picture? Besides the builder’s standard, not-so-attractive chandelier, how about it’s placement?

Right. What were they thinking? The chandelier is centered in the room instead of over the actual dining area. And yes, we’ve had more than one tall person unsuspectingly hit their head on it.

Since we don’t own this home, it’s not in our best interest to reroute the light, and then have the ceiling repaired. Notice the textured ceiling? So, I’ve been wanting to find a swagged fixture to replace this one, and ‘swag’ it properly into position over the table.

And this is what ReStore had in store for us…

Wrought Iron Candle-Socket Chandelier

It’s a brand new fixture with one tiny flaw in it, which you’ll never see once the chandelier is hung. And I like that the candle sockets are wrought iron instead of plastic… and all at a ReStore price!

My plans are to spray it out black so it works with the rest of our decor.

This is what you see from the dining room.

Steam Punk Clock

Notice the clock?

That’s one of the reasons I think we need to go black – both pieces are accent features, so I think they need to compliment each other. And then of course, there’s the black fireplace to keep in mind, too.

So tomorrow I’m off to pick up my paint and get the spraying part done. And barring any mishaps, we should be able to get the chandelier hung up this weekend.

This is one thing I’ll be happy to have in place!

How about you? Are you looking for something key to change up your space?

It’s always so great to find a bargain, but when I find my bargain at ReStore it makes me super happy, because I know the money is going to support a great cause. And I like the fact that I’m working with the 3 R’s – reduce, reuse, recyle – that’s where the real value is in the bargain!

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!

xo

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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!

Source: Google Images

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!

Lighting the Way

I was feeling a bit at loose ends looking for a mini project, but not sure which one to tackle. And then I found my inspiration over at Decor Adventures. As soon as I saw Jessica’s photo of the garden orb lights, I knew what to do!

Last year when we moved in we bought this set of solar pathway lights from Costco to help transform the new yard.

But we didn’t realize at the time that the sub-terrain was solid rock! You might remember our landscaping sagas from here, here, and here! And so the lights stayed in the garage, unopened, as we tended to a million other moving-in things instead.

Since then we’ve had a chance to work around outside a bit, so now I have a better idea where there’s slight forgiveness in the landscape… and according to the Feng Shui workshop I took not too long ago, lighting the pathway to our main door can be a good thing. Especially since the house numbers are mounted in a Feng Shui what-not-to-do way… did you know house numbers should always be mounted reading across? You can get away with them placed on an angle heading upwards, but never top to bottom with one number over the other, or going down on an angle.

Here’s a look at our main entry.

I’ve blurred the house number, but do you see how it’s mounted? That’s the what-not-to-do according to Feng Shui!

So here’s how I lined our pathway with the solar lights.

I wasn’t sure how to tackle the edge at the foot of the stairs because it’s kind of narrow, and I was worried about people stepping off the cement and onto the lights. Also, right in the corner at the edge of the cement is a sprinkler for the underground sprinkler system. So I was torn between placing too many lights, or possibly not enough. I went with the ‘maybe not enough option’ so I could keep the area at the foot of the stairs free. I have more lights in the landscaping around the side of the house if I change my mind.

Here’s where I placed those lights…

There’s 6 in total. Can you see all 6?

I would’ve liked to scatter them vertically a bit more, but trust me, that ground is ‘rock solid’ underneath!

Lucky us, the lights charged enough that I was able to get a shot of them in the dark 🙂

Much easier to see now, right?

And here’s the ones out front.

Our weather has been on and off since the weekend, but I’m smiling because it was ‘on’ enough to get this little job done!

So what do you think? Would you put more lights at the front, or leave them the way they are?

THANKS FOR READING!

xo

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The ‘Fun’ Series of Verner Panton

If you’re a Mid-Century Modern buff, or follow iconic designers, then visionary designer Verner Panton will be a well-known name to you. I bet you’re familiar with his famous Panton chair from 1967. And that’s just one of his many cutting edge chair designs.

But that’s not what I’m writing about today. No, instead I decided that with all the DIY faux capiz shell chandeliers out there, mine included from the Winter Pinterest Challenge, it was time to mention the originator of its influence, Verner Panton and his ‘Fun Lamp’ series.

In this photo you see Panton textiles on the wall and floor, Panton chairs, and the 4DM chandelier from the ‘Fun Lamp’ series.

