Papa was a rolling stone

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t phoning this one in… I want to think that Hans Wegner’s Papa Bear Chair for AP Stolen is so recognizable that you reading this should be thinking…. C’MON! Stop being Lazy! Get it together! But, I remember the first time I saw Running With Scissors (Augusten Burroughs memoir) all I could think was, not only is there a Papa Bear chair in that AMAZING living room, but TWO!

A real vintage one (depending on the condition) can be found in the ballpark of $15,000. Thomas Hayes Gallery and Metro Retro Furniture have great examples. I’m not judging you but replica’s can be found at Modernica starting at $2900.

The Papa Bear chair is the embodiment of the (somewhat, overly and misused term) DANISH MODERN

 

 

Resting on my Laurels

This week has been a bit hectic and rather than not post anything I’m going to stretch this into two parts. I’ve previously posted about Down With Love, and will be again fairly soon, Talk about SLACK- O-LACKIN…..

Catcher Block’s bachelor pad has two wonderful Laurel lamps.  Laurel most recognizable for the mushroom lamp, has some of the best lamp designs, only to be rivaled by some Italian companies of this time period. This “brutalist” abstract lamp was designed by Maurizio Tempestini. Like many mid century pieces these are priced ALL OVER THE PLACE. I’ve found this lamp for $625 at Manly Vintage Chicago and another one on EBAY, but they have an option to make them an offer and they include free shipping. (I’d offer them $450)

And now for the ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?  IT’S HOW MUCH VERSIONS…

Modern Living Supplies has a double bulb pair for $4600 and Astor Place (in London) has a pair for $6500.

That $625 isn’t looking so bad huh…

 

Still in peaceful dreams, I see the road leads back to you

Brace yourself this is about to get a little nerdy, but that’s why you’re here right? The biopic Ray about legend Ray Charles has designs I want to nerd out about.

The first piece is Paul Mccobb’s lounge chair (mid left of above photo).  I believe that this chair is part of the Calvin line.  Paul Mccobb’s prices in the past few years are a bit all over the place.  I personally prefer the Calvin’s lines to the more commonly seen Planner Group that you can get for a pretty fair price on ebay or craigslist. Oliver on 1stdibs currently has a pair for $4200. It cracks me up that they have it described as “fabric is clean, but ugly”, way to finesse a sale guys! But, I do applaud their honesty. I found a prettier version but it’s sold

So now for the second design.  On my first glance I instantly thought check out the pair Kofod Larsen chairs.  Then I looked closer and it looked all kinds of wrong. The pair of chairs are actually by Kodawood based out of Miami. There are subtle differences in the back supports of the Larsen chairs vs the Kodawood, as well as the two-toned lower leg detail.  I’m hoping this mention will help anyone who may be purchasing what they hope to be REAL Larsen pieces.  I haven’t been able to find any exact versions of the  Kodawood chairs from Ray, but I have found a single Larsen at Tom Gibbs Studio for $775.

The unupholstered pair are Kofod Larsen from Pegboard Modern and the teal upholstered pair (sold) are the Kodawood. Personally I prefer the Kodawood, but it could just be that the upholstery color is my favorite.