We've been considering black Eiffel bases for our orange shells. Whilst we're fond of the dowel bases, we're not entirely convinced walnut, maple or oak sit well with this tangy tangerine colour. The only other option is a zinc Eiffel, but we're thinking too shiny, no?
Now here's a space that is quite obviously occupied by a chair fanatic. We love the way the owner is entirely at ease with the mix 'n' match approach .... see a chair you love, buy it and move on to the next one. Ahhh, a man, or indeed woman, after our own heart!
The restoration is coming along nicely, thank you for asking! We bid farewell and good riddance to the demon adhesive some time ago, whereupon we promptly rewarded our efforts by downing tools. But hey, there's no rest for the wicked. As you'll know if you follow us over on twitter, we managed to bag ourselves a H base long before we had a shell to go with it. Now we have the shell, but uh-oh, no screws to attach the former to the latter, or the latter to the former - whichever! Enter Modern Conscience, who happen to have a vintage bases, spares and parts department. So far, so good ...... but golly, their screw selection was mind-boggling. Knowing little about our shell and next to nothing - OK, nothing - about which set of screws we required, we took a quick pic of the mounts and fired it across to the extremely helpful folk at Modern Conscience - and their response was just the ticket:
"Lovely example, probably early 60's. I love the little Herman Miller logo on the mounts. The square impressions in the mounts mean that this was originally a rocker. Fine thread screws are what you want .... the basic vintage fine thread version is the most likely one to have been on your seat originally."
We were sold and placed our order tout suite. The screws arrived in one piece, so to speak, and looked all the better for their 4,500 mile journey. And yeap, they fit ...... yeee-ha! So, there you have it - one original shell with its original shock mounts, four vintage screws and an original Herman Miller H base ...... let's just hope the base aligns with the mounts!
So it's freezing outside and the last place on earth we'd want to be right now is lounging around on the lawn in near arctic conditions, but this set of 'Garden Party' furniture by Luigi Colani feels like summer don't you think? OK, OK, so the thought of bikini weather is giving you goose-bumps ....... then bring the party inside!
We're not opposed to a pop of colour, but we are naturally drawn to the simplicity of blacks, whites and greys - and it was this combination of colours coupled with the fluidity of shapes and sculptural curves that drew us to this Arabesk sofa set by Swedish designer Folke Jansson. Quite an usual design don't you think, even for the experimental era of the mid-1950s?
Eiffel base, dowel base, rocker base, cats cradle, H base, La Fonda, bench. Bench? Yeap, bench. These wooden benches date from the 1950s and originate from a German university. They're unusual to say the least, but hugely fascinating. What say you?
Last year, Hans Wegner's Flag Halyard chair was, by far and away, the most viewed chair on the blog. So will it top your top of the pops again this year? We're only four days into 2012, but the suspense is killing us. Stayed tuned for the results .... all will be revealed in just 362 days time! Exciting stuff, yes? We quite dig these ones with the natural flax dyed black. But hey, whilst that deer cushion's OK, where's the sheepskin?
After a brief interlude, we're back and raring to go ..... well, sort of! We've been busy making adjustments which include a new, all-singing, all-dancing logo. Designed and made by our good selves - which is why it looks a bit amateurish to say the least - we wanted a circle, and a circle is what we've got! In other news, as well as bringing you more of the same - chairs and the like - we'll be musing on the home front as we attempt to document our quest to make our humble abode more, well, becoming etc ...... yeah, we wanna SHOW OFF! Ahem. So, there you have it. Oh, and what of the light? Well, that's our challenge for 2012 - we don't do resolutions - and we'll have it built and hung by, by ...... the end of the year, just you wait and see!