Snag » Individual Finds http://snag-blog.com All Found. All Vintage. Wed, 05 Oct 2016 21:18:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Going Glam with Milo Baughman http://snag-blog.com/going-glam-with-milo-baughman/ http://snag-blog.com/going-glam-with-milo-baughman/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2016 19:39:44 +0000 http://snag-blog.com/?p=10715 For years people have been asking me what the next big craze will be after mid-century modern. Although I truly believe that well designed modern classics will never go out of style regardless of era, I do think we’re going to see more and more people dabbling in the glamorous and sometimes extravagant modern design from the late 1970s and early ’80s. In the netherworld between modernism and post-modernism designers went bold, playing with exotic materials and revisiting modern design from the early 20th century. The result is often an unexpected contrast of disco-era decadence and pure Bahausian form. There’s nothing that sums this up better than this recent find:

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Chrome, caning, brass, exotic veneer, massive monolithic slabs balanced by impossibly delicate forms—this epic dining set has all of the design cues of its era. When I found this I had a hunch it was a Milo Baughman design, but the seller didn’t know the manufacturer—they only knew their interior designer had ordered it in 1981. So, I took a chance.

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I’d say about 90% of the time when I find something and wonder if it’s a Milo Baughman design, it’s not. And there’s good reason for this: Baughman was a highly prolific designer with a portfolio of work created for some of the best manufacturers of the mid-20th century including Drexel, Directional, Glenn of California, Henredon and many more. His most notable and most recognized work, however, was with Thayer Coggin for whom he designed collections from 1953 until his death in 2003. Many of these pieces were so well received that countless manufacturers began imitating his designs, still creating confusion in the marketplace decades later. It wasn’t until I began loading the chairs in my car that I saw the Thayer Coggin tags on the bottoms of the chairs.

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I have no idea what kind of wood the veneer is, but I know that I love it. The exotic book matched grain is beyond cool. Undoubtedly some irreplaceable corner of the rainforests vanished to bring this table to life. Sorry, Earth.

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What I liked just as much as the design was the accompanying story. The original owners had built a concrete dome house—much to the wonderment and sometimes chagrin of their suburban neighbors— as a test model for efficiency during the height of the energy crisis. The home was part of the “Home for All America” house plan series by Better Homes and Gardens, whose designers specified all of the furnishings and décor. Although the owners were unaware of it ever appearing in BH&G, I suspect photos of this table in situ exist somewhere in a period publication from Meredith publishing. Any readers out there have a 1981-ish copy of the Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book?

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The only thing I’ll be changing about the design is the burnt sienna poly velour upholstery. Although it’s very 1981, it’s maybe too 1981. I’m thinking an off-white tweed or maybe something exotic like a jewel-tone velvet. What are your thoughts on material?

Draper Chair by Thayer Coggin

Draper Chair by Thayer Coggin

Oh, and if you’re hungry for more of Mr. Baughman’s work, many of his original designs have been re-released by Thayer Coggin including a full line of ready-to-ship as well as made-to-order pieces. Learn more about Milo Baughman and see a current offering of his work on the Thayer Coggin website.

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One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Pearsall Chair http://snag-blog.com/one-mans-trash-is-another-mans-pearsall-chair/ http://snag-blog.com/one-mans-trash-is-another-mans-pearsall-chair/#comments Wed, 18 May 2016 14:17:21 +0000 http://snag-blog.com/?p=10626 First my apologies for our lackadaisical posting. Things are busy and we hope to be back to fairly regular posts—some day. But today’s find is good enough to make up for that. Hopefully.

One of my favorite things about spring is the onslaught of fresh finds that make their way out of basements, closets and attics into the fresh air, just as the flowers push their way out of the soil. These things make their way into thrift stores, Craigslist, garage sales and, sometimes, even the curb. I did a double take the moment I drove past this sitting out for citywide trash collection.

