Vintage Finds: Chairs

Vintage chairs are an amazing way to add spunk and interest to your interior.

I love vintage chairs.  They are an amazing way to add spunk and interest to your interior.  When you source vintage furnishings, it makes the space special, like a piece of sculpture in the room.  A sofa from a catalog, though customizable, doesn’t have the same presence as a Milo Baughman or Jean-Michel Frank chair.  The history behind these designers gives their work that authentic feeling and brings so much more value to a space.  Whether there are many of a particular chair out there or not, they have beauty, detail, and form.

Wood and Brass Lounge Chairs, circa 1950s.
Wood and Brass Lounge Chairs, circa 1950s.
1960s  Italian Armchair
1960s Italian Armchair
Paolo Buffa Style Armchairs
Paolo Buffa Style Armchairs
Mid-Century Modern Inca Chair by Arne Norell.
Mid-Century Modern Inca Chair by Arne Norell.

Often, I make a vintage chair more appropriate for a client by reupholstering it to suit the space.  I’ll consider color or a contrasting element.  You can take something from the original design and build on it.  The finished result is a truly unique piece.

Pair of 1950s French cocktail chairs from Osi Modern.
Pair of 1950s French cocktail chairs from Osi Modern.
1960s Swivel Tub Chairs
1960s Swivel Tub Chairs
1950s Armchair
1950s Armchair

I’ve been looking out for chairs for my office and saw that my friend Amy Vischio had a great pair of vintage chairs through her company Mixit Inc.  Unfortunately, she’d just sold them.  She promised to do what she could, however, and in only two days called me back to say she found this amazing pair of Milo Baughman chairs and had them delivered to me.  My plan is to pull them apart and reupholster them, a project I am really looking forward to!

My very own Milo Baughmans!
My very own Milo Baughmans!

What are your thoughts on vintage chairs?

 

 

Lindsey Adelman Studio

One source I really love for beautiful, custom lighting is Lindsay Adelman Studio.

Lighting is an important element of an interior, from both a practical standpoint and an aesthetic one.  Lighting sets a mood in any room, but is also an opportunity to dress up a space.  One source I really love for beautiful, custom lighting is Lindsay Adelman Studio.  What I love about her fixtures is that they have somewhat of an organic essence to them, even though they are metal and glass.  There’s something precise and graceful about them.

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Liminal Pendant, collaboration with Darcy Miro.
Branching
Branching
Cast bronze by Dacry Miro
Cast bronze by Darcy Miro
Brushed brass with aqua mini globes.
Brushed brass with aqua mini globes.
Knotty Bubble
Knotty Bubble
Cherry Bomb
Cherry Bomb

These highly artistic pieces aren’t just lights, they’re sculptures.  Each piece is hand crafted in her Brooklyn, NY studio from blown glass and precisely machined metal.  A team of local artisans create each piece to order from designs based on natural forms, and each is available in a variety of finishes.  The balance of each piece must be precise.  Because each element is custom made and unique, the various components have to be assembled and exactly balanced for weight differences.  The skill and artistry that goes into this lighting is simply incredible.

Working with glass at the Brooklyn studio.
Working with glass at the Brooklyn studio.
Exquisite metal work.
Exquisite metal work.
Hand made globes at the studio.
Hand made globes at the studio.

I find her new collection has a little bit of whimsy and playfulness to it.  It is striking and peaceful at the same time.

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The Catch line.

To see more lighting options by Lindsey Adelman or to learn more about her company and products, visit her website.

 

S.R. Gambrel

One of my favorite design firms, New York-basked S.R. Gambrel was founded by Steven Gambrel in 1995.

One of my favorite design firms, New York-basked S.R. Gambrel, was founded by Steven Gambrel in 1995.  Gambrel studied architecture at the University of Virginia and has had his designs featured in publications such as Elle Decor, House and Garden, New York Magazine, and many others.  He also recently published his first book featuring his own design projects titled Steven Gambrel:  Time and Place.

Steven Gambrel: Time and Place

S.R. Gambrel’s designs are bold and masculine with no reservations.  His work’s unexpected grandeur comes from a flair for pulling elements together.  He uses an eclectic mix of pieces for dynamic results.  I’ve found that seeing things from Gambrel’s architectural view makes me a better designer.

A great combination of colors in this Southampton space.

Steven Gambrel’s incredible interiors often include his own custom designed furniture, rugs, and lighting.  He carries his love of modern married with traditional to his furnishings.  Gambrel’s designs show careful attention to the impact of details.  Each piece could be an antique or found item.  Urban Electric recently launched a collaboration with Steven Gambrel featuring a collection that celebrates hand-made American craftsmanship.  The line is elegant and modern with pieces that are functional and practical but still exhibit interesting scale and attention to detail.

Malplaquet by S.R. Gambrel for Urban Electric
The Grayfoy pendant by S.R Gambrel – The hand-blown violet glass is subtle yet so sophisticated.
Stanton Chair: The contrast channel and button detail is key!
Lighting by S.R. Gambrel.  Gorgeous!