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03 May 2009

revisiting old friends...

way back when, maison21 told you how he practically had a starring role in last year's sex in the city movie (he sold a statue to someone who consigned it to somebody else, who rented it to the production designer of the SATC movie- see? practically a starring role). well, we were recently reminded of another one of our former objet's starring roles (again, slightly third hand)...

you see, we are in the process of freshening up the living room of the atelier- we figured since our living room's current incarnation was recently featured in a magazine, it was time for a new look in the hopes of luring another sucka, magazine into publishing the update... don't hold your breath for that update anytime soon either- due budget constraints, we are doing all the painting ourselves (both walls and new art), as well as some minor refinishing and reupholstery, so we are predicting fall 2012 for the final unveiling- unless a major publication wishes to chronicle the process (and underwrite it)- then we'll be done ASAP!

an image from "modern glamour"- we'll move right in, thank you...

anyhoo, we were moving some of our bazillions of stacks of really heavy design books out of the room in preparation, when we took a lil break to go through a couple of them (see why our project is going to take along time?). one of the books we paused to peruse was a contemporary design classic- "modern glamour" by everyone's favorite ball gown wearing decorator, ms. kelly wearstler, and we were surprised by how good most of the images in the book still looked. ms. wearstler often gets blamed for so many of the high-contrast, high-concept monstrosities that are often (unfortunately) labeled "hollywood regency", so it's hard to remember that she is a case of "often imitated, never duplicated". yeah, she may have spawned many of the overplayed trends we are so often regretfully exposed to, but if you look at her original work, you'll see how bad all those imitations are in comparison to the original.

more from modern glamour- timelessly pretty...

enough about kelly, though- back to our favorite subject: us! the reason behind this post was to show you one of the first items we once owned that later went on to greater fame and fortune, so if you get inspired to pull out your own copy of modern glamour and look on pages xvi - xvii of the introduction, at the photo of the chic yellow chair- we are fairly certain (though not 100% sure) it is part of a pair that once graced the m21 atelier. we sold them to a local dealer (sans cushions), who in turn, sold them to kelly (again, allegedly). the time frame is right, and we know she frequents the shop we sold them to, so...

what do we think? same chairs, different color? or is maison21 just desperately trying to name drop in hopes of adding a little "modern glamour" to his own name?


7 comments:

Dianne said...

Those are sooooo your chairs!!!!

Tracy said...

I did not know of your SJP connection!! If I HAD known that you are THAT M21, of the lucite antler fame, I would have been far too initimidated to have ever written to you! Gosh, now I'm all flustered and forgot what I was going to say...

katiedid said...

Yes....they are absolutely from your atelier. No question. How could they not be!?!?!?

CynthiaJay said...

Definitely same chairs, different color. Look at you, Mr. Famous!

Billy D said...

LOVE the yellow. Someday I will have the courage to use it liberally in a room...

My Notting Hill said...

Yes, definitely. A few months ago you posted about a store near you that had some great stuff inside - did it ever open?

Topsy Turvy said...

Absolutely - you ARE a genius! Kelly should put you on retainer.

–Lana