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Woo hoo! But…what happened to the legs? I couldn’t even see where they had been attached. As I was stuffing it into my car a woman pulled into the driveway. I approached and asked if she knew anything about the chair. It turns out she was a caretaker of the man who lived in the house. She said he was actually very sentimental about the chair and had hoped that by putting out on the curb someone would find it and give it a new life. She said it had been a rocking chair, but the legs were long gone having been broken by his kids years ago.

It was good to know that a) someone hadn’t stolen the legs before I found it (it has happened more than once) and b) its restoration will be meaningful in a cosmic sort of a way. Of course it is a little saddening to know it once had legs that looked like this:

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The Pearsall wave rocker as it would have originally appeared.

I will not be able to replicate those. But the chair was also available with tapered legs and that’s the route I will take for restoration—once I find a source for walnut tapered legs that don’t cost a small fortune.

And original wave lounge with tapered legs

And original wave lounge with tapered legs.

I’ll probably also forgo the cushy pillow top design of the chair as-is and instead opt for the earlier upholstery style pictured on the orange example above. All in all I’m glad I turned back and got it, even if it will be a ton of work. My justification for turning back was also particularly on point—the plywood is the only part of the chair I’ll be able to salvage.

 

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Black Beauty and the White Whale http://snag-blog.com/black-beauty-and-the-white-whale/ http://snag-blog.com/black-beauty-and-the-white-whale/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2016 03:00:34 +0000 http://snag-blog.com/?p=10612 If our infrequent posting has you concerned that perhaps there are no good deals left to find, hopefully this post will give you some reassurance. While our hectic modern lives have slightly hampered our efforts to share all of our adventures, we are still having them. Case in point, this past weekend I decided to take my 1967 Cadillac out for its first drive of the season.

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This is not usually the car that I take junking or thrifting, but the weather was nice so I decided to do both. I spent the evening driving around a nearby town whose spring cleanup week was coming up, looking for interesting things set out on the curb. After striking out completely, I decided to try my luck at a thrift store. I arrived at 15 minutes to close and found this lovely little specimen:

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A writing desk designed by Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture’s Planner Group. In decent condition. For a mere song. Mega score. And, of course, it never fails that I find furniture when I’m not driving a vehicle meant for hauling furniture. But, where there’s a will there’s a way. I wasn’t going to let this one get away.

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As if it wouldn’t fit in the back seat. You could park a Prius in this back seat. If nothing else it was totally worth it just to see the look on the employees’ faces as I pulled up to the front doors of Salvation Army to load it.

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Usually these are seen in clear maple finish with conical hardware, so at first I assumed both had been altered. Research proved, however, that these ring pulls were original as was the black lacquer finish and were both options in the original line. The finish does, unfortunately need restoration, but that won’t be nearly as terrible of an undertaking as it would have been if this were covered in thick latex paint.

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I’ve said this many times before, but the best way to find something is to not look too hard. My expectations for the night were so low I drove a classic car knowing I’d have no way to haul furniture. Fate took that temptation and ran with it—but even fate is no match for a 20-foot land yacht.

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Weekend Finds: Eames Soft Pad Executive Chair http://snag-blog.com/weekend-finds-eames-soft-pad-executive-chair/ http://snag-blog.com/weekend-finds-eames-soft-pad-executive-chair/#comments Fri, 25 Mar 2016 15:01:52 +0000 http://snag-blog.com/?p=10573 Sometimes you easily find something you never knew existed and it’s a happy accident. Sometimes you spend years looking for something to no avail, only to have it fall into your lap once you’ve given up. I’ve had both happen with the same item. Several years ago I picked up a worn but interesting office chair at a garage sale for $2. After a little research I discovered it was a soft pad management chair created by design gods Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. I also discovered they are nearly impossible (if not entirely impossible) to reupholster and eventually swapped the dilapidated (and burgundy) soft pad seat for a more ubiquitous unpadded aluminum group seat found on eBay. I can’t complain, my total investment in that chair was only $30 after all was said and done.

