Eames Walnut Stool

If you read my post yesterday, then you’ll know where the inspiration for this one came from!

Charles and Ray Eames…

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The dynamic husband and wife duo of design in the twentieth century. Their contributions to the creative world are abundant and varied, but it’s the Eames’ philosophy and outlook on the world that fed the legacy of their ‘look’. Think lean and modern, sleek, sophisticated, simple… think playful and functional. In their words, “the uncommon beauty of common things.” And their success? Developing products that met the overlapping needs of client, society, and designer (read more).

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 “You know what looks good can change, but what works works.”

-Ray Eames

And Ray’s design of the walnut stool is a testament to that statement.

In 1960, Ray Eames was asked to design occasional pieces for the lobby of the newly constructed Time-Life Building. At the time this was the tallest building in New York, and in keeping with the architectural phenomenon, Ray drew on her training as a sculptor to design an equally phenomenal occasional piece.

Working with several pieces of solid walnut, turned to create interesting shapes, laminated and pinned together, the walnut stool was born. At first glance they look like abstract chess pieces with the three unique sculptural shapes. But the timeless design is more than visual beauty. It is ultra functional too.

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Each stool stands 15″ h, and if you look closely you’ll see the surface is concave. If you turn the stool over, you’ll find the bottom is also shaped the same. The only difference, the top measures 13″ in diameter and the bottom measures 11″.

So not only can you use either end up, but these stools are versatile extraordinaire and can serve as low tables, display surfaces, or simply objects of art to be admired. Aren’t they exquisite?

I love this photo.

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Everything Eames, and the backdrop, perfect!

How about pairing the stool with the plywood chair?

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They go together like a wine pairing, don’t you think?

Gotta love the poodle.

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But it’s the craftsmanship of the stool that is breathtaking.

These vessels can bring any room to life in the sweep of an eye.

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How can you miss the incredible detail?

And there are times when three is just not a crowd…

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Apparently that’s how Ray felt too. The walnut stools became her favorite seats and were generously scattered throughout the Eames’ home.

Do you think one will do?

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Definitely. One will do.

I think this next little story says it all…

A museum curator once ordered two of these stools for his son and daughter. “Graduation gifts?” he was asked. “No,” he said, “the kids are only five and three. But I want them to have the experience of growing up with something truly good that they can keep all their lives.” (Source)

This is what it means to invest in things that will last… This is what Kelly Deck was talking about!

Are you tempted yet?

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Lighting: The Lipstick in a Room

Do you know what brings a room to life?

If you said lighting, you are so right. Lighting sets the tone, creates the mood, and illuminates like a smile. As the lovely Kelly Deck puts it, lighting is the lipstick in a room! And if you think about it, lipstick can be light, bright, mid-tone, dark, glossy, sparkly, muted, or matte…

Do you want to see some of the lipstick that was in the room at IDSwest? Trust me it was the Guerlain of lighting!

This is the ‘tunnel’, the entrance into the show.

Does drum shade come to mind?

When you entered the room you were greeted by a twinkling exhibit called  Enlightened Design. My pictures don’t do it justice, but here’s a look anyway.

In the front-left you see the Varmluft pendants by Jon Karlsson for IKEA. I think these are really pretty in a whimsical way. And the red Torch Lights in the background, designed by Sylvain Willenz, also caught my eye. I think they would be great in a funky industrial restaurant setting. How about you?

Did you notice the shopping bags on the far right?

Up close and personal they’re so much fun, even if they are a little bright!

This is the other section of Enlightened Design.

In the background you see ceramic artist Jeremy Cole’s Aloe Blossom pendant. Even from a distance it’s just such a beautiful work of art. And the lamps to the right are Bastone lamps by Jaime Hayón. They’re just plain, simple fun.

Loved looking up at these sparkling globes scattered throughout the area.

They reminded me of fireworks, but there was so much to look at, I had to move on.

These Cloud Softlights by Molo Design are incredible.

They’re made of paper, a hollow honeycomb structure, and are lit by LEDs. They’re really quite amazing, don’t you think?

And if you stopped in at the Tom Dixon pub that’s where there was a definite feast for the eyes. And this is where I saw my lighting love…

I have admired these Beat pendants for a long time… and it’s the image I wrote about here where they first caught my eye! If you check out the link I’d be curious to know which setting you prefer them in… the dark and sultry, or the light and airy?

And a similar style, but in white, are the assorted Step pendants.

What I like about both sets of pendants is the way they glow because of the finish on the inside… but for me I’d still take the Beat pendants first.

