What Would An Angel Say, The Devil Wants To Know

I’m kind of dying to know where and how Mark Romanek found someone’s 1970′s sex den to film Fiona Apple’s Criminal video. No, actually let me rephrase that. I’m amazed that this is most likely someone’s REAL home and not a staged set and HELLO, this video was shot in 1997 and someone was still rockin the crazy porno wood paneling and shag carpet. I should also clarify that a friend has pointed out that I may be, possibly inadvertently, recreating this “look” in my own home… to that I say “Hells Yeah I Am!”

There are so many pieces to list I’ll try to make this as short and sweet as possible.  First off The Le Corbusier LC2 Chair designed in 1928 by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand, is kind of the Louis Vuitton of chairs (for me). There are so many copies, and they are getting better at knocking them off it’s kind of hard to tell at first glance if it’s real or not.  The authentic Cassina version is about $4600 but you can score the fakes for about $100 and up.

The Le Corbusier LC1 is next on this furniture pornopalooza tour. A pair from the 1960′s can be found for $2900 at Pegboard Modern or if your Barbie or progressive GI Joe (with Kung Fu Grip) is looking for something for the dream house Vitra has the miniature for $350.

Next, is Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen’s Series 7, Model 3207.  This is the runner up to my previous LV comment… What’s that saying, Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery… Yeah it’s also stealing, but whatever…

Some Victor Vasarely prints to stare at…before we enter full blown nerdom and self satisfaction of information only another furniture dweeb would twitch with delight over.

The Tucroma Chair designed in 1972 by Guido Faleschini for Pace Collection Furniture Company.  This can be found for about $995 and up per chair. Don’t worry I’m almost done only 3 more to go…

There are a few variations to this mirror.  Turner made a smaller version and RAM out of Michigan seems to have the market on the 36 Bubble Pattern. These can be found on Ebay for a few hundreds.

Kirsch-Hamilton’s Aurora clock is amazing and these photos do not do it any justice. The original color from the 1970′s dull over time. Luckily I found a company that repairs these. It’s about $225 to replace the motor and LED light that brightens the ambient mood light. Granted that’s about the going rate for the clock, but I have seen them for as much as $1200.

And the final piece, the one that proves I have a full blown obsession.  I saw the corner of the credenza in the video and even though it was for a sec and the whole piece isn’t shown in the video, here it is. Circa 1970 for Pace. Tom Gibbs Studio has one listed for $7500.

So that’s it. If you’ve continued to read you’re as obsessed as I am, or atleast getting there.  And down the rabbit hole we go…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Mill to Make you hollah..

As a follow up to my post on NIN’s Closer video by Mark Romanek, I’ve decided to be a little obsessive and do a few more posts on Mark Romanek… So yes, this is not the last post on a music video that you’ll be getting from me…

Michael and Janet Jackson’s 1995 video Scream, is still after 17 years, listed as the most expensive music video ever made.  At 7 Million dollars, this video runs about 4 mins and 46 secs which comes to roughly $25,000 a second. Sorry, but that’s F’in nuts! Ok… Back to the point…

So, this is really not a MCM piece that I’m about to discuss, but it’s a great chair so I don’t care, I’m writing about it anyway. Ron Arad’s Big Easy Chair, released in 1991 has a steel frame with an injection foam exterior.  The polished steel version in the photo above was from a limited run done in 1988. If you’d like a glossy white one like the Jackson’s, Hive Modern has them for $3310. But….. if you’re feeling like you want something special you could always hunt for the steel one, there’s 20 out there. Christies Auction had #11 that went for a little over $116,000 in 2008.  Nova68 has the Vitra Miniature ones for ONLY $770! At about 6″ tall that breaks down to about $128 an inch (again, F’in nuts!) … I think there are probably a few Michael Jackson dolls on Ebay who’d be super happy to get that chair…

 

 

 

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.