Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Dancing, Homework, and Research

Ok, first off, did anyone watch Dancing With the Stars last night??  WOW! Electric is an understatement when it comes to that freestyle dancing (if you watched). I admit, I was a little late to the game this season but man did the finalists bring it last night! I'd be okay with any of them winning.

Back to the real reason I'm here today...homework and some research.

We have homework from last week and that is to look for Greek, Gothic, Renaissance influences in magazines. I love homework, so I flipped through some magazines and picked out a few different spreads to take with me tonight.

First came from Myra Hoefer in House Beautiful April 2011.

I talked a little bit about the Bergere chair last week. The animal feet on the coffee table and you can't see in this photo but there are columns on either side reminiscent of Greek influences.

More influences seen here in the animal feet on the stools and the hood over the range. There were lots of French influences seen in her designs throughout this spread.

Another one I chose to bring with me was the designs of Robert Couturier seen in Elle Decor November 2011.

Lots of mouldings and millwork with French influences. The chairs below with the open upholstered arms is referred to as a Fauteuil (pronounced fo-toy). Inlaid floors are also an 18th century influence.

Hopefully we get to share a few of these.

Remember a few weeks ago when I showed you my consignment store book finds? One of the books I picked up was a 20th century modern auction book from Rago Arts, an auction house in Lambertville, NJ, which is probably about an hour from where we live here in PA. The title of the book actually says Sollo Rago. John Sollo is an expert authority in 20th century modern design and it looks like he teamed up with David Rago in 1998.

Who wants to go on a little road trip with me? There's another auction coming up in February. This book is from the October 2009 auction but it's packed with furniture goodness...are you able to read the fine print description in the photo below?

This is a Frank Lloyd Wright piece. It's a plywood plant stand with cruciform base, and it's from the estate of Elizabeth Gordon, editor of House Beautiful magazine from 1939-1964. Wow.

Another Vladimir Kagan - you can't tell by this photo but the seat cushion is upholstered in wool herringbone.

Ah, a Cherner chair. This one is referred to as the pretzel chair. Sheila actually did a post on Cherner Chair recently.

As you can see, there is a ton of awesomeness (yes I used the word awesomeness) in this auction catalog. I'm so glad I picked it up for under $1.50!

More furniture tonight as we progress through the centuries. I'll be back with the rundown.


  1. I'm learning so much from your class, and I don't even have to do the homework :P
    Have a great Thanksgiving, Holly!

  2. I would so go on a road trip with you Holly! Fun, fun, FUN!!!

    I am star struck with the first Vladimir Kagan chair and stool. It's stunning.

    Thank you for the mention with the Cherner chair. You are so good to me :-) I fell in love with the Cherner chair the first time I saw it, and then when I wrote the article and learned the story behind it, well, now I'm a Cherner fan for life!

  3. Love learning about the periods and seeing the influences and changes in design. Have you visited the FLW house, Falling Water? I have not.