The truth is, I haven’t been finding a lot of great stuff lately. In fact, I haven’t been finding much of anything. I blame the polar vortex for keeping amazing vintage pieces in hibernation (or at least for keeping me in the house, unwilling to go out and look for them). But when I can’t find stuff I take joy in seeing what other people have found and I was particularly excited to discover that my mom had found this:
Albeit a little worn, this teak side table designed by Poul Jensen for Danish furniture maker Selig is still quite a thing of beauty. She confessed that the first time (or possibly several times) she saw this in a thrift store window she looked right past it, dismissing it due to condition. But the sculpted edges of the top stuck in her mind, prompting her to do a little research and then head right back to the store.
Refined sculpted forms are a hallmark of Danish design
Fortunately, it was still there when she got back to the store, which is astonishing considering the low $12 price tag. A quick look at the underside of the table revealed that it is indeed the real deal.
Since the table is teak, the wood should look like new again after cleaning, a light sanding and a fresh application of teak oil. But then there’s that blasted caning on the bottom shelf.
Or I should say the total lack of caning on the bottom shelf. It should look like this:
Fortunately, I’ve got a go-to wicker lady. She’s a wicker wizard when it comes to replacing or repairing wicker, rattan and caning. It won’t be cheap, but it will be well worth it.
While I was visiting my parents this weekend, I got to see another of her finds, this amazing side chair:
Though it may not have the pedigree of a Dane, it’s still a pretty awesome sculpted wood chair with a real leather seat. Not too shabby for just a few bucks.
But I think my favorite part might be the metal maker’s tag on the bottom of the chair. Who knew Dictaphone made office furniture?
Although I’m sure I’ll still get the occasional “is this something?” call or email from my mom, I’m pretty confident she’s developing a good eye for mid-century design. I’m a little jealous of these finds and I’m curious to see what she’ll discover next.