This weekend I’ve been mostly indulging in what is becoming an increasingly favourite past time – house p0rn. By this I refer to lusting over Elle Decoration lovingly stroking the pages containing things I desire (that will be most of them then) and poring over websites featuring my current addiction – mid 20th century furniture.
I appreciate this is probably something that a suitably hefty percentage of the female population partake in at one point in their lives or another, some compulsively and some who turn a passion into a career in interior design. Whilst I am getting to the (grown up?) stage of buying ‘investment’ pieces rather than wall to wall Ikea, I fear my desire to be cool enough (and lets face it, rich enough) to bring my magazine dream to life may never quite be realised.
However, I want to document and share some of the stuff and styles I currently covet. At the moment, it’s all about chairs.
My preference for standalone chairs are mid 20th C stylee, plus a lot of Scandi designers (old and new). I am seriously considering an upholstery course – less girly than sewing which I am crap at and a super funky personalised bit of furniture to bring home.
Here’s my current lustarama list and what is inspirting me to take that course. This really is the tip of an upholstered iceberg, there will be more on this as I’m becoming an official chairbore/whore. You have been warned. All I can promise is to keep them short and sweet and fully of pretty pictures.
This piece was inspired by a 1960’s french chair. Birch and beech frame with walnut veneered arms. This happens to be repro which I’m not generally a fan of, but I do love this style plus it’s designed and made by local craftspeople in Derbyshire. The fabric is great.
From the same website – this is a genuine 1930’s armchair re-upholstered using modern fabrics – in this case featuring babies and barbwire. Not for everyone but I think it works splendidly. Click on the link for a closer look at the fabric (really not that weird or scary)
Again from the same website but just love their stuff. This is a 1930’s resurrection chair. Again, fabulous contemporary fabric for the re-upholstery.
We have a pair of original 1930’s Parker Knoll chairs very similar to this which we bought from
http://www.inmyroom.co.uk/inmyroomimages/400/parker-knoll-art-deco.jpg (these are the actual chairs) and we absolutely love them.
Although they’re neutral in colour, we plan to accessorise them with some colour via cushions. They sit under our big ol skylight on our landing – perfect for reading and afternoon tea daahling.
Shame our cat, Floyd, has taken a shine to them and them to him - particularly his fluffy coat which he delights in depositing over not one, but both chairs in turn.
Yes mister. I’m talking about you.