All Wired Up!

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I’m pleased to introduce my new babies. Three vintage Knoll Bertoia
side chairs—they have a little wear on the seats, but I was so happy
to buy them used instead of new because vintage really is the best kind
of recycling!

Until now we’ve been eating dinner on a blanket spread on the floor,
so it will be nice to have a proper sit-down with table and chairs.
Which brings me, of course, to the question of tables. We have one
that’s not too shabby, but it is small and therefore puts a damper on
my desire to host big, elaborate dinner parties for my (thus far
nonexistent) friends.

I love the look of the wire Bertoia chairs when paired with a rough
and rugged wooden table—such a study in contrast. Viva Terra always
has lovely pieces made from reclaimed wood, including the railroad tie table that I’ve been drooling over for a few years now, and this elm number built from old doors.

Tables_from_vivaterra

In keeping with the modern spirit of the chairs, I do so adore the Harvest Table
from Design Within Reach. The lines say "mid-century simplicity" but
the cherry wood and elegant functionality say "timeless classic". The
table was created in homage to the Shaker ethic. For a juicy and informative exploration of the connections between modern and
Shaker design, read DWR’s bite-sized article here.

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But
why pay $3200 for an homage to Shaker when you can pay $500 for real
Shaker? I particularly love the shape of the legs on this cherry
drop-leaf table from Shaker Workshops—very
Hans Wegner. Plus it comes in a kit that you build yourself, which is
so much more fun than having it arrive ready-made. Like taking Ikea to
a whole other level!

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In a completely different grain (get it? grain? wood grain? groan…), Tree Spirit Tables
in Maryland uses 200-year-old reclaimed wood planks to make these
gorgeous custom-designed farm tables. Dean Perkins, the artisan behind
Tree Spirit, does truly amazing work. I particularly admire this English walnut trestle table,
which calls to mind the work of George Nakashima—who was himself
influenced by the Shaker principles of austerity and disciplined
craftmanship. At over $4000 I won’t be investing in one of these
anytime soon, but a girl can dream, can’t she?

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All Wired Up!

3knollbartoiachairsb1

I’m pleased to introduce my new babies. Three vintage Knoll Bertoia
side chairs—they have a little wear on the seats, but I was so happy
to buy them used instead of new because vintage really is the best kind
of recycling!

Until now we’ve been eating dinner on a blanket spread on the floor,
so it will be nice to have a proper sit-down with table and chairs.
Which brings me, of course, to the question of tables. We have one
that’s not too shabby, but it is small and therefore puts a damper on
my desire to host big, elaborate dinner parties for my (thus far
nonexistent) friends.

I love the look of the wire Bertoia chairs when paired with a rough
and rugged wooden table—such a study in contrast. Viva Terra always
has lovely pieces made from reclaimed wood, including the railroad tie table that I’ve been drooling over for a few years now, and this elm number built from old doors.

Tables_from_vivaterra

In keeping with the modern spirit of the chairs, I do so adore the Harvest Table
from Design Within Reach. The lines say "mid-century simplicity" but
the cherry wood and elegant functionality say "timeless classic". The
table was created in homage to the Shaker ethic. For a juicy and informative exploration of the connections between modern and
Shaker design, read DWR’s bite-sized article here.

F_15326_2
But
why pay $3200 for an homage to Shaker when you can pay $500 for real
Shaker? I particularly love the shape of the legs on this cherry
drop-leaf table from Shaker Workshops—very
Hans Wegner. Plus it comes in a kit that you build yourself, which is
so much more fun than having it arrive ready-made. Like taking Ikea to
a whole other level!

Fx46
In a completely different grain (get it? grain? wood grain? groan…), Tree Spirit Tables
in Maryland uses 200-year-old reclaimed wood planks to make these
gorgeous custom-designed farm tables. Dean Perkins, the artisan behind
Tree Spirit, does truly amazing work. I particularly admire this English walnut trestle table,
which calls to mind the work of George Nakashima—who was himself
influenced by the Shaker principles of austerity and disciplined
craftmanship. At over $4000 I won’t be investing in one of these
anytime soon, but a girl can dream, can’t she?

20th47_r8_c8

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