So you found a fabulous chair by the dumpster. It's unique, solid, and the price was right. What a find! The only problem is that you need to rebuild the entire chair seat, jute webbing and all.
Where do you begin? This is fairly simple if you can see how it breaks down in… Continue Reading
Sometimes when I see a new kitchen gadget, I wonder how I've ever lived without it. House Beautiful has put together a list of 'indispensable' what-nots for aspiring chefs. Here are some of my favs. To see the rest, head on over to… Continue Reading
Good thrifting advice is to go ahead and buy a piece if it stands out from the ordinary. What stood out about this table? The legs. Modern, sleek, solid wood and sturdy. The supports are also solid and can be used again, I'm sure. The table tops are a composite wood covered with formica and a plastic band around the edges. See three more very different looks you can get with this $6.99 Goodwill… Continue Reading
Julius Shulman is more than a photographer of architecture. His images of Los Angeles of the 50's and 60's have become the paradigm for Hollywood movie designers. If you saw Iron Man, you'll see Mr. Shulman's influence in the hero's ultra-sleek hillside abode. If you haven't seen that particular movie, then perhaps his Case Study House No. 22, shown above, is familiar. Taken back in 1960, the Hollywood Hills home was designed by Pierre Koenig and has become an iconic representation of life in Southern California in the… Continue Reading
A while back I wrote an article about 'light layering', which outlined the practice of using various types of lighting fixtures to illuminate a room properly. 'Light layers', in the context of this post, are much more literal. From Ylighting, add one of these fixtures to any room for instant texture.
Barbie turned 50 this week which got me thinking about the endless childhood days I spent 'playing Barbies' with friends, dressing and redressing my curvaceously perfect plastic Barbie and her auburn- haired sidekick, Midge. Then one day it all changed when my bargain shopping mom negotiated a good price on a used, but still intact, Barbie's Mid-Century (Atomic Ranch-like) Dream House, completely furnished with colorful cardboard furniture. See room-by-room photos after the… Continue Reading
It's 140 square feet of pure luxury and it can be all yours for about $245K. Located in Gloucester Road, South Kensington, SW7, the teeny, tiny property boasts an 'open-plan kitchen and state-of-the-art fixtures'. The bedroom is a 9' x 4'9 loft. Interested? Visit Foxtons.co.uk for more information and to see more interior pictures visit the LuxPod's website. Yes, it has it's own website.… Continue Reading
A couple weeks ago while visiting the Minnesota Institute of Arts, MWT said, "Look, a naked sideboard" as he pointed to Gerrit Rietveld & Gerard A van de Groenekan's 'Sideboard'. Located in the museum's Modernism Collection, the piece measures 41 1/4" x 78 3/4" x 17 1/2". Constructed primarily of beachwood, the sideboard was designed in 1919 but created in 1959. It elevates the hidden mechanics that we don't always consider when faced… Continue Reading
For my money, there is nothing better than an Eames fiberglass (now plastic) shell chair. Eiffel base, with/without arms... I'd take them all.
But, sometimes, vintage versions have seen better days. So rather than let these stained and worn masterpieces remain untouchable, artists and otherwise creative folk have transformed them into something new. Apartment Therapy has gathered a few: