In Design on January 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm
In 2010, one of my dreams came true in the form of a 1940s Jacques Adnet red leather sling side chair with an iron frame and brass details. Adnet was a French art deco designer, whose furniture for Hermès is the stuff dreams are made of. Because this particular chair is “attributed” to Adnet rather than “by” Adnet, an all-important zero got knocked off the the price tag. I had to pinch myself when I saw it. The chair, which I’m picking up first thing Monday morning, is going to live in our bedroom, along with these vintage Liberty curtains in an art nouveau Ianthe pattern that I scored for a song on eBay a few years ago.
Update 1/3/11: The chair is home—and found its way into a corner in the living room beneath a sentimental aboriginal painting with beautiful crosshatching that I found in Australia when Mr. Foodinista and I were newly dating. So happy!
In Design on August 5, 2010 at 9:53 am
You know that movie where the girl totally gets distracted by some flashy loser, when all along her dreamboat has been subtly sitting right in front of her? I am living that movie! I mean, how many times did I walk into Modernica and not throw myself at the feet of this Tenon Dining Chair in Rosewood???
In Design, On Location: Out and About in L.A. on July 27, 2010 at 9:04 pm
Stop. The. Press. Sudden change of plans for this coming Saturday that don’t involve finishing my 2009 taxes (for reals! and yes, I know it’s almost August), washing my newly shorn hair or alphabetizing my spice rack, because I’m actually on top of the latter. Check out what promises to be an amazing yard/tag sale this Saturday in Brentwood, featuring more than thirty of LA’s top interior designers and stores/vendors selling items including small furniture such as side-tables, lamps, rugs, pillows, art, accessories and more at incredibly low prices—from $5-$200 (cash only). ￼
I’m particularly excited to see what Fyndes has on offer, as well as celebrity caterer Lulu Powers who will be signing copies of her fabby new book, Lulu Powers: Food to Flowers. [I have the book and it is loaded with creative entertaining ideas, to say nothing of yummy recipes.] Who’s hitting the west side with me???
In Design on May 20, 2010 at 4:07 pm
About a year ago, Modernica announced a 20th anniversary special edition “Prince Charles Chair” (as in Charles Eames) to much ire in the design community. I mean you should have seen the vitriol splashed about! What’s the fuss about? Los Angeles artist Peter Shire blended the classic molded Case Study fiberglass shell with traditional Queen Anne legs in walnut. Sacrebleu! I think it’s gorgeous, and I just ordered one in oatmeal fiberglass for a guest chair in the new office. It will be the perfect bridge between an antique Bokhara rug I heisted from my parents and my reissued mid-century George Nelson Swag Leg Table in walnut veneer, which arrives on Monday. Unfortunately the oatmeal-colored shells for all Modernica’s Case Study chairs are back-ordered, so my new piece of blasphemy should arrive in early July.
In Design on April 21, 2010 at 7:28 pm
While the virtuous green garlic soup for tonight’s dinner simmers away on the stovetop (more on that tomorrow), I have a confession to make. I was very, very bad today. Having ordered my new office desk yesterday, this morning I struck out for Jules Seltzer on Beverly, the alpha and omega of office furniture in Los Angeles. Was it my fault that the windows were painted with enormous letters that spelled out SALE? I walked into the store to look for a new office chair with the best of ergonomic intentions. There I was, deciding between the Knoll Embody (which, btw, is what the staff at Jules Seltzer sits in) and the trusty Aeron when a very pretty, glimmering chrome Eames Aluminum Executive Chair—in the coveted 50th Anniversary White leather—caught my wandering eye. It’s a fantasy chair, and even I wasn’t prepared to shell out for it. Until I saw SALE scrawled across the price tag hanging from this chic little number. It’s a near-perfect floor model with a couple of minor dings, and boy, oh boy, the price was right. Sure, it’s a little nuts putting a white leather chair in a converted garage. But who am I to argue with an executive order from the fates?
In Design on April 21, 2010 at 9:59 am
I did it. I ordered my dream desk—a George Nelson Swag Leg Rectangular Table with a walnut veneer top. I’ve thought about this desk for so long, imagined the stories that would be written here—the gorgeous sculptured chrome legs sending up electromagnetic waves of inspiration to anyone seated at the table. But beyond the sheer beauty of the thing, this table represents new beginnings. A literal blank slate. In the past year, I’ve made big changes professionally. Leaving a full-time office job that I loved—and all the daily mayhem that goes with the territory—to a new chapter working from home, which brings its own brand of chaos and distraction. As our home office continues to take shape (drywall goes up today!) and with my new desk en route, is it crazy that I already feel a sense of calm and (pending) order? I guess that’s the power of good design.
In Drink, Food on February 22, 2010 at 11:27 am
After a week up in St. Helena, we got back to LA on Saturday afternoon just in time to head to a southwestern flavored dinner party that night at newlyweds Lizzie and Matt’s. Any dinner party that starts with Crabbies (a family recipe involving microwaved Old English cheese, mayo and English muffins) and Iron Horse bubbly from Sonoma is something worth saddling up for. I’m livid that I forgot my camera so that I couldn’t surreptitiously snap photos of their gorgeous Beachwood Canyon apartment so I did what any polite guest would do and snagged Lizzie’s new Canon Powershot G10 a clicked a few of the food. But back it up, let’s start with the reclaimed Douglas Fir and Hemlock dining table from District Mill Works:
Beautifully set with these chic ash-colored porcelain dishes from Mud. (Not surprising for a hostess who writes a blog called DESIGNwatcher) And look at how gorgeous the plates are loaded with cheesy grits, crispy kale, green chili cornbread and chile-spiced ribs:
Here are a few pics that Lizzie shared, starting with Matt and the braise for the Braised Chile Spiced Short Ribs.
Matt was in charge of the wine and we went from a Sea Smoke Pinot Noir from Santa Rita Hills (be very, very jealous) to a velvety Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Cabernet Sauvignon (why we love California Cabernet), ending with apple pie and Sauternes for some and Oban for others. And near amputation for the hostess, but I’ll let Lizzie tell you about that. I’ll leave you, instead, with a few pretty close-ups of the food:
Thank you, Lizzie + Matt!