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Friday, July 9, 2010

Well, slap my ass and call me Shirley

Crate and Barrel has teamed with Thayer Coggin to reproduce two classic Milo Baughman pieces, a 1966 leather lounge chair and the 1971 Shelter sofa. SERIOUSLY?!? Milo and the bastion of all things Lower Upper Middle Class America? Is this for enthusiasts of mid-century modern who find thrifting too "stinky" an exercise?

At $2499 and $2999 respectively, these two pieces sell at the high end of C&B's usual offerings. Dumplings, what are your thoughts?

My vintage Milo Baughman chair (with original upholstery!).

24 comments:

David said...

My thoughts, Shirley, is that I've got a perfect spot for a pair of those chairs. I just don't have the 5K. Grr.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Ok Shirley...these are very cool! Now I wish some random person would call and hire me who loves mid-century modern! It would be my time venturing into this style of design...and I would have to call you for help!!!

I am a big fan of C&B and love it when they surprise with something new!

Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage said...

Yes, it's for enthusiasts of mid-century modern who find thrifting too "stinky" an exercise.
I'll take the thifting anyday.

sherri said...

It also depends on where you try to thrift. I'm sure some cities you actually find these chairs in, while others you can't. But I'm thinking if you live where you can't find them, you probably can't afford them from C & B either. Still loving that room of yours, btw.

Robin said...

Surely, you jest.

(sorry, could not resist)

Alexis said...

I like 'em, but they are too rich for my blood.

I like your chair the best!

anita @ a dreamer's den said...

how much do pristine vintage pieces go for? just curious.
your chair is the bomb.

Raina Cox said...

Anita - I found several pairs for between $800 and $1500, so roughly $400-$750 each. All of them were upholstered in fabric.

Mine was $170.

Cashon&Co said...

I nominate this blog post TITLE of the year......
But all kidding aside, your chair and that whole area its in is dripping and oozing gorgeousness...

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Unfortunately, it's probably for people who don't know anything about mid century style (other than they like it), and wouldn't have a clue about thrifting for an original like yours.

anita @ a dreamer's den said...

thanks! good to know.

M.A said...

The chair looks gorgeous but the whole point of vintage is the hunt. Looking for that one vintage piece that makes your room pop. These reproductions take the fun out of the hunt and Shirley your wallpaper is Fab!

Lady Blah Blah said...

j'adore. perfection.

Rebecca said...

1-Raina, if that corner of your room is empty, can I come over and read a stack of trashy mags? kthx.

2-Thrifting is mostly crap where I live. BUT there are a lot of high-end MCM dealers (ones who have shops on 1st Dibs, etc). Given the choice of paying their ridiculous prices or C&B's...well, I'd prefer to support a local business, but this also would require me having a little bit more in the decorating pot.

my favorite and my best said...

i don't get it. if you have that much to spend on a chair you have that much to spend on an original right?
probably for people who don't know nuthin bout nuthin.

Raina Cox said...

M.A - Thank you! The kelly green and white colorway is something to behold, too.

Lady Blah Blah - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

Rebecca - Totally! We'll be home all weekend. That chair is super comfy. ;)

susieq said...

Maybe C&B is targeting commercial interiors with this? Design studios, ad agencies, etc.? Too, too pricey for me, but I love that chair.

erin@designcrisis said...

Totally overstuffed. Wrong.

babyfishmouth said...

I must have no taste, because I love that sofa. Without the half dozen throw pillows - replace them with two long, low pillows less than half the height of the sofa back. I think it would be perfect in a bedroom. Can't find that in a thrift store in my neighborhood.

Raina Cox said...

babyfishmouth - I think you misconstrued my problem with Baughman at C&B. I ADORE Baughman's work, including that sofa.

I just think it's the strangest retail marriage in a long time. The only weirder hookup would be Vladimir Kagan designing for Pottery Barn.

I find shopping for late mid-century modern a challenge here in Denver as well. Atomic 1950s and orange wood Scandinavian abounds though.

Also, hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

babyfishmouth said...

Oh thanks, but it's not my first time at your rodeo - I just dug a better gmail account out of the stacks of *in cognito* id's I got going on.

Ok, I can't tell you who Vladmir Kagan is (is he related to Elena?) but I still love that sofa. You can't curl up on it and watch RHWoNJ but you could definitely sit there while you put on your shoes.

Raina Cox said...

Babyfishmouth - Vlad is a bra-zilliant contemporary furniture designer who's been around since Gutenberg was printing Bibles:

http://www.vladimirkagan.com/

No relation to Elana.

Anne (in Reno) said...

Sigh. C&B makes it more accessible for me in my 'hood than a decent vintage version, sadly. I still can't quite see where they got the idea, though. Just SO out of the blue.

Mary @ RoomPolish said...

haha! Your blog is too funny. Def adding to my blogroll. I agree with you....... Go thrift people! never would i spend that $$$$ on these pieces brand new.