I drink the honey inside your hive


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.



Paulin,Plycraft, and Stark

Ok, so I have to admit, I’m not the biggest Ironman fanatic.  Maybe if I was 8 then it might turn into some unhealthy obsession like Star Wars has for me, but back to the point of this and why you’re reading any of this… Ironman 2 has one of my favorite designers chair.  Pierre Paulin’s Pumpkin chair shown in light gray/off white is not a typical mid century vintage piece.   It was originally designed in 1971 for the private apartments of Claude & Georges Pompidou at the Elysée Palace and has been produced by Ligne Roset for the past few years. I haven’t found any of them for resale but you can contact Ligne Roset directly for prices.

What I’m kind of puzzled about is the Plycraft lounge chair, often mistaken for the Eames 670 Lounge Chair. I wouldn’t call Tony Stark a humble character so to see a vintage Plycraft lounge was kind of a head scratcher… like… Hey Tony couldn’t drop a few more dollars for the real mccoy?  I guess billionaires like deals too?!? Maybe it’s a sentimental piece??? But now I’m stretching.  You can find these chairs with or without the ottoman pretty frequently. The color of the wood and upholstery varies along with prices. I personally wouldn’t pay more than a few hundred for one, but it’s still a solid chair and It’s actually a better way to go than getting a New Eames knock off.