Where Are They Now: Featuring Krista Coupar of Coupar Consulting

September 19th, 2014

For anyone starting a business, heck, for anyone with big deals but no idea how to begin executing them, having a mentor is not only a godsend but arguably, a necessity. After all, one of the world’s most powerful women and CEO of a little company called Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, openly stresses the importance of having guidance throughout your career. 

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So for budding designers in San Francisco, Krista Coupar and her team at Coupar Consulting are like a secret weapon and guardian angel all wrapped into one. Coupar, with her background in design, has been through it herself and has already developed many of the connections and relationships in the industry necessary to grow your business. Not only does she offer consulting, marketing and PR assistance, her office is an open resource for all her clients to either work from or host meetings in. 

Whether you need a quick break while sourcing from the showrooms in the San Francisco Design Center (SFDC), or need to spend hours using the complimentary AutoCad programs on the shared desktops, or need to meet with a client and want to do so in a professional and design-related setting, this is the space to get work done. It has all the resources you might not have at home (hey, Cad is expensive!) or get advice from Krista and her team about the countless ups and downs of running a business. 

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The Coupar Consulting office and co-working space is chic and well appointed. Eye catching art fills every wall and seating is plentiful- from a green velvet chaise, to a leather daybed, to practically equipped workstations. No matter how you work- bolt upright at a task chair, standing, or splayed out on a cushy couch- there’s a space for you to do your thing here. 

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Photo: Christopher Stark

One of our chief joys at Chairish is when we see a piece we sold in a happy new home. This marks the first of many “Where Are They Now” posts, where we check in with our old Chairish friends and see what kind of fabulous life they are living post-sale. The Coupar Consulting office has not just one, but three Chairish graduates! A becoming yellow velvet armchair sits in Krista’s office for guests, the above mentioned leather daybed welcomes visitors in the reception area and, best of all, a pair of formerly drab cantilevered accent chairs got an epic makeover with a stunning Kelly Wearstler fabric we may or may not have seen running though our dreams at some point. We love seeing these transformations taking place. Knowing that our pieces are serving such a splendid purpose in a place that fosters the growth of new design talent gives us that warm fuzzy feeling inside. 

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Photo by Christopher Stark

We got Krista to give us the scoop on how she started this consulting firm and what it’s like working in the most tempting place any design obsessive could think of.

Tell us about your business: how did you get into the world of consulting with up and coming design professionals?

Working in showrooms and as an interior designer, I noticed the design industry had a lot of pain points for both the designer and the client, and I thought to myself, “There has to be a better way to run these businesses.” As synchronicity would have it, right when I began to look at business consulting as a niche business in the interiors industry, I got an amazing job revamping a prestigious interior design and retail firm alongside a dream team of Fortune 500 consultants. I worked with a venture capitalist that had 10 years of Wall Street experience, a Fortune 500 CEO and CPA, a marketing and PR guru, and a web designer that was dabbling in content management platforms (which was very cutting edge at the time). I worked at the firm seven days a week for close to three years, because I knew this opportunity would never come across my desk again! It was that experience that basically taught me everything I needed to know about running a design and luxury/lifestyle business. After that, I had the foundation I needed to launch my career as a consultant.

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Over the course of my 15 years in the industry, I have endeavored to find ways to make the business of design current, efficient, and a positive experience for both the designer and the client. The way designers obsess over interiors is how I obsess over their businesses - I am always researching latest trends and what’s new and hot for running a premier luxury brand. I get inspiration from technology start-ups, luxury fashion house and labels, and any brands that are innovative and forward thinking.   

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What is one piece of advice you would give someone hoping to start their own design-related business?

When launching and operating small, luxury businesses like interior design companies, two things are always at a premium: time and money. I always look for low-cost, high impact solutions, and it’s important to analyze what the gain is from each bit of time and money spent. So for designers, one of the best tools they can take advantage of is the prevalence of technology available to streamline their business. Instead of reinventing the wheel, always see if there’s a free or low-cost technology platform available, like Asana, SketchUp, Hootsuite, and Chairish. From organizing office communication, managing finances, creating meaningful marketing and PR campaigns, and selling product, there are incredible tools out there, so learn to use them and make them a part of your daily business strategy.   

