Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Tease....A Few Pieces, Coming Soon | Norman Cherner for Plycraft Mid-Century Modern Pretzel Dining Chairs, Dyrlund Danish Modern Captains Bar, American Martinsville Vintage Chinoiserie Dresser

I tested the new website today and there are still a few bugs we need to work out.

However, I will guarantee that the site will be operational on or before Monday,  March 3.
Until then, every day or so, I will try to share items that will be available on the new website.

Here are a few.

Here we have a pair of original, Norman Cherner for Plycraft, black upholstered, pretzel Modern armchairs.  The chairs have had some restoration and new upholstery.

A set of four mid-century Modern, Cherner, bentwood dining chairs.  These chairs are in fabulous, original condition.  They are beauties.

A fabulous, Dyrlund, Danish Modern, original, teak, captains bar.  This piece has minimal flaws and will make an excellent addition any Mod setting.

Stunning.  An American of Martinsville, chinoiserie, mid-century dresser.  This Asian inspired piece has an eight leg, black platform with brass sabots. Two parquetry doors reveal three additional drawers.  I also have a smaller chest, mirror, and nightstand.

There will be many more items to share.  The moment I go live, I will post it here!!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Just-In 2-19-14 | Modern United Furniture Diamond Dressers, Vintage Blue Barrel Back Bamboo Chair, Barrel Side Table, Mid-Century Teak Table Lamp

Well, the new website is taking a little longer than anticipated.  Sorry. We are working out shipping arrangements with a number of furniture carriers and dialing in the remaining products and descriptions. Thank you for your patience.  We will have several items available soon.

While we wait, here are a few Modern pieces that I just got in.  All pieces need attention, so they will not be available when I launch the new website, but as soon as they are available, I will post it here.

Just-in. A pair of mid-century Modern diamond front dressers, by United Furniture. They are stunning, but need attention.  These pieces will be going out for restoration and should be available in a few weeks.  PLEASE remember, if they are not on my Currently Available page, they are not available or have already sold.  As soon as they are ready, I will be listing them on my new website.  Stay tuned.

Here, I want to share with you additional styles of vintage furniture I will be carrying.  First is a mid-century, all original, bamboo style, blue barrel back accent chair.  What a great addition to many decor settings.  The piece needs cleaned and minor touch up work to the arms.  It is not available now, but will be soon.  The second piece is a fruit wood, barrel side table with diamond inlays to add a little glamor.  This piece would look great between two accent or lounge chairs.  Finally, a stunning turned teak wood Modern table lamp.  Ready to mix some decor styles??  I am. 

Please stay tuned for the new on-line store.  I am diligently working on it.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Kirkland Museum - A Denver Jewel - Full of Fine and Decorative Art and Modern Design - A Quick Tour

I decided to visit Denver's Kirkland Museum today.  If you live in Denver or just visiting and you enjoy decorative art, from Arts & Crafts to Contemporary Design, this museum is a must visit.  The Kirkland Museum, named after Colorado Artist Vance Kirkland, refers to the Museum as "one of the most comprehensive collections in North America of international decorative art."  The museum exhibits examples of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Modern, Pop Art and Post Modern.  The items include several pieces of furniture, sculpture, paintings, tableware, glass, ceramic and household goods.

Here is a quick tour and some of my favorite pieces.
Kirkland Museum - 1311 Pearl Street - Denver, Co
Exhibition Room I - East Wall
Exhibition Room I - East Wall
As you enter the Museum, Exhibition Room I, on the east wall holds some great paintings by notable Colorado Artist and iconic 50's Modern furniture design. 

Exhibition Room I - West Wall
The West wall in Exhibition Room I, displays 30's-40's Modern/Art Deco and objects.  I am still amazed that Kem Weber designed the Airline chair in the 1930's.  What a stunning piece. 

Exhibition Room II

Exhibition Room II
Front and center in Exhibition Room II is a Frank Lloyd Wright dining room table with chairs.  Around the perimeter exhibits fine art work, deco and Modern pieces.  Yes, you can walk around the room.  Up close and personal.

Studio Exhibition Room - East Wall
Studio Exhibition Room - West Wall
Studio Exhibition Room holds additional iconic designs, wonderful Modern sculpture, Colorado artists and some of my favorite works by Vance Kirkland.  

I love this Museum.  Unlike most museums we are accustomed to, The Kirkland is up close and personal.  I get the feeling "Please Do Not Touch", but "Please Get As Close As You Would Like."

Vance Kirkland's Studio Workroom - Main Level
Lower Level - East Wall
Lower Level - Southeast Corner
The Lower Level has some very nice pieces too.  You will find Arts & Crafts to Contemporary furnishings, glass, sculpture and household items.

The entire museum feels more like a gallery than a museum.  I wanted to walk up to pieces and check the price, especially the Gerald Summers bent wood armchair (left of the Vladimir Kagan lounge chair).  Wow, what a wonderful, important design.

Large Glass Case Holding Several Objects

Throughout the Museum are several glass cases holding tableware, dinnerware and household goods.  Yes, it is very similar to a display case in your favorite studio or gallery.

A Few of My Favorite Pieces

Winter Witches Sing by Edward Marecak (1919-1993, American)
Expanding Universe by Vance Kirkland (1904-1981 Colorado Artist)

Experiencing unknown Forms in Blue Space by Vance Kirkland (1904-1981 Colorado Artist)

Close View - Experiencing unknown Forms in Blue Space
I admire and truly enjoy this piece.  Done with Oil on Linen, the piece draws the eye near, yet far. Amazing.

Kay by James Russel Sherman (1907-1988, Colorado Artist)

Bridge by Pauk K Smith (1893-1973 Colorado Artist)
A piece I would proudly display in my home. At only 18" x 24", it can fill a room.  What vibrant colors and a pure display of a Colorado setting.

Ruins of Central City by Vance Kirkland - (1904-1981 Colorado Artist)
Dancers by Edgar Britton- cast bronze (1901-1982 American)
From near my wife's hometown of Gothenberg, Nebraska comes Edgar Britton of Kearney, Nebraska. What a leap it must have been, right after the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, for Britton to leave the smaller Midwest towns and head to Chicago, Illinois to study further.  Although he is known for his murals, his Modern sculptural bronzes are some of the finer Modern bronzes.

Split Bush by Harry Bertoia (1915-1978 American, b. Italy)
This is probably my favorite sculpture in the museum. At least it is today. Ask me tomorrow and I easily could pick another one.  The Split Bush bronze series by Harry Bertoia offers incredible texture and form. Complex yet so simple.  Wonderful.

Stokke Armchair by Jens Quistgaard for Richard Nissen (1919-2008 Danish)
Leather, Wood, and Metal.  If there was plastic available, I'm sure Quistgaard would have incorporated it also into his Stokke armchair.  Complex, functional, yet simple. Beautiful.

Egyptian Chair by Finn Juhl for Neils Vodder (1912-1989, Danish)
Finn Juhl pieces are highly sought after and deservedly so. Modernist by heart.  He created such soft edges to the lines of  his finely crafted wooden chairs.  The Egyptian chair is an outstanding piece of functional sculpture.

I have so many more photos to share, yet I have so little time.  My recommendation: Go visit Denver's Kirkland Museum.  You will not be disappointed.  The staff is wonderful, the cost is affordable and in the heart of Capital Hill, you can make a nice day out of it.