This legendary venue was first opened by Auguste Kettner, chef to Napoleon III in 1867. Its recent refurbishment plays off the frisson of its proximity to the theatres… back to when it started, so conveniently situated next to the stage doors when it was a favourite of Edward VII and Lillie Langtry and Oscar Wilde.
My favourite room has to be ‘The Apartment’ with its wooden wall paneling along with the decorative geometric ceiling. All the individual pieces of retro furniture in the different corners of the room create a real residential feel to the bar, a bit like going out but feeling like you are still in the comfort of your own home – my perfect night!
Highlights include the Warren Platner side table and matching grey Panton Cone Chairs and comfy Le Corbusier style sofas.
Posted in Inspirational Interiors
Tagged bar, dining, furniture, kettners, le corbusier, mid century modern, private members bar, restaurant, retro, verner panton, warren platner
Like no chain of hotels I have ever seen or heard of before, the Ace Hotels are a must destination for any design enthusiast. The hotels are the creation of design team Robin and Williams and are located across the US. These hotels are full of salvaged, vintage and retro pieces with each room completely unique. Actions, or should I say pictures, speak far louder than words so I will leave you to enjoy the pics!
1. Rare Eames Sideshell Chair for Herman Miller – Item number: 330352963646
2. Vintage Black Metal Industrial Desk – Item number: 160356469338
3. Retro Arkana Teak Sling Arm Chair – Item number: 270443609996
4. Charles Pollock Chair for Knoll – Item number: 280385310091
5. Ladderax Storage System – Item number: 270442043127
6. 1950s G Plan Coffee Table – Item number: 190328387024
Posted in Ebay Picks
Tagged 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, arkana, charles pollock, eames, ebay, furniture, interior design, knoll, ladderax, mid century modern, retro, vintage
In no particular order, here are some inspirational interior shots featuring retro pieces from the Sneek Peeks section on Design*Sponge
Design*Sponge is a brilliant American daily website dedicated to home and product design run by Brooklyn-based writer, Grace Bonney. Launched in August of 2004, Design*Sponge features things such as diy projects, before & after furniture and home makeovers.
The site is updated constantly throughout the day (with an average of 6-10 posts a day), and attracts a core group of devoted readers. Design*Sponge currently has 43,000 daily readers and over 35,000 readers reading via RSS!
Not bad, but it still has some way to go before it catches T.F.C.R!
When writing this post the first thing I did was look up the definition of the word ‘chair’. A chair is a seat for one person, with a support for the back. Correct. But I much prefer my own definition: Chair is Art!
And this new blog written by my fellow ‘Chair Commando’ Joel over at Blue Ant Studio is a gallery full of wonderful pieces of art from all over the web!
Joel explains “chair whore is a blog about chairs and nothing else.”
So if you aren’t a fan of chairs I advise you to avoid like the plague! However, if like me you are appreciate the art of chair design then head straight over to…. chairwhore
As part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, Vitsœ will release the last 50 original side tables designed by Dieter Rams on their birthday – 4 September 2009.
First commissioned in 1962, the 621 Side Table was last produced in the 1980s and will be sold in its original packaging, so grab yourself a little piece of design history!
For further information and details of how to get your hands on this rare table go to the Vitsœ website.
Via Retro to Go
Porada was established in 1968 by Luigi Allievi with the help of his 4 sons in order to expand the production of chairs, started in 1948, to other branches of home furnishing.
This Giotto Coffee table is my personal favourite from their current collection and illustrates perfectly the result when combining modern technological processes with the traditional artisan style of the area.
See Porada for further details.