Mid-century Modern: Cherner's Classic Chair—Then and Now

Cherner Walnut side chairs 

Cherner Walnut side chairs 

Cherner Bar Stool found on  Cherner Chair Company

Cherner Bar Stool found on Cherner Chair Company

I ran across these lovely Cherner bar stools, covered in red, in a stylish  restaurant in London

I ran across these lovely Cherner bar stools, covered in red, in a stylish  restaurant in London

Norman Cherner above with contemporary versions of his chairs produced today by his sons. 

The Artist at Work, Cover of the Saturday Evening Post 1961 by Norman Rockwell. Note the Cherner armchair. 

One look at a Cherner chair and you want to know more. The unique shape combined with built-up layers of veneered plywood led me to adopt these modernist and sculptural pieces into my home to accompany a Saarinen table, nearly a decade ago. I love the design, the finish and the "sit"— never once regretting the decision. However, my dining table and chairs purchased at an undisclosed mass retailer—with the intention of being able to seat large dinner parties—was a huge mistake. I chose function and practicality over style and aesthetics—regretting the decision ever since. I share this with you so you can be a much wiser shopper than I was that day! 

A brief history:
Molded plywood chairs were initially explored by modernist designers rebelling against ornamentation of the past while looking for new materials and processes. Norman Cherner (1920-1987) was an architect interested in affordable housing—designing prefab homes. He was also an instructor at the MOMA in New York in the late 1940s and a published author among other accolades. Cherner originally designed his famous molded plywood chair for a company called Plycraft who later told him that they had decided to not follow through with the project. Plycraft went on to produce the chair, insisting they had designed it. Eventually Norman Cherner sued them for payment and won royalties. Plycraft discontinued the chair in the 1970s leaving it only to be seen in design museums or happened upon in thrift stores. In 1999 Cherner's sons, Benjamin and Thomas started the Cherner Chair Company after years of requests by fellow architects. Using their fathers original specifications the Cherner chair was reintroduced to an audience enamored with modernist design, art and artifacts. 

Where to find them:
I recently found quite a few Cherner Chairs on one of our favorite sites, 1st Dibs. If you are a purist and want the originals from the 1950s-60s this is the place to find them. Here, here and here

Otherwise you can purchase them new at DWR

"...After all, a chair can be viewed as a work of art. Forget class,
social superiority, authority, and distinction. Enter line, proportion,
shape, materials, decoration, and craftsmanship—all criteria
for appreciating chairs as craft, sculpture, as pure form". 

~The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body and Design, by Galen Cranz

Valentines ideas that say "i love you"

Isn't it great that Valentines Day falls right after the New Year? It allows us to celebrate those we love [ and reminds us to love ourselves ] a little more in the new year. This year, lets show our love in simple ways, like cutting red hearts out of construction paper and scattering them throughout the house or taking better care of ourselves by stealing quite moments for ourselves and indulge in a bubble bath or taking time out to do nothing!

This Valentines we have been hunting for luxurious items that say "I Love You" without breaking the budget. We adore Jo Malone scents—for her and Jack Black skin care—for him. The artisan chocolates by William Dean are little works of art that you will want to look at, and display, before you consume them—they are gorgeous. We also included a couple of very practical gifts like the multi-piece tool kit and wine opener, in red, of course!

We hope everyone enjoys this holiday with their loved ones.

Have a Happy Valentines! love, P & M 

1. Silk Robe for Her

2.  Mini cupcakes Baked By Melissa

4. Madly In Love with You, Floral Bouquet

6. The Sexiest Chocolates You Have Ever Tasted! 

Victorian + Georgian Jewelry = True Love

Late-Victorian cut steel earrings and necklace, private collection

Late-Victorian cut steel earrings and necklace, private collection

Late-Victorian cut steel ladies  purse / Georgian & Victorian bracelet-see details below / Late-Victorian cut steel earrings MOUNTED IN STERLING SILVER. Private collection.

Late-Victorian cut steel ladies  purse / Georgian & Victorian bracelet-see details below / Late-Victorian cut steel earrings MOUNTED IN STERLING SILVER. Private collection.

