23 April 2008

2 strong candidates, and a contest almost too close to call...

oh, did you think maison21 was referring to the democratic primary? silly you- maison21 picked his choice in that race a long, long time ago!

maison21 is talking about a much more difficult decision, and one with far greater impact on his daily life than which politician to send to the white house (at least in the short term). the tough choice maison21 is facing is this: which pair of lamps, purchased during his last trip to palm springs, should he place on his dining room credenza?
talk about a tough choice! stylistically, these lamps are equals in maison21's eyes- both are modern and chic, but there are essential differences between the two candidates: the lucite pair (attributed to dorothy thorpe and hereafter known as clear and classy) would be a radical departure from lamps m21 has had on his credenza in the past, and he is quite seduced by their sexy lines and flashy good looks. the brass pair on the other hand (henceforth to be known as bold and brassy), is very similar to lamps m21 has had on his credenza in the past. still, they are a bold and confident transitional design, and while maybe not as sexy as clear and classy, they are solid and upright, yet still make a fab design statement.

in the end, though, the decision was pretty easy- bold and brassy beat clear and classy hands down. why? maison21 simply voted with his pocketbook and made a decision he KNEW would be to his economic benefit. you see, maison21 had shades left over from his last pair of lamps and knew that they would fit bold and brassy pretty darn well, so bold and brassy could hit the ground running from day one! whereas with clear and classy, he'd have to have custom shades fitted, which in turn would involve a long waiting period before he saw results, and since the process is also filled with trial and error, it could prove to be very expensive waiting period too- a risk maison21 just couldn't take in these challenging economic times...
so- after viewing the results, do you think maison21 made the right choice? or is this a disastrous error in judgement- kind of like john kerry the pair of white urns planted with devil's tongue, that his bold and brassy lamps will be replacing?


* the above editorial is not an endorsement of any political figure or party. maison21 simply endorses good design choices.

** look for the runner-ups on ebay soon! they may not work for m21, but they might work for
you!

16 comments:

Diana said...

I think you made the right choice - they go great with the other items around it!

maison21 said...

thanks for the vote of confidence, diana!

katiedid said...

Ohh! I love seeing the goodness you brought home from PS. The chairs, the lamps.... I am looking forward to seeing pictures of the project you are working on. I would love to get down to LA and see your shop one day. We are sadly lacking in ole' Sactown. In the meantime, I can have fun with your ebay shop.

Anonymous said...

i think you could have used both and had a dream team!

maison21 said...

katie, if you are visiting my ebay store, you ARE visiting my shop- no brick and mortar location, yet. just a garage better accessorized than most...

and anon- i asked clear and classy if they would share the credenza, and their answer was no- all or nothing for them. too bad that- they could have used the time learning how to work their shades so when i sell bold and brassy, they could take b&b's place...

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

Dear Maison - great post and yes , I think you chose correctly - they look fab! Maybe Patricia Grey or Alkemie would like your clear and classy ones :-)

maison21 said...

thanks for the vote of confidence, felicity- maybe i'll send alkemie and patricia gray the link to my auction for c&c! ;-)

Suzy said...

I think you made the right choice - love 'em! I sooo need to come over and trench through vintage shops in Palm Springs with you - soon!

maison21 said...

come on over suzy- we'd have a great time! and with the us dollar so low, shopping for you would be almost like getting stuff free! (you'd never believe the bargain prices i got on the lamps, anyway, i bet).

Pigtown-Design said...

I am more interested in those orbs on the table in the bottom photo... what are they?

maison21 said...

meg-

they are vintage japanese glass fishing floats (used to keep nets from sinking).

when i was a baby, my father was a captain in the navy with command of a ship stationed in honolulu, and he scooped them out of the pacific while he was out to sea. they were in a big bowl in his study for as long i can remember and i inherited them.

my collection obviously has sentimental value, as well as being pretty decor, but they are easily available on ebay if you are interested in starting one of your own!

http://antiques.search.ebay.com/fishing-float_Maritime_W0QQcatrefZC12QQfromZR40QQsacatZ37965

Suzy said...

M21, unfortunately the HK dollar is pegged to the US dollar, so there is no winning in this situation for me - that is unless I pretend I'm spending aussie dollars, which would make it much more fun!

Pigtown-Design said...

m21.... thanks so much. what a great story and such a treasure for you to keep. i have a couple of my father's favourite bits and pieces, and i will always treasure them.

the original anti-cheetah anon said...

M21,fyi, I did not post the dream team comment above. In fact, right off the bat, I picked the winning pair. The lucite ones-- though I do love lucite--just didn't do it for me. Your black shades are perfect. Tres chic! (As would be expected from M21, of course.)

maison21 said...

thanks, the original anti-cheetah anon (or toaca)! i'm loving my choice too- they make me happy when i walk by them when they are lit at night.

Alkemie said...

I would have totally voted for the shiny brass lamps. Good eye and great choice!