Saturday, December 29, 2012

Denver Art Museum - What is Modern?

If you are an admirer or collector of  Modern and/or contemporary art, design, or architecture, you have to visit these museums in Denver:  The Denver Art Museum, MCA Denver (Museum of Contemporary Art - Denver), and The Kirkland Museum.

My wife, Nicole, and I went to the Denver Art Museum today to view the exhibit - What is Modern? This exhibits runs through March 24, 2013.   The exhibit is small, so if you don't enjoy many variations of art, do not spend your money on this one exhibit.  There are other modern exhibitions including  "Herbert Bayer 1900 to 1928: The Bauhaus and Pre-Bauhaus Years", "Olivetti: Innovation & Identity", "El Anatsui", and  "Potters of Precision: The Coors Porcelain Company" to name a few.  Viewing all of the exhibits together is worth the admission.  Next weekend we are touring "Becoming Van Gogh".

Here is a quick picture overview along with some of my favorite pieces at the What is Modern? exhibition.

What you see is what you get.  This is the exhibit along with a few smalls not shown?  As you can see, most of the modern furniture includes chairs.  There is some lighting, graphic design and industrial piecesWith this being said, there are some great "Vintage Modern" chairs included in the show that are on my favorites list.

Frank O Gehry (1929- )  Wiggle Side Chair (1972)
One of my favorite chairs.  Method, Material, Form and Original Design are all included in this chair.  Modern at it finest. Believe it or not, this chair is made out of cardboard.  Gehry developed a process of gluing cardboard together to form massive blocks of cardboard into furniture.  Wow.

 Charles and Ray Eames - Lounge Chair (Model LCW) - Herman Miller - 1946
A molded plywood masterpiece.  Yes, the Eamses created many beautiful Modern pieces, but early in their careers, this piece helped change modern furniture design.  Another great!

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld (Dutch 1888-1964) - Zig Zag Chair (1934)
1934 - Really?  What is Modern?  This piece is made of 4 single pieces of wooden rectangles to make a single structure.  This chair follows Ludwig Mies van der Rhohe and Alvar Aalto's freestanding series.  It is a BEAUTY!!

Hans Wagner (Danish 1914-2007) Round Armchair model jh501 (1949)
Mass Production Versus Scandinavian Design Values.  As many know, there was a push and pull between Scandinavian designers, many of who were cabinet makers and architects with deep rooted design values, AND the mass production designers of America including Eames, Saarinen, and Knoll.  This chair is Wagner's response.  A chair that is simple, yet elegant. A chair with form that creates function.  A masterpiece. I love this chair.  

George Nakashima (American 1905-1990) Coffee Table (1971)
Straight out of Pennsylvania and America's vintage studio furniture mecca - New Hope, PA comes this fabulous Nakashima coffee table.  Yes, this piece is from PA, but it should stay in CO.  This single piece of walnut slab, supported by one slab leg and one tapered leg, is rustic, yet simple with Japanese styling, yet american.  It appears as if a Colorado pioneer hammered this table and threw it together, yet it is too defined, finished and thought through - it is simply modern.  Nakashima - a master modern, rustic carpenter.

Denver Public Library - across the street from the Denver Art Museum
What is Modern? Denver has done a fantastic job with public architecture.  This is Denver's flagship public library across the street from the Denver Art Museum.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Weekend Round-Up 12-16-12

I've been away setting up my booth at Mid Mod Mall at 3434 Brighton Blvd here in Denver.  I haven't stopped picking, but I have slowed down on the blog.  Here are a few new pieces that are available.

Remember, check out my Currently For Sale page at the top of the site for availability and pricing information on all photos shown on the site.

A Mid Century Blue Dog Bone Couch in Very Nice Condition.  I purchased this locally in Denver.

A Set of 6 teak Eva Chairs for Koefoeds Hornslet and a Drylund table with two leaves.  Danish Modern!!  Also notice the Lenoir 4 piece bedroom set in the background.

