June 22, 2014

Please pop by my other channels



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No, Bijou Living hasn't turned into a Craigslist Vancouver feed! We're moving and I'm too busy, (and moody) to devote enough time and creativity into composing long blog posts - however, I've been posting quickies over on my Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook pages so if you're so inclined please come by for a snoop. Have I told you lately how much I value your readership? Well, I do, so thank you!

images from top: Bijou Living on Facebook, Bijou Living on Instagram, Bijou Living on Tumblr




June 21, 2014

From the Archives - Momo the Cat and Kevan



  1. natural disaster
  2. suspense
  3. human compassion
  4. cute quirky Canadian
  5. Momo the cat

Three cheers for Kevan and Momo!

Calgary flood June 21 2013 - a full list of organizations looking for volunteers for the clean up can be found here.

all images © Jordan Verlage/Canadian Press
photo set at CBC

Originally published June 24, 2013

June 20, 2014

Quote of the Week - Kierkegaard


Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself.




June 11, 2014

Quote of the Week - Edgar Allan Poe

 from the collection of stacy reynaud
 It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream.
Marginalia

June 4, 2014

One of The Most Important Chairs of The 20th Century



If you've been following my adventures on Instagram and Facebook you're already aware of my dream kitchen dining area and my three chairs for $25. The chair above is one I sold last year. If you follow me on Twitter, you know we're moving again (bipoloar, ADHD or sane decision - you decide). I also decided to sell my mid-century dining table and chairs - which has left us - once again - without a table or chairs.

So, now is the perfect time to acquire my dream kitchen dining area! Out with the old, in with the new!

As I was perusing Craigslist for Best of Craigslist Vancouver content, I thought to myself, 'There sure are a lot of those Marcel Breuer Cesca chairs around. How can I tell what's a fake?' Well, turns out the Cesca chair was never patented, (blame it on Mart Stam), and is therefore in the public domain. Le Corbusier is turning in his grave. 

There are actually two Cesca chairs - the B32 manufactured and mass produced by Thonet from about 1930 to the end of WWII, (stay tuned for my Thonet tubular steel rocker adventure) and the cheaper version manufactured by Knoll from the 1950s to present.


1928 designed version:
  • warm beech patina
  • back and chair each made of a single bent piece (bentwood)
  • back has a marked curve
  • caning was done by hand and sewn into the bentwood frame
  • slight incline to the front edge of the seat
  • curves of the tubular steel frame are even
  • large bolts
After the war, Breuer made some changes to the original design. The seat back and chair were altered, the bentwood frame thickened and the size of the bolts decreased.

All that's left of the more expensive original 1928 design:
  • hand-caning
  • chrome plated steel caps on the tubing
  • rods inserted to maintain the curvature of the tubular steel shape 
For a fun read on comparing multiple copies of the Cesca - and a Cesca chair checklist - check out this article from the New York Times archive.

last image: B32 version via the V&A



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