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FLER SC58 pair of chairs urban rustic

Stemming not so much from Fleur-de-lis ‘what ever you desire
LA Confidential style though it totally suits the era, as channelling the ancient Egyptian symbol of resurrection, these beautiful iconic 1958 SC58 Fler TV chairs have been given a complete new life.

FLER SC58 pair of chairs urban rustic before

A professional wood job, new cut foam and recovered in Designers Guild UK ice ice baby blue Mezzola macro suede [and yummy creamy white piping] they may just be what you desire if genuine mid-century modern furniture is your thing.

FLER SC58 pair of chairs urban rustic cu

FLER= an acronym for Fred Lowen and Ernest Rodeck, Jewish migrants who escaped Nazi Germany and came to Australia on the ‘hellship’ Dunera.  The two strangers met at an Internment Camp in 1941, and with no experience in timber or furniture production went on to create many highly collectible mid century Australian classics, including this design, the SC55 with it’s cool paddle/ surfboard style arms and the sought after 1961 Narvik style.

You can read more about Fler here if you so desire
The Modernist Impulse : ABC National

OR if you like to look,  please come here
Urban Rustic 6b Roberstson Rd Newport Beach

Lamp and Hawaiian barkcloth cushions also available.

Basic RGB
So what do you think? They are going to be hard to let go…


Thonet Mid Century Modern chairs turquoise
Does anyone else get sooo annoyed by the Eames Era phrase?
A sneaky ploy used in online auctions that should be reported any time you see it. Some people may do it without thinking much but it’s as bad as Chanel style, Gucci lover and so on. It’s not right.
Kinda fraud in my mind.

Mid Century modern Thonet Chair moulded ply arms
These gorgeous chairs are originals made by Thonet New York, bought on Ebay [freight was ridic but I love love love them] and certainly Eames inspired but mid-century modern is the more accurate description.

Jonathan Adler hanging & thonet chair
Speaking of Eames-inspired…
I’m copying my New Year’s Resolutions straight from the philosophy of Ray & Charles Eames.
It’s a great list for design and life in general.

1. Keep good company
2. Notice the ordinary
3. Preserve the ephemeral
4. Design not for the elite but for the masses
5. Explain it to a child
6. Get lost in the content
7. Get to the heart of the matter
8. Never tolerate “O.K. anything.”
9. Remember your responsibility as a storyteller
10. Zoom out
11. Switch
12. Prototype it
13. Pun
14. Make design your life… and life, your design.
15. Leave something behind.

Happy New Year and thxxx to all you lovely followers. UR awesome!
I’m excited. It’s gonna be great.

♥ Sandy

FYI Johnson Bros, I’ve moved on. [For now] I’ve found a Kiwi substitute.
Check this.

Cheating patterns.

‘Fabrique’ by Crown Lynn NZ

Set 4 bowls, virgin status $40
Set 2 plates, unsatisfied, wanting more… $10 each


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Give me the full Don Draper treatment.
I wanted it and I got it and it was even better than they said.

Bobby Barrett Season 2 Mad Men

Is Don. Is good.


Wood Laminate & Chrome Ice bucket. Like the man, ultra cool.
[A little bit of rust on the handle but otherwise slick inside & out.]

$50. Circa 1960s.


‘Do this again- Old Fashioned please.’

Don Draper makes Old Fashioned so appealing…


Buy: Set 4 Vintage Amber Glass Tumblers $20.

Try:  Drink like Don.

This is Don Draper.


How do I know that what you see as the color blue is the same thing that I see?
Season 3, Episode 10: The Color Blue

Tomorrowland: I can’t wait to see the new season [5] of Mad Men
starting [12.4.12]  8.30pm on Foxtel Movie Extra.

Blue Bakelite [pronounced Bakerlight] ashtray. Bakelite is an early plastic. $50

Set of 6 melamine picnic cups. $30.

Vintage Pyrex bowl, their American cousins appeared on the show.


Vintage Melamine Canister $25


Betty’s pearls of wisdom:

‘Only boring people are bored.’

‘My mother always said, ‘You’re painting a masterpiece, make sure to hide the brush strokes.’

 ‘As far as I’m concerned, as long as men look at me that way, I’m earning my keep.’

‘Go watch TV.’


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