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How did you hear about Chairish?

I found out about Chairish from a designer, who heard about Chairish from one of her clients! Our industry is changing - many resources for products are being discovered by designers and their clients via social media, online magazines, and blogs. Technology and social sharing has definitely changed the way designers approach design, and I think it has lead to better design, better resources, and more innovation. For me, Chairish was love at first sight. I adore anyone who’s passionate about finding homes for previously loved furniture. (My husband and our garage thank you as well. It has lightened the burden of my plight to save all the little gems I come across!)

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Did you know when you purchased these pieces that they would be getting an updated look from the beginning?

Yes. I am always on the look out for old pieces with great lines that I can reinterpret with a fresh coat of paint or a new fabric. But some of the pieces came in and I ended up loving the patina of the velvet or the wood finish on the frame, so they remained as is. A little age in a fabulous piece of furniture can be a beautiful thing. I think velvets always look better with age as long as you stick to the natural fibers: linen, cotton, mohair and silk.    

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This mid century chair from Chairish gets an updated look. 

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The chair in its new home at Coupar Consulting. Photo: Christopher Stark

How did you choose the fabrics to recover these pieces?

I wanted to keep the office fairly neutral since so many different designers use it, and I didn’t want the office to compete with their aesthetic that they’re selling to clients. It needed to be stylish and benchmark well with the showrooms that surround it, but it needed to be a bit quiet as well. If I choose a print like the velvet on chrome chairs, I kept it neutral with black and white.

I like fabrics with movement in the print or design and I am inspired by nature, so anything that is a bit meandering and organic in pattern usually finds its ways into my design. In my own personal style I love color, so I couldn’t resist throwing in a pop of color like the green in the sofa or side chairs, but overall I aimed for an finished product that was “quiet luxury.”

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Photo by Christopher Stark

These pieces live in your (totally stylish) office space. What factors are important to consider when decorating an office? Do you think you have to consider different factors for this office in particular since it also doubles as a communal workspace for your clients?

I really was looking at it from a cost perspective first, followed by comfort and functionality. Many of the pieces were pulled from my preferred vendors that I use when I designed residential interiors. The one thing I did differently was choose fabrics that stand up to the elements better, like an outdoor fabric. Our office is flooded with light, and I have found that the fabrics fade more quickly than I would have expected.

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Photo by Christopher Stark

Which is more fun- finding a piece that’s perfect as-is or giving one a makeover?

I love a good makeover. Nothing beats finding the perfect frame and then adding your own twist to the design through an unexpected or luxurious fabric or paint.

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A leather daybed that Krista purchased from Chairish

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The leather daybed happy in its new home. 

To learn more, check out Coupar Consulting



A BUYER’S GUIDE TO VINTAGE SHOPPING AT THE BRIMFIELD ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES SHOW

September 18th, 2014

We recently hit up the Brimfield Antiques & Collectibles Show, which is one of the biggest antique shows in Massachusettes, if not the US! Chock full of vintage finds and crazy knick-knacks, you KNOW that when you go, you’re bound to find something good.

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However, if you’re not used to some intense flea market shopping, Brimfield can be pretty intimidating. With 20 fields and barns full of goodies, Brimfield can definitely be overwhelming for a novice shopper. But fear not dearest reader, we’re here to help. Our very own flea market pro/Chairish buyer is here to share 5 pro-tips to help you successfully shop Brimfield!

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Remember the basics.

My first day at Brimfield was nearly 90 degrees with 500% humidity. Can you say outdoor shower? Between the sporadic showers, downpours, and sweltering heat, I definitely had to take breaks in the car and revel in the AC. Luckily, my mother taught me to always wear sunscreen, stay hydrated and carry a snack. Remember, you’re out in a field ALL DAY. There’s a few tents here and there, but let’s be real, it ain’t a fashion show. Wear your most comfortable sneakers and ridiculous hat. You’ll thank us. Also, while we didn’t need our mud boots, it’s always a good idea to pack them too.

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Get there early and on the weekdays.

