Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A PRIMER ON HOW TO DECORATE WITH FURNITURE CLASSICS!

Library with dark wood floor, fireplace with white moulded mantel, a  lavender Arne Jacobsen's 1958 Egg Chair with matching foot rest, a white round side table and bookshelves with glass doors
Arne Jacobsen's 1958 Egg Chair in a soothing lavender in the home's library. (above)
Okay...I really adore this home...the use of mid century modern furniture combined with modern pieces and more traditional architecture all come together to make a harmonious space...or put simply...it looks good.

The decorating theme in this home seems to rely on good art and the use of uber iconic mid century modern furniture in almost every room. 

What makes an iconic piece of furniture?  Hmmm...let's see...I think the reason a piece of furniture becomes a classic is that you never get tired of seeing it in different settings and applications.  A piece of furniture that has a timelessness about it.  Here, the design is all about incorporating mid century modern basic pieces into the space and letting their iconic silhouettes speak for themselves. Res ipsa loquitur - a Latin term used in law (and even thought I went to law school I barely remember what it means...something about duty and breach of duty in negligence cases or something...duh...was once smart...not smart any more...too much Kardashians and not enough reading...oy va voy)...anyhoo the literal translation of Res ipsa loquitur is "the thing stands for itself".  In this case each of these pieces of furniture stands for itself.

A modern living room with a silver 1962 Arco Lamp by Castiglioni, white sectional sofa, dark wood floor, a mirrored coffee table, a telescope, and a green armchair with a white round coffeetable
The silver 1962 Arco Lamp by Castiglioni arcs gracefully over the living room's modern furniture. (above)

Breakfast nook with dark wood floors, white walls with a framed Andy Warhol Camouflage print, Four 1955 Arne Jacobsen Series 7 Chairs around a 1956 Eero Saarinen Tulip Table.
Four iconic 1955 Arne Jacobsen Series 7 Chairs around an equally iconic 1956 Eero Saarinen Tulip Table in the home's breakfast nook; completing this lovely vignette is an Andy Warhol Camouflage print from the 1980s.
Do you like mid century pieces?  Could you see any of this furniture in your home?  What classic piece of furniture regardless of era have you always coveted?

Happy Wednesday!

xo
Coco

P.S.  So excited...just found out that COCOCOZY textiles will be in a store in Beverly Hills one block from Rodeo drive right in the heart of the posh shopping area.  My fab sales rep for this area just let me know that we have an order.  We ship on Friday!  Woot woot.  COCOCOZY Collection retailers list is growing...and the list includes quite a few very posh shops...totally thrilled.

P.P.S.  I can only be thrilled for a moment because there is soooooo much work to do.  The COCOCOZY collection proverbial rock is only 1/100th of the way up the hill...so I've got a lot of pushing to do...! 

P.P.P.S.  I've used the word "posh" 6 or 7 times in this post.  Will stop.

P.P.P.P.S.  Fab dinner last night at chic interior designer Alison Blumenfeld's wonderful Hollywood Hills home. Not only has Alison got impeccable taste...she also entertains so effortlessly.  What a lovely meal and conversation.  Alison will be doing more guest posts for COCOCOZY so we did a little training on blog posts too.  Am so excited!


Photos: C Magazine

9 comments:

  1. Beautiful images! It really can be a challenge to work in some of those bolder pieces, because (let's face it) you actually have to live in your space. I can just picture myself screaming at the dog to "get off that 1958 Egg Chair!!!!!"

    I like to incorporate old gramophones or a fun vinatge victrola. But in a more modern clean setting. Can't get too old lady, but I do like a good throwback. It really becomes a good conversation piece.

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  2. I could definitely see the Jacobsen chairs and the Tulip table in my 1940s colonial. I think the mixing of furniture from all decades makes such an interesting look!

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  3. Love mixing it up with classic pieces. I could snuggle up in the egg chair all day long. Gorgeous images.

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  4. Great post! I love mixing pieces from all eras :) ifor my dining area, I have 4 ant chairs with a farmhouse table. In my living room, I have a louis settee with a barcelona daybed.

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  5. I LOVE mid-century modern pieces! They remind me of my grandparent's homes. I always find myself mixing them in with traditional furniture. t=The clean lines make a nice resting spot for the eye.

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  6. Fun images. I love a mix of styles. Congrats on the growth of your company.

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  7. I live in a mid century house in Savannah Ga.
    Savannah has many gems of that era...not just 18th century wonderment...Each year Historic Savannah Foundation hosts a great tour of many of the restored examples.
    Mid Century is truly one of the most beautiful periods
    of architecture in this country...sad that we've list so many fine examples to wrecking balls and neglect...
    Mixing antique, period and eclectic finds makes a
    mid century...true to the feel but also current to the times.

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  8. I love these timeless 'modern' pieces....great interiors and they will always be....xv

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  9. i love that coffee table in the picture with the arc lamp. anyone know what it is?

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