Lucas Maassen’s Incompletely Beautiful Furniture

Cute alert: Lucas Maassen recently hired his children to help him paint and finish some of his furniture designs, but labor laws restrict the children from working more than three hours a week. The result? “Incompletely beautiful” and largely unfinished pieces that are as unique and custom as they are endearing.

What an adorable way to show your children the value of a dollar – and let the community benefit! Hats off to you, Lucas & sons!

Via Yatzer

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Why Don’t You…?

… go ahead and scribble on your dresser?

You’ve seen how transformative the power of paint can be on an old piece of furniture, but what about the power of the written word? Get the look by taking a Sharpie to an old standby and write your favorite song lyrics, daily affirmations or uplifting words of encouragement.

Bonus? A coat of dry erase paint allows you the freedom to write and re-write to your heart’s content! Genius.

Image Credit: French by Design (via Konfetti)

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The House that Sam Built…

Chair by Sam Maloof, 1984 / fiddleback maple and ebony

You ask, Sam who? Sam Maloof (1916-2009), the renowned mid-century craftsman that is. I recently went to the titled exhibition, “The House that Sam Built” at The Huntington Library, part of the “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980.” Initiated by The Getty, PST is an impressive collaboration of more than 60 art institutions across Southern California celebrating the birth of the Los Angeles art scene. “The House that Sam Built” exhibition was my very first stop on this tour. What is unique about this exhibition is that it not only focuses Maloof’s work, but also his circle of artist friends who lived, worked, AND collected each other’s work in the Pomona Valley area. Amazing isn’t it. Another highlight of the exhibition is the Chair (shown above), just when you think you couldn’t sit on anything, there is a sign that says, “Please be Seated”. You really have to sit and move around in it to appreciate Maloof’s attention to detail and most importantly, the actual feel of the chair.

Oval Folded Bowls by Gertrud and Otto Natzler, 1947 / earthenware

 

Occasional “String” Chair by Sam Maloof, 1950 / walnut, maple, white cord

Easily my favorite of the exhibition. Absolutely in love with the simple and abstract form of this chair.


Abstraction by Karl Benjamin, 1955 / oil on canvas
Settee by Sam Maloof, 1959 / walnut and leather

Love the pairing of these two pieces. The shapes in the painting echo the lines of the settee, or vice versa?


Thought the display of his working patterns on the wall was brilliant. Maloof pictured on the left, he looked happy doing what he loves, doesn’t he?

{ all camera phone images by Peggy Wong }

 

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When Fashion Meets Furniture

When I spotted this collaboration between Slovene architect Spela Leskovic and fashion designer Almira Sadar over at Design Milk, I knew I was in for a treat. With patterns, textures and lines that are built for swooning, this collection is truly one for the ultimate design lover.

The collaboration celebrates Slovene heritage in a variety of ways, most importantly with its use of crocheted florals. And with its puzzle piece-like modular arrangements, the collection pays homage to design integration at its best.

What do you think? Yay or nay? And are you ready for a crochet break, or do you embrace the handmade movement’s future?

Photos via AKSL

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Product of the Week: The Rocking Bed

You’re flabbergasted, aren’t you? Me, too. I can’t quite speak to its functionality, but I will say that this rocking bed design is out-of-this-world beautiful.

Designed by Shiner International’s Joe Manus, the bed can be cemented in place with rubber stops, or left to rock the night away. Available as an indoor/outdoor piece, I can only imagine what a statement it would make in any space.

Of course, this unique piece will set you back a pretty penny: $3,000 to be exact. A small price to pay for mobile dreaming, yes?

Photos via Archigalle

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