Showing posts with label design. Show all posts
Showing posts with label design. Show all posts

Aug 11, 2015

Oscar Niemeyer Chaise Lounge

Oscar Niemeyer Chaise Lounge images via R 20th Century

Originally published July 6, 2013.

Oscar Niemeyer made cool furniture as well as buildings? Of course, he did. Seems like most architects are also budding furniture designers (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 with his daughter, Anna Maria Niemeyer.


Features a bentwood 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 for $22,000 in 2008

1978 original unsold at auction $5000 in 2003


images © R 20th Century

Aug 18, 2014

Trend Spotting - The Equipale Chair



In 2012, I spotted some equipale furniture in a late 60s decorating mag. This Mexican handmade leather furniture has been popping out at me right, left, and centre within the last month. Traditional Equipal furniture is handcrafted from tanned pigskin and cedar or rosewood strips. Each piece is unique; like all unwaxed, natural leather will improve with age.


Take a look at the different styles. I can't decide which one I like the best - probably the lounge chair and peacock chair (of course).


images via

Jul 25, 2014

Architecture - and spectacles - Expo 67 Montreal



One of my UBC art history papers, way back when, was on Moshe Safdie's Habitat 67 (he was working on the Vancouver Public Library at the time). 


Safdie originally conceived the project as his Master's thesis in architecture at McGill. It became a thematic pavilion at Montreal's Expo 67 (in which the central theme was Man & His World - with housing as a subset).


Already having a fondness for the architecture of Expo 67 - based on my past research, as well as spending a few summers teaching Québécois university students English - I was pretty interested in The National Film Board of Canada e-newsletter that arrived in my Inbox this morning.


Impressions of Expo 67 is an eight-minute promotional video for what was considered the most successful World's Fair of the 20th Century.


As I mentioned, the architecture of Expo 67 interests me. Still, it takes time to find a thorough list of designers of the pavilions. 


If you know any more - on top of the ones listed on Wikipedia - please leave them in the post's comments section.


A few:

Sandy van Ginkel - chief designer and planner of Expo 67

Arthur Erickson - consultant, Canada Pavilion

Buckminster Fuller - designer, USA's geodesic dome pavilion


Images of Expo 67 Pavilions can be viewed at the Library and Archives Canada page Expo 67 Man and His World - Pavilions and the Canadian Design Resource Site page Expo 67


So take a peek at the architecture in the short video, and while you're at it, check out the fabulous late 60s design of the visitors' sunglasses.

Images of Expo 67 Pavilions can be viewed at the Library and Archives Canada page Expo 67 Man and His World - Pavilions and the Canadian Design Resource Site page Expo 67

Jun 4, 2014

One of The Most Important Chairs of The 20th Century


my chair


my chair

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 (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, 'There sure are many of those Marcel Breuer Cesca chairs around. How can I tell what's a fake?' Well, it 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 the 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



May 7, 2014

12 Best of Craigslist Vancouver May 7th


Glass and chrome table with chrome cantilever chairs - and sumptuous ruby velvet cushions
Folding Indian table aka nomadic furniture
 one here too

Bentwood antique theatre chairs
An old door - throw some wheels on the bottom and voila - a table.
and a 1971 VW van-cum-juice bar


Apr 24, 2014

Quote of the Week - some guy in the 70s

The price is outrageous, but so is the quality.




Apr 16, 2014

8 of The Best Decor Finds on Craigslist Vancouver April 16

 mid-century mirrored fireplace screen | Josef Hoffmann Prague dining chairs | the folding screen I've dreamt about since I was nineteen | free ficus tree
free elephant palm | Balinese wooden trunk with inlay | vintage cane chaise lounge | hammered brass pot (for the free elephant palm)

To see more of my uncovered treasures follow me on Facebook or Instagram. Thanks!

images © their respective owners




Dec 20, 2013

How to Uniquely Wrap a Gift



I promise I won't say eco or upcycle. However, seeing as I'm of the make do mend persuasion a vintage silk scarf used to wrap a gift suits me just fine.


