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I could use this right now - Oscar Niemeyer Chaise Lounge - from the archives

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originally published July 6, 2013.

So, Oscar Niemeyer made cool furniture as well as buildings? Of course he did. Seems like most architects are budding furniture designers as well (Frank Lloyd Wright, Ron Thom). Niemeyer passed away in December 2012 - 10 days short of his 105th birthday.

The Rio Chaise Lounge was designed in 1978 in collaboration with his daughter Anna Maria Niemeyer.

Features a bent wood frame, woven cane seat, and leather headrest pillow with weighted straps.

The image shown is a 2001 reissue for sale on 1st Dibs.

1978 original for sale at $28,000 in 2013
1978 original sold at auction $22,000 in 2008
1978 original unsold at auction $5000 in 2003

images © R 20th Century

Dining dilemma

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I've had at least five dining tables in the past ten years. Partially because I've moved six times in the past five years (and you've been with me for each one). What was purchased for one area doesn't fit in another area. This is what leaves me torn. I need a new table - again. I'd like to invest and get something I can keep pretty much from this day forth but seeing as we rent who knows what will happen. Our last movers trashed our teak bedroom set, smashed most of my BC ceramics, broke my alabaster table, and gouged the top of my stump table with a six inch crevasse.  What do I do? Out of all those tables a card table we had was the most versatile and the size was right for each dining room. I should look for one of those old wood ones, eh?

If I had 'my own' dining area it would go something like this:

Florence Knoll's oak or walnut topped table.

or the Wegner CH002 table

"Oh hi, we just look cool." Jonathan Adler's Sputnik chand…

Terribly Planned Circulation

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I'll tell you something about renting, you get the opportunity to live in a multitude of different neighbourhoods in a multitude of different eras of dwellings - a pseudo try before you buy. As you know, we were renovicted from the place we moved into just seven months into our lease, (a long term rental my ass). We were turned down for about six or seven places we applied to rent - who the hell knows why and besides I don't really care. We finally got accepted into one - we moved all our stuff over on the 31st and within 30 minutes of stepping foot in the place - in the daylight - I gave our notice to get the hell out. Our total stay was thirteen hellish nights. What a pen of filth. Viewings only after 6pm! After 6pm because it's dark and you can't see the filth. Anyway, this dump of a building was built in 2009, I hadn't lived in anything newer than 1965 since I was nineteen and living at home with my parents. I don't think I'll ever live in anything …

An Untouched 1970s A-Frame Wonder

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The Gienger Residence in West Vancouver is on the market for the first time. The home has been lived in by the original owners/architects since 1971. And what a stunner it is! Is that plush carpeting I see in the living room? Look at the beautiful unstained cedar walls and exposed beams.
Original copper pendant lights and a burl bar.  I'd take the rope off the bar.
Original floor to ceiling stone fireplace and hand carved beams.
Spiral stair case and original brick kitchen. The floors look like they might have been replaced with unfortunate laminate. However, nothing appears to have been updated in the home so it could be the original hardwood floor. They're probably just well cared for as it looks like the rest of the home has been.
Are the burl table and chandelier included in the sale?
Sold me at the sunken purple bathtub! I'd rip that carpet out though. Carpet does not belong in washrooms. Gross. I'd put in a light colored heated stone floor of some sort.
There y…

West Vancouver Home Demolition Before and After

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Remember this beautiful old gal with the solid bones and amazingly restored hardwood floors? I posted about her back in November 2013.

Well, this is what replaced her. To think the contractor told me the new home 'wasn't going to be that big'. What a friggin' ugly house.



Quote of the Week - H.P. Lovecraft

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I have frequently wondered if the majority of mankind ever pause to reflect upon the occasionally titanic significance of dreams, and of the obscure world to which they belong. Beyond the Wall of Sleep

From the Archives - The Business Wardrobe

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I was recently contacted by a gentleman who is changing careers. He's confident in his decision but not his current wardrobe. He asked for some suggestions on where to start. These tips are gender neutral!

let's start here:
Know what you like and what you don't like. What suits you and your style of living. This particular individual didn't want a baggy suit. He liked the mod suits from the 60s but not the super skinny trousers. He told me he liked Diplo's suits, Booth's suits from Bones and Terrence Stamp's suits (see my post on his classic look here).Know your clothing's priorities and each day's sartorial demands. Meetings, luncheons, golf (an unfortunate part of business, my apologies to golfers), and the cursed casual Friday. You want to be sharp and dressed appropriately for each. What are the corner offices wearing? Take cues from them and notch it up by one.Versatility. Maintain a flexible wardrobe. Back in my retail days we were taught the …

A (Bed) Room of One's Own

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Brought up the topic of separate bedrooms this morning to be greeted with, 'Should we each have our own house too?' Geesh, sensitive.

Architectural trends reflect our culture but how far do these trends reflect our instincts?

My first thought - the shared bedroom is a socioeconomic thing. Lots of money = lots of house. Not so much money = not so much house. You know what I'm talking about so let's not go into tiny house living choices, or the cost of a 435 s.f. apartment in Vancouver, because I'm simply talking about the concept of the shared bedroom.

My second thought - brought into fruition by a comment regarding prudery - is an image of a lovely Homo erectus couple snuggled up under a musk ox blanket in front of their amber hued, crackling, cave fire. The shared bedroom now becomes a mammalian instinct. Stay warm, stay safe, have sex, (in whichever preferred order).

My next thought - Lucy and Ricky's bedroom - sure it was fictional (somew…

Wallpaper is Wallpaper

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The other night I dreamed of wallpaper. Well, not really. It was actually an image during a little gong meditation journey I was on.  Eighties lovers sculpture comes to life in a Fauvist equatorial rainforest (think Henri Rousseau). The backdrop was amazing and I want wallpaper like it! It was so vivid that I thought for sure I must've seen it before. I'll leave the philosophy of consciousness dialogue alone right now.

Similar vibe to this Rousseau painting.

It was black with sparsely placed tropical leaves but not palm fronds.

More like ficus leaves

and they were electric green.

This pair of tights is pretty close

but on a larger scale.

This shirt actually might be a closer fit than the tights but without the flowers and more vibrant green.
Whatever, it was a rewarding journey and I'll get hit with deja vu soon enough.


PS I hate how wallpaper isn't wallpaper anymore - according to search engines.


Another West Vancouver Significant Home Demolition

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image stacy reynaud I'm in a dysfunctional relationship - with West Vancouver. You know I moved out of West Van in July, right? I was just getting too bitter about the clash of ideas in regards to housing, being ripped off in rent, and all the bloody traffic on Marine Drive. Well, I'm moving back. 

Turns out I'm not the only one that's getting fed up though:

West Vancouver Council moved unanimously to commence community consultation and draft a bylaw that would address form and character in West Vancouver homes.Jeremy Shepherd,  North Shore News. 

You can watch the 'boisterous' council meeting on video and read the full meeting agenda from October 20th here.


Thanks to Brent Richter's Twitter feed for bringing this meeting to my attention.

I touched on this topic back in February 2014  when West Van held its first public Info Session. What came from the Info Sessions were recommendations from West Vancouver's Manager of Community Planning, Stephen Mikic…