21 October 2008

the stranger in mirror (mirrored nightstand, that is)

maison21 has been scouring his favorite vintage stores for a glam pair of mirrored nightstands for a current project. the bedroom we are decorating is a little on the small side, so mirrored furniture, as well as touches of lucite, and perhaps a silver leaf or tea-paper ceiling treatment, are key to making the space seem bright and open, while keeping with the luxe old-hollywood vibe maison21 thinks is perfect for his client. the nightstands also need to provide ample storage, work in our tight floor plan, and last but not least, they can't break the budget. luckily, we can go either modern or traditional in style, so that helps, but still, finding a vintage pair that meets our other very specific criteria might not be so easy. so in case our inner junque whisperer doesn't come through by finding a chic vintage option, we've been doing a little hunting around on the internets:

first, these vintage maison jansen night stands from flessa's design via 1stdibs would be ideal, but unfortunately they are the wrong size (and a lil too 'spensive), so we can't use them as anything but inspiration...our first choice in something new would definitely be these grace home "hayworth nightchests"- sooo pretty with their jewel-like beveling and sexy cabriole legs, but sadly, they are waaaay out of our budget. we have to save some money for the rest of the pretty things in the room, so can't blow it all on nightstands! bummer though, as they really are perfect...

this deco influenced stand from julian chichester, available at the conran shop, would also fit the bill rather perfectly, but again, that pesky budget issue...
these contemporary nightstands from mecox gardens are getting a little better in price, but they are a little too minimal for this project- we want something with a bit more wow.

love the price on this option from horchow, however stylistically, they just don't feel right, so still searching...

in the end, if our inner junque whisperer™ doesn't led us to the correct vintage solution, we did find a newly manufactured nightstand we could live with both stylistically and cost-wise. it is both sleek and modern without being boring, and is a pretty darn great price to boot ($769.00 via csn stores). our only question is, could we live with ourselves if we purchased it? because the name under which it was manufactured is NOT a name we would normally associate with refinement and good taste (hence the title of this post- who is the stranger that would even consider this? certainly, not moi-self!). ladies, and gentlemen, we give you the trump home gotham nightstand:
yup, that's right- T-R-U-M-P, as in the donald. see why we might question our judgment over something as silly as a brand name? "No name is more synonymous with an upscale lifestyle, superior quality and success than that of Donald Trump"- gag! all nauseating branding braggadocio aside, m21 really kinda likes it, and we'll have to take the risk of turning into a weird-haired, rosie o'donnell hating egotist if we purchase it. ok, so we already have the ego, but still...

thumbs up on the donald? or is maison21 fired?

17 comments:

Ivy Lane said...

I found a small mirrored chest at... are you ready?? T.J. MAX! It looks sort of like the Horchow one, but more simple...I think it was under $300! :)

maison21 said...

ok, bargain shopper here didn't even know tj maxx had a home section. i don't have one anywhere near me, so it's not on my list of cheap haunts...

but the next time we pass one by, we're stopping!

Pigtown-Design said...

Along the TJ Maxx line, try Home Goods. They're all part of the same chain as Marshalls.

As for the Donald, he's just Donald Dick in my mind.

Lauren said...

You're the one who said, "It's not WHERE you get something from, it's what it looks like." Ha ha, I guess in this case it matters WHO you get it from. I LOVE it though, it's fabulash!

maison21 said...

true confessions number 2, meg- i've never been to home goods either. i *have* got far enough on that one to google it and discover they have one near LAX, which isn't so very far away. i swear though, i'm going to get there soon- i have a feeling there might be good stuff to be found...

and darn you, lauren- i KNEW someone would call me out on my hypocrisy on this one, but c'mon it's the donald were talkin' about here! buying tasteful with the trump label is like buying healthy, low-fat, organic cuisine from KFC! it's possible, but it really takes a leap of faith to disassociate the two concepts.

but in the end, if i can't find anything preferable, i'll swallow my pride and buy trump.

Barbara said...

Z Gallery often has mirrored items.Great store,actually.

maison21 said...

couldn't agree more, barbara. z gallerie is a great resource- as a matter of fact i devoted a post to it this summer: http://maison21.blogspot.com/2008/07/tchotchkefication-project-preview.html

muralimanohar said...

It's not as if The Donald actually designed the thing...a good piece is a good piece, no matter where it came from. The reverse is true, a good name does not automatically equal a great piece, right? Right.

Suzy said...

Wow...I'm still a little shocked...or maybe I'm not.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Darling M, I do think they are quite good looking. I've seen some similar ones to the Horchow ones in person and the quality is not so great. Rod Parks at Retro Inferno had a mid-century suite of mirrored furniture at one point and he might break it up. I don't see it on his site, but not everything is. Check at www.retroinferno.com (you can contact him via email from there.) Good luck!

katiedid said...

Although I am right there with you on the Trump issue, I agree that the nightstands are very nice! Classic and simple. I vote yes. (Oly and Bungalow 5 have some mirrored things that may be in budget!)

Anonymous said...

Just pretend it's designed by Ivanka Trump.

Emily Johnston | EJ Interiors said...

Yea Donald Trump kinda scares me I must admit (especially the thought of sleeping next to something "Donald"- ahhh)...but hey if it fits the project, go for it!

I was about to suggest the Z Gallerie one or Horchow..but you beat me to it!

maison21 said...

murali- right!

suzy- i'm still a little shocked too!

mrs b- thanks for the tip! i'll give him an email- went to the retro inferno website, and was wowed by the sottsass bookcase. why isn't that in a museum somewhere?

anon- i'll do that- because ivanka is the TRUE talent in the family!

emily- i never thought of sleeping next to the donald- think of the nightmares!

Mrs. Blandings said...

M - I think Rod has had it in his home for a while. He's been collecting and selling mid-c long before it was the rage. Memphis was his latest trip.

Paul Pincus said...

i can't believe i'm typing this...but i really like it!

it's kinda great-looking!

cheers : )

Diane said...

I love mirrored furniture, I moved from a large home in Chicago (Highland Park) to a small home in California.... a few mirrored pieces make all the difference.