Voila - Japanese furoshiki. Interested in more techniques using scarves as wrapping, bags or apparel check out the furoshiki site.
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Dec 18, 2013

Mid Century Modern BC Binning Home West Vancouver

Binning Home image Stacy Reynaud


Crowdfunding is my latest proposal to save the Binning Home for the public - as Mrs. Binning had bequeathed. Remember I suggested the District of West Vancouver purchase the Binning Home as a marketing and communications expense to compliment the forthcoming West Vancouver Centre for Art and Architecture? Well, only two individuals have stepped up - heritage advocates Kathleen Staples (of the Staples Residence) and Bruno Wall, the nephew of real estate developer Peter Wall - who has been labelled 'partially responsible for Vancouver's City of Glass reputation.' Staples offered up a cheque of $1 million on Friday, December 13th - $600,000 short of Wall's offer of $1.6 million.


On December 13th, the judge (Madam Justice Shelley Fitzpatrick), presiding over the BC Supreme Court fight for the house, stated:


The rubber hits the road regarding who's prepared to write the cheques to maintain this property. Where are they? Where are all these people? Who's prepared to come and make a concrete proposal? At the end of the day, unless you have the government standing behind these types of projects, someone has to pay for them.


So, who's with me on this? For purchase, necessary repairs, continuous maintenance, marketing and administration of the home, I suggest a goal of $5 million. Come by the Bijou Living Facebook page to share your ideas.


Read more of my Binning posts from the past three years by searching Binning at the top of the page.

Read the Supreme Court affidavit filed by The Land Conservancy November 13, 2013.

"The rubber hits the road in terms of who's prepared to write the cheques to maintain this property," she said.
Fitzpatrick added that despite wide media coverage, no one besides Wall and Staples has stepped up with formal proposal to take over the house.
"Where are they? Where are all these people? Who's prepared to come and make a concrete proposal? At the end of the day, unless you have government standing behind these types of projects, someone has to pay for it."
- See more at: http://www.nsnews.com/living/11th-hour-offer-for-binning-house-1.759819#sthash.CSz5ES5i.dpuf
"The rubber hits the road in terms of who's prepared to write the cheques to maintain this property," she said.
Fitzpatrick added that despite wide media coverage, no one besides Wall and Staples has stepped up with formal proposal to take over the house.
"Where are they? Where are all these people? Who's prepared to come and make a concrete proposal? At the end of the day, unless you have government standing behind these types of projects, someone has to pay for it."
- See more at: http://www.nsnews.com/living/11th-hour-offer-for-binning-house-1.759819#sthash.CSz5ES5i.dpuf
Mr. and Mrs. Binning
 Mr. Binning's studio with original works as well as unfinished ones. Image Stacy Reynaud

Binning's studio Image Stacy Reynaud

Note the high windows to let in the south sunlight on the upper left. Image Stacy Reynaud

The Binning's original Danish furnishings. Image Stacy Reynaud

 South facing back yard. Image Stacy Reynaud

 Mrs. Binning's room to the left, washroom centre and Mr. Binning's room and studio to the right.
The mural was hand painted by Mr. Binning
image Stacy Reynaud

Mr. Binning's studio. Image Stacy Reynaud

Original mid-century yellow ceramic tiles in the main washroom. Image Stacy Reynaud
 Mrs. Binning's Bedroom - with all her belongings - would they be sent to the Salvation Army if the home was sold? Image Stacy Reynaud

Dining Room of the Binning Home with BC Studio Ceramics. Image Stacy Reynaud
 Original address plate. Image Stacy Reynaud

 Mrs. Binning's last entry in her day planner dated Friday May 27th 2007.
She died later that year at 101.
Image Stacy Reynaud

 Front entrance with one of Binning's murals. Image Stacy Reynaud

 Front entrance from the street.
Note the high windows. Mr. Binning's studio is to the right.
Image Stacy Reynaud

South facing back yard - view of Burrard Inlet beyond the mature trees - would they be destroyed to improve the view? Image Stacy Reynaud

 The entire contents of the home belonged to the Binnings - where would it go if the home was sold to a private citizen? Image Stacy Reynaud

 Back yard with trellis and original windows. Image Stacy Reynaud

 Every kitchen needs a window. Private west facing kitchen window. Binning Kitchen. 
Image Stacy Reynaud

 Original kitchen cupboards in the Binning kitchen. Image Stacy Reynaud

Entrance hall - the Binnings were collectors of Japanese ceramics and BC studio pottery. 
Image Stacy Reynaud

BC Binning's desk drawer - as he left it before he died.
Image Stacy Reynaud

all images © Stacy Reynaud






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