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Lauren Zerbey

Last week, my sister suggested that we were one chair away from needing to rename the blog “chezeames”. She might have a point.

Well, hello there.

This chair has been on our wish list for a few years and now that we’re focusing on finishing up the somewhat neglected living room, we decided to just go for it.

I wish I had some crazy story about how we found it on the side of the road or hidden behind some boxes at a garage sale…but no, we bought it. Our LCW (which stands for “lounge chair wood”) was purchased from Herman Miller through MBI Seattle. The only reason that we were able to eventually afford this chair is that Herman Miller has a very generous architect/designer discount (somewhere in the range of 50%). Even with the discount it’s still an expensive chair, but we rationalized that this is probably the only lounge chair that we would ever have mutual love for and that we would own it forever. Seriously, I want to see a walker parked next to this thing someday.

For now, the chair will live in the corner of the living room.

Look at her, she’s all like…come have a seat and let’s listen to some sweet records.

If you haven’t sat in one of these chairs, they’re remarkably comfortable. In fact, I think this is why the LCW resonates with so many designers – it looks good, is well-built and functional – the three goals that any product or project tries to achieve.

In addition to the chair acquisition, we also finally framed a few prints that my mom had given to me when I was in college. They were purchased nearly 70 years ago by my grandfather, who was a doctor stationed in Paris during WWII. Paris has always held a special place in my heart and even more I love the idea of my grandfather (who passed away before I was born) haggling with some street merchant at Sacre Coeur (I just made that part up, but I like to imagine that’s how it all happened). Anyhow, I’ve been unsure how to properly display them and finally settled on some simple white frames from IKEA. I wanted the prints to be protected and have a presence, but for the frames themselves to be visually de-emphasized. The prints are an awkward size and don’t fit a standard frame, so I instead chose to reverse-matte them (using a little double stick tape). The proportions seem better and I actually like seeing the slightly tattered edges.

I’m starting to really love this little corner of our house. The only thing missing now is a Kylemade media credenza, but that’s another post.

On a related note, last night Kyle and I saw Eames: The Architect and the Painter at the Northwest Film Forum on Capitol Hill. I thought it was done well and compared to the various things I’ve read on the Eames’, it seemed to be a fair and honest look at their lives and work. I’d highly recommend checking it out if it’s playing in your area.