If you want the cream of the crop, be there waiting when the doors are going to open. It’s also wayyyy less crowded on the weekdays, so if you can, we’d definitely encourage you to go during the week.

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Bring a buddy.

With the plethora of barns filled with treasures, oddities, and well, junk, the show runs about a mile long down Main Street. Having a friend with you will keep you focused and rational (I needed to be talked down from buying a working GameBoy with over 30 games for $200, I’m still thinking about it).

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And c’mon, what’s better than giggling over something from your childhood or scoring an amazing stained glass lamp with your favorite pal?

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I found my dream dresser! But it doesn’t fit it into my Jetta….

If you’re planning to furnish your house/apartment or even a room… Rent a U-HAUL! Many shoppers show up at 5am in their rented van or truck, with a wad of cash to make it rain (although some dealers do accept cards). For standard shopping, it’s best to bring a wagon or ‘granny cart’, some bubble wrap and bungee cords. There’s a UPS shipping center on site for items that can be shipped. ‘Porters’ (angel people equipped with wrapping blankets and hand trucks) are available for hire. They have on-site blanket wrap service, but only from point of purchase to your car. Most dealers are kind enough to hold your item for a bit, but keep in mind cars are not permitted everywhere.

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Go in with an open mind and realize that it’s physically impossible to see everything.

What’s helpful is making a schedule. This year, Brimfield launched an app: The Brimfield Flea Finder. Vendors can register to have their booth listed on the app. You can search by the category you want to shop and map out your route on the field map, which is incredible (did I mention how overwhelmingly HUGE this show is?).

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Some fields specialize in artisan crafts, furniture, military garb, fashion + jewelry, etc. If you have an idea of what you’re looking for, map out your plan of attack before because YOU WILL BE OVERWHELMED. Some fields charge admission fees on their first day, but will be open for free the next. This is all outlined in the schedule. You can also save your favorite dealers while you shop or as a reminder to hit up later. The majority of fields open Tuesday morning through Sunday, but some have later openings. Each year, the show is open for a week in May, July and Sept.

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Know when to haggle.

A polite way to ask the cost of something not marked is “What’s the best you can do on this?” Yes, everyone is negotiating pricing and trades, but keep in mind that for some people— this is their livelihood. There are professional vendors who have shops and websites, and some sellers who live in their RV with all of their treasures, traveling to shows around the US! Some dealers attend Brimfield just 3 times a year and that’s the only time they sell their finds. They are all deeply passionate, super knowledgeable, and excited to share their expertise.

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And last of all? Happy hunting and have fun!

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Brimfield pros, did we miss anything?



10 EASY WAYS TO ADD GLAM

September 15th, 2014

We’ve all been there. We love the luxurious look of glamorous, high-end hotels but we know it’s just too impractical for our homes. So what’s one to do when you want to add a sleek touch of glam to your home, while keeping it appropriate for everyday living?

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Cue interior design duo/glam squad 30 Collins. Besides being really, really ridiculously good-looking, they have quite the resume. With experience including work on The Ace Hotel, The Standard, and more high-end fashion boutiques, well, you KNOW they’re going to be good.

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Nicole Heininger and David Corbin, co-founders of LA-based design firm 30 Collins, have kindly agreed to help us, and our dear readers, make our homes tres chic. Not only have they curated a drool-worthy collection here on Chairish, they’re sharing 10 pro tips to help you add that missing touch of glam to your home! You’re welcome.

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At 30 Collins, glam isn’t flashy or slick.  We embrace glam in the most literal sense. To us, glam is about juxtaposing interesting, and often opposing, design ideas to create something that is exciting, sophisticated, and beautiful.  This way of thinking is present in all of our work, whether it’s a child’s bedroom, a stunning kitchen, or even a gorgeous retail space. Spaces that feel thoughtful and effortless, scream glam to us.

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1. Add Statement Light Fixtures to any room for instant glam. For instance, above a kitchen table, above a seating group, or in a bedroom or bathroom. 

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2. Mirror, mirror on the wall. Which is the fairest room of them all? Reflective furniture, decorative wall mirrors, and mirrored accessories add dramatic shimmer and illusion.