These brass Etch pendants are pretty stunning too.

They’ll add glam that will liven up any space, day or night…

And I love the drama these Copper Shade pendants infuse.

Warm, soft glow… understated with such a presence.

Mid-Century Modern anyone?

Yes please!

Just so many creative designs…

What’s a room to do?

All this lipstick, but which one do you choose?

Did you enjoy seeing IDSwest with me this week? It’s been fun recapping it for you. Maybe I’ll see you there next year. Do you think you might go?

And don’t forget… Next week I’ll be posting my interview with a very special designer, so stay tuned 😉

Happy Thanksgiving – I hope you have a great weekend doing the things you love with the people you love!

 

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Wood, Wood… Everywhere!

This year’s IDSwest show featured lots and lots of wood… reclaimed, live edge, native inspired… and in a venue like the Vancouver Convention Centre, the aesthetic was set before you ever entered the show.

Lets’s take a look.

Here we are at the top of the escalators you ascend from the street level entries.

Did the ceiling capture your attention too?

Believe it or not, this area, though tremendously open and spacious, has a calm, peaceful feeling about it.

And that’s because of the walls, the most incredible walls I’ve ever seen, made with pieces of local BC Douglas Fir…

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Aren’t they amazing?

Quiet is how Tom Morin describes them. His company built the walls, all the feature panels like these that you see throughout the Convention Centre… if you would like to learn more about these spectacular architectural features, click here for a short video and hear from Tom himself.

And now turning around at the top of the escalators, this is what meets your eye on the other side…

The enormous globe is a reminder of all things planet Earth… a great segue into the featured wood designs of the show.

Are you ready?

Here at the foot of the escalators, en route to the IDSwest exhibits, you are given a sense of what you’re about to see.

A magnificent live edge table with the IDSwest show guides beautifully layed out.

When you step inside, the room is alive and sparkling with ambient light… but that’s another post!

Back to live edge…

This is the exhibit of Live Edge Design from Duncan, and I thought this was a great place to start since that’s where I live!

This table is incredible. Made from a reclaimed maple slab, the center boasts a glass inlay over river rock detail.

I LOVE these one-of-a-kind dining room tables!

Another variation on the use of live edge, was presented by Bowerman’s Handcrafted Furniture.

What do you think of this fusion of styles all in one piece? I’m loving the base underneath the live edge slab.

This next piece is their Black Tusk coffee table.

It’s also a blend of styles, a combination of contemporary and rustic, and was built with salvaged fir.

And then there’s AyA Kitchens & Baths. They’ve taken a live edge to a very modern edge.

If you saw this live edge breakfast bar…

Would you believe it was connected to a modern prep sink set in manufactured stone?

Scroll back up to be sure. You will see the kitchen window and nearby cutting board in the background of both these photos!

And here Maple Art Custom Furniture owner/artist Andres Schneiter’s pieces lean to a Mid-Century Modern flair.

Clean lines and style that never get tired. If you’re MCM at heart, you’ll love Andres’ custom creations.

Once A Tree Furniture, in business for over 30 years, has definitely mastered the craft of clean lines and style…

This is a table that would pair well with just about any chair and not look out of place.

I couldn’t resist taking this picture just because I like the name so much!

You can see they are still in the process of setting up, but I like it just the way it is… well maybe I would hide some of the cords, but I like the industrial look that’s unwittingly going on!

And to borrow the phrase, once a tree, it seems like a good fit for these native inspired pieces created by Sabina Hill.

As a West Coast girl, these stunning pieces caught my eye. The raised ovoid glass over the cut out designs adds depth, as if reflecting the soul of each piece. I wish I could’ve taken a photo looking at the tables from the other way around as the designs are showing up-side-down here, but there was a professional photo shoot taking place, so I had to be mindful not to get in the way!

This is a close-up of the Thunderbird armchair.

I love the mix of red and black leather, because these colours remind me of the traditional button blankets, a further connection to the culture behind the design.

Brent Comber. What can I say?

His sculpted objects are incredible. Here you see his solid sphere creations in the foreground, and if you look closely, under the right side of the table in the background you will see a solid sphere holding up that end!

This is a close-up of a solid sphere that looks similar to the one underneath the table.

Isn’t it amazing?

And here is a close-up of the table from another angle.

I LOVE this!

And I love that there is so much focus and commitment to create pieces from salvaged wood, reclaimed materials, and a continued effort for environmentally conscious choices.

What piece is your favorite… or can you pick one?

