Let's talk about...furniture

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Oh, yeah, blame the camera, in no way is the dodgy couch at fault for being dodgy, mister. That's convenient.

Seriously, I don't have an issue with that couch. It's just a little, um, 1970s.

Ally, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Yeah and now it's mushy. But I'm mushy and from the 1970s so. Furniture is destiny?

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

You're wiry and only just barely from the 70s, what are you talking about?

Ally, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm mushy on the inside, Ally. Just like my couch.

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Maybe you should have a doctor check that out. I am black on the inside. THat's why I wear black on the outside. Cos that's how I feel. Etc.

I am going to buy curtains, does this relate to furniture? They are going to be dark red. It will make my house look like a whore house, I am so excited.

Ally, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Furniture, house decor, all is welcome!

james, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Sauder: Classic or Dud?

Sterling Clover, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Classic, you can buy a whole house of things for like $500. It's the same reason why Ikea is good. Sure, you gotta put it together yourself so it always falls apart all the time but so?

Tiffany lamps, classic or dud? I have this tiffany ceiling lamp that's worth like hella lots of money, but it's sitting in the closet cos I don't know how to hook it up.

Ally, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Taking Sides: Sauder vs. Ikea

Sterling Clover, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Ikea, because it also sells proper beds and couches.

Ally, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I love looking at the Ikea catalogue (my life of excitement)...but here is my shocking confession...I've never been there!!!

james, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

You're only missing out on the experience of a lifetime, boy. It's almost as good as the Yankee Candle store in massachusetts, except for that Ikea doesn't have a Bavarian Village so it's not quite as good. Still, it does have a restaurant, and it's set up like the most confusing labrynth ever set upon by man or beast. I was afraid I'd never find my way out.

Ally, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The Ikea parking lot in Emeryville probably holds more cars than the one at the Oakland Coliseum.

Kris, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I have too much ikea shit, its too easy and too cheap. (can get lingonberry jam, dill crisps and large quatities of dime bars there.)

Ed, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Aww shit, I thought this was going to be about the band.

Ally C, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

We just bought a shitload of furniture (dining room table and chairs, dresser, chest of drawers, armoire). Really great that I got laid off right after we got all this stuff...

Dan Perry, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I just got a whole load of new Ikea stuff but it took like three trips to get it all because I had to go to two different Ikeas to get my chair covers. Still after the kitchen chairs I want but they won't be in for weeks. I had to stop in the Swedish food section and load up on a whole side of hot smoked salmon last time I was there, and the lingonberry jam. I've still got some cabbage rolls in the freezer; they're like Polish golabki.

A lot of my other furniture has been found on skips (I learned dumpster diving off my mum, who's got a PhD in it), such as the great op-art side table I found this summer; and there was a really good Victorian armoire outside this weekend but someone else swooped before I could organise a foot patrol. I've also inherited shelving and cupboards from Nick before his New York move but NO IKEA WINGNUT to tighten them with. Gaaah!

suzy, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

my living room shelves were thrown away by 7-11, they're made of wire and are painted bright blue and yellow. i think they used to have hostess cakes on them. the rest is mostly milk-crates except for my bookshelf and my desk and this weird antique octagonal end-table my grandparents gave me. oh and my futon.

ethan, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

1) boys; 2) minimal; 3) phone pub; 4) Pacey; 5) luxuriously.

maryann, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

That record wall is FABULOUS! Oh I so need to redo my room. it's absolutely foul. I don't have enough STUFF for my THINGS and urrrgh it's so disgusting right now I just want to go and sit in a beautiful plain white room with those padded walls.... coool.

My walls are PALE LILAC, the carpet is PINK, the bed has a red bedsheet, and the doors are FALLING OFF and white. Sigh. At least the walls aren't damp. I have to cover up the FOULNESS with posters and photos and stuff. I need more posters. Where can one get posters? Or I could just start a record wall. That's so fab. Or do a CAFE POP and plaster the walls in old TOTP album covers.... blah too kitsch. I think I'm only bothering about this due to having WALLPAPER* withdrawal syndrome.

Sarah, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

style = spicebus but w/o the girls

mark s, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

What about Prescient Spice?

(And are you implying you do have Richard E Grant and Meat Loaf?)

Graham, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

i have had them yes, but in truth they are ambiv. abt standard polyamory contracts — esp.the subsection on activities pertaining to mention of the pseudo-numbah between 4 and 6, unacceptability of — and so we reluctantly agreed on cooling-off time.

then i saw meat loaf with that tramp wavy gravy and all R torn up

mark s, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Thanks Sarah. Our whole house has interesting walls but everyone who stays with us/visits us remembers the record wall most.