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3. Wall coverings are your best friend. Cover a wall, an entire room or the ceiling to create total drama!

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4. Don’t forget about the wall moulding.  Install base, crown, or wall moulding to give dimension and relief to a wall with this simple trick.

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5. Contrasting materials are key.  Mix brass, glass and stone to give a polished and glamorous look.

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6. Luxurious textures add a whole new level of dimension to a room.  Layer luxurious textures like faux fur, silk, and velvet. We love a good fur pillow, throw, or rug.

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7. Remove the clutter! Invest in organization baskets and bins which conceal clutter and bring order to space. Space is the ultimate luxury.

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8. Juxtapose old and new. We love mixing vintage furniture or historical architectural features with modern elements to create glam living spaces.

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9. Fresh flowers, all the time. Simple arrangements in simple vases add life, beauty and a touch of glamour.

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10. Art!  Collect art or photography that is personal to you. Adding a large scale piece of art or a smaller collection to a wall, will give instant glam to any room. 

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Find all these goodies and more on 30 Collins’ curated collection here



HOW TO GO FROM FASHION EDITOR VINTAGE CONNOISSEUR

September 11th, 2014

When someone was a Fashion Director at magazines such as Elle, Jane and Allure, you know they must have some serious style chops. So you can understand our excitement when respected fashion gal, Heather Hogan Roberts, joined Chairish as a seller of restyled vintage goods. *cue happy dance* After working in the magazine industry for nearly 12 years, Heather decided to take the leap and launched Ivy and Vine, focusing on what she truly loves: design and home renovation. Lucky us!

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With Heather’s current Southern residence and her classic New England roots, Ivy and Vine has a unique aesthetic unlike any other. Heather ‘restyles’ classic antique pieces for colorful, modern living. “I like taking a furnishing that was stylish in its time (be it 30 years ago or 100 years ago) and re-working it to something that makes a statement today.” Heather says.  And these pieces are proof that this gal knows what she’s doing.

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All pieces from Heather’s collection on Chairish 

Heather is not afraid to explore far and wide for hidden gems. She says, “Even the items that are in a dark corner are often the diamonds in the rough.”  Whether it be stopping by every single antique mall in any state or a family trip to the beach, Heather always has her eye out. The most important qualities to look for when shopping for a piece?  Heather says,  “It has to have the best proportions or bare bones, can work in a space that she’s designing, and can be brought to life with new paint and/or fabric.”

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Which brings us to our next point… the lady is a serious pattern pro. Maybe it’s all the years spent eyeing the gorgeous textiles in the fashion industry that inspires Heather to use some seriously bold colors and fabrics, and with much aplomb. For the rest of us who may not be so pattern savvy, Heather advises us to introduce one pattern and work the rest of the room around it, to not let it overpower the space. Noted!

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This bold and punchy room was inspired by Heather’s trip to Round Hill, Jamaica.

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That face! Photo: Sarah Dorio

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Miles Redd at home. 

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Photo by Slim Aarons

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Advice, straight form the pros y’all. In love with all these pieces? Don’t forget to shop Heather’s collection here



Brighten Up With Will Taylor!

September 3rd, 2014

A few questions: Do you love color? Do you love cocktails? Do you love home tours? Do you love travel guides? Do you love DIY and home décor tips and tricks? If you answered ‘YES!” to any or all of the above (and if you’re reading this, the answer is likely UH HUH or a squeal of delight to all) then you NEED TO, you MUST, check in often with Will Taylor’s cheerful, inspiring website Bright Bazaar.

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Keep your pants on, everyone. This cutie is recently married.

Bright Bazaar is just bursting with fun ideas and photos to get you thinking about color in a whole new way. Never one to fear a punchy mix of hues or stripes of every size, Will’s goal is to get readers to embrace the idea that a bold palette can be not only timeless, but unlock something personal in each and every one of us. He believes in the power of color so whole-heartedly, he took two years to write a book about how to incorporate it into any interior! 

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Will’s book, available for purchase now!

