You know, I've never been a real believer in luck, karma, Juju, divine intervention, or whatever you may call it. I'm hard-core skeptic who's natural tendency is to attribute everything to the luck of the draw.
However, the world sometimes has an unmistakeable pattern to it. Take, for example, the rather unbelievable string of home-related travesties that has befallen me since my move last year. Surely there's no way that these events could have all occurred within this short timeframe without some kind of supernatural intervention.
Well, I must have done something right lately (a rare occasion, I assure you), because the Mid-Mod gods have chosen to smile upon me....
... and bequeath unto me this set of gorgeous Bertoia Diamond Chairs!
OK, so maybe that's a smidge dramatic, but I'm really excited. I've been searching high and low for a pair of Bertoia's for quite some time. In fact, I'd say that I'm completely enamored with their airy, sculptural look. Just ask Mr. Modtomic. He's probably sick to death of me oohing and aahing every time he brings his out. Now I've got my very own to admire.
And the Mid-Mod gods may have played a part, but one of my readers actually delivered the goods (THANKS!). It's such a cool experience running into readers and it's been happening more and more frequently lately, though they usually first ask if I'm Mr. Mod. A shared interest in Mid-century Modern makes striking up a conversation easy and I've made some great friends and acquaintances over the last few months. Anyway, she was making a trip to St. Louis to pick up a few things and decided to put some of her own items, including the chairs, up on Craigslist. I was ALL OVER IT.
As is the case with most Bertoia's, these guys obviously spent their days out on the patio and the Rislan finish is rusted-through and flaking. Something will need to be done, but what? More on that in a second.
These have the original glides, for which I've already ordered replacements...
... and the original Knoll covers. Yep, that is a HOT pink, and that's the (very) faded side. Wanna see a REAL hot pink?
Daaaaaaaaang that's hot! I didn't even know Knoll made this shade. Obviously, being a red-blooded American male, I'll be putting the covers in storage.
So, here it is. The breakfast nook is finally complete. Well, almost complete. See, I've gotta decide what to do about the finish on the chairs. Should I go over them with a wire brush and paint them with Rustoleum? Would it be better to take them to get sandblasted and powder coated? How much would a job like this cost? Should I do them in white, black, or a white/black combo like Hannah's? Is just leaving them in their current rustic state for the best?
Oh, the questions. The nagging, nagging questions.