My first soft pad-turned-aluminum group chair shown in my home office.

My first soft pad-turned-aluminum group chair shown in my home office.

But that taught, unpadded seat never really fit the bill for the long hours I sometimes spend behind the computer and it was relegated to side chair status in favor of a more “ergonomic” Herman Miller Aeron chair. The complicated 90s-era designed Aeron chair never impressed me much either and I vowed to someday replace it with a stunning (and comfortable) Eames soft pad chair. I hunted. I searched. For. Years. There were none to be found locally and any vintage examples I could find were priced sky high. Eventually I broke down and decided it was time to bite the bullet and pony up for one. I decided to go with a more recent production and shelled out the cash. We’re talking teenager’s first car money. It arrived. I was happy.

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The “splurge” soft pad

Then, not a week later, I get a text from a friend: “Should I buy this?”

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The construction of these chairs makes restoration challenging, but I’m excited about getting into it. The leather, though in desperate need of cleaning and conditioning, is in surprisingly well-preserved condition. The wool fabric on the back, however, has sagged significantly. Since the upholstery cannot successfully be removed from the frame, it’s going to take some ingenuity to devise a way to shrink it back while in place. You might also notice it has a wonky incline as a result of a damaged tilt mechanism which should be a chore to reverse engineer.

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The severely abused cast aluminum arms and legs are another chore. These will require removal, stripping and lots and lots of polishing to regain their original mirror-like finish. I’m considering outsourcing this part to an auto body shop if I can find a willing one.

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The chair has a date stamp, though I can’t clearly make it out. I’m guessing it says Jun 1, 1986. Ray and Charles Eames first designed their Aluminum Group chairs in 1958 for the J. Irwin Miller house designed by Eero Saarinen and Alexander Girard. Their Soft Pad Collection was introduced in 1969—essentially just aluminum group chairs with soft padded seating surfaces. The Aluminum Group and Soft Pad collections have been in continuous production by Herman Miller since their introductions though today a new example of a Soft Pad Executive chair would run about $3,200.

I’m really excited to get started on this project. Conceivably I could just take the arms and base from the gray chair I already own and make one good chair out of the two. But that’s clearly too easy. Wish me luck. Hopefully I’ll have a before and after to show you soon!

 

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A Case Study in Chairs http://snag-blog.com/a-case-study-in-chairs/ http://snag-blog.com/a-case-study-in-chairs/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2016 18:19:30 +0000 http://snag-blog.com/?p=10496 I don’t have much self control when it comes to awesome chairs. I don’t have anywhere to put more chairs. They’re everywhere in this house. In some cases there are even chairs sitting behind other chairs. Though I issued myself a clear and assertive “no more chairs, no exceptions” directive, it was pretty powerless against this chair:

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The chair, designed by Gerald McCabe and produced by Brown Saltman in the early 1960s, was not a design I had seen before. But I loved it. And I was able to trade two other chairs for it, so technically it means I’ve reduced my total number of chairs while gaining one awesome new one.

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Despite knowing the designer and manufacturer, there isn’t a lot of information out there about it and actual examples of the chair seem to be even more scarce. It has, however, made some notable and historic public appearances. A stationary version of the chair can be seen in photographs of Case Study House #21, the Bailey House, designed in 1958 by Pierre Koenig. Many furnishings in the home were custom designed for the project by Gerald McCabe and it’s very likely he originally designed this chair for the project as well.

McCabe chair as seen in the living room of the Bailey House.

McCabe chair as seen in the living room of the Bailey House.

The McCabe chair in yellow as seen in a period photo of the Bailey House.

The McCabe chair in yellow as seen in a period photo of the Bailey House.