Samantha, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Yesterday we went to all these tony shops and looked at famous chairs and we got really jelous because we could not afford a 10 000 dollar chair but then we bought some eames stuff . ( the book of cards, a video and flipbook of the 10 movie ) and a little model of the egg chair . We then went to this store that recliams furniture from industrial molds and bought a little box. I love Vancouver.

anthony, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

maryanne your fav. furniture is "boys"??

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I don't know why I'm not jumping all over this thread. I love furniture. I even buy decorating magazines.

And that record wall is the coolest thing I've ever seen.

Kim, Wednesday, 7 November 2001 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

one year passes...
got any new furniture lately?

jel -- (jel), Saturday, 22 March 2003 23:13 (eighteen years ago) link

a JERKER desk, a big CD barrister, a futon and a big gaudy office chair with a headrest. I think I hate it and it was a bad decision.

Millar (Millar), Saturday, 22 March 2003 23:22 (eighteen years ago) link

I need a 5x7 rug or something to bring the room together.

Millar (Millar), Saturday, 22 March 2003 23:23 (eighteen years ago) link

tie

RJG (RJG), Saturday, 22 March 2003 23:34 (eighteen years ago) link

I want to reecorate and renovate this place. I've got ideas and plans. But every time I get some extra money, another pile of bills lands in my mailbox.
:^P

j.lu (j.lu), Sunday, 23 March 2003 06:00 (eighteen years ago) link

i also got a jerker desk and a drafting stool to go with (i have it at a sit/stand height) actually i'd like to get a few more of the little swivel shelves for it.

ron (ron), Sunday, 23 March 2003 07:58 (eighteen years ago) link

I just furnished my entire apartment here in Berlin with stuff from Humana, a thrift store nearby which gets the items little old East German ladies leave when they die.

Huge sofa: 140 euros
Little chaise / desk: 30 euros
Kitchen table: 30 euros
Two wooden school chairs: 15 euros each
Two other assorted chairs: 10 euros each

Photo: http://www.demon.co.uk/momus/dailyphoto170303.html

The previous resident had wall-to-wall Ikea and the flat looked beige'n'bland. Now I feel (especially with the addition of an inflatable igloo) it has some character.

Momus (Momus), Sunday, 23 March 2003 09:51 (eighteen years ago) link

does it smell like plastic in there?

that's a beautiful apt.

ron (ron), Sunday, 23 March 2003 10:02 (eighteen years ago) link

It wd look quite schwee if you got rid of the marx poster and the lanky guy in the chair

Millar (Millar), Sunday, 23 March 2003 10:04 (eighteen years ago) link

that igloo roxor! you should use the pic of you in your dressing gown pumping it up as an album cover.

jel -- (jel), Sunday, 23 March 2003 10:05 (eighteen years ago) link

we had a humana shop here in rotterdam once, I got some great clothes from there. alas, they did not have furniture then.

erik, Sunday, 23 March 2003 10:27 (eighteen years ago) link

wow! hairy arms momus!

erik, Sunday, 23 March 2003 10:29 (eighteen years ago) link

Sottsass to thread!

http://www.jahsonic.com/Memphis.jpg

Jan Geerinck (jahsonic), Sunday, 23 March 2003 10:43 (eighteen years ago) link

wtf is a jerker?

gaz (gaz), Sunday, 23 March 2003 10:48 (eighteen years ago) link

a jerker?

http://www.le-champignon.net/misc_graphics/journal/20010121_desk.jpg

I think.

erik, Sunday, 23 March 2003 10:53 (eighteen years ago) link

sort of. But mine is much cooler.

Millar (Millar), Sunday, 23 March 2003 11:16 (eighteen years ago) link

hm...my parents got one of those at home...how can they be cool???

erik, Sunday, 23 March 2003 11:21 (eighteen years ago) link

does it smell like plastic in there?

The plastic smell goes away after a couple of weeks. After that it smells of whatever you do in there.

Momus (Momus), Sunday, 23 March 2003 15:24 (eighteen years ago) link

::shudders::

suzy (suzy), Sunday, 23 March 2003 15:29 (eighteen years ago) link

It wd look quite schwee if you got rid of the marx poster and the lanky guy in the chair

I'm sure you could have a quiet word with yr friend Donald Rumsfeld, Millar, about 'bringing democracy' to my apartment after he's finished in Iraq.

Momus (Momus), Sunday, 23 March 2003 15:43 (eighteen years ago) link

I thought Momus moved to Paris?

I covet Herman Miller.

Mary (Mary), Sunday, 23 March 2003 16:32 (eighteen years ago) link

Paris, Berlin, it's all part of the same Axis of Evil.

