Tag Archive | "Design Classics"

Cleveland Rocks!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


With the Toronto Raptors up against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA playoffs, it seems like a good time to post about our awesome getaway to C-Town, back in April. We stayed downtown at the comfortable Wyndham Hotel on Playhouse Square and just about everywhere we went we saw Go Cavs! pennants and posters. Let’s […]

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Pearsall Up or Down?

Monday, May 9, 2016


Adrian Pearsall is not my favorite mid-mod furniture designer but he has some classics to his credit. This is not one of them. In fact, the pair of side tables we found at Flower Child in Cleveland are so rare we could only find a couple of pics of them online. That said, I have no doubt they are Pearsall, the splay of the legs and general countenance are unmistakable.

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The Hunter With His Kill

Monday, April 18, 2016


Todd and I did not go to Cleveland last week in search of more Milo Baughman. But that's how things played out thanks to my man's keen eye. We were thrifting in the well-regarded but slightly junky Flower Child (11508 Clifton Blvd.) when we came across a stained, sagging sofa layered with cushions and clothes. Todd immediately recognized the arms and profile of the chrome frame as one of Baughman's popular designs for manufacturer Thayer Coggin. The hook was in.

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It’s a Long Way to Milo Baughman

Saturday, April 2, 2016


Last weekend we drove to Detroit to score these fabulous Milo Baughman dining chairs. The U.S. border guard was incredulous: "You don't have chairs in Toronto?" he asked. Well, no, not like these.

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A Window for Manuary

Sunday, January 10, 2016


This week's window at consignment shop, Of Things Past (1096 Yonge Street), is a real surprise because it screams man and that's not something I see a lot. All those dark masculine furnishings and accessories, and of course the transit-size Dior poster with its chunky chrome frame ($870). The poster is by artist Rene Gruau, the son of an Italian count, who built a fine career doing editorial and commercial illustrations for Vogue, Elle and Harper's Bazaar, as well as for Dior, Balenciaga, Schiaparelli, Lanvin and Givenchy, among others.

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