It Has It’s Costs

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There’s a bit of irony (not in an Alanis Morissette kind of way) between the premise of the tv show Elementary and what I initially thought was a Serge Mouille 3 Arm Floor Lamp.  Elementary is a modern take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson characters. The go-to pieces for movies and shows are typically the Mies Barcelona Chair, Eames 670 Lounge or a Saarinen Womb or Tulip chair.  Those are all instant visual cues of HEY! WE ARE MODERN AND DESIGNY! So I was annoyingly distracted and all too excited when Lucy Lui’s Character Dr. Watson walked past what I thought was my all time favorite floor lamp. Almost a little too excited in the thought of FINALLY! Something a LITTLE more unusual, but like in Malcom Gladwell’s Blink, something immediately was wrong.

The original Serge Mouille 3 Arm floor lamp was designed in 1953, and then built by his own hands until 1964, when he stopped production completely to focus on work as an educator at the School of Applied Arts. His works were never made by machined parts and have fetched astronomical prices in various auctions. The lamp is now in production in France and can be found at DWR for $7380.

It took a bit of patience to catch glimpses and better angles of the lamp on the show and after a bit of time it was obvious that in fact this was a copy of my beloved lamp. The shades were more rounded and the tripod base/legs were completely off. all of which eventually led me to the actual lamp used on the show. The Organic Modernism shop carries the Praying Mantis lamp for $575, which is probably pretty close to just the shipping cost of the Mouille lamp.

I usually struggle with posting about copies of my favorite designs, but have an odd attachment to this show and didn’t just want to write about the Saarinen Executive Chair (metal legs) or the Womb Chair that are also used.  I think there’s also a Modernica Eames fiberglass side chair on there as well. So it was the lamp that I decided to focus on.

I never usually quote directly from a film or show, as I feel it’s lazy, but for what it’s worth, Johnny Lee Miller has a line that has stuck with me since I first heard it last year and I believe it applies to this appropriately.

“Learning to see the puzzle in everything? They’re everywhere once you start looking, it’s impossible to stop. It just so happens, people and all their deceits and illusions that inform everything that they do tends to be the most fascinating puzzles of all. Of course, they don’t always appreciate being seen as such. ”

Getting My Ducks in a Row

Mr. Kutcher is usually a deterrent from me seeing any movie he’s in. Really, most romantic comedies are usually avoided at all costs.  So go figure I really liked A Lot Like Love (cringing with guilt and embarrassment).

Due to my shame, I’ll make this as short as possible.  Jasper Furniture and Desk Company, known as just Jasper Desk, has been producing furniture in Jasper, Indiana since 1876. This walnut and steel desk circa 1960, can be seen very briefly near Ashton for a few seconds.  If you blink you’ll miss it. Right now it can be found at Red Modern Furniture for $4600. If you’re looking for the perfect Mad Men desk, circa the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce years (1963) this desk leans in that style. A Lot Like Florence Knoll.

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…