A set of Verikon Danish Modern Side Chairs - Priced Very Fairly. Made in Denmark.  The small side table is a Kipp Stewart Declaration for Drexel.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Week-End Round Up - 11-19-12

The Holiday Season is here.  As you can see, I have sort of slowed down a bit. I have purchased many items that I will be photographing soon and adding to my site. In the meantime, I've been working hard to find a Gallery space to make my items available - Just not on Ebay, Dealer Direct or by Appointment.  I'm currently in discussions with David and Jimmy at Denver's new happening Mid Mod Mall & Art - a centrally located Gallery that caters to all clientele.  Mid Mod Mall is open, but will have the Grand Opening soon.  Please check back later for more details.  We should finalize our discussions tomorrow.

They are open while we all finalize our spaces - Stop by at 3434 Brighton Blvd.  Call ahead for store hours!!

A truly vintage walnut, Entertainment Sideboard - This piece was made for A/V Equipment and might be the first of it's kind.   Check out the original back webbing to allow air circulation. The piece will work great in any atomic home and measures only 36" Wide and 18" Deep.  A very hard to find Mid Century item.  This piece will be available soon.

I bought this  mid century Cado style wall unit with a flip down desk, although I was looking for a George Nelson.  My friend Jeremy purchased the larger wall unit, but was nice enough to find additional shelving for this unit.  I'm going to have a third rail made to accompany the additional shelving.  This piece will work great in any confined space - Apartment Therapy....Here I come!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Modeline Danish Modern Cylinder Table Lamp - SOLD

My beautiful Modeline Danish Style Cylandrical Large Table lamp sold.  This went fast to a customer in Michigan who is sending it to France.  This might have been the finest Modeline I've come in contact with, except for my tripod floor lamp. - Sold $349.95 plus shipping.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Weekend Round-Up - 11-5-12

I took last week off - sort of.  I picked up a few small vintage and industrial items and sold many more.  However, I tried to get caught up on my book keeping.  Sorry

I did purchase a mid-century Thomasville bedroom set with cathedral burlwood fronts. I need to refinish one top and I will post the photos as soon as I can.  It is a beauty.


 My Orange Retro Wire Swag Lamp in the the style of Bertoia and Planter sold this week.  I really like this picture. It is going to a new home in New York City.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Weekend Round-Up - 10-26-12

An interesting, fun week.  I found many cool Lamps, Danish Modern, Kofod Larsen, George Nelson, Scandinavian, Retro, Mid-Century and more.....

A Modern Modeline Tripod Fiberglass Shade Floor Lamp - For Sale on Ebay.Check my Ebay Store Here

A Mid-Century Modern Modeline Danish Modern Style Cylinder Table Lamp.  This piece went to a client in France - SOLD
A Vintage Ceramic Geometric Modern Table Lamp.  A great little lamp.  For Sale on Ebay

A Contemporary Leviton Chrome Cylinder Table Lamp - For Sale Soon on Ebay.

Designed by Tom Greene & Harry Wise for Felton Co.  A  Hanging Pendant / Swag Light - For Sale on Ebay.

A pair retro modern vintage floor lamps - SOLD

A Pair of vintage MODERN Frederic Weinberg art - wire and fiberglass fish wall sconces / light / lamps from the 1950s - SOLD

A Modern George Nelson for Howard Miller Cork Wall Clock - SOLD

A Retro three tiered boomerang table that needs some work.  This is a neat little piece.  I need to work on the legs and finish....will be for sale soon!!

A 40"w x 30"h Vintage Taogaea "Beyond" Signed Oil Painting Print - A Beauty.  This piece went to a client in Oceanside, CA . SOLD

A 31" w x 12.5" H x 3" D Mid-Century Modern Geometric Brutalist Wall Sculpture.

A two-piece Cavalier Mid-Century Danish Styling Credenza / Buffet in Excellent condition

A gorgeous Mid Century Modern 6' extendable slat bench.