Momus (Momus), Sunday, 23 March 2003 16:42 (eighteen years ago) link

two years pass...

Crate and Barrel has some fairly nice-looking couches.

o. nate, Thursday, 20 October 2011 19:18 (nine years ago) link

I mean how long does one keep a couch these days? I feel like mine is about 6 years old @ this point.

Waxahachie Swap (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 20 October 2011 20:51 (nine years ago) link

Pottery barn is apparently for old divorcees, aesthetically

Waxahachie Swap (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 20 October 2011 20:52 (nine years ago) link

CB2 seems fun, but it doesn't seem to far removed from ikea, and at 2x the price. I am suspicious of the 'young yuppie' dollar-value situation

Waxahachie Swap (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 20 October 2011 20:53 (nine years ago) link

five years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-jPKPkvnzw

oder doch?, Wednesday, 4 October 2017 12:58 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

I now get tons of facebook ads for all these nu-furniture companies like Article, BluDot, Haworth, Dims, Inside Weather, Icons of New York, there seems to be a new one I've never even heard of every other day. Sometimes the stuff looks very nice and sleek and modern but I have no idea about the quality. How do I learn more about these? Is there some reliable publication that reviews them?

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 17:08 (nine months ago) link

Another one just popped up: Castlery. There are so many of these that I'm suspicious that they're all made in the same chinese factory, kind of like Amazon's "clothing brands."

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 17:09 (nine months ago) link

Burrow

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 17:09 (nine months ago) link

Schoolhouse

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 17:10 (nine months ago) link

Lulu & Georgia

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 17:12 (nine months ago) link

every time I refresh facebook a different one -- I think these are being AI generated

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 17:12 (nine months ago) link

the article stuff I've seen irl seems pretty good? though it is also too expensive for me (I'm more in the structube lane)

Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 17:19 (nine months ago) link

there's many things that I don't know how to find a good version of though: furniture, cobblers, anything to do with the selling and servicing of motor vehicles

Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 17:22 (nine months ago) link

Artifox

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 17:31 (nine months ago) link

xp - Article seems to be one of the more popular/better known of these brands, so there are some reviews out there. I have read some quality complaints -- I don't know if it's like "built for life" furniture but seems like maybe better in both quality and design than Ikea and of course pricier.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 17:32 (nine months ago) link

article has a huge warehouse/office in my neighbourhood so maybe that makes it more tangible/legit seeming to me

Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 17:34 (nine months ago) link

This is a nice desk with some cool design features, and it's also $1290. Would I eventually drop that much on a desk? Maybe, if it was something I planned to use for 15 or 20 years. But am I going to spend that much on a desk I can't see in person and know nothing about?

https://theartifox.com/collections/artifacts/products/desk-02-oak?variant=30724554385

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 17:38 (nine months ago) link

not to mention its best features are really built for today's tech and who knows if they'll be of any use in a decade

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 17:38 (nine months ago) link

Industry West -- they just keep coming

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 17:46 (nine months ago) link

joybird

kardiel

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 18:47 (nine months ago) link

Artifox at least seems to be trying to riff on Artifort. Shame they don’t see to want to rip off the artifort design aesthetic.

One of these came through the accelerator I mentor at a few years ago, BROSA, it’s a supply chain play. Minimal inventory, all digital sales, bundle up enough orders the fill containers and eventually you end up with a showroom as well. Quality seems fine at the price although the materials are questionable. Design looks like it was done by tensorflow that was fed instagram, Pinterest and Houzz and produces nothing that I’d want in my house but I’m not the target market.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 20:31 (nine months ago) link

joybird had a showroom in downtown Brooklyn, stuff seemed very stylish, comfortable, and good build quality (maybe?).

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 13 August 2020 11:56 (nine months ago) link

Thanks for the heads up on Artifort; pricing info seems obscure. More suggestions for mid-century modern/modern furniture are welcome.

