Sunday, June 8, 2008

My latest obsession.



Steel and chrome chairs. Yum.

I am not really a modernist, not in the sort of all-or-nothing approach you think of when imagining LA people doing up their clean, white, angular (boring) spaces. You know the kind I am talking about.

But I do like a little metal in a space to smack down any kind of Rachel Ashwell vomitous "shabbiness" that is prone to rear its head when you like vintage and antique stuff, as I do. The whole topic came up a while back in the comments section responding to Nick Olsen's blog post about tubular steel (read it HERE), but I still have metal on the brain.



This current fave can be found HERE on Ebay. Recover it in white hair-on cow hide or maybe in some nubby cream fabric, or even in a fuschia velvet and you've got yourself a party.

Chairs at the top of this post can be found HERE


What do you guys think of metal?

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

You have to take care of metal furniture.

Wood furniture looks good with age, and a little wear and tear. Metal doesn't. Pitted chrome: not sleek, not glamorous. Just sad.

Leah said...

Those are both Milo Baughman chairs. (More info on his designs here: http://morewaystowastetime.blogspot.com/2007/05/style-files-milo-baughman.html.)

But in a nutshell: Very chic, very sexy.

Anonymous said...

...and for the most part, still very, very plentiful for very reasonable prices.

haus-frau said...

I'm personally partial to brass, but a definite yes to a little bit of metal. You should incorporate lots of different textures in your space-- woods, metals, smooth and nubby. That way you're elevating your room from the purely visual to the tactile. Think of it as balancing the masculine to the feminine. Great chairs, go for it!

Anonymous said...

Nope, not for me. Metal furniture reminds me too much of office waiting-rooms.

the quarter rat said...

Paging Hollister Hovey! (she has a pair of those chairs)

Not my thing, but still pretty sexy...

pve design said...

still crying over giving away the metal horse legged table bc and trading up for a real dining table.
it would be great to have it as a desk.
metal, glass, chrome all look right now.

alis said...

Not crazy about it. I can't look at a metal piece of furniture and really like it. I do however think "this may work". So my relationship with metal is more logical than emotional. Like you said, it's needed for cleaning up and bringing out shabbiness.

Great Dame said...

Yes to chrome. I like mixing it in with my other antique-y pieces to keep things looking a little more modern (with a small m).

birdy said...

I love it, but then, I bought two similar chairs off eBay a few years ago. They were originally from a hospital waiting room in Chicago. I had them reupholstered in brown, and gussied them up with white sheepskin pillows. Everyone who comes in drools over them.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Baby, there is metal and there is METAL ... check these out and note the ravishing baroque-style legs ... I'm am lusting for them ... http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=5090841

Anonymous said...

oh god, A.L., you managed to find the one fussy example of chrome! Hilarious.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

I was actually very proud to have found those chairs. Primarily because I'm sick to the teeth with Barcelona-chair knockoffs and their chrome-plated brethren (very first-apartment for young financial types). Give those "fussy" chairs a makeover with some chic suede or amazing nougat-coloured damask and, believe me, everyone will want them. Or at least appreciate them.

Anonymous said...

good name for a band:

amazing nougat-coloured damask

girl meets glamour said...

I love these chairs, omg I want them for my house!! Thanks for sharing.

~Kate

modernemama said...

love it - but then I'm a modernist

Anonymous said...

Baughman chairs are ALWAYS available. Check eBay.

Jean said...

OK, I'm not too keen on the Baughman chairs; but if I could have the chairs from Christie's and upholster the cushions in a warm brown suede, I'd be happy for the rest of my life.

eM said...

kinda has a medical office waiting area vibe to me - altho the velvet fabric might make up for the cold lifeless metal I think metal and lots of stone in all these PNW homes is weird, but then I'm always cold up here, so don't listen to me

Anonymous said...

You can't just stick one or two of these things in any room. They need a whole chrome-friendly thing happenin' around them, or it will read as a waiting room, rather than a cool, smart '70s homage.

Anonymous said...

"I'm sick to the teeth with Barcelona-chair knockoffs and their chrome-plated brethren (very first-apartment for young financial types)"

Translation: "You kids today and your modern 'metal' chairs!" (shaking cane angrily in the air)

Easy and Elegant Life said...

My brother-in-law gave me a chrome chair -- the leather was cracked and there is a bit of pitting on the half-round base, but recovered in grey herringbone wool flannel it looks great in a sort of Ralph Lauren way. Since it is the only metal piece of furniture, it mixes in nicely without looking too period specific and matches the 1930's chrome sconces.