Ok, so I'm a die hard fan of classic mid century modern furnishings and aesthetic. I really support the original visionaries and designers from the modernist era. However, as much as I would like to, I'm in no position to sacrifice a mortgage payment for one select piece, not yet anyways. I blame my thriftiness on my Filipino upbringing (my mom saved all plastic bags, utensils, glass jars, containers, etc because "we might use this one day"...You see, recycling is a Filipino invention! J/K).
That said, whenever I come across an aesthetically pleasing piece of furniture "in the manner of Panton, Eames or Noguchi" and the price fits the bill, I'm all in. Everybody knows the classic Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman. You've seen it in movies, commercials and magazines. But you've also seen the non-sustainable prices for a new or vintage set. I scour the Seattle Craigslist weekly but usually searching specific terms like "danish modern," or "eames era."
Yesterday, however, I viewed the first listing of the day, which was simply listed as, "leather chair & ottoman." Much to my glee, it was a caramel colored Lounger look-a-like with a horrible substitute for an ottoman. But that's ok, the price was right! For the price of about three movie tickets to see Transformers, I took home this lovely chair for my hubby! The look-a-like mini Arco lamp was another Craigslist buy. They both go together quite nicely for under $100! Ikea eat your heart out (but thanks for the AS-IS paper lamps in the corner)!
Other reclaimed vintage pieces that I have acquired from various sources include this Danish modern sofa, two Pantonesque wicker S-chairs and a Lane coffee table. The sofa is from ebay/uship and the chairs are from Fresh Kills in Brooklyn via Greyhound. I scored these unique wicker chairs while in New York for business last summer.
The Lane coffee table has the most heartfelt story. On Valentine's day I found this table at the valuable "Village" for under $10. I brought it home and caused quite a stir. Isaac nearly fainted when he saw it. It turns out that it was his late grandmother's coffee table and he and his sister use to color & draw on it. How did he know it was his grandma's? It had the coloring marks & water stains to prove it! Needless to say, I am not allowed to refinish it. How precious! Now if I could just afford to splurge on the Womb chair for myself :)