This is a total violation of the rules of this blog. But this is a Milo Baughman homage and frankly Milo Baughman Chairs are the most perfect chairs since the thrones of the Pharaohs. So there.
This is not as great as the real thing but this chair from Vanguard designed by Michael Weiss is ok. It falls apart on the arm detail. Baughman upholstered the arm and Weiss puts a polymer panel on there. Not as cool for sure. Price is under $1100 vs. $2500 for a real Baughman via Crate and Barrel. Decisions, decisions.
Oh, and there is an ottoman as well.
Damn, this is a good looking chair. But, would a prefer a real Baughman?
True Modern is the brain child of vertern designer Edgar Balzona Although True Modern has an emphasis on modern children’s furniture, the adult pieces are really cool also.
Made of birch plywood, the 11 Ply Night Stand features distinctive cutouts and interlocking elements that are the style of True Modern. Laminate tops are also available in in number of colors including white, blue, orange and gray.
Price is $399. Fair.
Perch is a maker of custom furniture in Portland, OR. The company is a husband and wife operation owned by Jonathan and Willi Galloway.
I would not describe all of their furniture as new mid-century modern, but the Gracie certainly is. It has that unmistakable squared off look. It is the same aesthetic as the DWR Bantam couch in many ways, but that one starts at almost $2000. The Gracie ranges from $1480.
It is a mid-century style couch, that’s about it.
The Rolex Submariner may be a the ultimate mid-century modern watch. Production began in 1953 with ref. 6204 and the rest is history. Especially, after James Bond wore one in Dr. No. I would venture that the Submariner is both the most recognizable watch and most copied watch in the world.
That said, we tend to focus on furniture here at Boon Manor because that is where our passion lies. However, what is the fun of having your own blog if you can’t break the rules once in a while. In keeping with the theme of “mid-century inspired” – here is a watch that meets the criteria.
The actually history of Raven Watches is complicated and does nothing to enhance my interest in the watch itself, so I will skip it. The watches are made in China (boo) to design specifications laid down in Kansas with support in Germany as well. I am not sure if it is possible to make watches like this, at this price point, in the US so I won’t begrudge the China manufacturing.
This is the latest historical take on the Submariner, the Kingston from MKII being another, to utilize stock movements and classic styling. Here the movement is an ETA 2824-2. Some nice design elements include the domed acrylic crystal; Superluminova on the hands, dial markers and bezel; and rubber, bracelet and zulu bands.
The watch runs $700 with shipping – a decent price for what you get. Swiss movement, solid construction (based on other models I have handled), lots of accessories and great customer service. This does break my rule on watches which is: they should cost less than $500 or more than $5000. But again, rules are made to be ignored. So strap on a Raven Submariner homage and plop down in your Eames chair and have a glass of your favorite brown booze – it’s the 1950′s again.
(phone from Raven Watches)
What to put around the dining table? EMECO chair? Wegner Wishbone? Arne Jacobsen Series 7? All great chairs, but unfortunately pretty common these days.
How about the Savoye Chair from Liam Treanor ,a UK-based furniture designer and builder? While not overtly mid-century modern this chair would be perfectly comfortable around an Tulip Table or, in fact, any mid-century or modern wooden table. The frame is Ash and the seat and seat back are a birch plywood. The chair comes in white, blue, yellow, green and grey. Not cheap at 275 pounds but the chairs listed above range from $260 to more than $800 – so it’s not ludicrous.