Driving to work today I heard that Los Angeles currently has an "Excessive Heat Warning," and then I subsequently realized that I'm not a fan of this Indian summer and would rather it be over pretty soon. Not down with this heat. Though I would love to be lounging in the shade...




We have SO MANY industrial side tables that they're practically breaking the floor of our storage attic... I don't even know why they're still here to be honest, they're pretty awesome, and of course (as I say to everything) - versatile. No but seriously... check out the cute little vignettes we did with our industrial tables to demonstrate their many uses. Of course there are more than just three ways, but that's all we had time for in this post ;) So, without further ado, here are three awesome uses of the industrial mini-table.

1. In your foyer. Entry table anyone? Small is good for this actually, not many people (I'm assuming) have an actual real foyer with room for a large heavy wood circular table to just take up space in the middle of the floor. I could also be wrong about this. Also a link on our post to decorating the foyer...

2. Kitchen Helper. Pretty self-explanatory. But also the perfect size to wedge in between your oven and the doorframe.

The industrial Friso Kramer style school desks are $195 each, currently two available in different colors.
Industrial desk and pedastal chair set listed at $225 - 36 available.

 3. Workstation. You can add individual desks like building blocks. It's like being back in middle school where the teacher made you push all your desks together to form a table for "group work" (aka just to hang out with your friends basically.)

Our Friso Kramer Industrial Desk is $195. There are 8 currently available!

And of course we forgot one - this industrial side table below has a "T" base and a beige top - super cool. 17 available at $150 each.


We're Having a Theo Ruth Love Affair...

"And I can't stop, and I won't stop"
- Miley Cyrus, Mike Will Made It, P-Nasty, Rock City, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick

As said epically by (all six) songwriters of "We Can't Stop," we literally can't stop being obsessed with Theo Ruth's beautiful designs. I suddenly had an epiphany that we may have a problem as I watched our upholsterer drop off a third (or fifth?) batch of freshly re-upholstered gorgeous Theo Ruth chairs... Not that that is a problem whatsoever, and if it is, we would love for it to keep reoccurring.

What's not to love?
We can't help but be attracted to the well-designed and well-made. Basically, Theo Ruth's designs have amazing structurally sound bones (haha.) Even the worst upholsterer couldn't mess up a Theo Ruth chair. All of his designs are classic and fun - manifesting as a curvy love seat or his most famous tension construction sets. Ingenious...

Theo Ruth for Artifort:
Theo Ruth was an interior and furniture designer whose most famous design was his 1952 Congo chair based on innovative tension construction. After joining Artifort in 1936 (then named Wagemans & Van Tuinen) as their primary furniture designer, he became integral to the development of Artifort's design department, bringing in other designers such as Geoffrey Harcourt, Gerritt Rietveld, and Pierre Paulin. An arbitrator of design, he played a huge role in paving the path to Artifort's success.

Theo Ruth "Congo" Chair, 1952. In Chartreuse!
Theo Ruth Loveseat - in Original Olive Mohair

Theo Ruth Armchair - Sunshine Yellow
Theo Ruth Three-Seater Sofa - Apple Red

Theo Ruth Armchair - Feather Upholstery

Pair of Theo Ruth Vanity Chairs

Theo Ruth Loveseat

Theo Ruth Tension Construction Sofa Set - Two-Toned Fabric

(All photos by Sam Zachrich. Thank you Sam!)


Mix and Match Mid-Century? No Prob - Hello Chairish!

Being a dealer specializing in Dutch Mid-Century Modern goodness, we're no stranger to mixing and matching. Dutch design varies a little from more traditional Danish mid-century - they used more industrial and colorful materials, which offset so perfectly with wood and various textures. If we've taken away anything from Dutch design, it's fearlessness in our aesthetic. Sometimes the least likely mix of things synchronize beautifully together.

Why do we love mid-century? People knew how to build things well back then, ideas were fresh, unique pieces were made, and the materials were repurposed from WWII industrialism… Historically standing, MCM was the gateway for mass-production, nevertheless the original (old) designs still maintain a feeling of hand-craftedness and care. Mixing mid-century with any style ALWAYS gives any space a sense of originality and comfort. Today I will be sharing a few of our favorite rooms that seamlessly incorporate the mid-century modern aesthetic. Along with a few styling tips. 

Look how we've moved backwards in time…If these photos were instead in high-res, they could be from this month's Dwell (maybe.) Instead they're actually from a 60's Dutch catalog. 

Here are a few favorite rooms (by designers we love!), highlighted with very reasonably priced original mid-century designs from Chairish - a carefully curated online marketplace with a bomb mid-century collection. Trust me, this blog post was very hard to get through considering I got distracted re-designing my whole apartment in my head browsing through everything. (Insert monkey-face emoji with its hands over its eyes.) Also our top three tips on styling with mid-century!

Re-upholstery. Reupholster an old piece with new spunky fabric and you maintain the vintage integrity of the piece but let it modernize and pop with any space. Illustrated here in a project by Matt Blacke via a very B&B Italia sofa. 

3. Mid-Century Modern Milo Baughman Era Sofa and chair
4. Harvey Probber Three Piece Sectional Sofa (very much in need of some good re-upholstery…)
5. Thayer Coggin Foyer Table
6. Vintage Adrian Pearsell 1135-T Dining Table

TIP 2 
Mid-Century itself comes in many styles... mixing and matching different upholsteries, textures, and woods can be refreshing all in itself. Thanks Roman and Williams!

1. Original Mid-Century Arthur Umanoff Sofa
2. Percival Lafer Two-Seat Leather Sofa
3. Grange Monet Black Lounge Chair 
4. Hans Wegner Style Folding Woven Rope Chairs
5. Hans Olsen Black Leather and Wood Safari Chair
6. Hans Wegner Brown Leather Armchair
7. Danish Modern White Hanging Pendant Lamp

Keep it simple and light. One of the best things about MCM is its simplicity and shapeliness. Well-placed curves can give dynamism to any room and works especially great when sticking to a neutral color palette. Below by Geremia Design

1. Newly Reupholstered Mid-Century Vintage Couch
2. Swan Sofa by Fritz Hansen
3. Red Womb Chair and Ottoman by Knoll Saarinen
4. Mid-Century Overman Egg Form Chair and Ottoman
5. Glass and Rattan Coffee Table
6. Adrian Pearsall Walnut Coffee Table
7. Mid-Century Chrome Arc Floor Lamp

Lastly and most importantly... versatility. I mean, have you browsed through all 6,000+ items in just the Mid-Century section alone on Chairish? (I have…) There is absolutely something for everyone.