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!
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.
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.