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."

3/19/15

Spring, Is That You?

For some reason, this winter felt longer than last winter. We're lucky that we didn't get hit with the insane weather bombarding the East Coast (I mean when do we ever get insane weather or weather at all?), but somehow the record-breaking low temperatures around the rest of the US got us down too... (we're awful, right?) BUT that makes us even more excited that Spring has finally and officially decided to join us. Well, on the West Coast at least. West Coast=Best Coast. Feel free to debate me.

We have a TON of West German Ceramics, large and small, and decided that now was the time to go to the flower market and fill these beautiful vases. We went a little crazy... "we" meaning me.


That's probably about $80 worth of flowers/branches/thistles right there, which isn't bad considering we made all of these! (Below.. and more.) The LA flower market is crazy amazing and I spent about an hour wandering around looking at everything, and trust me, they have everything. I'm also a very indecisive person and ended up buying way more than we needed.

Assorted Large West German Ceramics





This is Carrie. Sorry Carrie, couldn't resist ;) This could be the start to a great modeling career.


We have a few select pieces upholstered in beautiful light and fun fabrics, and shot a few vignettes with the arrangements. Did I mention how much we love Spring?

Birch Dining Table with Set of 8 Van Os Culemborg Dining Chairs, West German Ceramic





Theo Ruth Congo Chair in Chartreuse, Teak Nesting Tables with Leather Magazine Rack, West German Ceramic

Theo Ruth Lounge Chair in Sunshine Yellow, Dutch Design Floor Lamp in Black, Wood Accessory, Vintage Stool, West German Ceramic


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

2/10/15

Our Foray into Styling the Foyer



The foyer or entryway to your home serves as a perfect introduction to the type of person you are... cluttered and disorganized, or minimal and clean, it lends precedence to what the rest of your house is going to look like (most likely.) As they say, first impressions are everything - right? 

Not all of us have a distinct foyer per say, but we can create the illusion of having one (even if it is just an extension of our living room.) All we really need is a place to rest our keys upon arrival to save us some stress and anxiety later on when we REALLY need to be somewhere important and can't find those damn keys. We've picked out a few things we want for our foyer, and of course, some inspiration from Pinterest.  Also sorry... couldn't resist with that title.


1. Willy Van der Meeren for Tubax Writing Desk or Side Table with Wire Legs. Very elegant industrial design in the shaping of the tubular enameled metal legs. 

2. Giancarlo Piretti for Castelli Three Seater Bench with Cast Aluminum Legs. A classic painted plywood seat design from Castelli but in bench form (how cool). I could see this in my entryway or hallway - it's playful but also with a minimal palette.  

3. Cees Braakman and A. Dekker Wire Vanity Stool for Pastoe. I suppose not the most comfortable chair for sitting, but also why would you be sitting in your foyer all day. Plus it's gorgeous. 

4. Raak Saturnus Chandelier. This would be the epitome of statement pieces if hung in your entryway, just think about it... 

5. Krijn Hamelink "Cadiz" Side Chair. Simple and minimal with clean lines! A good alternative to heavier pieces and would work better with smaller spaces. 

6. Artimeta Soest Perforated Mirror and Lamp in Orange. A good mirror is always crucial for a last check out the door to make sure everything is in order. 

7. Mid-Century Small Teak Cabinet. Just small enough to place near a door but large enough to be noticeable - also a great piece to hang a mirror above (such as the Artimeta Soest mirror, #6)


Check out our Pinterest inspiration board for this post! Plus more picks 





1/6/15

OUR FAVORITE PICKS OF THIS WEEK!

Happy 2015! We got two new containers within two weeks of each other last month, and therefore have been extremely overwhelmed - in other words stumbling over all our new stuff in excitement, joy, and disarray. Here are a few of our favorite Dutch designs from our newest containers!

1. Gerard Van Den Berg for Montis 1970 - "The Rock" Two-Seater and Ottoman

Gerard Van Den Berg arguably defined a turning point from classic Mid-Century Dutch furniture design to more contemporary design using different materials, such as rattan and leather. For Montis, a company he started with his brother, his design aesthetic stemmed from concepts of comfort - cushiony seats with a solid and sturdy body. Nevertheless, he maintains a sleek elegance to each piece with his balanced, and often singular, use of warm leather upholstery and carefully placed stitching. 

This particular piece is in very good condition! One of the best we've seen. There is some normal wear from age and use, but overall it's beautifully patina-d and well cared for :)





2. P.J. Muntendam Lounge Chair for Gebr Jonkers, 1956.

Gebr. Jonkers was a manufacturer most well-known for their iconic pieces in woven rattan. Their factory was in Noordwolde from 1929-1982. They worked with well-known Dutch designers such as Dirk van Sliedregt and smaller designers like P.J. Muntendam who brought their own specific design aesthetics to the palm material.

We love the pop of red on the frame of this chair! Leather Armrests, Black Leather Cushion and Headrest.

























3. Radboud van Beekum FM60 Cubic Chair and Side Table for Pastoe, 1980.

Dutch designer Radboud van Beekum designed his Cube chair for Pastoe after graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy with a focus in architectural design and furniture in 1977. After joining the studio Total Design in Amsterdam, he worked on projects for the Rijksmuseum and the Royal Palace in Amsterdam and his team was awarded the Kho Liang Le prize for industrial design in 1991. 

We re-upholstered the chair in black leather, the frame is original. The table is in original condition and harder to find! Look out for a pair of FM60 chairs with a white frame coming soon to our warehouse...



Of course we also have a Work in Progress section in our warehouse! We get in so many amazing pieces that just need a little spiffing up, here are a few we're working on (so keep an eye out when they show up on our floor)

4. Friso Kramer "Repose" Arm Chair for Ahrend de Cirkel, 1950.
Friso Kramer's "Repose" Arm Chair won the Signe D'Or Award for its design when it was revealed in 1960. Friso Kramer transitioned industrial design of the 1940's to what it is today - more to come on this amazing Dutch designer soon!






5. This one is just TOO great... No further description needed.