Georgian era rectangular plaque clasp (1830s) married with mid-Victorian cut-steel beads: designed by Babbs Shoemaker / private collection

Georgian era rectangular plaque clasp (1830s) married with mid-Victorian cut-steel beads: designed by Babbs Shoemaker / private collection

LATE VICTORIAN EARRINGS -ART DECO PIN - LATE VICTORIAN EARRINGS - ANTIQUE JEWELRY CASES LINED IN VELVET, PRIVATE COLLECTION

Carved jade ring MOUNTED IN sterling silver WITH MARCASITES—late Victorian era / Cut crystal, enamel and marcasite pin—Art Deco era /  Sterling silver, cHysoprase stones, enamel and  marcas  ite earrings— late Victorian era. Private Collection

Carved jade ring MOUNTED IN sterling silver WITH MARCASITES—late Victorian era / Cut crystal, enamel and marcasite pin—Art Deco era /  Sterling silver, cHysoprase stones, enamel and marcasite earrings—late Victorian era. Private Collection

It is impossible for me to look at cut steel jewelry without thinking of my beloved aunt—Babbs Shoemaker. She first introduced me to this Georgian and Victorian jewelry nearly 15 years ago and I was immediately smitten. There is something special about the history that lives within these small pieces of art that leaves me wondering about the women who wore them—from a time so long ago. The craftsmanship for many of these pieces has withstood the test of time and once you know what you are looking for you will be able to recognize them in your local vintage and antique jewelry stores. 

A Very Brief History:
Cut steel jewelry dates back as far as the Elizabethan period [1558-1603]; the age of the Renaissance. The history of cut steel jewelry is all about class distinction with the introduction of sumptuary laws of the mid-18th century in parts of Europe. In an attempt to maintain visual boundaries between the classes these laws specified what items of clothing and jewelry could be worn depending upon a person's rank or income—diamonds exclusively for the wealthy, leaving the middle class with lower priced items such as cut steel. 

In 1759, King Louis of France "requested" that all jewelry be donated to the state in order to fund the Seven Years War. The French citizens donated [or hid] their gems and the wealthy French adopted cut steel jewelry as a replacement causing the market to soar. At one point it was even more valuable than gold.  

By the 19th century cut steel jewelry grew in popularity as the lower class began to rebel against the imposed sumptuary laws. They would flaunt their irreverence for the mandated class distinction by wearing a wider variety of adornment. This elevated the status of cut steel jewelry once again as it was affordable and admired for its reflective qualities that sparkle like diamonds. 

What is Cut Steel?
Cut Steel jewelry was originally created using upcycled horseshoe nails, and eventually, was made out of “fresh” steel. It required quite a bit of labor to produce. Each tiny bead was faceted, polished and riveted by hand using a chipping technique. The earlier individual beads had as many as 15 facets giving them great brilliance and then later, as demand grew in the 19th Century, less facets were created to speed up production but still allowed for the sparkling quality that made them so popular. Steel can become brittle over time and rust if not stored properly, so the use of marcasites was introduced later due to its inherent stability. Eventually the technology to mass-produce marcasites was developed and it replaced the more labor intensive cut steel. 

Marcasite “stones” have been around forever [ think Incan ruins and Egyptian tombs ] and remain popular today in contemporary jewelry. Marcasite is the name given to the natural mineral iron sulfide, however, what is used in jewelry is iron pyrite (a.k.a. Fool’s Gold) and often referred to simply as pyrite. 

Marianne and Lucy Meyer  from an earlier post last fall. We received quite a few inquiries about the cut steel jewelry I was wearing. I have collected multiple strands over time and like to wear them in staggered lengths. Pieces similar to the necklace I have on can be found at the links below. 

Marianne and Lucy Meyer from an earlier post last fall. We received quite a few inquiries about the cut steel jewelry I was wearing. I have collected multiple strands over time and like to wear them in staggered lengths. Pieces similar to the necklace I have on can be found at the links below. 

32” Single strand antique, cut steel necklace  

34”  Single strand antique, cut steel necklace

36” Single strand antique, cut steel necklace

6 staggered strands antique, cut steel necklace

I know this post has gone on a bit longer than it should so I will end it here with a few more pieces I adore from Splurge to Save prices, happy shopping!