Source: Yatzer via Mid2Mod Blog

The first prototype in the fun lamp series was designed in 1964, but did you know it was actually made with silver foil discs? And the discs were all cut out by hand by Panton’s wife, Marianne (I can relate to that with my own project!)

Panton approached lighting manufacturer J. Lüber AG in Switzerland with his prototype, and it was well received… except for the foil discs. So the foil discs were traded out for metal ones, aluminum to be specific, but… this was just a phase of the design.

Source: VerPan

Panton was inspired to work with raw materials. As VerPan puts it, the impetus for the next phase of the work was classic Panton inspiration:

Have: design
Wanted: raw materials

Since large sea shells coated on the inside with mother-of-pearl were plentiful by the millions in the Tropics, Panton was on his way. The only caveat being ‘if’ the shells could be sold in Europe.

And that’s when mother-of-pearl shells were introduced, and the ‘Fun’ shell series was born.

Source: Retro Modern Design

You’ll notice Panton’s ‘Fun’ shell series are referred to as mother-of-pearl rather than capiz shell, and that’s because he got his shells from various developing countries in the Tropics. Capiz shells come from, and are specifically named after the Province of Capiz in the Philippines.

This is a close-up of an actual Capiz shell.

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Though the aluminum disc Fun lamps went into production, Panton was especially drawn to the warmth and the glow of the light that shone through the shells, and the more delicate sound they made in the breeze. This affection seems evident in how he expanded the Fun shell series compared to the metal series.

Here’s a look Panton’s ‘Fun’ series: A for aluminum, M for mother-of-pearl, and T for table lamp… I never could figure out for sure what the D stands for. Do you know? I guessed ‘disc’, but it’s not consistently used if that’s the case. Hmmm…

Here’s a look at Panton’s Fun Metal collection.

Source: Corporate Culture

This is the Fun Mother-of-Pearl collection, and the most common design.

Source: Corporate Culture

And this is the Fun Mother-of-Pearl collection, stunningly designed.

Source: Corporate Culture

 Aren’t they just incredible?

And for a little perspective…

Source: New Spirit Square 1 Blog

Here’s a modified version of the Panton 5DM chandelier. See the shells in the middle? That’s what’s different along with the way the top of the fixture is put together and mounts to the ceiling.

I can see why Panton was drawn to the warm glow of the light through the shells.

In 1998 Panton was invited to design the Verner Panton: Light and Colour Exhibition in Denmark…

Verner Panton (1926-1998)

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And this proved to be his last design project.

Sadly Verner Panton died 12 days before it opened… a visionary designer leaving an incredible mark on our world.

When I read about design greats like Verner Panton, it makes me pause and reflect on all that has been brought to us. It’s so easy to embrace a DIY project like the faux capiz chandelier, but sometimes it’s worth learning about the roots, too. That’s where the stories begin…

I hope you have a great weekend!

THANKS FOR READING!

Winter Pinterest Challenge: Light Please, Capiz

Yup, it’s that time again!

The Winter Pinterest Challenge is up, and today is the big reveal day. I can’t wait to see all the projects that everyone did.

After participating in the Summer Pinterest and Fall Pinterest Challenges, I was eagerly awaiting the Winter Challenge, too.

By now I bet you know how it works. First, you have to share your inspiration pin… So here’s what I pinned way back in October.

A faux capiz shell chandelier made with wax paper by Jessica over at Decor Adventures. Thanks Jessica!

Photo: Decor Adventures

Jessica is one of my blogging buddies, and her blog is full of awesome DIY projects and tutorials. Her tutorial for this chandelier was easy to follow, and not too finicky – my kind of project!

Here’s where the chandelier is slated to go. This is our office, and so the chandelier is one more step in the redo!

I had a few mishaps along the way.

Started with this black basket…

And wanted to spray paint it white.

But my can was empty! See the spots on the basket? That’s the end of the can! Somehow my inventory system failed me 🙁 I was sure I had more than that left!

I couldn’t see the point in halting production, so I ended up painting it by hand.

Besides, I had my trusty saw horses set up and ready to go.

Remember them from here?

Once the basket was painted I realized it was missing the metal bands I needed in the middle! How did I overlook that when I bought it?

