Gorgeous walnut architectural bench or coffee table by Lane, late 1960's.
Solid and sturdy, plinth legs, simple and clean modern design. This would work well as a coffee table or a great hall bench as it is sturdy enough to use as seating. Minor wear and fresh, hand-rubbed finish. 54" long x 20" wide x 15" high
This vintage 1940's dining table is perfect for small spaces and apartments. 34" x 34" x 30" high with an easy-to-clean laminate top in excellent condition with sturdy ebonized wood legs. This table is very reminiscent of the Gilbert Rohde 1941 Paldao Group Collection for Herman Miller but I'm not ready to make that call quite yet.
64" long 2-seater settee with a Pace or Milo Baughman feel to it. Unsure of the maker at this point. Condition is excellent for it's age with some wear to the chrome. Woven upholstery reads in the tan family - a pretty neutral fabric. Upholstery and foam is in great shape. Clean, nice profile, loungy and comfortable. Easy transport - surprisingly lightweight.
I've come to realize that there's not much in this world that pulls me away from my obsession with collecting but the one exception was my daughter's recent wedding. I was in full-time wedding planner mode for many weeks and furniture had to take a back seat.
It's amazing how the entire process of planning and hosting a wedding just comes and goes in a blink of an eye. Thank goodness for photographers! My daughter contracted with Nuvoria out of Virginia Beach and they produced many amazing shots. Here's a peek at a few:
And a word about the food: WOW!
Sticking with the non-traditional theme of the wedding, we hired local Richmond architect and Master Texas brisket-smoker Chris Fultz to serve up an amazing spread of brisket served 3 different ways, the best chicken that I've ever had, his signature jalapeno mac and cheese, and several vegan-friendly sides. Chris is a standout at his craft and obsession and I'd highly recommend that you consider him for your future events, big or small. The food was a huge hit and I can't wait to call on him again.
We recently purchased this matching pair of early George Nelson Basic Cabinet Series Dressers from our dealer-friend, Maurice Beane. Maurice has an amazing collection of modern decorative arts and furniture but above all, he's a great guy and has passed along some great stuff to us over the last several years... at great prices, I might add. His link is over on the right.
We took a chance with these because we knew that these had been painted out in black. These were originally offered with black as an option but it was obvious that these were not factory painted. Usually, there's an underlying reason why furniture has been painted over but we rolled the dice because we love Nelson pieces and we don't expect perfection in pieces this age anyway.
We stripped off the black paint and were pleasantly shocked when we ended up with this:
A pair of gorgeous walnut veneer Nelson dressers to add to our collection.
Note: the only thing we did after stripping was to add a hand-rubbed finish. No stain, no poly, no bull shit. This is how they left the factory many, many years ago.
Make it a point to catch up with Maurice one day. He's a pleasant guy, an encyclopedia of knowledge and I'd bet that he has at least one of whatever you are looking for.
Well we had this gorgeous rosewood grandfather clock for all of about an hour before a good friend with obvious good taste snagged it for his home in northern Virginia. It's a very modern Ridgeway Connoisseur Collection clock from the late 60s - early 70s with a rich rosewood case and base and sleek chrome body. Fortunately we'll get to enjoy it until he makes the trip to Richmond to claim his prize.
It's always fun to see where our pieces end up. These Carini chairs and this modern occasional table (which we had for about a minute) are now a part of a growing showcase for modern design in a gorgeous Fan home.
An amazing custom mirror-polished stainless steel dining / conference table with smoked acrylic top. 60" across x 30" high. Flawless construction and quality. Likely produced by Brueton Furniture of NYC. It's a show-stopper. On display at Micheal Sparks Design in Manchester.