Splurge: Early-Victorian Chandelier cut steel earrings available at  Bell & Bird

Splurge: Early-Victorian Chandelier cut steel earrings available at Bell & Bird


Marsala: Pantone's© Newest Darling [ 2015 Color of the Year ]

At the start of each year Pantone© announces their top color choice for that year. Home décor, textile, cosmetics, clothing and accessories manufacturers, among others, rely on Pantone© for the science behind their color choices and follow suit with new products guided by this research. In 2014 the color of the year was Radiant Orchid, and although I liked the color I did not find myself rushing out to add it into my wardrobe or home. This year is different, however, as I'm digging their color pick for 2015 even though this years color choice led to some controversy --stating that Marsala was a throwback from the past. It is really hard to get an accurate read on this color if you are only looking at a computer screen— [ your screen will interpret the color to its own calibrations ] so think about Marsala, the color for 2015, as Pinot Noir meets deep wine with a hint of a dusty rose. Many of you will say--"we already lived with this color decades ago--and don't want to revisit it"...however Marsala is a great neutral and will pair nicely with other wine or burgandy colors. It can be easily introduced into your home or wardrobe as an accent to spice up your other neutrals and it feels more modern than its early predecessor. Pair it with your jeans and look for t-shirts and accessories in the grays, and other more subtle colors coming this spring. For more info see Pantone© color picks for Spring 2015

To use Marsala on your design projects go to Pantone© Color Formulas for RGB, CMYK and web safe formulas. 

Landscape In Thread: The Art Of Martha Fieber

Muted Vibrants

Muted Vibrants

Detail View of  Muted Vibrants

Detail View of Muted Vibrants

 “Nature has infinite variation and beauty.  
With such a vast resource, inspiration is unlimited”. ~Martha Fieber
Brightly Colored Birch: Van Winkle Lake

Brightly Colored Birch: Van Winkle Lake

Redbud in Bloom

Redbud in Bloom

Forget Me Not Field 

Forget Me Not Field 

Birch Against Orange

Birch Against Orange

Dusting

Dusting

Detail View of  Dusting

Detail View of Dusting

At first glance you may mistake one of Martha Fieber's landscapes as a traditional painting. Upon a closer look you will see lines, dashes and knots created by layers of delicate thread. It is a delightful discovery to look close and then again—even more closely to see the small stitches that go into these remarkable landscapes that range from 3" x 5" up to 8" x 24". There is both a precision and a freedom in the quality of the stitches that leaves one wondering if perhaps these embroidered landscapes were created in much the same way a painting would be executed—starting with an overall plan that slowly evolves into something greater—layer after layer, stitch after stitch. 


Martha writes about her work:
"My art is about texture, technique, pattern, and detail. Each work includes layers and layers of stitching to create shading and depth. I have been working with fiber since I was old enough to handle a needle. In 1999, I gave up engineering for art. It has been a joy to create original embroideries and work with fiber for my second career."

"I use all kinds of threads, fibers, and colors to create depth and texture in my work. 
Single strand silk, rayon, metallic, and/or hand dyed cotton threads, on linen and silk backgrounds comprise most of my current work."
Forest Grove

Forest Grove

In the piece above, Forest Grove, Fieber offers up a dynamic landscape from a birds eye view. We look down at a grove of trees, with foreshortened trunks; tiny knots referencing spring blossoms quietly hover over the haphazard ground below with its criss-crossed, imperfect stitches, creating movement that surrounds the seeming stillness of the pink, yellow and green knots above. It is the juxtaposition of the perfect against the imperfect that is so interesting— each stitch behind and below the trees looks as if it were quickly rendered; drawn not sewn. 

Fieber taught herself to embroider and weave. She dyes the fibers used in her work with plants she finds locally. For more information on Martha Fieber's work please visit her website hereAdditionally, Fieber's work is on exhibit at the Katie Gingrass Gallery in Milwaukee, WI. through February 28, 2015. 

 

 

6 QUICK MAKEUP TIPS FOR A YOUTHFUL GLOW + DRAMA (THE GOOD KIND!)

Rae Cosmetics: Austin, Texas

Rae Cosmetics: Austin, Texas

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Pamela: Blouse:  Karina Grimaldi  / Leggings: Vince  / Wedge boots: Stuart Weitzman Marianne: blouse: L'agence /  pants: KARL LAGERFELD / Shoes: MICHAEL KORS

Pamela: Blouse:  Karina Grimaldi  / Leggings: Vince  / Wedge boots: Stuart Weitzman
Marianne: blouse: L'agence /  pants: KARL LAGERFELD / Shoes: MICHAEL KORS

Many of us have been crazy about makeup since we were young and our mothers first allowed us to experiment with mascara and lip gloss. While others came to makeup later in life when our skin started changing and people were asking "are you tired?" NO, WE ARE NOT TIRED! We just need a little boost and we are party ready!

Below you will find a list of our favorite makeup tricks that we know you will love because they add a more youthful glow! We are also providing links to all of the products to help you find them more easily. 