Whether clicking around on Will’s site, scrolling through his Instagram feed or flipping through the pages of his lovely book, it is impossible not to grasp the depth to which this man cares about sharing his passion. You quickly realize that he has endless ideas and discoveries he wants to share. He took extra time (lucky us!) to answer some questions about how he makes it all look so damn good and gets everything done! Bonus: there is a really awesome set of tips for how those of you reading who might shy away from color can test it out, no strings attached.

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An office set-up in Taylor’s former apartment.

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A shot of the interior of Fab creative director Bradford Shellhammer’s NY home, featured in the book.

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We’re cuckoo for this shot of a clock against funky wallpaper from the Bright Bazaar book.

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Loving the yellow and red combo of this nightstand. Shot from the Bright Bazaar book. 

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An sea of serene blues in a room shot for the Bright Bazaar book.

Below, his Chairish picks!

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Top row: StoolFramed ArtChair.

Middle row: Striped PillowYellow SofaBlue Pillow

Bottom row: Wishbone ChairBlue CabinetYellow Cabinet

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Design God: The Exuberant and Influential Life and Times of Ettore Sottsass

August 27th, 2014

Glossy. Neon. Laminate. Contrast. Color. Leopard. There is not a single word in that list that Chairish does not love.

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What is this list of words, you ask? Is it a description of things you might observe on the set of Saved By The Bell? Does it describe a pair of Sophia Webster shoes? Is it what walking down the back-to-school aisle at Target looks like? Well, yes and no. It is impossible not to see the influence of Ettore Sottsass in a million and one places, even today, even though he developed his signature irresistible, zany, flamboyant aesthetic over thirty years ago, establishing himself as the godfather of the Post-Modern look that exploded in popularity in the 80’s, spawned a thousand copycats and is still coveted to this day.

A true jack-of-all-trades, Sottsass was never satisfied just doing one kind of work; he designed everything from furniture, ceramics and lighting to computers, brand posters, houses and fashion-label showrooms. He loved to paint, photograph, hang about with beautiful women and socialized with other artist-types: Picasso, Hemingway, Helmut Newton, Alan Ginsberg and Bob Dylan were all close friends. His work was constantly evolving with the rapidly changing times—after all, the 60’s was an era of counter-culture and, like a chameleon, he was always trying on new hats.

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All products designed by Ettore Sottsass. From left to right: Top Row: Tahiti lamp; Bacterio 1978; Carleton Bookcase. Middle Row: Ultrafragola Mirror 1970; Teapot 1987; Hanging Light, 1957. Bottom Row: Glasswork for Memphis, 1986; Telephone for Brondia 1986; Mimosa Side Table, 1984.

Born in 1917 in Austria, Sottsass was raised in the fashionable city of Milan. After graduating from the Politecnico di Torino with a degree in Architecture in 1939, he was dutifully serving in the Italian military during World War II when he was captured by the Germans and put into a concentration camp in Yugoslavia. Having survived that trial, he made his first foray into design working for none other than iconic American designer George Nelson. He was totally transfixed by the industrial revolution taking place in America that had yet to surface in Italy. His “anything is possible” attitude towards what he could do with his work was starting to form and was certainly partly based on the way the world was rapidly changing before his eyes. Returning home to Italy, he threw himself into a certain type of commercial work (that he would later turn his back on) that established his talent to the world at large with the Olivetti company, designing office equipment and furniture.

This marks the first of many times Sottsass wanted to shake up the status-quo: why should the tools and furnishings of the modern office be drab and uninspired? The first item that applied this philosophy to was the Valentine portable typewriter in 1969 for Olivetti. It became an instant hit. More of a fashion statement than anything else, its unmistakable bright red carrying case symbolized much much more than the drone-like action of typing upon what was within. While at Olivetti, he also designed the Elea 9003, a mainframe computer that won him the Compasso D’oro award. Around 1970, still popular brand Alessi commissioned him to design tablewares, and he was beginning to garner the attention of big brands like Knoll. However, it was also around this time that Sottsass started to experiment with sculpture and feel a sort of rebellion against commercial work, saying in an interview given late in his life: “ I didn’t want to do any more consumerism products, because it was clear that the consumerist attitude was quite dangerous in some ways.”

