I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been hibernating and it took a GIANT guilty pleasure to pull me out of early retirement. Justin Timberlake’s latest video Suit & Tie has some kind of endorphin high that I needed.
Let’s begin with the director, David Fincher. Mr Fincher is, without a doubt, one of my FAVORITE directors of ALLLLLL TIME. Visually never disappointing. He always blends the right amount of vivid detail into his imagery that makes me crave more. I highly recommend looking into his body of work if you don’t already know whom I’m talking about… I could discuss this man’s work for hours if I had the right person to nerd out with.
Jay-Z is sitting in what I would normally consider a “phoned in” identified MCM piece, but The Time Life Executive Chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller is by far one of my favorite desk chairs. Designed for the executive floor for the Time Life Building in the late 1960′s is still in production and starts at $3099. The Time Life Chair can be found on Ebay for about a grand, but make sure to ask a ton of questions before purchasing, as restoration will run about as much as a new one. Orange in California does an amazing job on Restoring and reupholstering them.
If you look REALLY close to the one in the video, Jay-Z is sitting in a white hair on hide version which I’ve never seen before. This is a perfect example of how Mr. Fincher uses subtle amazing details that stimulate my brain in the best kind of way.
A girlfriend told me the other day Justin should have called it quits with Sexy Back, which honestly, that song never did it for me… but Helloooo, Black and White cinematography, horns mixed in with jazzy swingy smooth pop music, homage to the rat pack era, slow motion choreography with half dressed good looking women, the Eames, Jay-Z & DAVID FINCHER…. $#!T ….. that just feeds all my addictions in the best ways….
So a few things. If you don’t know who Eero Saarinen is, or that he designed the Womb Chair in the 1940′s and it’s one of the most OVERLY used chair in Modern design other than an Eames Lounge, we need to get you the Taschen 1000 Chairs book to start you at the basics… I mean no disrespect, but the Womb chair is a bit pedestrian… It’s almost as bad as people referencing Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the Little Black Dress. YES, it’s great and YES it’s become the standard of indicating “CLASSIC STYLE”, but let’s think outside the box a little….
But, with that being said, it is an amazingly comfortable and classic chair… SO I’ve chosen to to at least pick something that’s a bit different. Knoll textile doesn’t currently make Classic Boucle in pink, nor does it really have a GREAT pink textile to choose to do the Womb chair in so depending on your philosophy on using Knoll textiles on a Knoll piece you might have to bite the bullet and just do what you want (if you aren’t concerned about the resale value).
Ok, so back to the point of all this. Down With Love has two of the most amazing PINK Womb chairs in it. I then realized this is the second movie that I’ve chosen that has Ewan Mcgregor in it.
You can go the vintage (reupholstered route) for $6000 or you can do the new one for $4400. Either way don’t go with a FAKE one… ughhh just go find a COOL chair that’s got style and character, new and fake is horrible and can be spotted a mile away with anyone who’s really into design… interesting and unique is better than fake knockoff…
Also be careful if you’re going to have one reupholstered. To do it the RIGHT way is SUPER SUPER tricky…. RESEARCH and make sure you get the right kind and amount of fabric and an upholsterer who KNOWS who do do a WOMB CHAIR otherwise you are wasting your money!
Side note, if you want a horse similar to the one on the table in the photo Jonathan Adler THE KING of sampling good design (he’s a BETTER version of Vanilla Ice sampling Queen/Bowie’s Under Pressure for Ice Ice Baby). He’s got GREAT stuff, but research Alexander Girard, Lisa Larson, Raymor, Herman Miller… it’s all about information, education and opening your mind to what’s out there…