I’m not one to normally get caught watching a contemporary “romantic comedy” let alone one that stars Ryan Reynolds. To be honest I feel like he, Ryan Gosling and Dane Cook circa 2005-2006 all play “that (nonthreatening, sarcastic, cocky, misunderstood, good hearted, smart ass, semi douche) guy”. So that usually means if “that guy” is in the movie, I’m not watching it. (Hey, John Krasinski aka Jim from the Office I’m talking to you too! ) OK, With my diatribe out of the way, on to the point.
The movie Definitely, Maybe with Ryan Reynolds briefly shows the Bruce Hannah and Andrew Morrisson’s Model 2011, Knoll Chair. Designed for Knoll in 1971 and produced from 1972- 1977, it’s pleasantly refreshing to see, since it wasn’t produced for very long. Home 114 in New York has a polished aluminum pair for $6800 and there’s a white pair on Ebay for $3250… The plus side to the Ebay one is, there’s an option to make an offer… Bargain!
With it’s clean lines and the Barcelona Chair being EVERYWHERE, I think it’s only a matter of time before DWR or Hive get these back into production…
Typically I only post about a tv show or movie, but I can make an exception when I have a trifecta of an AMAZING director, song and design.
Mark Romanek has created some of my favorite music videos and NIN’s Closer is up there in my top 10. He’s actually got three of my favorite 10, but back to the point. Closer uses the Cherner chair (Norman Cherner for Plycraft) which borrows heavily from George Nelson’s Pretzel Chair design but much sturdier in form. Because I’m biased and prefer furniture with a bit of age and patina I would go with a vintage Cherner Armchair over the newer model which I find to have a bit of an artificial tone. Again, just a personal call. Vintage ones will run about $1200 (on Ebay and 1st Dibs) and the new (still in production) model is just over $1000 depending on the color and unupostered/upholstered version.
Warren Platner’s Lounge chair (1962) is another beloved piece. This can be found new at DWR, starting a little over $5000. Vintage ones are ALL over in price. If you can snag one for under a grand you’ve got yourself a bargin…
Last but not least is the Panasonic TR-005 Orbital TV. Created in the early 1970′s, you can get one on V&M for $450 or you can camp out on Ebay where I’ve seen them in the $100-$700 range. I believe the last Rago Auction had one estimated at $1200. This is a great piece that though tv’s are much fancier with a much clearer picture, the design and style of this is still so great I just love to have it sitting on our bookshelf.
The Mechanic with Jason Statham has one of my favorite lamps of all time in it. Laurel’s mushroom floor lamp is incredibly elegant yet really fun and pop at the same time. The thing about this lamp is that the shade is frosted glass and can break over time which makes these lamps a bit pricey when trying to find one in great condition. If you hunt long enough and wait you can probably find one for a few hundred dollars – give or take otherwise if you don’t want to wait Nick Brock Antiques has a white base version for $850. Red Modern Furniture has a pair of chrome base ones for $2600 for the pair. So far I’ve found pairs to go for about $2600 to $3500.
Jason’s vintage desk chair is Charles Pollock’s 1965 Executive Chair, sometimes considered to be one of Knoll’s most memorable designs. Having had these chairs personally I can tell you they’ve a pretty great and a comfortable chair. If you go the vintage route which I prefer you can find these on ebay or craigslist for a pretty fair price, sometimes under $100. If you go the new route say on Hive Modern they start at $1700. The vintage ones have 4 leg star base and the newer model has 5 leg base.