I'm a furniture geek. When I was little, I would lay in bed and think about how tables were put together. How did they hide the nails. Where did they put the supports? How does the tulip table not topple over?
I deeply admire the craftsman ship that goes into high quality furniture. I'm a big believer in buying vintage pieces as opposed to brand new things. As grandmothers of the world would say, "They don't make them like they used to." I'm not particularly grossed out by anything, even upholstered pieces. Anything can be recovered!
Today I wanted to share a few pictures of one of my favorite pieces of furniture: the Eames lounge chair and ottoman, designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller.
You probably recognize the design, considered one of the most iconic furniture pieces of the 20th century. However, until you've had the pleasure of sitting in an authentic Eames chair, you can't truly understand it's magic.
And while there are many knock-offs out there, nothing compares to the perfect proportions and craftsmanship of the real thing. It's unlikely you will find an authentic one at a flea market or thrift store, although of course a girl can dream. Or a girl can blog about it so that when she finally does find one (used or not) she can tell her husband, "See! I blogged about how amazing theses are years ago."
…because sometimes the non-furniture geeks among us just don't understand.
P.S. Herman Miller was founded in Michigan in the early 1900s. Another delightful reason to support my home state.
*This post was started weeks ago, and I did a terrible job sourcing these images. If you know where the ones I missed are from please share! My most sincere apologies!