A pair of IB Kofod Larsen for Selig Danish Modern Lounge Chairs - SOLD

Friday, October 19, 2012

Glenn of California Wall Unit - Sold

A beautiful Vintage Modern Wall Unit with Very RARE caning on four cabinet doors. Simple but elegant.  We think this piece is Glenn of California.  Let's support our Local Mod Homes.  This piece, hopefully soon, can be seen at a new development model home at 66th and Pecos. SOLD.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Demott XLarge Brass Sailboat Wall Sculpture - Sold

An Extra Large Brass John & Don DeMott Sailboat Wall Sculpture - Signed with Tag 
-This piece went to our friend Jeff - A mid-century collector here in Denver

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Week-End Round Up - Vintage Sale & Bertoia

What a weekend......

We had our first ever "Vintage Hoarding" Sale.  All in all it was a great success.  We met many new pickers and "hoarders".  It was a rainy weekend, but we managed to pull it off.  Here is Mike running to set up his Curtis Mathes stereo console.....I will be happy to see this piece gone. Not that it isn't a admirable piece, we moved it at least 10 times.

 After the sale we met up with our friend Dan.  He had this set of vintage modern Knoll Harry Bertoia wire chairs sitting in his garage for quite some time.  The cushions are not in the best condition, I probably over paid, but who cares. The frames show little wear and they are now in my collection.  These will be available soon.

Also from Dan, I picked up this Modeline Danish Modern (Although Not Danish - It has Danish styling) mid century Modern cylinder table lamp.  This piece will be available soon!

A signed C. Jere aspen tree leaf wall sculpture.  I went to a house call and decided to purchase this one.  As some know, I'm not a huge fan of Jere.  There are a few pieces of theirs that I truly appreciate, but most seem a little too retro for me.  However, this is a beautiful, sleek, vertical modern piece I admire.  I might hang this one in my home.

At the same house call with the Jere above, I picked up this Kent Coffey Tableau low boy dresser.  We kept this piece....for now.  I also have the tall dresser and mirror.

 A few other chairs I picked up.  A Thonet and a couple chrome sling chairs in the Marcel Breuer style.

 I purchased the blue danish styling side chair in the style of LB Koford Larsen's Elizabeth Chair (above), the danish styling buffet / sideboard (above) and an extendable slat bench / coffee table from my friend Mackenzie  - Sight Unseen.  I will pick these items up this week and determine what to do with them. 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Eames Eiffel Yellow Fiberglass Chair

I recently picked up and sold this Herman Miller Eames Eiffel Molded Fiberglass Chair - FAST.  It went to a home in Ohio.   My client is looking for more of these in  black on yellow IF you have any, I'm interested.  - Sold

Danish Finds....Plus More

I purchased several pieces from an Estate a few weeks ago and this is the first opportunity I've had to highlight the chairs from the sale plus other items available soon...

I will post more early this week...Stay Tuned!!

The most unique chairs I have owned.  A fabulous pair of Ma & Pa teak vintage Danish Modern Lounge Chairs.   These chairs are unique and in incredible condition for their age.  I haven't determined a price as I'm still researching the maker.  They are a mix between Arts and Crafts, California Craft and Modern. I have a reputable dealer who thinks they are Tobia Scarpa valued at $5K+ retail. Both of us are still unsure. I'm happy to have them in the collection.

A pair of Hans Olsen by Frem Rojle Three Leg Dining / Side Chairs.  I picked these up and added them to my personal collection.

A wonderful, in great condition teak, bent plywood vintage side chair.  Early Danish Modern.  This piece will be available soon.

I traded this great Danish Modern, Cylinder Floor Lamp, along with my Rubber Maid storage shed (I just built two larger ones) to my good friend Mike (www, for a Facade John Stuart bedroom set  that needs a little work. Mike will probably have this available soon!  

Seven Vintage, Industrial Stacking File Cabinets, with a retro wired swag lamp.  The swag lamp was originally white, but I painted it orange for a little extra eye sauce.  It turned out great and will be available this weekend at our vintage sale in Lakewood!!!  I have haven't determined what I'm going to do with the file cabinets....

Orange Wired Swag Lamp.  Cool.  This item is available!!