If decor is your porn, this is your blog.
I'd been looking for this issue and literally found it in a stack of H&Gs under my bed - yes, like porn hidden away from the children. Cannot tell you how much I love his old place.
Oh man, MJ has some SERIOUSLY gorgeous (and valuable) Jean Prouve pieces there...
OK, you've seen the Marc Jacobs/Louis Vuitton documentary recently on the Sundance Channel, yes? It may still be running. Fascinating. I must admit that I stayed up too late and had had one too many for it all to sink in but I saved it for later careful perusing. Must see TV
Flawless. Isn't it amazing how it escapes the look of DWR run amok? Does H&G say who made that orange sofa & ottoman?Also: would you please weigh in on the Prouvé standard chair? After coveting them for years, I super-splurged and bought myself a new Vitra one a few months ago. When it arrived, I fretted that it looked too "trophy furniture" next to my beloved vintage printer's desk. I went into a tailspin of doubt and regret before returning it, in exchange for store credit. Now I'm thinking I want to give it another go. I do like the chair, but I think I just have a hard time owning anything that looks glaringly new. It's pathetic, I know, but this is the kind of shit that keeps me up at night. Decorno, can you help me out here?
DI - I will find out about the sofa for you... And YES... it does escape the ascetic DWR-run-amok look. That is a perfect observation. I don't like "new" either; actually, I don't like reissues if it can be avoided. That said, I don't think $1500 to $3000 for a vintage Prouve standard chair is smart, either (unless you're dating a rich Russian oil barron and he wants to give you spending money...) I say go back to DWR, spend your credit on your $780 chair, put it out in the rain, take a pen to it, knock it around, give it the dirty patina of finger oil & dust and help it look vintage a little sooner than it inevitably will. Sensible? No. But, as you can see from my profile, I am merely an astonaut and donut farmer so this is the kind of haphazard advice I am prone to give. That shit would keep me up at night, too. If you *are* in fact dating the oil magnate, here is where you can splurge on the real deal (vintage, of course): http://www.patrickseguin.com/designers/jean_prouve/seating/Here's a question for you - - I am intrigued by the printers desk... with a vintage-y looking prouve chair, does your place start to look too oldie-timey? What else have you got in there to make it modern? Send photos if you can. I am super curious and want to see some home porn (the design kind, of course). I too like old stuff and it's a struggle for me to keep the place from looking too... old.
Dithering Idiot,You're not an idiot, but please, re-buy the chair. You are denying yourself the pleasure of beautiful, classic design. This is paining me. Even the original Prouve chairs were once new. Think how idiotic you'd feel if you'd rejected them then as "too new."I believe the Vitra versions are made in strict accordance with the specs of the first-generation pieces. That should give you some peace of mind.Slowly it will get old with all your own, custom wear and tear, as it should.Go! Buy! You're killing me here!
Decorno, you nailed everything. I'm definitely with you on reissues, but I can't justify $3K on a school librarian's salary. Those chairs at Patrick Seguin are of course perfect, especially the blue ones. (The yucky pastel versions by Vitra are out-and-out heresy!)I laughed at "oldie-timey." I even hesitated when I first wrote "printer's desk" because those two words, in print, suggest something dark and old and dreary, not unlike, say, "butter churn." I would LOVE to send pics, but my desk--and just about everything else I own--is in storage right now, pending a move. (You'll be the first to receive photos, as soon as I'm settled into the new place.) The desk is actually very similar to this one, but with an oak top: http://cgi.ebay.com/Science-Slate-Desk-Vintage-Lab-Oak_W0QQitemZ320221321535QQihZ011QQcategoryZ63572QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItemI like for my furniture to have integrity; all too often, that means choosing solid vintage pieces over stylish MDF garbage. But you're right about running the risk of vintage overload. And oh: smart artwork, I think, is one way to rescue a room from looking like a flea market stall. Thanks for your help. If I end up throwing the new Vitra chair down a flight of stairs, I'll put it up on youtube.
DI - The orange sofa and ottoman are by Francois Bauchet, offered up (at the time) at a place called Neotu Gallery in Paris.
i love houses like these which are simple and calming, yet still filled with little items that show the owner's personality. soooo pretty. (sparkie, your comment made me laugh out loud)
My theory is that a lot of this anxiety about furniture looking "too new" is really class anxiety. People want to give the impression that all their furniture has been in their families for generations: "Why yes, my parents were quite close to M. Prouve and would regularly visit him in his atelier, and that's why this particular example of the Standard Chair, WHICH I INHERITED, is so old and battered and held together with scotch tape and bathtub caulk." It's a wish to appear "old money," isn't it? Some furniture genuinely improves with age, but it's generally the wood stuff. Prouve's has a lot of metal, and metal (well, good metal) looks beautiful new.
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