So I had to improvise by wrapping wire around the basket in two sections.

Not so pretty, but it’ll all be covered in the end.

Onto making the faux capiz shells. Now back in November when I was buying all the stuff to do this project, I couldn’t find a basket and had to put the project on hold… I was ok with that, because I couldn’t find a circle cutter either.

And Jessica strongly recommended using one. Just to be safe, this is what I bought to make my circles with.

And since I just recently found a basket, I wanted to get going on this challenge, so I started to tackle the circles… as in drawing and cutting them by hand…

And, as in just 2 days before ‘reveal’ day (eeek!)… I knew this was going to take awhile.

So I asked my hubby to go on a circle cutter hunt since he was already out and about. And I just knew hitting craft supplies was SO in his plans 😉

He actually found one… but by the time he got home it was kind of too late. Oops! Sorry honey, I owe you one! 🙂

I just got on a roll, and kept going so I could start sewing the circles together. In case you’re wondering, my circles are 2 & 1/4 inches in diameter.

I ran out of bobbin thread – not a biggy, just a pain to stop and refill when you’re on a roll.

And then finally I began hanging the strands on the basket.

And… ran out of circles, so I had to make more.

See, told you there were a few mishaps along the way!

Finally…

Ready to hang.

And I needed the help of my hubby for this. We discovered the distance between the basket hooks was different for each one!

Handy, right? So hubby drafted up a template for where to put the hooks in the ceiling

And then he got the fun job of transferring that data to the ceiling 😉

Putting the hooks in…

And hanging this puppy up. We would’ve preferred to suspend the chandelier from the ceiling a bit, but as you can see, this fixture didn’t give us much option for that.

It all went pretty well… until we realized we forgot to put the light bulbs back in!

Once that was done and the chandelier was rehung… well, we discovered one of the bulbs had burned out!!! Seriously, how did that happen between removal and putting them back in? And… we don’t have a replacement on hand to match the other one!

Did I say there were a few mishaps along the way?

But in the end the chandelier is a great change from where we started…

Here’s another look at the BEFORE

And the AFTER

And that’s another Pinterest Challenge wrap!

Check out all the other Winter challenge submissions here (mine is #105). To see what was done in the other challenges, the Fall 2011 submissions are here (mine is #100), and the Summer 2011 submissions are here (mine is #201).

Thank you so much to these ladies for another great Pinterest Challenge…

Did you join in the Winter Pinterest Challenge? What submission # is yours?

 THANKS FOR READING!

The Old Firehouse Wine Bar: Do Tell!

Have you heard? Have you been???

Duncan has a great new stop in town that you’ve gotta check out! Maybe you already have? It’s The Old Firehouse Wine Bar located on Ingram Street in downtown Duncan. In… you guessed it, the old firehouse! Which, until recently, was the home of Gallowglass Books. Now the space has been renovated and is shared between Dolce bakery and the wine bar. But ownership hasn’t changed. You’ll still find Jeff Downie is the man behind it all!

Here’s a little glimpse of the inside.

The Old Firehouse Wine Bar, Duncan Bc

 I am totally loving the amazing lighting in this space. You have to see the pendants over the bar for yourself. They’re ultra cool, and look like flames when they’re all lit up! And can I just say I love, LOVE the large spherical fixtures? Very classy and oh, so Mid-Century. Works for a girl like me! I wish I had my camera with me – these are just phone pics. But who knew a total photo op was awaiting?

Afterall, this is what I went for.

All 6 glasses 😉

Okay, I’m not gonna lie. Each flight of 3 is the equivalent in pour to one glass of wine… and one of these flights was my hubby’s! Bet I had you going for a minute though didn’t I? You know me so well!

You’ll find incredible wine options to choose from, and the flight tasting will knock your socks off! Hubby opted for the Spicey flight, and I went for the Big & Bold. I mean, go big or go home, right? And the wines did not disappoint! But I especially loved the history behind the Dirty Laundry Bordello! You’ll have to ask them 😉

Did you notice the stacked rock wall in the background? Another little nod to classic MCM… perfection in this space. But how about the fire axes hung on the wall? Such an authentic touch that hints at just a sliver of the story. And there’s so much more, but you’ll just have to go and see it all first hand 🙂

And the snacks were to die for. I mean, look at these olives, the cheese and bread, the meat…

We didn’t get a pic of them, but the crunchy risotto was melt-in-your mouth sinful… you seriously wanted more, and more!

