Saturday, May 2, 2009

Pink Saturday - Pink Modernism

Pink Saturday - Beverly, at the blog "How Sweet the Sound" hosts Pink Saturday. Let the color pink inspire you!

For this Pink Saturday, I'd like you to consider these wonderful mid-century modern European bergeres, upholstered in pale pink leather. They are on display at the L.A. Modernism Show, this weekend in Santa Monica.

They date from the 1940s, and the pink leather upholstery is original, according to the dealer, Christopher Anthony, from Boston. Here's a shot of the back detail:

This pair of chairs is priced at $3,800 - mighty nice, but not in my price range, unfortunately. But that's why I take photos and share them with you - it's enough for me!

The L.A. Modernism show features 85 dealers of high quality 20th century arts and antiques, with works of celebrated designers including Lalique, Noguchi, Eames, Wright, Sullivan and Leleu. The pieces are shapely, organic, sensual, and elegant. And many of them are pink!

This painting of bright pink flowers is from the 1950s.

This bright red couch, and two bright pink cubist-inspired paintings.

Hearkening back to an earlier time, this painting by Belgian artist Emile Vloors is titled "Spring", and is priced at $350,000. It's flanked by two beautiful Viennese bentwood chairs.


There are also displays of glassware, silver jewelry from Taxco, Mexico, and wonderful bakelite jewelry. One dealer has a collection of bakelite radios - and they actually work!

But I kept returning to the booth with the pink bergeres. There's something so inviting about the shape of these chairs, and the graceful way the back curves into the arms. Wouldn't you like to sit, for a minute, and imagine you're an smart young thing, enjoying the social scene of Paris in the 30's? Think how elegant you'd look, sipping a sidecar cocktail poured from a sleek aluminum shaker by a dashing young man in formal dress. Let's pretend a little while, this Pink Saturday!

45 comments:

Marie Reed said...

My imagination is sparked! I'll sit down on one of these FAB chairs with a Mai Tai. Care to join me? Happy Pink saturday!

Woman in a Window said...

I'm afraid I'm the opposite of all things pink and modern. I'd rather tuck my legs up under me on a shabby ole chair. But they are as pretty as can be.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

I'm lovin' those chairs like a hug from Marilyn!

And, I must say, that exquisite painting would be quite an easy thing to get used to living with!

Beverly said...

Those chairs are awesome, and I love pretend. But, I really love those cubist-style paintings.

Happy Pink Saturday, Glennis. I'm going to get my drink, and I'll be right back to join you in the chairs.

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

OH! I'd ike that painting in my living room...

Elizabeth said...

Oh, those chairs are gorgeous! And I love that flower painting, too. Thanks for taking us on the tour with you!

KBeau said...

Thanks for taking time to take pictures of some lovely things. Happy Pink Saturday.

someplace in thyme said...

Not quite my style, but I sure can appreciate there beauty, Happy PInk Saturday, Char

Mimi said...

Wonderful post for this l♥vely Pink Saturday. This is one morning of the week that I sit back, stroll from blog to blog and indulge myself surrounded by my favorite color.

I wish you a blessed weekend filled with sunshine and surrounded by those you l♥ve.

maidenshade said...

OMG, I so want those chairs! Fabulous, sophisticated, charming - perfect. HPS (happy pink Saturday) xJ

Marina Capano said...

Hi! happy pink saturday! nice pink post!
xoxo

Fabulously french said...

I love those pink chairs. Happy PS!

L x

ps thanks for visiting my blog!

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

I love going to museums and shows, and I would have thoroughly enjoyed this one! Those pink chairs are the coolest! Thanks for sharing your trip!

Kady

Denise said...

I LOVE those chairs!!! I don't know that I've ever seen pink leather, but it looks amazing on those wonderful chairs.

Happy Pink Saturday!

Mimi said...

I love the painting of the pink flowers!

Tracy M. said...

Great chairs and I'm Loving the paintings as well. I've been to Taxco. Neat town and so much great jewelry. Have a great weekend!
Tracy M.

Julie said...

Love the pink chairs. They are beautiful! Have a wonderful Pink DAy! Julie

Betzie said...

Oh my oh my...just so deco and decadent those chairs are! Yes, it would be so fun to sit in one and turn into a Parian with style and glam! Merci G! :)

Lynn said...