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Left to right: a poster designed by Sottsass for the Olivetti Valentine portable typewriter; Synthesis 45 Chair for Olivetti, 1970-71; The Elea 9003 mainframe computer

Very likely influenced by a trip to India during his tenure at the Olivetti company, Sottsass  became extremely concerned with people’s emotional connection to the objects around them. Machines, chairs, common-place objects were so much more to him than inanimate items by the very fact that humans interacted with them. He designed things not with a form or a function in mind, but the person’s feelings that would be using them. Objects became sacred because they were part of something sacred- the practice of living itself. But he was also very concerned that his work evoke emotion, that the viewer or user feel something when in contact with it. His desire to explore the creation of more meaningful items is no doubt what led him to his collaborative efforts with the Memphis group starting in 1980. Other influential members of this group of artists and designers included Achille Castiglioni, Vico Magistretti and Marco Zanuso.

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Chairs at top: Vico Magistretti. Wave light: “Mezzachimera,” Vico Magistretti. Black and Marble light: “Snoopy,” Castiglioni. Mushroom lights: Vico Magistretti. A picture showing Magistretti, Castiglioni, Zanuso and Sottsass.  Achille Castiglioni under his famous Arco lamp. 1964 tiny television from Marco Zanuso. “Primate” chair for Zanotta, Castiglioni. Pair of “Senior” lounge chairs, Zanuso.

The Memphis group consisted of artists with similar visions of creating objects using unexpected materials that were full of wit, categorically unconventional, fun, whimsical, sculptural and most definitely symbolic. Together, they created a 40 piece collection consisting of ceramics, glass, lighting, textiles and furniture. As Rowan Moore puts it, Sottsass and his compatriots were creating “calculated outrages against taste.” This is what the squiggles, loud colors and patterns, the odd, sometimes off-putting lopsided angles that elements of these works were pitched at, the use of unrefined materials like laminate aimed to do- to disrupt what was perceived as tasteful. These pieces are full of an undeniable playfulness- but even Sottsass admitted that small doses of Memphis style pieces, which were “like a drug” was best, to mix with more soft-spoken items advisable.

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Couch: “Lido” 1982.  Chair: “Saragoza” George Sowden. Face Sculpture: Gio Schiano. Red Chair: “Bel Air, “Peter Shire, 1982. Clock: George Sowden, 1982. The full Memphis effect.

Around this time, he formed the Sottsass Associati, a design firm with a strong architectural purpose that also dabbled in interior design, showroom design, brand identity and furniture. The firm is still active today.

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Top row: Images from an Esprit store designed by Sottsass. Bottom row: The interior of Sottsass’ Milan apartment . A drawing for the Loro Totina Villa.

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The Maui, Hawaii residence of the ACME Studio founders, 1997. Sottsass designed jewelry for ACME as well.

There is something utterly timeless about Ettore Sottsass’ otherworldly designs. Maybe it is a distinctly modern sensibility these days that accepts all types of styles in design, that craves the cheeky along with the high-brow, that appreciates something jazzy or unexpected to shake the senses and deviates from the norm. After all, who doesn’t want to stand out and be different? A deeply sensitive man who believed that design was about so much more than deciding how an object looks, Sottsass was always working towards something universal— to create a life’s work that was ultimately really meaningful. We can relate to that.

Below, some items from Berkeley, CA store SpacePop, a Chairish partner that clearly has an appreciation for the Post-Modern look.

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Sources:

http://www.iconeye.com/component/k2/item/2413-ettore-sottsass-%7C-icon-046-%7C-april-2007

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/01/arts/01sottsass.html?_r=0

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/may/18/ettore-sottsass-review-godfather-italian-cool-memphis-collective

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ettore_Sottsass

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ettore-sottsass-designer-dossier-176806



Whee! Chairish Receives $4M Series A Investment

August 15th, 2014

It’s time to start poppin’ bottles.

Read the full story of our Series A funding here



5 Colorful Couples to Invite Into Your Home

August 14th, 2014

Now that the world is finally recovering from Gwyneth and Chris’ “conscious uncoupling,” it’s time to welcome some new power couples to the scene.

