7/17/15

We're Having a Theo Ruth Love Affair...

"And I can't stop, and I won't stop"
- Miley Cyrus, Mike Will Made It, P-Nasty, Rock City, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick

As said epically by (all six) songwriters of "We Can't Stop," we literally can't stop being obsessed with Theo Ruth's beautiful designs. I suddenly had an epiphany that we may have a problem as I watched our upholsterer drop off a third (or fifth?) batch of freshly re-upholstered gorgeous Theo Ruth chairs... Not that that is a problem whatsoever, and if it is, we would love for it to keep reoccurring.

What's not to love?
We can't help but be attracted to the well-designed and well-made. Basically, Theo Ruth's designs have amazing structurally sound bones (haha.) Even the worst upholsterer couldn't mess up a Theo Ruth chair. All of his designs are classic and fun - manifesting as a curvy love seat or his most famous tension construction sets. Ingenious...

Theo Ruth for Artifort:
Theo Ruth was an interior and furniture designer whose most famous design was his 1952 Congo chair based on innovative tension construction. After joining Artifort in 1936 (then named Wagemans & Van Tuinen) as their primary furniture designer, he became integral to the development of Artifort's design department, bringing in other designers such as Geoffrey Harcourt, Gerritt Rietveld, and Pierre Paulin. An arbitrator of design, he played a huge role in paving the path to Artifort's success.

Theo Ruth "Congo" Chair, 1952. In Chartreuse!
Theo Ruth Loveseat - in Original Olive Mohair

Theo Ruth Armchair - Sunshine Yellow
Theo Ruth Three-Seater Sofa - Apple Red
























Theo Ruth Armchair - Feather Upholstery
























Pair of Theo Ruth Vanity Chairs
























Theo Ruth Loveseat
























Theo Ruth Tension Construction Sofa Set - Two-Toned Fabric

(All photos by Sam Zachrich. Thank you Sam!)

6/8/15

Mix and Match Mid-Century? No Prob - Hello Chairish!

Being a dealer specializing in Dutch Mid-Century Modern goodness, we're no stranger to mixing and matching. Dutch design varies a little from more traditional Danish mid-century - they used more industrial and colorful materials, which offset so perfectly with wood and various textures. If we've taken away anything from Dutch design, it's fearlessness in our aesthetic. Sometimes the least likely mix of things synchronize beautifully together.

Why do we love mid-century? People knew how to build things well back then, ideas were fresh, unique pieces were made, and the materials were repurposed from WWII industrialism… Historically standing, MCM was the gateway for mass-production, nevertheless the original (old) designs still maintain a feeling of hand-craftedness and care. Mixing mid-century with any style ALWAYS gives any space a sense of originality and comfort. Today I will be sharing a few of our favorite rooms that seamlessly incorporate the mid-century modern aesthetic. Along with a few styling tips. 

Look how we've moved backwards in time…If these photos were instead in high-res, they could be from this month's Dwell (maybe.) Instead they're actually from a 60's Dutch catalog. 
























Here are a few favorite rooms (by designers we love!), highlighted with very reasonably priced original mid-century designs from Chairish - a carefully curated online marketplace with a bomb mid-century collection. Trust me, this blog post was very hard to get through considering I got distracted re-designing my whole apartment in my head browsing through everything. (Insert monkey-face emoji with its hands over its eyes.) Also our top three tips on styling with mid-century!

TIP 1
Re-upholstery. Reupholster an old piece with new spunky fabric and you maintain the vintage integrity of the piece but let it modernize and pop with any space. Illustrated here in a project by Matt Blacke via a very B&B Italia sofa. 



3. Mid-Century Modern Milo Baughman Era Sofa and chair
4. Harvey Probber Three Piece Sectional Sofa (very much in need of some good re-upholstery…)
5. Thayer Coggin Foyer Table
6. Vintage Adrian Pearsell 1135-T Dining Table

TIP 2 
Mid-Century itself comes in many styles... mixing and matching different upholsteries, textures, and woods can be refreshing all in itself. Thanks Roman and Williams!