Makeup Tip #1: 
Give your cheeks a visual lift!
When applying this highlighter/bronzer use it VERY sparingly to the uppermost part of your cheeks. It can look clown-like if overdone;  a delicate amount is all that is needed.
• Apply bronzer after you have applied powder or cream blush
• Take  a tiny drop - the size of a pin head – on your index finger for each cheek. Start by dabbing the top of the apple of your cheek, following the uppermost part of your cheekbone, and then gently blend, blend, blend. 

Makeup Tip #2: 
Brightening your eyes can give you 10 years back!

This is our secret weapon and can be used in several areas around the eye.
• Use is to line the inside of the inner eye with it – that little lip just above your lower lashes. Pull your lower lid down with your opposite hand to lightly cover the ridge between your eye and lower lid. 
• Apply it lightly to the inside or outside corners of the eye (be sure to blend it well)
• In a rush and only have time for lipstick and mascara? It only takes a second to line your upper eye lid with a quick sweep of this pencil and blend well with your finger. You’ll look like you’ve slept like a baby.

Makeup Tip #3: 
Kiss-proof lips and more!

To get a healthy (rosie) glow on your lips try this liquid stain that works with all complexions. Kiss proof, smudge proof and super sheer - you’ll get that bee stung look when you use it on your lips (and you can use it on  your eyelids and cheeks for additional rosie glow). Apply it as base before your lipstick or lip gloss; as your lipstick wears off you will still have beautiful color on your lips. 

Makeup Tip #4: 
A little sparkle never hurt nobody!

New Order Blush by Nars is fabulous but needs to be used sparingly!
• Lightly sweep your index finger across the product and delicately apply to your cheekbones. When we say "a little sparkle" we mean just a little!
• This is also a flirty fix for your eyes. With a tiny amount on your index finger tap [ a tiny amount! ] onto your upper eyelid, on the inside corners of your eye and/or under your lower lid beneath your eye lashes. Did we mention…USE VERY SPARINGLY! Unless you are going to a Cher concert [or reliving the 70s in some other way! ]


Makeup Tip #5:
Right now it is all about the brow!


As our eyebrows both define and frame our face a brow definer is a must have to elevate the look to the next level. This brow definer is one of our favorites as it gives beautiful results!! It stays on for a long time—doesn't wear off and washes off easily with soap or cleanser. It sets instantly and is indelible. The design of the felt-tip, brush-like applicator allows you to be very precise with the application. So go ahead, give your eyes the drama they deserve because nothing is sexier than great, standout brows!
• Fill in between your brow follicles, following your natural brow arch. Do not over draw the outside edges of your brow as it may look too dominant and heavy. 

Makeup Tip #6:
The eyes have it!


Big, bold lashes for evening can be very sexy if done right.  "More is more" does not apply here however! You want to avoid overworking your lashes [ remember Tammy Fay's lashes way back when? Not our goal here! ] A dramatic eye can be the perfect look for an evening out and you will need a great mascara to get the look without the glop! We love this mascara by L'Oreal—it does an excellent job of thickening and lengthening.
• After you have applied all of your eye makeup your mascara will go on last
• First use a lash curler to add drama to your lashes
• Apply the mascara to the underside of the lower lashes, separating any lashes that may stick together 
• Lightly apply mascara to the top of the lashes at the ends as well as on the underside at the ends to thicken
• Sometimes we use a waterproof mascara on our lower lashes to avoid a blackened look into the evening
• Apply a light amount of mascara to your lower lashes just on the tops of the lower lashes

Because you will need the best brushes for great results check out these brushes by Rae Cosmetics!

Now that you have all of the tools and tricks it is time to go have some fun! Drop us a quick note to tell us what you think of the above products. 


Special thanks to Rochelle of Rae Cosmetics. We love your store and your products! Thank you also to Anastasia and Shane our makeup artists. 

A toast to you: Happy new year!

This holiday season 360 million glasses of sparkling wine/champagne will be served! We would like to raise two of those glasses in the air to toast those of you who have supported Patina & Hue in our first year. 2014 was a huge learning experience for us with the birth of our new baby—the Patina & Hue blog while working on design projects and gearing up for even more exciting projects in the coming year. Thank you for following our posts, emailing us ideas, collaborating on projects and spreading the word about P & H. It has been our pleasure to hear from you as well as work together to develop a forum for women 40 and up to discuss design, inspiration, style and art. We have even more ideas and inspiration coming for 2015 and welcome the New Year with heartfelt best wishes to all of you. 

Cheers to a fabulous and well designed life in 2015!