The in-the-know style forecasters at Chairish, the leading marketplace for beautiful vintage and used furniture and home decor, have identified a handful of fresh, adventurous and wholly delightful color pairings that will make your space worthy of paparazzi flashbulbs.

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Architectural Digest Spain

Not sure what paint pairings you want in your home? We’re here to help. Our Chairish style scientists have thoroughly examined the current trends and gone back in time to see exactly what color pairings will make a splash in your home, but are also classic enough to endure the test of time. Ok, ok. Enough talk. Let’s get to the good stuff. Check out these brilliant palettes!

Color Couple 1: Peacock + Dove

These two are Lovebirds for sure! This inky blue and stone grey coupling reads grown up but approachably comfortable. Peacock blue adds a touch of unexpected drama while dove grey keeps things modern and clean— very complementary.

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(AP Photo/Brian Patrick Flynn, Daniel Collopy )

You could go big and bold with an accent wall in the rich color, or be brave and get a velvet or silk piece for your house that is sure to be the “apple” of your home.

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BoConcept

On the other hand, dove grey is the perfect shade for a plush headboard, a sleek sectional or a timeless wooden piece. Throw in some peacock blue accent accessories and boom, you’ve got a winning combo on your hands.

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Utility Design Co

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All above items via Chairish. Settee // Rug // Bed // Credenza

Color Couple 2: Peach + Tangerine

Light, bright and very modern, this sublime palette is ultra feminine but with a sly punch that sneaks up on you. There’s not a drop of sappy , saccharine girlishness to be found here.

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Muuto via Decor 8 Blog

And you know what they say- nature knows best! (They say that, right?) In any case, these two juicy fruit-infused colors are as good together in a fruit salad as they are in your boudoir or living room.

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Dering Hall

The darling hues are at once similar, but still distinct enough to stand on their own. One’s provides a little zing of red, while the other adds a blushing beauty of pink, and together they will really warm a space up.

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Better Homes & Gardens

In a space like this, you’ll never get bored! Not going to lie, all these juicy descriptions are making us drool right now.

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Better Homes & Gardens

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Southern Living

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All products via Chairish: Pendants // Chest  // Painting // Hide rug

Color Couple 3: Caramel + Brass

Inspired by French midcentury modern style, this uber-tailored color combination delivers timeless cool with a glamorous and handsome edge. Think Tom Ford meets American Hustle.

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House & Garden

Together, these striking, earthy tones make us feel all warm and gooey inside (much like Matthew McConaughey, can we get an AMEN?!).

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Amy Morris Interiors

Ok, ok. Let’s get our brass back into gear. We love the supple softness that leather lends contrasted with the gleaming hardness of a brassy accent piece.

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Nuevo Estilo

This pair works equally well in bright and airy light-filled spaces as it does in a dark and sensual den-like zone/mancave. You’re sure to bask in the warm embrace of this combo, no matter where it goes.

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Fawn Galli Interiors

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Brian Patrick Flynn

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Smitten Studio

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Lorenzo Castillo

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Domaine Home

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All above products via Chairish: Leather 3 Seat Sofa // Brass Side Table  // Leather Settee // Brass Lamp

Color Couple 4:  Amethyst purple and Emerald green

Deep, rich jewel tones can’t help but compliment one another, and sparkly amethyst gets some gravitas when balanced with the rich depth of emerald green.

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Didier Delmas

Put these two in a room together and you’re sure to get the effect of living in a treasure chest, without the pirates. By going with not just one, but two powerhouse colors in one space, you’ll definitely be inspiring some envygrams with this fabulous, statement making room.

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Prue Ruscoe for belle au

This luxe and moody coupling packs some serious style chops and will prove you’re fearless when it comes to your home.

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Lime Wood Hotel via Vogue Australia Living

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Domaine Home

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Desire to Inspire

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All Products via Chairish: Sofa  // X-Base Ottoman // Tall Cabinet // Velvet Chair // Juju Hat // Egg Decor // Transparent Chair // Pair of Chairs // Glass Vase

5. Persimmon Orange and Cornflower Blue  

All smiles, all the time.

