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HELP! Can't remember name of an American furniture designer
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 9:10 pm      Reply with quote
With all the kafuffle going on with our very sudden house purchase, my head is just swimming. And with just 2 months till we move in I have very little time to get rid of all the furniture I have now and work out what I am buying for my new place.

I need HELP in remembering the name of an American designer who makes super-duper comfy dining chairs. His name has completely gone from my head and try as I might I cannot come up with it on google from the clues below.

This is what I remember about him from :

- still alive today, though pretty old
- his house is now a museum because it is so unique (I *think* this is in California)
- his first wife - for whom the house was built and who helped with the business - died, but he now remarried
- all his chairs are crafted by hand and have a unique curve to them
- somehow when I think of him something about butterflies comes into my mind

Everytime I try to think of his name, the only one to pop into my head is Jackson Pollack. Laughing So NOT in the right field...

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Mon Feb 19, 2007 9:20 pm      Reply with quote
Deco?
Paul Frankl, Donald Deskey, Wolfgang Hoffman... If not, google them and maybe the name of the person you're thinking of will be among them?
Hope this helps. I can think of a lot but they aren't American. (Or living.)
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Mon Feb 19, 2007 9:32 pm      Reply with quote
AHA! I found him.. and it is rocking chairs that he is famous for... Sam Maloof!! I so loooong for one of his handcrafted chairs (they are $12,000 each. Shock ) as I have a real "thing" for furniture... but I need to furnish my dining room before I spend that much $$ on a rocking chair. Laughing OK, back to the Eames dining chairs I go...

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Tue Feb 20, 2007 7:22 am      Reply with quote
$12,000 for ONE chair?????...........thump... I just passed out.
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 8:27 am      Reply with quote
I'm trying to figure out the butterfly angle Confused
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 9:04 am      Reply with quote
Laughing ya, me too... wonder why???!!! Maybe I saw something with butterflies in his house? Laughing

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Tue Feb 20, 2007 9:19 am      Reply with quote
Laughing You're thinking butterflies because Maloof designs using a "butterfly" joint. It was one of his great innovations.

By the way, Scott Morrison is an American woodworker who makes stunning Maloof inspired chairs. He does the butterfly rocker (among others) and all the dining chairs. He also does alot of custom work. He absolutely revers Maloof and I think he apprenticed under him.

His stuff is NOT cheap, but each piece really is a work of art and its a fraction of the cost of original Maloof pieces.

http://www.finewoodworker.com/gallery.html
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Tue Feb 20, 2007 9:34 am      Reply with quote
OH.. yea, maybe that is the butterfly connection. Laughing

Well, Katee, I want to say "thanks for the link" with a big Very Happy , but I find myself saying "thanks" with a Rolling Eyes ... I so did not need to see this: www.finewoodworker.com/double-bench.html

That would be just perfectly at home in my new entry hall!! So now when I have to eat steamed rice and miso soup for a year we know whose fault it will be. Laughing (well, I will be very thin at least... )

.. any Montana members here planning a visit to Japan? Got some baggage space? Laughing

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Tue Feb 20, 2007 9:44 am      Reply with quote
Are you thinking of Charles Eames? His wife designed textiles as well. You can get good copies of his stuff in various places.

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Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:42 am      Reply with quote
oooh.. I LOVE Eames chairs!! I very much want to have the DCM dining chairs ( www.momaonlinestore.jp/11111/pic/038-012-FL_2.jpg ) but the "authentic" ones made by Herman Miller retail for about $590 each over here Shock The knock-offs are still about $300 each, but I am hesitant to shell out that kinda money for a knock-off of lower quality. Maybe I can get my dining chairs one by one... Laughing DH will just have to sit on the floor until I can afford one for him!!

My life's ambition (aside from owning a Maloof chair, which is highly unlikely) is to own an Eames recliner and otoman (like Frasier used to have).

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