And to finish off the evening, a little… he-hem… dessert, shall we say?

French, Czech, and Okanagan Absinthe! So pretty to look at, and of course it was all about the colour, right? 😉 Never mind that the Okanagan absinthe was ‘Taboo’!

So that’s just a little hint of what you’ll find inside…

A special moment… a memorable evening.

 (Jeff Downie &  the hubs, Clemens Rettich)

And it’s the moments in life that create an experience, a memory and a story to tell.

Will you be popping in to see for yourself?

Thank you for stopping by!

Photography by Sheila Zeller / Clemens Rettich

Got Any Skeletons In Your Closet?

I know, I know. It’s not Halloween! So what’s up with my nosing around for skeletons in your closet?

Well…

If you had these remnants of ‘seen better days’ shades stashed away…

 Source: Mitzis Collectibles Blog

Would you pull them out and strip them down to look like this?

Source: Four Corners Design Blog

Would you consider using them fabricless like this?

Source: Wicker Stitch Blog

 I think skeleton shades are pretty cool.

Source: Michele Raven Designs Blog

And I also like them covered with chicken wire.

Source: Pinterest / Contented Sparrow

How about you? Would you disclose the skeletons in your closet if they complimented a vignette like this?

Source: Spunky Junky Blog

Yah, me too! I’m loving this look. Much better light for reading, and a whole lot of personality added to the room.

But did you notice there were bulbs missing in a few? That’s something to keep in mind – it’s tough to find the good old Edison incandescents these days, and those nasty spiral fluorescents just won’t do!

I’m still thinking I’d love to DIY a skeleton shade anyway…

What would you do if it was up to you? Maybe this post will help you decide!

Oh, and don’t forget… today is your last chance to enter the Shabby Apple giveaway! Giveaway closes at 12:01 am PST!!!

THANKS FOR READING!

xo

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The Modern Eye Exhibit: Craft & Design in Canada 1940-1980

When I wrote about our recently acquired bar stools, I mentioned the Modern Eye Exhibit that’s winding down at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. If you haven’t seen it, this Sunday is your last chance before the exhibit moves on.

To see so many amazing pieces all at once was almost too much! All I wanted to do was sit in the chairs, they were all so incredible and inviting… but I’m pretty sure I would’ve been tossed out on my tush if I tried! We were, however, allowed to take pictures without flash, so I was happy about that.

Here’s a little look at what we saw.

When we stepped into this room, I couldn’t get close enough fast enough to all these mid-century beauties.

This is the first chair that greeted us as we stepped around the corner.

Steamer Chair (1978) by Thomas Lamb

Can you believe it’s made of molded plywood? I do have a thing for molded plywood chairs, it seems, because I would totally take this one home! I felt that way about the Cherner chair too!

But how about this chair for comfort?

Cord Chair (1950) by Jacques Guillon

It’s made of wood veneer and nylon cord… I really wanted to sit in this one!

Okay, now this one is very cool.

Spring-Back Dining Chair (1951) by Peter Cotton

I like the idea of the flex back. Do you think it would make the chair more comfortable, or just easier to lean back after a big meal? 😉

That little corner of a table you see… well here’s a better look at it.

Glass-Topped Coffee Table (1950-51) by Peter Cotton

Another design by Peter Cotton, and did you notice how the legs match his Spring-Back Dining Chair? The shape actually reminds me of the Hardoy Butterfly Chair from 1938.

One of the common elements of Mid-Century furniture is a feeling of lightness, airiness. And this chair is a perfect example of that.

Hoop Chair (1955) by John Hauser

This chair would fit in any room without overpowering the space. Even in front of a window without blocking the view! And check out the shadows it casts – now that’s an art form of its own!

Did you notice the vase off to the right of the chair? It’s by Luke Lindoe, but the date is unknown. I think it’s a stunning piece with such a great shape and weight to it.

Speaking of pottery… all the pieces were really quite amazing.

Here’s a little snapshot of just a few.

Rooster (Early 1960s) by Thomas Kakinuma

The pieces you see (L to R) are:

Bowl (1960s) Designer Unknown, Bottle (c. 1960) by Hilda Ross, Vase (1960s) by Herta Gerz, Vase (1965) by Zelijko Kujundzic, and of course the Kakinuma Rooster in the center.

