Monday, November 8, 2010

smart?


We are smart. I am a self- proclaimed genius and Hooper's husband calls her his little idiot- savant. (awww) Why am I telling you this?...Because after we lacquered the furniture from Craig's List (Hoop's new vanity, dresser and headboard), I decided to research what we had, only to find that in original condition our furniture was listed on Ebay from $1500 to $1800. a piece. Brief Panic....I called Hooper, bigger panic... Have we altered history?... have we made a mockery of mid century modern furniture? ...Have we used our powers for evil?
 Turns out we bought a brutalist stlye piece that Lane furniture had commisioned an artist to design in the early 1970's.
 Want a cool history lesson? Here is a pic. like one of the pieces we bought...

Brutalist was a style that became popular in architecture after WWII. It started in England and quickly spread our way... comes from 'beton brut' which means 'raw concrete'.  The style began to take over commercial architecture and as all things do filtered into furnishings...


Kind of looks like our dresser...

 
Totally dig this home for sale in Wilmington... See the mid. century brutalist influence even today?...


So.... What have we done? We knew it was great when we bought it, we just didn't know HOW great.
We took some pretty cool furniture with a dated finish and made it current. Was this a bad thing? For the people that collect Lane mid. century modern furniture in original condition...yes. For the people that appreciate the georgeous lines but yet want a piece that will feel current in thier home today with a beautiful finish?...no.  Something that is considered an antique or retro is always at its hightest value in its original condition. But for us the piece in the best condition was the one we turned into the vanity. And it would not of worked in Hoop's bathroom in that finish. The other finishes had 'muddied' a bit and were not pretty anymore -- discolored in all the wrong places.


Lucky for you it's pretty now and still for sale!

 Want to own a piece of history? Call us, we'll hook you up...

 Bye,bye birdie,

~A & H

credit to: Lane, Orange Co. Government Center, Acumen Real Estate

9 comments:

bluehydrangea said...

I'm so excited!! Your blog finally updated on my blog roll!! Yeah!! And yes, you are both brilliant!! And I don't care what anyone says, those pieces look a hundred times better with their new white paint!!

Claire said...

I think I remember my family's store selling something similar. They've sold Lane for ages. And I agree that it does look much better in the new finish!

The Casteen's said...

I agree, the updated version is much better. btw, the Brutalist style condo/compound scares me a bit.

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Now, who's the famous and wealthy designer who painted a set of fine ebony wood furniture from her HUSBAND's FAMILY white back in the day?

The name will come to me soon...

See, you have something in common with her! And I bet her pieces looked as great as yours!

Loretta

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Anonymous said...

I am an original owner of the same Lane furniture you show, purchased in 1974. It was not designed by Paul Evans, despite what others will tell you. It would be more accurate to state "inspired by" Paul Evans. It was produced by Lane in the mid 1970's to the early 1980's. It was first available in dark stain, later in a lighter pecan finish. It was called "Staccato", and there were several different variations. I have the 5 drawer dresser, the tall armoire, one of the long 9 drawer dressers, 2 wall mirrors, a hope chest, and 2 different sets of nightstands. I never thought someone would alter the finish as you have, but the furniture is extremely well made, and should continue to give you years of enjoyment.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the correct info in regards to the furniture...Sorry, not ling the white.

 
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