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Eero Saarinen’s Womb Chair / Model No 70

The other night I wasn’t feeling very well, and all I wanted to do was curl up… but I knew I had an article still to write. So it seemed only fitting to choose Eero Saarinen’s Womb Chair to write about… the best of both, except for one small detail – I wasn’t curled up in a Womb Chair writing!

Eero Saarinen was born in Finland, though he became well known in the US for his streamlined furniture designs that have shaped what we call today, Mid-Century Modern. Saarinen is considered one of the leaders in defining the streamlined look of MCM, and of course is famous for his Womb Chair / Model No 70, just one fabulous Saarinen design among many.

Here is Eero Saarinen sitting in his womb chair.

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I wonder what he’s pondering? If you didn’t know better it would almost look like he was holding a cell phone! But there were no cell phones in 1946, the year the Womb Chair was designed. The chair and matching ottoman weren’t put into production until 1948…

The Womb Chair came to be when Eero, working for Knoll & Associates at the time, was asked by Florence Bassett Knoll to create a chair she could curl up in. She wanted it to be shaped like a basket, large enough for lots of pillows, and one she could sink into to read a book!

Can you believe the Womb Chair started here?

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Did you notice the frame? It’s very similar to the frame of the Butterfly Chair that I wrote about here.

And see how it ended up here?

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Notice how the frame has changed?

This view really gives you a good perspective of the womb-like shape…

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Aren’t the lines gorgeous? And seriously, how about that shape? I think Eero satisfied the basket-like request! Now that’s a chair I could’ve curled up in the other night! Do you think you could curl up in this chair too?

I bet you’re wondering how the Womb Chair got its name. Well, rumour has it that Saarinen’s theory was some people never, ever really felt comfortable and secure after they left the womb thus the Whom Chair for that secure place of comfort!

Update: Months after writing this post I received a comment from designer, Christina Blake Oliver of Oliver Interiors. If you scroll down and read her comment, I think you’ll find the actual story behind how the Womb Chair got its name fascinating!

One of the many fab things about the Womb Chair is the range of colours it was made in.

A chair to go with any scheme!

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Love the retro colours in this space, but especially how the turquoise Womb Chair works with the fireplace, and of course its fellow MCM buddies.

And then there’s bright, loud, cheerful orangey-red… what’s not to love about this colour splash?

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Totally punctuates the shag rug and tulip side table don’t you think?

And speaking of orangey…

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Did you know that orange is big on the horizon for 2012? How can you not crush on orange when it looks like this?

Or this…

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And can be so playful like this?

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All of these orange chairs are reproductions, but when they’re accessorized with throw-backs like this owl cushion, and the integrity of the design is preserved in a setting that fits… well, would a reproduction work for you?

If not, would a patterned vintage be a better fit?

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I would love to see this one in an actual setting. Can you imagine how awesome that would be?

If you want to tone things down a little, the neutrals are gorgeous too.

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This space definitely invites you to curl up with a book for some quiet time, don’t you think?

And this one is offering a place to relax and dream…

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Sinking into this chair and gazing out at this view is its own dream come true!

What does this next space say to you?

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I love all the textures and pops of colour at play. Yet the Womb Chair anchors its presence without being overwhelmed, even as a neutral. To me this is a testament to its amazing design.

You see that here…

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And here too.

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Do you see what I mean about its presence? And can you picture the patterned vintage Womb Chair from earlier sitting in a space like this?

Here it is again so you don’t have to scroll back up.

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See what I mean about awesome?

And then there’s always pretty in pink…

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This one is just as at home in a hint of Hollywood Glam…

As this one is here.

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Such opposites in style, but the Womb Chair fits both.

And you know me by now…

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I can never resist black. But can you blame me when it looks like this?

Oh, I almost forgot the mustard…

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And that would never do. Isn’t this space great? I love the turquoise floors, which of course make the mustard Womb Chair pop!

So there you have it. A little glimpse into the comfort and beauty of Eero Saarinen’s fabulous Womb Chair / Model No 70!

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And here, a little glimpse into Eero at home with his family… do you think he would fit in his Womb Chair too?

Did you know the Womb chair is available in three sizes? And it’s the standard and medium size that have an accompanying ottoman too. Which size do you think the Womb Chair is here?

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Hans Wegner’s Wishbone Chair

Can you believe Hans Wegner’s Wishbone Chair has been around since 1950? Quick math – that’s just over 60 years! And it’s been in constant production since its birth.

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Here you see Hans Wegner sitting in his creation. And as you can see, this Mid-Century chair is a beauty. With lines like this there’s really no need for any other.