Marianne & Pamela

Bold + Graphic Prints

It is no secret that M stands at a statuesque 5'9" while I am nearly 4" shorter [at the national average height of 5'3"]. Our height difference is something we have joked about for years so when we are together often sport wedges or heels while M sometimes wears flats. I have been looking "up" for so many years now that I hardly notice anymore! 

No matter what your height, weight or age—developing a style that makes YOU FEEL GREAT is the name of the game. The fabulous thing about creating your own personal style is that you can accentuate the things you like about yourself; those attributes that are uniquely YOU. When putting together looks for this season go through your closet and see what staples you already have that are classic and lovely but could use a modern update. We both share a love for colorful accessories as well as  bold, graphic prints and believe everyone should have a least one or two to rely on in their wardrobe. Pair a bright, print or pattern scarf with a solid black {or other neutral } ensemble or wear your favorite bold/graphic print blouse with neutral slacks and shoes. To pull this look together make sure the colorful accessory or blouse has some of the neutral color in it to visually tie everything  together. 

Below you will find a few of our favorite prints to pair with the solid neutrals that are already in your closet as well as a fabulous maxi dress that is perfect for an escape to warm weather!

Etsy Gifts Curated

Etsy is a treasure trove of unique handmade items, antiques and rare collectibles as well as artist made products by exceptional small studios. As we are big believers in supporting small artist/design studios we decided it was a good idea to curate our favorite Etsy stores for your last minute holiday shopping. Yes, very last minute...so some of these ideas may have to be birthday presents in the future!
If you do not currently have an Etsy account it is simple to set up and will just take a few minutes. Because we both love to discover items that are well designed and unique we have put together this short list that features gift-ables for almost everyone on your holiday shopping list! 

Beautiful Gifts For Her


Shovava    Beautiful scarves in silks, cashmere and cotton

Shovava
Beautiful scarves in silks, cashmere and cotton

Yania Creations Jewelry
LABRADORITE LONG NECKLACE + MORE

ShopJoyo
LASERCUT JEWELRY

KM Baggies  FELT BRIEFCASE

KM Baggies
FELT BRIEFCASE


Unique Gifts He Will Love

 


Ingenious Brothers  Wood credit card holder wallets 

Ingenious Brothers
Wood credit card holder wallets 

SEMLEATHER  CUSTOM LEATHER NECKTIES

SEMLEATHER
CUSTOM LEATHER NECKTIES

ICONCENTRAL  MARILYN MONROE, ELVIS, THE BEATLES AND MORE MAKE A GREAT GIFT FOR HIS MANCAVE!

ICONCENTRAL
MARILYN MONROE, ELVIS, THE BEATLES AND MORE MAKE A GREAT GIFT FOR HIS MANCAVE!

IRONART CANADA  HAND FORGED BELT BUCKLES 

IRONART CANADA
HAND FORGED BELT BUCKLES 

HIDESIGN LEATHERS  QUALITY BRIEFCASES

HIDESIGN LEATHERS
QUALITY BRIEFCASES

STEAMPUNK LUXURY  SIWISS MADE CUFF LINKS –MADE FROM WATCH  GEARS 

STEAMPUNK LUXURY
SIWISS MADE CUFF LINKS –MADE FROM WATCH  GEARS 


Gifts for The Kids


AUTH FASHION  ADORABLE JEWLERY

AUTH FASHION
ADORABLE JEWLERY

PlaY TIPI  HIGH STYLE TIPITS IN CHEVRONS PATTERNS AS WELL AS OTHER MODERN PATTERNS–FABULOUS!

PlaY TIPI
HIGH STYLE TIPITS IN CHEVRONS PATTERNS AS WELL AS OTHER MODERN PATTERNS–FABULOUS!

PITUCOS  DELIGHTFUL GICLEE PRINTS FOR YOUR CHILDS ROOM

PITUCOS
DELIGHTFUL GICLEE PRINTS FOR YOUR CHILDS ROOM

TO GILD THE LILY  MONOGRAMMED PHONE CASES IN A LARGE VARIETY OF PRINTS AND PATTERNS

TO GILD THE LILY
MONOGRAMMED PHONE CASES IN A LARGE VARIETY OF PRINTS AND PATTERNS

Elegant Gifts for Her: under $100.

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Over the next week we will be talking about one of our favorite subjects—gift giving! Look for upcoming posts on gifts for the man in your life, your parents, kids / grandkids.  

When searching for the perfect gift for a close friend we love a mix of personal and practical.  Our list is all about high style { at a good price } for your closest friends. Happy Shopping!