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.
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I have a favorite pair of Lanvin ballet flats that are the prettiest shade of red I think I’ve ever seen. It’s almost a tomato, or, more accurately, what the Ben Color Capture app on my iPhone calls “Poppy.” (There are fantastic applications for this fantastic application, like when my friend Katie photographed our friend Hugh and discovered that his skin tone was akin to Benjamin Moore’s “Coyote Trail” and “Nutmeg.”)
But back to my shoes. According to Farrow & Ball, the color is called Incarnadine, or blood red. Whatever it’s called, I want a bookcase painted this color in my new office—and I love how it pops against the above shade of F&B’s Pigeon gray, which is one of the contenders for the office walls.
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?
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.
Check out today’s post on the Herman Miller Lifework blog about my groovy new file cabinet from MUJI, an awesome Japanese company that designs with an eye toward earth-friendly, innovative materials. MUJI also makes fantastic reused yarn socks, which Mr Foodinista wears religiously.
Next time I’m in New York, I want to pick up one of their Silicon Ice Ball Makers. I mean, how great would this be in a glass of scotch?
Herman Miller has launched a fantastic new blog called Lifework. Editor Cerentha Harris writes, “This is where we at Herman Miller will explore all the issues that arise around working from home. It’s that intersection between life and work that happens in all our houses. For some of us it’s a couple of hours each week on the couch with our laptop, for others it’s a garage converted to a home office where we run a business. But for all of us it’s about balancing work and life.”
I’m also excited to share that I will be a Contributor to Lifework, blogging about home office design including details of my own home office/garage project! My husband and I are hoping to break ground on our garage makeover in the next couple weeks, so stay tuned for details. In the meantime, here’s a Q&A with The Foodinista on the Lifework blog! (Spoiler alert: My real name is…)
We are leaning decidedly in the direction of renovating the garage—a prospect that both excites and terrifies me given that the trauma of our last remodel has yet to fully dissipate. I’ve been sketching out ideas for the garage’s exterior nip and tuck, which involves adding French doors to let in more light, and am now starting to think about the actual office space inside. If I am really, really nice to my husband, I think I can make a convincing case for splurging on Farrow & Ball Dix Blue paint for the walls. It is just one room after all. However, I don’t think I’m going to be able to justify two of these Decker Bookshelves at $998 a pop—and made of mango wood (mango wood!) and iron. But will built-ins be any less $$?
Recently I left my full-time job at the world’s best food magazine, and am now working from home. My husband and I are debating whether or not we turn the guest room into an office—easy enough—or really go to town and convert the garage into a workspace, which would involve big-time construction. While we weigh the pros and cons, I’ve started thinking about office design. It’s no accident that Ana Wintour’s is so chic. Ditto for Mary Randolph Carter’s of Ralph Lauren (below). How could you not be inspired in one of these spaces?
To that end I’m relying on my surroundings to imbue creativity. I would kill to have the George Nelson Roll Top Desk that graced my office at the Los Angeles Times Magazine many moons ago (not to mention the Eames management guest chairs—it’s nuts that that stuff was just kicking around the newspaper).
In doing a little research, buying a vintage one is going to run anywhere from $3,000 to $8,000. Something tells me Santa Baby isn’t thinking I’ve been that good this year. I’m also in love with this George Nelson Rectangular Work Table, which is equally dreamy and offers plenty of work space.
I’m thinking it will look great with an antique dark red persian rug I appropriated from my parents years ago. When it comes to chairs, I’m really torn—by price more than anything else. Of course, the fantasy has always been the Eames Aluminum Management Chair in Powder Blue leather. It’s also so chic in tan.
Or, until that ship comes in, what about the Setu Chair, also from Herman Miller? Similar lines, ergonomic design and a third the price: