Monday, July 26, 2010
originally designed in 1965 by michael lax, the lightolier lytegem 8001 became an instant icon. its design was so remarkable that the MOMA inducted it into their permanent collection. the genius of its telescoping arm and swiveling head guarantee you'll have high-intensity, localized light for perfect reading. it takes an automotive 12v/25w bulb and has a high and low switch setting. the white shade measures about 3.5", the heavy cube base 2.5", and the arm extends to roughly 15". Design Within Reach, the arbiter of good taste for all you modernists, has recently reissued this classic lamp. but here's your chance to own a 1960's original- and what's better than an original?! other than a tiny chip on a front corner of the base, it's in fantastic vintage condition. no rewiring necessary.
these classic, vintage siesta ware mugs make for good time drinking, and owning a set of 10 means you never have to drink alone. it's not every day you get to toast with your pals while holding wooden-handled, keen 60's era glassware. and with the awesomely nautical blue anchor and stars motif, you'll be stylin just in time for SEAFAIR. sipping your favorite beverage outta these beauties will almost make you forget the ridiculous blue angels roaring overhead. each mug holds about enough liquid for a solid, double vodka tonic. enjoy!
who says these smart little tiger lamps only belong in a child's room? i'm pretty sure they'd look great in your sophisticated adult interiors, too. the tigers are in nearly perfect vintage condition, with no chips or marks, and only a small surface crack on the back of one. but, nothing to get in the way of form or function. they both stand about 10" tall, and really look sweet with a warm, ambient edison bulb on top. bulbs not included. (2010 is also the year of the tiger. i'm just sayin'.)
Thursday, July 22, 2010
have you ever seen a time capsule in real life before? if so, were these 3 barstools inside it? who wants to be the proud new owner of these mint, mid-century gems?? they are honest-to-goodness original CHROMCRAFT Chromantic66 barstools, upholstered in an astonishingly vibrant turquoise, with polished chrome bases. they even have footrests- it's almost better than christmas. seat height is just about 25" from the floor, and they aren't adjustable. they DO, however, swivel around so you'll never be required to sit with your back to the door. if you're in the market for seating (and if you're not, you should be), these Chromantic66 barstools are for you. it's rare that i find this sort of item in such pristine condition- not a rip or tear in sight. lovely.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
this vintage Manning Bowman fan arrives just in time for our heat wave. you're going to need this good-looking 13" tabletop fan to keep your wits about you this summer. all 3 speeds are in working order and it quietly oscillates back and forth, allowing everyone in the room to get some relief. it's a really sensible purchase, people. everyone should have one.
summer in seattle is finally here- i'm almost certain of it. what you're still missing, however, is this awesome 1960's fold-up/travel picnic table and chair set. but no worries, because i have it right here for you. this super compact set (weighs about 30 lbs all folded up in its sweet little case) easily unfolds into the most righteous picnic table and chairs in the universe. well, at least the vintage universe, and that's all i really care about. take your party anywhere- the forest, the meadow, a sandy beach, your pal's backyard, or your basement. this picnic set is adult sized and plenty sturdy- all steel and masonite- no plastic parts here. manufactured by the Milwaukee Stamping Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, it's likely best enjoyed while drinking another true Milwaukee-made original: Miller High Life. The champagne of beers. go ahead- take your picnic on the road in style!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
back in the day, maybe during the 1940's, someone took the time to build this fantastic, rustic wooden cabinet. it's constructed mostly of tongue and groove planks and painted a now-weathered white and green. the spinning wooden latch for the front doors is pretty great, as is the white porcelain knob. at some point in its history, the owner took a pencil to the top front rail and labeled it "Laundry Cupboard." a nice, personal touch. the dimensions are 42"H x 34"W x 22"D, and the shelf boards are also tongue and groove- meaning you can remove planks if you'd like the shelves to be different depths. it's hard to find a cabinet as honest and unrefined as this one, yet still packs this much character and charm. someone will be its next lucky owner.
vintage metal stools are your friend. they are heavy-duty, which means they'll always be reliable for you to sit on. they are adjustable- flexible and amenable- both fantastic qualities in a friend. and, these stools are good looking and stylish. they'll be your faithful pals for a very long time, as both of these stools are in top vintage condition- just a bit of visual wear and tear, but are mechanically and funtionally sound. hope you'll give them the new life they so deserve.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
300 bucks for a vintage office chair might seem like a lot of cash, but this isn't just any old office chair we're talking about here. check it. it's an original Good Form Comfort Master 3129. that's right! a 3129. and restored, these gems sell for well over 1k. this dark red beauty doesn't need a lick of restoration, and is ready to go as is. you'll be sitting in style and comfort in an office chair that comes from a much simpler time- manual adding machines vs. mac books, and a 3 martini lunch vs. no time for lunch. go ahead- treat yourself to something nice. and rarely does it get nicer than this.
Good health for all from Rexall. own this vintage sign from the king of early american drugstores, Rexall, and guarantee yourself good health for the rest of your life. well, that claim is a little outrageous, but at least you can count on gazing at this gorgeous piece of advertising history for as long as you own it. and that's worth something. i'd say about $280, to be precise. anyway, this old sign is in remarkably tip top shape, with only a few chips around the edges. the front is blazing orange, with the customary blue and white Rexall script broken up into 2 panels- each measuring 34" square. hang them together or separately- either way, they'll be a noteworthy addition to your home, office, garage, barn or wherever they're hung.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
be the first, and only, person in your neighborhood to own this vintage piece of american advertising, circa 1918. the fox river butter co. hung its sign at 27 S. Market in Boston, a stones throw from historic Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market and shows up in various business registries from that era. a porcelain enameled sign like this is a rare find and i've felt lucky to have it for the last 5 years. it measures 38" x 28" and is a true, original gem.
these industrial, metal, cone shaped light fixtures were pulled from the shop belonging to a gearhead out in rural Renton. this guy was the real deal- he had vintage auto and motorcycle parts stacked in piles and stored in every drawer and shelf. motor oil covered everything that wasn't already covered in a different type of oil, so it's a good thing these were safely suspended on a wire about 7 feet up in the air. now they're ready to be put to good use in your shop, kitchen, bathroom, bar or restaurant. the reflector's cone shape gives off a nice, wide spectrum of light, and the green paint gives a nod to its authentic vintage, industrial past. currently they are on a pull chain, but could easily be converted to hardwire.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
from the days of hopalong, the lone ranger, and the marlboro man, comes this amazing piece of vintage american cowboy decor. it's a hand-painted glass light shade depicting 2 favorite cowboy pastimes- singin' by the campfire and ridin' horses. the shade will fit most every ceiling mounted light fixture that's made to have a lens screw onto the end. if you've got a bunkhouse or bedroom that needs a little love, do yourself a favor and buy this thing today. it could be the start of something special.
Monday, July 12, 2010
a june trip to elgin, illinois was required to procure this mid-century classic item, designed by the Finish marvel, Kaj Franck. this Finish industrial designer headed up the Arabia company for many years, and his ethos was pretty straightforward- to be designated good and beautiful, an object had to be durable, robust, easy to clean, functional, do justice to the materials used for it, and indispensable. All superfluous decoration was eschewed.
this gorgeous porcelain glazed jug is about 6" tall and 8" wide, and in impeccable vintage condition. the darling stylized green and black cows stare right at you, but not in a creepy way, imploring you to fill up the jug with your favorite ice-cold beverage. the maker's mark (KL-2) is clearly stamped on the base, making it worthy of your mid-century collection. give it a home and it will reward you with years upon years of dedicated service.
so, i found myself driving around Marysville this past weekend with larisa- ok, it was planned, but i like to think it was simply by chance that we ended up there- and bumped into these lamps for sale. they had belonged to a woman who spent her life in north dakota married to a man who loved horses. (sorta like me, but totally different) anyway, i picked them up because i loved the silvery art deco style and the crystal clear glass balls. i'm also a fan of the swithes- black is off, red is on. a quirky detail not often seen. get yourself a couple of edison bulbs, plug these darlings in, and you'll have something really sweet going on.
sooner or later, you're going to need some salt and pepper, and if you've got these on hand you'll be ready to go. they are in perfect condition and ready to be at your service. and here's some information about owls that i found rather interesting.(courtesy of macrameowl.com)
Unlike most birds, owls are nocturnal with a large head and forward facing large eyes. Their eyes are fixed in their sockets, and some are able to rotate their head up to 270 degrees. With exceptional vision, acute hearing, and the ability to fly silently, they are a stealthy and effective hunter.
Native Americans attributed owls with wisdom and sacred knowledge. The shaman would call upon Owl medicine for insight into the truth of ill-intent. Plains Indians wore owl feathers to protect against evil spirits.
If you are drawn to owls or owl symbolism, you may have this same ability to uncover secrets. People may feel uneasy around you, as if you are able to see through pretence. The owl also teaches us to acknowledge the dark side of our personality, and in that darkness we may find food for growth.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
in pristine vintage condition! this awesome nickel plated steel pencil sharpener needs a home that still uses wooden pencils. it's a work of genius from the 1920's, and is equiped with a pair of steel milling cutters, a celluloid shaving receptacle, and a smart wooden crank. easily mounts on any flat surface for fool-proof pencil sharpening. even a child can put a fine point on the dullest pencil in seconds!
royal crown cola was invented in 1934 and immediately became a favorite beverage across the USA. this vintage metal sign and working thermometer will surely be your favorite, too. it's a well-worn, well-loved, and well-traveled piece of americana- i found this in rural ohio and brought it back to seattle via american airlines. the mercury works without fail, and at the moment it's telling me it's a blazing 82 degrees in the shade. don't let the burnish on this one fool you- it's a keeper.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
a really cool old, green metal cake tin with the word CAKE printed in black chinese takeaway typeface. or whatever it was called back in the day. there's some obvious wear on the top of the lid (or patina, as we like to say in the junking business), but nothing that will prevent this tin from exceptionally storing your cakes and other things for many years to come.