Wednesday, July 10, 2013

spiffing up a mid-century modern patio

I brake for vintage and modern.

fifties sixties patio furniture

I scream to a halt for chartreuse.

Just before the 4th, my friend and I trucked up to the Los Angeles Downtown Modernism show. I have been wanting to add a little color to our drab patio.

Previously I have complained (just a little) about our interior courtyard which **ahem** needs a little work. It is pretty plain Jane. Someday I plan to roof it and turn it into a bit of an outdoor room.

Um, hello!

fifties sixties patio furniture
Grain LA

Before you could say "atomic" these two architectural, sculptural wonders were in the back of my friend's truck. We just weren't totally sure which one of us would get to keep them. We found these cheery chairs at Grain LA who also had other patio furniture pieces with new plastic slats/tubes/cords and new powder-coated aluminum.

fifties sixties patio furniture


They are really comfortable and a tiny bit Sputnik. These chairs are at the high end of the modern furniture scale (meaning super modern, not super expensive). But heck, it's summer. Grab a Margarita and stay awhile.

And who is peeking out from behind Missy Chartreuse Lawn Chair?

Bitossi Rosenthal Netter Planter


Mr. Bitossi! I found him at a very nice dealer, Lisa Cliff who made me a very nice deal.

Bitossi Rosenthal Netter Planter


Bitossi Rosenthal Netter Planter


I have a soft spot for Bitossi.

Bitossi Rosenthal Netter Planter

Who doesn't?

I think the patio looks way more summery now.

Bitossi Rosenthal Netter Planter Fifties Sixties Patio Furniture
Ghost in the window.


Bitossi Rosenthal Netter Planter Fifties Sixties Patio Furniture



Bitossi Rosenthal Netter Planter Fifties Sixties Patio Furniture

See? Comfy!

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19 comments:

  1. LOVE The color and those crazy cool chairs! It really is the perfect color for the outdoors. The patio looks very inviting... and yes, I'll take a margarita, please! Gorgeous pottery too. The ghost in the window reminds me of the ghost in my microwave! HA HA! (taking pictures is so fun)

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    1. Yea I am usually pretty careful about those ghosts. But I kind of liked this one.

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  2. Those chairs are super fab. Love them. Cheers - CT

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  3. Love the color....love the chairs and of course, the pottery!
    HOW COOL! Enjoy!

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  4. Love those chairs! They look great with your table and chairs with green cushions. And, of course, I'm green with envy over the big Bitossi piece. It's gorgeous.

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    1. I haven't seen the Bitossi planter before so I got a little excited.

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  5. Those chairs absolutely party up your patio but why, why is there no margarita in your hand? Mr. Bitossi is incredible indeed but I fear that chalice is a tad oversized for even MY cocktails! In the absence of margaritas, may I suggest a Maximilian Affair in some snappy cocktail glasses?

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  6. Pretty snazzy. Love the chairs, and pottery is to die for, too.

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    1. The pottery was the real find. The chairs are just a good time.

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  7. The Bitossi piece reminds me so much of a table lamp we used to have. When a baby bird sees a human before it sees another bird, it becomes imprinted. Can this happen to humans as well?

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    1. I honestly think that lamp was a Bitossi.

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  8. Love the chairs! They are perfect and the chalice is amazing. I love the green and blue color scheme- so cool!

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  9. do you have any idea where to get the plastic cord? I have a set of vintage wicker chairs i'd like to re-weave. thanks!

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  10. Nice ideas and vivid colors

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