There’s a weightiness about all of them, almost a crudeness that balances the clean lines of a Mid-Century setting.

My hubby really liked this table and lamp.

Bedside Table (late 1950s) attributed to Jan Kuypers

Table Lamp (mid-1960s) by Lotte Bostlund

The table is made of solid teak, a wood common in many Mid-Century pieces, and the lamp has a ceramic base with a fibreglass shade, fibreglass shades being another popular MCM feature.

Did you notice the fab pottery vessel off to the left? It’s a Blue Pod Bottle (c. 1967) by Olea Davis.

And how about this sleek, white dresser?

Avant-Garde Dresser (1973) by Giovanni Maur

Aren’t the drawer pulls fab? They remind me of the overlays that are so popular right now. But honestly, one of the things that caught my eye with this dresser was actually the lamp on top!

Table Lamp (1960s) by Maurice Chalvignac

Again, a ceramic base. You will see a lot of ceramic bases in MCM table lamps, both glazed and unglazed. This lamp reminds me of a baseball glove catching a ball! Okay, I know that’s a bit of a stretch, but you can kind of see that, right?

And that’s the thing about Mid-Century Modern. There is always a subliminal suggestion, a hint to something other than what you see before you. That’s one of the reasons why I love it so much.

I’m disappointed I didn’t take a better photo of the decorative bowl on top of the dresser, because it really is quite cool. It’s a mid-1960s by Maurice Chalvignac as well. But if you go to the exhibit, you can see it for yourself!

Lamps in Mid-Century times were, and still are amazing statements in decor. Here are a few to feast your eyes on!

You can see how lamps of today have been influenced by the styles of yesterday…

The Pendant Lamp is c. 1959, but its designer is unknown. This lamp was manufactured by Rotaflex of Canada, Ltd., and Rotaflex lampshades were made of a continuous strand of nylon, and in this case the nylon strand wraps horizonally to make up the beehive-like shape.

The Desk Lamp (1949) is by Edwin Larden. This lamp is copper plated steel and aluminum, and you can see its influence in many desk lamps of today. Although today you will find chrome and brushed nickel more common than copper… I wonder how long that will take to change?

The Table Lamp (c. 1955) is a Stan & Jean Clarke design, and is a typical ceramic base style for Mid-Century Modern times. Just the other day my hubby and I were in ReStore in Victoria, and there was something similar for $5.00! If it suited our decor it would’ve come home with us… so it never hurts to know what you’re looking at!

The last Table Lamp, black ceramic base, is part of the Argile Vivante Series (c. 1964) by Jacques Garnier. This is a great representation of the statuesque lines, so sleek and graceful, that you see over and over in MCM design.

Can you tell lighting ignites a spark in me?

And in wrapping up, I thought this was kind of fun to share, too.

Does anyone remember what this is? Does Forma Ware ring a bell?

The end towers are stackable drinking glasses… on the left are 4 juice glasses. On the right you can see the size of the drinking glass in the one that’s standing solo. And in the middle, sugar dish, creamer, and napkin holder. These pieces are late 1960s, but the designer is unknown.

How about this collection? Anything look familiar?

It was the red phone that caught my eye. Love that phone and would so have it on my desk! It’s a Contempra Telephone (1968) by John Tyson.

The other items in the photo are:

Bottom: IPL Collection of Kitchenware (1978) by André Morin

Top (L to R): Radio (1960) by Max Ducharme; Magnajector Projector (1954) by Sid Berudsky; Radiolink Intercom Speaker (c. 1946) by Henry Finkel, and the red telephone!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this snapshot of the Modern Eye Exhibit, and the little walk through time, 1940-1980, of craft and design in Canada.

If you go, you will also see vintage stereos like this one, the Mini G-3 Stereo (c. 1967) by Clairtone Sound Corporation, and so much more!

Oh, and the Dining Chair & Table (1946) are by Waclaw Czerwinski & Hilary Stykoit… just to end on a moulded plywood note!

Remember, the exhibit ends this Sunday, November 27!

Do you have any Mid-Century pieces in your home? If not, are there any you would love to own?

Thanks for stopping by!

Photographs by Sheila Zeller