The chair was also featured in California Design 6 (1960), an annual exhibition of modernist design held by the Pasadena Museum of Art. The chair was eventually marketed as part of the Silhouette group by Brown Saltman, but it’s unclear who actually produced the chair, how many versions were sold and how many actual examples even exist. Outside of photos of the Bailey House, I can’t find any examples of the stationary version of the chair ever being sold or even existing. It’s possible it never went into production. Additionally, examples of the rocking chair have two different styles of runners and arms. Unlike mine with sandwiched steel runners and sculpted arms, many examples have solid wood runners and slab-like arms. Early examples of the chair were produced by Areon & Erin, changes in design could be explained by a shift to manufacturing by Brown Saltman.

Alternate version of the chair with different runners and arms.

Alternate version of the chair with different runners and arms.

A period photo showing an example identical to mine.

A period photo showing an example identical to mine.

Regardless of provenance or rarity, I really just love the chair. It has unique but refined lines. It’s just a beautiful piece of furniture.

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And it doesn’t hurt that it’s surprisingly comfortable, too.

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Everything You Thought was Wright is Wrong. http://snag-blog.com/everything-you-thought-was-wright-is-wrong/ http://snag-blog.com/everything-you-thought-was-wright-is-wrong/#comments Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:11:58 +0000 http://snag-blog.com/?p=10480 On New Year’s Eve as I traveled to a party (read: eat Chinese food and watch The Big Lebowski) I, of course, stopped off at a thrift store. I had a coupon that expired January 1 and I wasn’t about to let it expire. During my initial sweep of the store I didn’t find much other than a couple coats and some smalls, but I decided to go back and check out a fairly simple blonde writing desk that I had passed over.

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Initially I dismissed it from a distance as a common student desk, possibly even institutional. But on closer inspection the design and detailing of this solid birch desk seemed a little finer than a campus housing fixture. Could this be a Russel Wright designed piece for Conant Ball?

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A quick check in the drawer and I had my answer. Conant Ball made nice pieces and I thought there was a pretty good chance this was designed by the famed Russel Wright, based on what I had encountered so far in the mid-century modern zeitgeist. Sold!

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Excited with my find, I decided to look it up and see what information I could dig up. Googling “Russel Wright Conant Ball desk” quickly yielded images of this very desk. Score! I also discovered that this was part of a line called Modernmates designed in 1947. That bit of information changed things. Despite rampant attribution of this line to Russel Wright, original Conant Ball catalogs reveal that all pieces in the Modernmates collection were designed by Leslie Diamond. In fact, the only documented pieces Wright ever designed for Conant Ball belonged to the much older American Modern collection (bearing the same name as his popular ceramics line) introduced in the mid 1930s.

Wright? Wrong. Leslie Diamond. Image via 1st Dibs

Wright? Wrong. Leslie Diamond. Image via 1st Dibs

Case in point, the chairs above are almost always attributed to Wright. In fact, these are currently listed on 1st Dibs as Wright pieces. As it turns out, they also belong to the Modernmates collection and were designed by, you guessed it, Leslie Diamond. As the publication below suggests, a lot of documentation exists to dispel any notions that these are Wright pieces.

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So, what do the real Wright pieces look like?

The real Wrights.

The real Wrights.

A little chunkier. The American Modern line came out around 1935 and while very modern for its time, it looks clunkier and more art deco or streamline moderne than the Modernmates pieces designed postwar—nearly a decade later.

So, why does such obvious misattribution proliferate? In this case it’s pretty easy to figure out. Someone wanted to attach a famous designer to a piece he didn’t design to increase its market value. In the world of mass produced modern furniture, original documentation can be next to non-existent so when people scour the internet to find information about their finds, they’ll grasp at any straw they can find. That misinformation spreads like wildfire and before you know it everyone believes that Wright designed every piece of Conant Ball furniture. In fact there’s at least one documented instance of a Wright historian mislabeling pieces. Bad information is like a noxious weed, once its seeds are blowing in the wind it’s next to impossible to contain it.

