Planting Our Warehouse

We finally got around to planting a few plants in our warehouse! By "planting" I mean leaving a few cacti in their plastic pots and just sticking them in a few awesome west german ceramics. But either way, they're still lookin' gooood if I do say so myself.

Also got a few maidenhair ferns to populate our coolest triangular planter...

Also thanks VSCO Cam for making my iPhone pictures look so stunning.


Tribute to Ilmari Tapiovaara's Iconic Designs

As one of the greatest Finnish designers, Ilmari Tapiovaara's iconic designs remain very recognizable and highly popular to this day. His spindle-back chair design has become a classic and even a design essential, with manufacturers still duplicating the simple lines and sturdy structure of his chairs. Even years later, mid-century enthusiasts continue to covet Tapiovaara's famous designs for their versatility and warmth of well-loved plywood.

Tapiovaara is most well-known for his 1946 Domus Chair, which he designed with his wife, Annikki, for the Domus Academica. He worked in several capacities as an architect, furniture designer, interior designer, art director, and professor in Europe and America. He was given six gold medals for design at the Milan Triennials as well as many other design awards in Finland. He studied at the Central School for Applied Arts in Helsinki, and worked for Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe. 

The Helsinki Design Museum celebrated Ilmari Tapiovaara's 100th year anniversary in September with a retrospective of his work. (Born September 7, 1914 - January 31, 1999)

Pirkka Dining Series Set, Sarfatti Spiral Chandelier

Plywood Folding Desk, Tapiovaara Style High Back Spindle Chair

Tapiovaara Style Side Chairs

Photos by David Cortes for Amsterdam Modern


Sally Breer (of Co-Mingle & Shopclass) at Amsterdam Modern!

Last Friday we had the pleasure of having the talented Sally Breer in our new space for a shoot! Sally is one of our partners at Shopclass and also runs her own interior design firm, Co-Mingle. Although somehow we're still in the process of organizing our inventory (it seems like a never-ending process), Sally and her team were able to pick out some amazing pieces and whip together a few inspiration vignettes for her newest project.

A little backstory -
When moving into our new space we discovered that bright red floors, while cool, are very hard to photograph with...and get rid of. After some debate as to whether we should tile, carpet, or build a platform over the red for shoots, we decided that re-painting the concrete was probably the best idea for permanence and quality. It took more than a few coats for the red to stop glowing through and casting a faint orange-ish shadow over all the things we tried to photograph. You can see the final result -

Sally was the first to test our new floors for vignettes, and we think it went perfectly! Here's a little taste of the action-

Arriving in our loading dock-

Sally and her team getting to work - pictured is our Cees Braakman for Pastoe Bookcase with a Built-in Desk and a Gerard van den Berg Leather and Rattan chair for Montis

Sally is a clever one - I mean who wouldn't want a massive amount of mid-century gems at their fingertips whenever they're shooting??

Here's a glimpse at another - Bethany Nauert was photographing for Sally! Pictured is our Pierre Pauling Mushroom and Ottoman F560 & P561 and Kartell Style 70's Acrylic Coat Rack. Artwork and accessories all found at Home Goods a la Sally.

Apparently that ceiling lamp is quite heavy and requires a longer arm span.

Also, I want this cactus-plant. Excuse the massive size of the picture, but I wanted you to see how it's a cactus...but with leaves. How cool.



Exciting things are happening!!!

September 26 update:

I guess we can say it's officially official now that we've got our name stamped on the side of the building! To say that this move has been a while in the making is somewhat of an understatement - let's all be real here in saying that we needed to move a while ago. Piles of mid-century gems just kept accumulating into more teetering piles in our Van Nuys warehouse. Our NEW abode sports 10,000 square feet, respectfully doubling our space to store all our (stuff). Nevertheless, three weeks later, we've still managed to fill the floor. At least everything is in a much more organized stack (as opposed to pile). We're still unpacking boxes, but feel free to drop by and browse our inventory, without the fear of being hit by waves and waves of endless furniture glory...But don't worry, the glory managed to stay here!

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Storage is important for many reasons, and everyone collectively needs it. Mostly so you can hide all your junk from your friends or your treasures you don't want them acquiring... However, knowing your storage OPTIONS is just as important for a few of these reasons:

1. Obvious cuteness: spend the extra time looking for a case piece you like - don't just throw together something painted white you got on a quick run-through of Ikea (you probably just went for the Swedish meatballs anyways...)

2. Mix and match: like always, I love mixing and matching. Why? Because we do vintage, and that means that sometimes you can't buy matching sets of things. Which doesn't mean it's it's not better - that's why I love it! You can grab a variety of different items that suit the same purpose. It also challenges your design sensibility (if you're up for that of course).

Tomado Industrial Shelving Wall Unit

3. As always, variety. Size, shape, color, complexity, sliding doors or no doors... and endless possibilities. Credenzas, day beds with drawers, coffee tables with hidden storage, shelving, wall units - you name it.

Coen de Vries Bookcase

4. Solution for small spaces. I won't be covering recessed storage in this blog post, however that doesn't mean you can't find a solution for storage for small spaces. As someone who moves twice a year, I can tell you that the easiest solution is having wall units. (We have an absolutely stunning collection of Tomado wall units) Also having those wall units fold down is heavenly - not only does it create space for your stuff, but it saves you space (and a headache) in the long run as well. Ikea furniture does not do well once you take it apart (rarely comes back together again - plus who wants to dismantle it after you spent hours putting it together in the first place??

Kai Kristiansen Teak Wall Unit