20 February 2010

a visit to the pasadena antique center (pt. 2- m21's favorite vendors)

two weeks ago, we did a post on the pasadena antique center and m21 promised he'd be back to fill you in on his favorite dealers. so today, we take you inside the spaces of our "must stop at" dealers in the mall. each dealer brings their own specifically curated viewpoint to their space, so these booths are more like individual stores within the store, and m21 is crazy for each and everyone of them...

our first stop is always mjh design arts (first floor, in the middle near the back), operated by ever friendly and knowledgeable mary tindaruski (the pasadena antique mall requires their vendors to work in their spaces one day a week, so if you go on weekends, especially on a rosebowl sunday like m21 did, you are likely to bump into the individual vendors- a great way to build relationships and maybe even get first dibs on the good stuff!). speaking of 1stdibs, mjh design arts offers a 1stdibs quality selection- everything from 17th century venetian mirrors to the top names in 20th century design, like maison jansen and t.h. robsjohn-gibbings. when working with particularly discerning clients, mary's space is a fab resource!
so chic vintage baker parson's stools- m21 really wanted these to come home with him to live happily ever after inside the atelier...

love!

steer horns on a t.h. robsjohn-gibbings table- i told you mary had the chicness!

these lovely neo-classic chairs were offered as a pair, and mary always uses top of the line fabrics when she restores...


next stop is upstairs at modern zoo, an eclectic mix of 20th century designs that m21 can really get into- lots of milo baughman and 70's goodness, and an extensive selection of works by gerald mccabe (mccabe was a local southern california artisan, specializing in kind of an organic hippie chic woodworking vibe).

a pair of milo baughman/thayer-coggin credenzas- one is designed to wall mount over the other. hot.


love this lacquered parchment credenza- the cabinet portion is joined to the bottom by thick lucite so it appears to float. chic. why doesn't more furniture light up?

onyx and brass global eclecticism goodness.

when do you ever see a matched set of three massive lucite "ice" crystal chandeliers? m21 knows he'll have a project one day needing three, and these will be long gone... we actually had one of these chandeliers a while back here at the atelier, but thought the top band of gold-tone metal was a little cheesy looking, so m21 snipped it off with bolt cutters! our rehab must have worked to class it up a bit, as the chandelier ended up in the home of an architectural digest cover-published decorator!



way in the back of the 2nd floor of the antique center, we discovered a new-to-us space, bonita interiors, operated by angela dickerson-lee, and fell in love with virtually everything in her space. again, like the other two spaces we love, angela curates her space with a unique eye, so her space has the point of view of a retail store, not a jumble of bric-a-brac often found in an antique mall setting. plus, angela recovers all her upholstered pieces in great contemporary fabrics and offers a fab selection of chic (and inexpensive) accent pillows to go with, so it's one stop shopping!

love the mud cloth pillows, and the vintage lamps are stunning...

sheepskin wing chairs, tie-dye pillows and moroccan poufs? how awesome is this vignette?

angela is a talented painter too- loved this piece!

this abstract print should have come home with us- m21 is still kicking hisstupidself for not buying it.

this black linen sofa, with it's brightly colored ikat pillows, again, could have come right home with us, and it was a bargain too! love angela's eye!

now get out to the pasadena antique center to support these hard-working and talented dealers- they all have websites too (and are on the m21 marketplace blogroll) so those of you in other areas of the US can shop from them too!

9 comments:

Tracy @ Comfort&Luxury said...

Probably going tomorrow! I'm dragging my husband to the Huntington because my plans to go with a girlfriend fell out. If he doesn't suffer sensory overload at the museum, I'll buy him a nice lunch and steer him on over to the antiques mall. Yay! Oh and don't worry about me buying up any of that stuff you had your eye on ;)

Karena said...

Oh, really wonderful finds. I love those orangey vintage lamps! I am so into pillows right now as well!

Karena

COCOCOZY said...

My mother loves this antique's center. She makes regular visits there. I should put it on my to do list too!

COCOCOZY

Margaret said...

Great finds, m21! Angela's taste is sharp, and will be checking out her site. The sheepskin wing chairs and leather ottomans are heart stopping! Next time, m21, get yourself something! You so deserve!

David said...

There's really nothing there that I don't like. The neo-classic chairs are wonderful. I've got an old Drexel chair with nearly the same frame, just shorter. I was going to strip it down and lacquer the wood, but this pair makes me want to just refinish the wood a bit darker.

katiedid said...

Thanks Christian!
I may be heading down to Pasadena this weekend (still deciding). Is so, I am definitely checking this out! So close to where I grew up.

KSK said...

Definitely the Baker parsons stools. I'm so jealous you get to stop by the Pasadena antique center so easily :)

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Mon Dieu, what treasures... I want more time, I want more money and a private plane to fly it all home ;-)

Tiina said...

yes, love! i was also in an antique fair in stockholm yesterday.. MY-GOD those furnitures. i can't wait to show what i have purchased!