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Am I less excited about my piece now that I know it wasn’t the brainchild of a famous designer? Not really. It’s still a fantastic example from the early days of mid-century modern design. The form is pure, the lines are clean and the quality is high. I don’t know what else you could want? My favorite feature of the whole desk is what made me take a second look and ultimately convinced me to buy it in the first place—that cleverly disguised pencil drawer. It doesn’t matter who designed it because, as a design element, that’s solid. At the end of the day the integrity of the design is all that should matter. Wright has nothing on Diamond in my book.

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A Look Back at Christmas http://snag-blog.com/a-look-back-at-christmas/ http://snag-blog.com/a-look-back-at-christmas/#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2016 20:00:59 +0000 http://snag-blog.com/?p=10459 The holidays are a reflective time. It’s hard not to get caught up in thinking about all the years that have passed and what they meant. One gift I received this year in particular had me thinking specifically about old holiday photos.

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This sweet vintage Kodak dark room timer. I love it and it’s actually something I’ve been wanting since college when I used the same exact model in a photography class. Boy, photography AND a clock—it’s as if the universe didn’t want to take any chances that I might possibly miss its suggestion that I look through some old photos of Christmas past. Message received. Break out the photos!

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“Four Generations” photo, Christmas 1960. My mom, her mother, her grandmother and even Barbie all sporting matching looks sewn by my grandma.

Of all the old photos I looked through with my family, these photos of my mom’s family from the early 1960s were my favorites.

Christmas 1960. My mom with her holiday loot.

Christmas 1960. My mom with her holiday loot.

It’s always great to see photos of people you’ve only ever known in their adult forms as children, but I also like seeing the things that were special to them and what their environments were really like.

Christmas 1960. My uncle and his loot.

Christmas 1960. My uncle and his loot.

My grandma with her haul. I can't exactly what that coffee set beside her is, but it looks pretty sweet.

My grandma with her haul. Must have been a big year for aprons. I can’t exactly see what that coffee set beside her is, but it looks pretty sweet.

I think my mom was shocked to see how small and sparse the "big flocked tree" from her childhood memories was in reality.

I think my mom was shocked to see how small and sparse the “big flocked tree” from her childhood memories was in reality.

When I first started collecting vintage Christmas decorations (which was at a pretty young age), my mom always told me about the aluminum tree they had when she was little and how pretty it was with all blue ornaments. Although that tree was long gone before I even existed, it served as inspiration for my first aluminum tree which I decorated with all cobalt blue ornaments.

More matchy matchy with gold brocade and mink trim. My grandma made one for Barbie too, but she evidently didn't make it to the shoot.

More matchy matchy with gold brocade and mink trim. My grandma made one for Barbie too, but she evidently didn’t make it to the shoot.

I would make a crack about getting a toaster and an ironing board for Christmas, but honestly I probably would have thought they were pretty cool at that age too.

I would make a crack about getting a toaster and an ironing board for Christmas, but honestly I probably would have thought they were pretty cool at that age too.

You need the guns because, judging by their faces, Santa and the teddy bear are pretty menacing and that lazy hound isn't going to save you.

You need the guns because, judging by their faces, Santa and the creepy teddy bear are up to no good and that lazy hound isn’t going to save you.

Santa clearly stepped up his game the next year. A taffy puller? Amazing.

Santa clearly stepped up his game the next year. A taffy puller? Amazing.

But in the end, it’s the toys you want to see. There’s just something about them that, even as an adult, just makes you want to rip them out of their boxes and go crazy.

My mom still has this sewing machine. I always thought it was pretty cool, even if it was intended to reinforce gender stereotypes.

My mom still has this sewing machine. I always thought it was pretty cool, even if it was intended to reinforce gender stereotypes.

This look back made me think a little about the toys I loved as a kid and how those things are rapidly becoming vintage in their own right. Cut to the mid-1980s.