Mom jokes are his way of showing affection (to your mom) (PBKR), Thursday, 13 August 2020 12:40 (nine months ago) link

Vintage artifort stuff comes up fairly regularly on Pamono, the prices will make your eyes water but cheaper than buying it new. Keep an eye on estate sales and you might get lucky.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Thursday, 13 August 2020 12:43 (nine months ago) link

We have good friends who did all the wrong things and bought a big new house thinking that their mother/mil would be living with them but then, quickly, discovered that no, she was pretty much impossible to live with. Of course, they had already put a ton of money into their big house, above and beyond any recommended rehab, but you should probably pace that shit out, since it takes a long time for it to pay for itself in added value, if it ever even does. Anyway, it didn't, because they suddenly found themselves with too much house and decided to downsize. Of course, they picked a terrible time to do it, but the house eventually sold a few weeks ago, apparently at a huge loss. Now they're between houses (which is to say, essentially homeless) but are selling some of the stuff they accumulated and/or upgraded to for their premature "forever" home. One item was an absolutely gorgeous solid cherry custom queen-sized bed that they had designed and built for them in the (old) new house. We've been meaning to change out our furniture ourselves, and this bed seemed like a great first step, and it was, not least because our friends sold it to us for $250, which was ... nuts. Still, something nagged at me, so when we were moving it into the van last week I asked our friend, out of curiosity, why are you selling this gorgeous custom bed? Won't you, you know, need a bed when you finally find a house? Wouldn't it make more sense to pay not much to keep it in storage for a couple of months? Oh, he told me, we wanted to upgrade to a kingsize bed, he told me.

And these are not big people.

The tl;dr version is that some people just never learn and are super frivolous/irresponsible with their money, but we at least got a beautiful bed out of it, because they sold us their custom cherry-wood queen for no good reason for less than the cost of a PS4.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 13 August 2020 13:27 (nine months ago) link

seven months pass...

Need help ID'ing this chair (or style of chair)!

https://cdn.imgchest.com/files/84jdczg9z4k.jpeg

This was the most comfortable chair, but I broke it many years ago doing a flying bodyslam into it, which was my preferred seating entry method.
The underlying seat and back supports seemed to be stretched canvas where you'd normally expect wooden slats.

Philip Nunez, Thursday, 1 April 2021 16:37 (one month ago) link

Are these one and the same of the chairs that are in every college dorm common era ever?

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Friday, 2 April 2021 01:46 (one month ago) link

sorry for extra words. Said chairs were always either blue or maroon

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Friday, 2 April 2021 01:47 (one month ago) link

ah no I should have looked more carefully. Dorm common area chairs were all wood frame, more-or-less-indestructible woven cushions. In blue or maroon.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Friday, 2 April 2021 01:48 (one month ago) link

It's like a type of sling chair?

Yerac, Friday, 2 April 2021 16:43 (one month ago) link

It must have been some type of sling chair but it was very sturdy and must have had a bar where the seat meets the back.
So there must have been two separate canvas components to allow for give, but not too much deformation.

Philip Nunez, Friday, 2 April 2021 17:55 (one month ago) link

Stickley Morris Chair?

https://daltons.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/spi-1.jpg

Andy the Grasshopper, Friday, 2 April 2021 18:22 (one month ago) link

That's far too dignified! The chair I remember was more squattish, yard-sale midcentury modern.
I did find pics of the cushion!

top
https://cdn.imgchest.com/files/b49zckabdyw.jpeg

underside
https://cdn.imgchest.com/files/l4necoem34m.jpeg

Philip Nunez, Friday, 2 April 2021 18:37 (one month ago) link

Oof, this is tough. There are so, so many midcentury-ish chairs out there. I don't suppose you have any photos where the chair is visible, even if it's not the subject?

this honking's on a bobo (Doctor Casino), Friday, 2 April 2021 18:45 (one month ago) link

The chair unfortunately exists only in my spotty memory.
RIP ugly but comfortable chair

Philip Nunez, Friday, 2 April 2021 19:10 (one month ago) link

If this thread doesn't come through, maybe look for a furniture-specific forum? I feel like this is an answerable question, but you might need some REAL furniture nerds, retired dealers, etc, to say "oh yeah used to stock this one back in the day, lot of QC issues, never did get a build that could take a body-slam," etc.

this honking's on a bobo (Doctor Casino), Friday, 2 April 2021 21:27 (one month ago) link

it's more this style? (scroll to the bottom, the grid of 6 chairs)

https://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/the-unexpected-2020-design-trend

Yerac, Saturday, 3 April 2021 02:30 (one month ago) link

Way too classy! But chunky is a good descriptor.
What are the most comfortable but aesthetically challenged chairs of youse all's memories?

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 05:35 (one month ago) link

so much "suburban parent" furniture is sadly in that category. huge overstuffed recliners just waiting for me to flop into them, as I wish I could afford and had the space for an Eames lounge chair + ottoman to get the same effect in a form I like.

sgt. pepper's one-and-only bobo honkin' band (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 12:15 (one month ago) link

Sadly my vote is the giant overstuffed easy chairs that Barnes & Noble made popular. Very cushy and womblike with room to sit sideways. They're enormous and ugly but you can really nest in them.

Ima Gardener (in orbit), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 13:11 (one month ago) link


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