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Dwell

Love a bright, colorful space that instantly welcomes anyone who steps into it? Then this is definitely the way to go. Together, Persimmon and Cornflower Blue make for a sunny and stylish match made in heaven.

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Better Homes & Gardens

This merry pair is also a classic case of fire and ice. The red, underlying tones of the persimmon bring out the highlights of the brightest-sky cornflower blue to compliment each other in the most striking way.

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Carole Carr Design

This dynamic duo is sure to make whatever room they inhabit stand out from the pack. It’s a classic case of “opposites attract!”

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Homelife au

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Meg Braff in Coastal Living

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All products via Chairish: Blue + Black Chair // End Table // Pair of Armchairs // Desk // Phone // Swan Sculpture

What fabulous color couples do you most want to invite over? Did we forget any?  Let us know what color palettes you are crushing on! From subtle couples to outrageous pairings, we’re all about the POPS of color, why limit yourself to just one? In this case, more is more. So go on girl, grab your color wheel and start match-making.



A Perfect Chairish Giveaway

August 13th, 2014

Here at Chairish, we really do see all our beautiful products as foster children of sorts- we usher them from one home to another, and we always want to know that they are going to a place where they will be adored and bring people joy. So, when we lovingly put a room together to be sent off as a prize to one lucky sweepstakes winner, we had no idea what that one person (selected out of thousands) would end up doing with the swag. 

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Well, this story has a fairy-tale ending. We couldn’t dream up a more perfect winner for this room giveaway than Alexandria Baker. An Art Director in Indiana with a background in graphic design, she was in a state of transition that many of us can relate to: having finished the school and roommate portion of her life, she was ready to buy and furnish her first house. Only once she had the house, she was feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of deciding how to furnish it and what would work together, calling herself “clueless” when it came to decorating this blank slate.

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Clueless? We beg to differ. As you can see, this girl styled her place out perfectly, blending her Chairish treasures with items of her own like a pro. She added pops of pink and fresh flowers throughout, picking up on the themes in the wall hangings in the dining room and threw in a slew of fabulous lamps and smaller items of decor. But she did say that having a bunch of things pre-selected to go together made the whole process a lot easier, and opened her eyes to the beauty of a bold green couch- something she claims she never would have selected on her own but has turned out to be her favorite item. Happy to help, Alexandria!

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Everyone is winning here- Alexandria is as happy as a clam, living in her new sophisticated digs and we can sleep soundly knowing that these pieces have found a new life in a home where they will be used well (and stylishly!). We took some time to chat with Alexandria about the experience of winning such a cool prize, and what she’s learned along the way. 

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Lovin’ The Learning Curve At Hampton’s Store Q44 Decor

August 7th, 2014

Katie Burbatsuly grew up living and breathing furniture and décor, having been blessed with an interior designer for both a mother and a sister. One could almost say that she was predestined to open a store one day, and most certainly bred to naturally have great taste and a good eye. It was only a matter of time before her path lead her to owning and operating Q44 Décor in Quogue; Katie always knew she wanted to be her own boss (this is what Entrepreneur Barbie dream are made of).

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But how did she get to the point of living her dream in this pretty Hamptons hamlet? Katie believes firmly that part of what has lead to her success is her years of experience doing many different types of work for many different types of companies. While wearing all these different hats, she gained the “skills, tools, knowledge and confidence” to become her own boss once and for all. She jumped into the home décor retail biz by selling items from her own personal collections alongside her mother in a co-op store space in Delray Beach, Florida. This was yet another brick in the path that lead Katie to branch off on her own with Q44.

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Naturally, Katie is drawn to all things oceanic—and really, what self-respecting gal who hops from one beach town to another isn’t. You know, stuff like shells & coral, turquoise & blue and spending a semester at sea. She even cites one of the all time greatest on-screen beach houses as an aesthetic soul-sister to Q44. She sets her store up like a pro, creating vignettes so that visitors can shop an entire look, but also encourages people to pick what they love and what speaks to them- and she follows this rule herself, only stocking items she would want in her own house. 

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Next time you’re feeling beached out and you happen to be in the neighborhood, be sure to stop in to Q44 for a dose of fresh and fabulous; finding something you’ll love is a shore-thing…

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