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That’s me on the right, clutching my Pound Puppy and a Fob puppet while chattering away to whatever Teddy Ruxpin was talking about (and I have NO idea why the orange Fob is on my hand because everyone knows the purple one was mine). Teddy was one of my favorite toys growing up. His books and stories were often just a starting point for my little mind to wander off deep into imaginary lands. It’s hard for me to believe that Teddy and his friends are now in their 30s just like me. Perhaps he’s dealing with back pain and rogue nose hairs too? I’ll never know because 10 years after this picture was taken I decided to purge these things from my teenage bedroom, despite my mom knowingly asking, “Are you really sure you want to sell that?” Who wants your little kid toys hanging around when you’re all grown up? As it turns out, in another 10 years I did. I really did.

After hearing me casually say how “Teddy was such a cool toy when you think about it,” and “I kind of wish I’d kept him,” my mom decided to bring my childhood magic back (with the help of eBay). A few years ago I unwrapped all of this at Christmas.

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Of all the things that pass through our hands in our lives, why is it that toys are so important to us no matter how old we get? I think it’s because they’re the things that influenced us most in our formative years. We cut our teeth on them (both literally and figuratively) and they often played a bigger role in making us who we are than we probably ever give them credit for. It’s tempting to say that toys are really all about consumerism and material lust, but at the end of the day our toys were beloved for the escapism and fantasy they gave us, not as items of value or status. And when you consider that, it really doesn’t matter how Mattel ever marketed Barbie or how many banana seat bikes Schwinn moved in the fourth quarter of 1963. All that matters is the lifetime of joy they gave the kids who played with them.

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Weekend Finds: Christmas Cards http://snag-blog.com/weekend-finds-christmas-cards/ http://snag-blog.com/weekend-finds-christmas-cards/#comments Fri, 18 Dec 2015 18:56:07 +0000 http://snag-blog.com/?p=10424 Show me a box like this:

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And you bet I’m opening it, checking the price tag and probably purchasing it. Upon opening the box, this tiny gem appeared:

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Take my $10. So many adorable cards with equally adorable envelopes in mint condition. They really made my day. Check out some of the best ones!

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There’s just something about vintage Christmas cards. The glitter, embossing, vibrant colors…they don’t make ’em like this anymore. Do you have a favorite?

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All the Smalls http://snag-blog.com/all-the-smalls/ http://snag-blog.com/all-the-smalls/#comments Tue, 15 Dec 2015 19:43:58 +0000 http://snag-blog.com/?p=10397 Lately I’ve been focusing a lot on my furniture finds, which have been pretty epic. But today I thought I’d share some of the great little things I’ve been picking up that don’t require an army of help to move.

A couple of my favorite recent finds are this lotus tea kettle by Cathrineholm of Norway and this Michael Lax designed fondue set by Copco of Denmark. I bought the tea kettle from a collector, but the fondue pot was a great $3.99 thrift store snag. Both will be colorful and shapely additions to my kitchenware collection which is falling more and more under Scandinavian control.

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Also for the kitchen are these wooden canisters by Glenmade of California, more thrift store scores. I already have a birch one with a black lid, but these beauties are pretty gorgeous. I think the one on the right is even Brazilian rosewood. I love these for stashing candy.

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Continuing with the thrift store finds, this Italian pottery jug imported by Rosenthal Netter makes a great companion to the matching ashtray I’ve had for years. I love the colors and the contrasting matte/gloss glazing.

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In other worldly pursuits, this German stamped gold dish caught my eye on the dollar table at a flea market. Usually when I find pieces like this they’re anodized aluminum, but this dish is heavy and appears to be gold plated. I like the modern riff on a Moroccan motif. Perfect for everyday, especially great for the holidays.

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My favorite part is actually the label.

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Sometimes great smalls show up when you’re looking at something much larger. While examining a cigar box pulled from a jumbled box of junk at a flea market I noticed some small cards inside.