1. Original Mid-Century Arthur Umanoff Sofa
2. Percival Lafer Two-Seat Leather Sofa
3. Grange Monet Black Lounge Chair 
4. Hans Wegner Style Folding Woven Rope Chairs
5. Hans Olsen Black Leather and Wood Safari Chair
6. Hans Wegner Brown Leather Armchair
7. Danish Modern White Hanging Pendant Lamp

TIP 3
Keep it simple and light. One of the best things about MCM is its simplicity and shapeliness. Well-placed curves can give dynamism to any room and works especially great when sticking to a neutral color palette. Below by Geremia Design






1. Newly Reupholstered Mid-Century Vintage Couch
2. Swan Sofa by Fritz Hansen
3. Red Womb Chair and Ottoman by Knoll Saarinen
4. Mid-Century Overman Egg Form Chair and Ottoman
5. Glass and Rattan Coffee Table
6. Adrian Pearsall Walnut Coffee Table
7. Mid-Century Chrome Arc Floor Lamp


Lastly and most importantly... versatility. I mean, have you browsed through all 6,000+ items in just the Mid-Century section alone on Chairish? (I have…) There is absolutely something for everyone. 

6/1/15

JUST LANDED: FAVORITES


Pair of Jacques Adnet Style Woven Rattan Bucket Chairs, Paul Kingma Style Mosaic Stone Nesting Tables

Blonde Pastoe (attr) Dining Set, Black Plexi Hat Ceiling Lamp

Pair of Radboud Van Beekum FM60 Cube Chairs for Pastoe in New White Leather, Hala Style Ball-Jointed Industrial Black Floor Lamp, Dirk van Sliedrecht for Rohe Noordwolde Side Table


4/22/15

De Sede DS-600 "Nonstop" Sofa

Ueli Berger/Elenora Peduzzi-Riva/Heinz Ulrich/Klaus Vogt's DS600 "Nonstop" Sofa for De Sede is the kind of sofa (work of art) that you can only acquire if you're a rockstar with impeccable and eclectic taste. It has always been a stunning classic, and was featured in the March Architectural Digest's article detailing Lapo Elkann's apartment in Milan (entrepreneur and designer with impeccable and eclectic taste.)

This ingenious sofa system was developed in 1972 as a cross between ultimate comfort, versatility (literally), and design. Each individual cushy section can be zippered together and curved elegantly - hence we like to call it the Zipper Sofa. Talk about statement pieces, you don't even need anything else in the room at all. It's one of our favorites! Practically screaming to stay with us forever… however unfortunately that is not the case as our lack of space says otherwise.  

Architectural Digest


























Here are some more traditionally upholstered zipper De Sede's. Honestly you could probably upholster it in anything and it would be still awesome.

De Sede 

De Sede
Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso on our very own De Sede courtesy of 1stdibs (Nasty Gal Headquarters by Bestor Architecture

We have this one now available! 



4/15/15

Designing for a Good Cause - 10 Homes in 2 Days

A good friend of ours recently introduced us to a community volunteer organization she's been working with called "A Sense of Home" that designs homes with furniture donations for aged-out foster kids. This weekend on April 18th and 19th they will be putting together 10 homes in just two days!! If you have any furniture or any of your time to donate, please do! 

Here's some more info on the organization :) Taken from the "Foster Care Counts" website - also here is their website.



Who are we?
A Sense of Home (ASOH) is a volunteer movement where community creates homes for foster youth as they "age out" of the foster care system. At age 18 or 21st, youth that were never adopted are ejected from the foster system and must fend for themselves. They may secure a Section 8 Apt but have no means to obtain furniture & homewards that create a sense of home and the foundation that is needed to succeed. ASOH rallies the community to be the "village" for these kids during the most challenging phase of their life. 

How to get involved:

Donate furniture and housewares, earn a tax deduction

Donate funds so ASOH can hire foster youth to scale across the US

Volunteer as a family or school or as an individual

Why it matters:
Conservatively, it costs the US $8 billion/year. Foster youth - who've experienced an average of 7 relocations during their time in care - exit the system with the statistics predicting they will fail:
- More than 50% of foster youth who "aged out" experience homelessness.
- Approximately 56% of foster youth who "aged out" become unemployed.
- 70% of all California State Prison inmates are former foster youth.
- In LA County alone, each year 3,200 youth "age out."