More In Store

We finished out the summer by finding several van loads of furniture.  We haven't even gotten around to photographing all of it but here is a sneak peek of what we have photographed so far.

This pair of Japanese teak lounge chairs was an incredible find.  We made new cushions for them and repaired one of the seat decks.  They sold in just 2 days!

Another fantastic find was this solid teak guitar pick side table by Gustav Bahus.  It also sold along with the lounge chairs.

This Bruksbo teak record caddy is a show piece for any vintage vinyl collector.

I cut the plinth base off of this Danish credenza and added hairpin legs to give it an even more modern look.

This petite Danish rolltop desk provides a lot of storage in a small space.

Lastly we picked up a couple sofas the are now available for custom upholstery!  The gondola sofa looks great in this picture but it has some smells that can only be gotten rid of by replacing the upholstery.

The Iceberg

On monday I posted about several of the refinishing projects that we had completed recently.  Well that was just the tip of the iceberg.  We have found and restored many other pieces during this same period of time.  Here are some of our favorite recent finds.

I recently found this very rare 1979 Apple Computer Pascal poster.  It has a very interesting history.  Recently the original creator of this chart, Jef Raskin, wrote an article explaining the backstory of this piece.  It is now up for auction on eBay and is ending today (8/22/18) at 7:15pm PST.  Here is a link to the listing : Link

"When Brian Howard and I were writing the Pascal Manual for Apple Computer, I discovered that the syntax chart that had been published with previous Pascal books was incorrect. With some effort and attention, I created a new and correct syntax chart, and had the brainstorm to use color to aid in understanding the structure. In each place that a new syntactic unit appeared, I made it in a unique color, and then the graphic definition of that unit was in the same color. This allowed a programmer to quickly scan the chart to find an answer to whatever question they might have about Pascal syntax.

I made up a color poster, and soon it was over every programmer's desk at Apple.

Steve Jobs decided that the poster would be a good marketing tool for Pascal -- and I completely agreed. He said that he'd have a professional artist redraw it in a 3D style, and went away with one of the posters. I suggested that Jobs have the artist talk to me to make sure that the concept behind the chart was understood, and Jobs said that he would, of course, do that.

In typical Steve Jobs style, he didn't get the artist in touch with me, and he never informed me that the project was proceeding. In fact, he never told the artist where the chart had come from, only to take the original and make it more attractive. The artist had no idea of the functional aspect of the colors, and assigned colors at pleasure, losing much of the utility of the chart. When Jobs brought the chart to show me how it came out, I told him that the colors no longer conveyed the information intended. They didn't make sense. He blithely told me that he had already had thousands printed, that what counted was that it looked a lot better than my original, and he strode off unconcerned. With Jobs' usual appreciation of appearances over functionality, no longer did the chart credit my work, but he made sure that the artist's signature appeared.

The poster was 22 by 34 inches and printed on heavy stock, with a flat black background and semi-gloss colors. Not having a scanner large enough for the job, this image was reproduced by shooting the chart with a digital camera.
-- Jef"

We also found and refurbished this Grete Jalk loveseat.  We replaced the upholstery but it has the original inner spring cushions // Sold

Another very rare find was this Harry Lunstead copper top dining table with bronze base.  This table is stunning in person and incredibly heavy // Sold

We also found one of our favorite benches.  We completely refinished it and reupholstered it in Pendleton wool // Sold

We also found an amazing pair of modern wall hangings.

Lastly, we found this incredible table lamp.  It has a wonderful mix of brass and ceramic detail.  We rewired it and found a lampshade that was a great match for it.


Lately we have been putting more of a focus on wood refinishing.  The more I do the more confident I get in taking on difficult projects.  Recently the result of each project has exceeded our expectations.  Here are three wood restoration projects that we have completed over the last two weeks.

When I found this desk I feared that is was damaged beyond repair.  I was afraid that the cup rings and scratches had gone completely through the teak veneer.  There were also several veneer chips and the center drawer was broken into five pieces.  The restoration went even better than I had hoped.  I was able to remove all of the discoloration,remove nearly all of the scratches, and blend in the chips!

 This giant Danish dining table had some light surface damage but I thought it would be worth it to refinish it and get it looking as perfect as possible.  The process went well and it sold quickly.

Lastly, we refinished this Dux side table.  The finish on the table had become very cloudy and it was difficult to see the woodgrain.  Once the table was refinished the woodgrain was clear and vibrant again.  It has been sold

Super Pick!

This weekend I went on a 300 mile picking trip and found a whole van load of furniture.

This Poali rocking chair is one of our favorite chairs to find.  It was exciting to find this one.  It was sold immediately.

Another great find was this huge Danish teak dining table // Sold

Without the two leafs it contracts into a hexagon.

Teak queen headboard by Westnofa . We have never had one of these but this weekend we found two!

Swedish walnut & beech side table by Dux

Danish rosewood bar cart.

Lastly, we reupholstered this set of 6 teak dining chairs // Sold

Super Set

Recently we found an incredible bedroom set.  It is the Symmetry line by Drexel and was created in 1957.  One of the unique aspects of this set is that it is made of teak, oak and rosewood.  Teak and rosewood are common in Scandinavian furniture but very rare in American furniture.   Furthermore most vintage bedroom sets have been broken up over time.  It was wonderful to find a complete set including lowboy dresser with mirror, two nightstands, Queen / Full bed, and highboy dresser.

 Lastly, we upholstered and sold this set of teak dining chairs.

We picked up a huge load of furniture in the last few days.  All of the details will be coming in another post later this week.

The Best of Times

Each year the summer is the time when we find and sell the most furniture.  The beginning of this summer has been no exception.  We have found some wonderful pieces and sold many was well.  Here are some highlights from the past couple weeks.

This Danish teak tambour credenza by Bernhard Pedersen & Son is my favorite credenzas that we have ever found.  It was tempting to keep it but selling it is the responsible thing to do // Sold

We also found a Danish walnut wall unit by Poul Cadovious.  When we found it there were twice as many pieces.  We sold half of it and now this portion is for sale at Hawthorne Vintage Modern.

 Solid walnut lounge chair by Dux.  The vintage upholstery on this chair is in amazing condition.  We decided to leave it "as is" but we refinished the wood frame and replaced the seat webbing.

Our most intensive refinishing project was this set of Danish teak nesting tables.

Here is a picture of the nesting tables as found.  

We also came across a large collection of dining chairs.  The Svegards dining chairs (pictured first) are already sold.  The other two teak sets are still available.

(Left to Right) Svegards afromosia chair.  Benny Linden teak chair.  Danish teak chair

Lastly, one of our biggest buys ever.  A set of 60 David Rowland 40/4 oak & steel stacking chairs.  The whole set sold immediately upon posting them on Instagram.


In the past two weeks since our last post we have taken a bit of a slower approach.  We completed a couple custom projects and hosted our daughter's 1st birthday party.  Here are a few of our finds and completed projects that are now for sale.

Here is a Danish bar cart that I found on the side of the road.  It was in pretty rough shape here but I was able to get it looking pretty good.

Here is a picture of the bar cart after refinishing and on the floor at Hawthorne Vintage Modern.

The cart has a unique ceramic tile inlaid on the top shelf.

My favorite recent find is this 4 panel ceramic mosaic sculpture.  It is signed "Burrell"  I could not find out anything about the artist but it is definitely a unique piece of modern art.

 Lastly, we completed a couple upholstery projects.  Here is an MCM daybed that we upholstered in a soft weather resistant Sunbrella fabric // Sold

And we upholstered this modern lounge chair in a violet fabric.