What a great idea! Visiting an art gallery for pinks! I must try that next time I visit my kids in Orange County.
I also enjoyed reading about your aunties and their part of your family history. My sis and I are interested in genealogy.
Have you visited MOCA? I wrote about a visit there on my blog in an early post. I call it the event that caused me to be able to call myself an artist.
Lynn

The Wrought Iron Gate said...

Excuse me.....is this chair taken? The sun is setting, the breeze has picked up the fragrance of the lavender piled on the flower sellers cart, and the Eiffel tower lights are set to go on any minute now.....I wanted to find just the right spot to sip my drink and take in the view........SNAP!

Oh, I just wanted to say that the pink chairs have captured my heart. They are so BEAUTIFUL. Thank you for sharing your picture....and Happy Pink Saturday.

Kay

Gossamer Creations said...

Those chairs are gorgeous, I wish I could buy them.... just a little too pricey for me.
Happy Pink Saturday,
~Sue~

Mary said...

I would enjoy that exhibit but boy, those chairs are really special! I would love to feel that aged, pink leather! Happy Pink Saturday!

Shirley said...

Those chairs are fabulous. I love the detail.

Arleen ~ The Tea Room said...

What an eclectic collection of pink! Thank you for sharing these photographs. ~Arleen

Say It With Roses said...

hAPPY PINK SATURDAY.

Those chairs are very pretty, but they do not look too comfortable. I would rather have my slipcovered and comfy chair....do love that painting!
Jil

Smilingsal said...

The chairs are lovely, although I wouldn't like that color in my home. However, at any color, I wouldn't like that price! Happy Pink Saturday.

Abby Lanes said...

Those pink chairs are fab! I love your entry, and the green background makes it pop!
~Abby

Briget said...

Oooohhh...the pink chairs.

OK. Give me a minute, here...first of all, I need to imagine my bum small enough to fit neatly, elegantly, into one of those chairs. (About the way it would have in, say, 1972, which will serve as my 1930's. Having arranged that, I need to be wearing something long and slinky. Something...silvery. With cap sleeves, and a tiny fishtail train. So Very 1930's.

OK. I'm ready for my Sidecar. Extra sugar on the rim, please.

Cottage Rose said...

What beautiful Pink chairs, I love the shape and detail on them. They are my favorite thanks for sharing.

Happy Pink Saturday

Hugs;
Alaura

Eclectic Pink Rose said...

Ohhhh, those chairs are to die for!! Saw a beautiful pair of pink chairs today myself, and just drooled over them. (they too were out of my price range) Love your pinks!!
Happy Pink Saturday!!!
♥ Teresa

Sit-N-Chat said...

I could use the chairs. Very pretty.
Have a great weekend.

Jennifer

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

I'm in love! How exquisiteo! The chairs, of course. Happy Pink Saturday!

phd in yogurtry said...

Very inviting, those chairs. I feel I would need my Ingrid Bergman style hat to sit in them.

Carrie said...

On the pink chairs are too wonderful. Love retro!!

xinex said...

The chair are beautiful! The pink leather is fabulous. Too bad the price is too much....Christine

Martha said...

Perfect pink! :-)

Beansieleigh said...

Imagine I'm in Paris? Absolutely!.. I LOVED this post! Loved the chairs, the paintings.. Happy Pink Saturday to you, and have a wonderful weekend!

jenny said...

I'm with you, not in that price range, so thanks for sharing the photos of those awesome chairs! Happy Pink!

Mrs. Petrie said...

What an awesome gathering of design! I loved the flower painting. It had such a wonderful happy quality to it.

Bumble Bee Cottage said...

Fabulous pink cubists – have a wonderful Pink Saturday

Claudia said...

Those chairs are fabulous! Wow! What fun it must have been to visit that show! Happy Pink Saturday!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Running late this week visiting blogs....Hope you had a Happy Pink Saturday ~ Susan

Lisa said...

Great pinks! I like all the glass too! Really cool!
Happy Pink Saturday!
Hugs, Lisa

Shirl said...

Hello, I'm still making my Pink Saturday visits. Adorable post!
Bless you, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

kcinnova said...

Those chairs are truly beautiful!
How about a pink cosmopolitan?