No matter the setting…

A perfect fit with the curves of the chairs ready to hug the contours of the live edge table.

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When you see this profile, doesn’t it look like the chair is ready to embrace you?

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These chairs are just naturals in any company. Here they’re completely at home sitting around the more modern industrial table.

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And here with the contemporary kitchen in the background.

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Do you see what I mean by how versatile these chairs are? Who doesn’t ‘wish’ for at least one in their home?

I couldn’t resist including this image, because I know that even if you don’t recognize the chairs, you’ll definitely recognize the Ikea pendant! It’s a hot commodity right now and you see it everywhere…

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Which of course is a testament to the design of the Wishbone chair. It can be paired with current trends… or old friends.

Like these Mid-Century cohorts gathered here…

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And here.

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And of course by now you know that when it comes to black, I’m in!

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But seriously, can you blame me? These chairs are gorgeous.

If you don’t want to commit to black chairs, try accessorizing with just a touch of black instead.

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Seems like a good fit, don’t you think? And did you notice the Mid-Century pendant over the table? Funny how two-and-two go together… hint, think Ikea pendant from above.

And with modern times, comes a modern twist. The Wegner Wishbone chair is now available in a rainbow of colours…

Like these that you see here.

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And here.

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I think the chairs take on a whole new life in colour! Check out Danish Design Store to see more… trust me, it’s worth the click.

And in today’s world…

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The Wishbone chair is timeless yet moves with the times. Who would’ve known that 60 years later it would be paired with a laptop computer? I think that says it all!

What do you wish for? Would you add a Wishbone chair to your collection, or do you already have one… or two… or?

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Metamorphosis Into A Butterfly Chair

After yesterday’s ‘Photo Shoot With A Butterfly‘, I decided to expand on the butterfly theme and bring it into décor. Specifically, the butterfly chair, also known as the BKR chair (you may also see it listed as the BKF chair), the Sling chair, and most commonly, the Hardoy chair.

Designed in 1938 this chair is named after its three designers Antonio Bonet, Juan Kurchan, and Jorge Ferrari Hardoy, though Hardoy is the one officially credited to the design. This popular Mid-Century piece has an interesting history of intertwined similarities to other chairs, which ultimately prevented the manufacturing company, Knoll from obtaining copyright protection of its design. Read Apartment Therapy’s article in more detail here.

Jorge Ferrari Hardoy (Source)

The butterfly chair was extremely popular for its casual feel, though in terms of ergonomics it provided very little support, and was hard to get out of. Some say it was maybe a chair of function over form that catered to the youth! What do you think, does Mr. Hardoy look comfortable to you?

Do you know who this superstar is?

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You can’t miss Sophia Loren, whether it’s 1955, 2005 or now! Do you think she had trouble getting out of this chair?

This is an original Hardoy frame.

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And this is what you will want to pay close attention to, because it’s in the frame construction where there will be noticeable variations between an authentic Hardoy and similarly constructed chairs. You many also find new covers over original frames. And if you ever find a Hardoy ottoman, scoop it up because they are a rare find!

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Regardless of the maker of the chair, there is no doubt that the design is a big hit. It’s popular still today, showing up in many décor schemes. Of course there is no replacement for an original Hardoy, but is there ever a replacement for any original? A substitute, yes, but a replacement, no.

Here’s a look at an original Hardoy…

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This one is part of the Knoll museum collection.

And here’s a look at butterfly chairs in different settings… no, they’re not all Hardoys!

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Multifunctional – they can be used both inside and out!

Did you notice the difference in some of the frames? What are your thoughts on the butterfly chair design?

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Mid-century Modern Bar Stools

In the house we’re moving to there is a breakfast bar so we are in need of some stools! The area will accommodate 2 stools comfortably, 3 if necessary. With the open concept space, the stools need to be a feature, attractive from all angles.

Here is a glimpse of the breakfast bar.

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There are so many options out there, but I’m a mid-century modern girl at heart… I love Cherner chairs, Wegner chairs, anything Eames, and now I’ve gone and fallen in love with TH Brown high-back bar stools! The catch, they’re 1960’s found-in-Australia vintage treasures, available only on Esty, E-Bay, or wherever you’re lucky enough to discover them. But the real catch, so far all postage details state Will arrange for local pickup only (no postage).

Hhhhh, I so heart these chairs. Love just happened!

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I am totally drawn to the simple, clean lines – no surprise.

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And with a back like this, why turn around?

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But then again, the side view is sheer perfection. Sexy, hands down!

And yes, these stools swivel too. What’s not to love?

Do you know where I can find 2, or 3…?

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