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I knew immediately what they were, promotional cards printed by Arm & Hammer featuring different birds of North America. Arm & Hammer printed several series of the cards between the 1890s and 1930s. Without counting I purchased the whole stack and, to my delight, the entire set of 30 cards from the third series were there.

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I love the colors and intricacy of the lithographed birds.

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Each card shows an illustration of a bird on the front with information about the bird on the back. Although I’m not looking forward to cutting a ridiculous 30 window mat board, I do plan on framing these in an antique picture frame.

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Out of the same box of junk also came some interesting tobacco paraphernalia.

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Smoking is one of those things I loathe the most, but it’s pretty hard to resist the lure of these intricate little packages. The largest is a box for Egyptian cigarettes and the two smaller booklets are rolling papers, complete with Iowa tax stamps.

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I can’t find an exact date for any of the packages, but they appear to be from the 1900s to the early 1920s.

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For a period of time Turkish blend tobaccos were wildly popular in Europe and the United States, inspiring several American brands like Camel which adopted an Egyptian look for its packaging.

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As the winter draws on, smalls are a lot easier to find and move in the cold and snow. Now the only trick is making enough room on the shelves for them.

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The Perfect Chair for an Imperfect Plan http://snag-blog.com/the-perfect-chair-for-an-imperfect-plan/ http://snag-blog.com/the-perfect-chair-for-an-imperfect-plan/#comments Tue, 08 Dec 2015 21:19:30 +0000 http://snag-blog.com/?p=10377 Things move a bit slowly when it comes to major design overhauls of my own home. I’ve been plotting a redesign of my living room for over two years and I’m only now inching toward that becoming any sort of reality. It’s not that I don’t have the vision, it’s that I have visions all the time. Getting into the chaos of changing up an entire room is something that requires a concrete plan—every time I drag home a new amazing chair, that plan goes right out the window.

But this time I think I’ve found the chair. The chair that’s so great the chances of randomly finding another that fits the bill better are very slim.

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Sexy, right? Get a load of it in profile:

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Boom. Perfect chair. It was love at first sight. I saw it. I called and bought it. I drove three hours to get it. It’s going to have to be reupholstered and that complicates things. What fabric do I put on it? I already had a chair I had planned on using and had picked out fabric for…

Sorry Flexsteel, you didn't make the team after all

Sorry Flexsteel, you didn’t make the team after all

But the fabric I had planned to use on this gold chair just won’t work with the chair I just bought. Bummer. Another option would be to cover it in the same fabric I used on this sofa.

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Although I apologize for not having a picture of the completed sofa (it’s been sitting in my garage under a drop cloth for nearly a year), I had it covered in Rivington by Knoll Textiles in the Parchment color way. I probably have enough of this left to do the chair, but the idea of that is feeling a little too matchy-matchy to me. I feel like if the couch and chair matched they’d always need to be separated by another piece of furniture that’s a contrasting color.

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Another option would be the fabric I had bought for these Knoll chairs designed by Eero Saarinen.

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I thought these would make great side chairs in my living room and I liked the idea of this bright red-orange fabric. Again, Rivington by Knoll Textiles, this time in the Paprika color way.

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As much as love this for the Saarinen chairs, I’m loving the idea of the chair being in the same fabric as the sofa but a different color. But if I do this, I’ll have no fabric for my Saarinen chairs. Of course I could always use the fabric I had bought for this Adrian Pearsall chair:

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This will also be going in my living room and I wanted it to be a fuzzy little nest in Classic Boucle by Knoll Textiles in the Pearl color way.

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But this creamy wool fabric would also look amazing on the Saarinen chairs, leaving my Pearsall chair naked. Decisions, decisions. I guess the only way out of this is to find the perfect fourth fabric to add to this mix and then decide which chair to put it on. Ugh! I’m so close to this room finally coming together and yet I feel like I’m farther away than ever before. But I can tell you one thing, once this is done I am keeping all of these pieces until the day I die.

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