Monday, 29 October 2012


Thursday, 25 October 2012

Our inspiration for this week's mix is this stunning Gio Ponti style armchair upholstered in a rich velvet.  We've teamed it with monochrome, because we're going through a monochrome phase in a BIG way at the moment.  Overall though, we like this combination of ochre, black and white - it's simple and easy on the eye.  These cushions by Pia Wallén are particular favourites and we need them, urgently.  We're desperate to add some softness to our house as the colder weather sets in, so we may have to splurge on these necessities without further delay!

Interior via Designspiration | Pendant lamp by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen via Caioplini Design | Eames RAR via CoMod | Pia Wallén cushions via Nordic New | Italiam armchair via Caioplini Design


Monday, 22 October 2012

We spent far too much time yesterday attempting to put a post together about the restoration of our Eames armshell.  We were fairly happy with the words we used and the order in which we used them, but it was the obligatory 'after' shot that caused us the most consternation.  You see, we only had the one shot - this one.  And this image just isn't the right image.  For starters, it's not at all representative of what our completed restoration project looks like in real-life ... plonked against a backdrop, heavily edited and with filters applied for that extra ta-dah.  No.

So today we're going to get busy with the camera and attempt to take a few decent snaps of that new/old chair of ours.  Stay tuned!


Friday, 19 October 2012

So, a DKW-2 dating from 1952 with its original base and original two-piece bikini covered in hopsack designed by Alexander Girard. So far, so good.  But here's the thing ... we had to look up what 'DKW' stood for.  We'd guessed it was D for dining and W for wood (as in the dowel base) or possibly wire .... but then what of the K?  It turns out the W does in fact refer to the dowel base ... and the K relates to the wire seat.

So K stands for wire.  Why?  Why K?  Anyone?  Oh, and just so we've crossed all the Ts and dotted all the Is, the 2 - just in case you were wondering - relates to the two-piece upholstered pad.

Images:  Just In Modern


Tuesday, 16 October 2012

This piece from SIT AND READ - a Brooklyn based creative agency, gallery and retail space - is both super and duper. The 'super' bit is that heavenly teak frame designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen, and the 'duper' bit those cushions upholstered in Hudson Bay blankets. Pair the two together and you've got yourself a super-duper HUDSON BAY SOFA … a wonderful combination of materials, colours and pattern.

Images: Sit and Read


Friday, 12 October 2012

We've spent far too long debating whether or not our 'mix' posts need to have any words. What do you think? If you think not, then stop reading now and pretend there isn't any text here. If, on the other hand, you think 'yeah, words are good, we'll take some words please', then by all means carry on …

We've plumped for a monochrome mix this week, focusing on shaped black wire and shapely leather curves.  There.  That's it.  We really, really tried, but we couldn't think of any more words.  We're off to get some medicine for writers' block ... have a great weekend!

PS:  Hope you enjoyed the pictures.

Stendig via Line Thit Klein | 'Hang It All' via Utility Design | 'In the Neighbourhood' newspaper stand via Minustio | Bertoia's Diamond chair via The Brick House | 'Dewey Decimal' antlers via antler&co | black/white interior via Varpunen | black leather sofa via Beanfield | 'Kopra Burst' light via David Weeks Studio | Bertoia's Diamond chair via Time of the Aquarius

righting a wrong

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

A while ago now we featured this delightful SIDEBOARD which we understood was designed by Nils Jonsson for Hugo Troeds. And we said as much. And that was that. And then, just the other day, we received a comment on the original post which read "It's actually designed by Yngve Eckstrom for Troeds". And off we went. Turns out there are a few of these sideboards floating around, some attributed to Nils Jonsson and others to Yngve Ekström. And then bingo. BRA BOHAG, an Edinburgh based shop specialising in mid-century furniture, recently sold a SIDEBOARD just like this one. And the fun doesn't stop there. Oh no. Their helpful description of "a small Swedish Bra Bohag sideboard designed by Yngve Ekström, and made by Troeds" was accompanied by this very helpful photograph.

So there you have it.  Yngve Ekström not Nils Jonsson.

Images:  Stilodrom International, Bra Bohag 


Monday, 8 October 2012

Up until the other day we'd never featured ARKANA on the blog. Why?  Well, quite possibly because we're design snobs - come on, there's only one TULIP chair, and it's the one designed by Eero Sarineen for Knoll.  End of.  Just how Mr. Burke was able to take Sarineen's design and reproduce it so, umm, blatantly is beyond us.  But he did.  And here it is.  The seat has very similar dimensions to Saarinen's chair, but the pedestal features a four-legged propeller shaped base instead of the circular one seen on Saarinen's design.  Also, as with Sarineen's design, Burke's were crafted from fibreglass plastic and the pedestal bases made of enamel-coated aluminium.

So there you have it.  A rip-off.  But, rightly or wrongly, these 'tulips' are growing on us.

Images:  RetroAge via Deconet 


Tuesday, 2 October 2012

We've come up with a new series which allows us to play around with beautiful images and indulge our wider passion for interiors, lighting, textiles - basically anything home-related.  Today's focus is grey - textures in particular - mixed with our current penchant for all things black and white.  Throw in a few choice chairs, and fingers crossed you'll enjoy what we've come up with.

Do let us know what you think.

Pulp Pendant, Folklore | Bedroom, Hitta Hem | Ercol Model 427 Lounge Chair, Cream and Chrome | Elephant Grey Eames RAR, Phillips de Pury | Interior, Convoy | Arkana Chair, Emmas Design BloggBB.09.09 Chandelier, Lindsay Adelman

please and thank you

Monday, 1 October 2012

Now THIS is how we like to start a new week - a new month even ... an elephant grey (or should that be gray?) ARMSHELL sitting atop a black 'cats cradle' base.  To say that we need this would be an understatement.  However, WE NEED THIS.  Now.  Please and thank you.

Image: Circa Modern

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