Archive for ‘January, 2014’

‘Sweet Seats’ in Our Online Store

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Take a seat! From vintage 1800s to Mid-Century Modern… We have a chair to fit your style and interior decor needs.

1.) A beautiful example of circa 1950s, Mid-Century Modern furniture. This is the classic wood-slatted and wrought-iron stool by noted designer, Arthur Umanoff.  – $195  (read more on this chair here)

2.) Retro-cool, ‘Mad Men worthy’ 60s era Steelcase chair. Pair this baby up with a nice vintage tanker desk… Don Draper approved!  $150

3.) 1940s-era industrial metal work stool. Used in a factory during WW2 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania that manufactured iron parts for Vulcan Iron Works. Stool is in great, vintage shape with normal seat wear. Seat swivels 360 degrees but does not adjust up or down. Perfect for bar stool or side table. $150

4.) This beautiful 1800s-era adjustable dentist chair oozes Steampunk / Industrial style! The perfect statement piece for an urban loft or ‘vintage vibe’ retail environment, this chair features a 3-position adjustable back and headrest. The incredible patina of the fully-functional metal mechanisms adds to its industrial charm. $575  (read more on this chair here)

5.) What an AMAZING conversation piece this is! Circa late 1880s-early 1900s authentic lawn tennis lineman/umpire chair. Features a wood seat and back rest painted in dark ‘Polo Green’ with a very sturdy iron frame. – $245  (read more on this chair here)

Click the red ‘store’ button at the top of our site to shop these and all of our other Rough Luxe and MCM furniture and decor items for the home or retail environment.

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Moonish Modular Decor

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Renters rejoice! The days of bland home decor are officially OVER thanks to Moonish modular decor.

Restrictive landlords, stark rental unit walls and floor coverings well past their ‘freshness pull date’ have long been the bane of renters everywhere. To the rescue comes Moonish of Brooklyn. This innovative company creates beautiful, silk screened geometric designs on thin wooden wall tiles that hang from magnets. Use them to build a headboard, backsplash, or decorative accent wall—and switch (or remove) the pattern whenever the whim strikes. You can even take the tiles with you when you move.

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The brainchild of Giovanna and Matt Taylor, Moonish began when the creative couple started experimenting by silk screening patterns onto plywood in a Brooklyn workshop. Before long the two had perfected their idea for grout-free wooden wall tiles that require nothing more than magnets to mount. The result, beautiful and extremely portable decor perfect for renters and people who just love to change things up on a regular basis.

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‘Pop’s Bebop’ by Randy Sloan

A Life Designed develops a serious case of ‘Jazz Hands’ with this musical ditty from the past.

Another original guitar composition, this one from the archives. Written 20+ years ago as a gift to my father who suffered through many a long night of loud rock and roll guitar practicing and pleaded with me to “play something nice”, this was my gift to him… ‘Pop’s Bebop‘.

Click the links below to view and hear more guitar music by Randy Sloan:

• Amazing Grace

• Where is Love?

• Untitled

• Jingle Bell Blues

• The Girl from Brazil

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All Aboard! Vintage Leather Steamer Trunk Just Added to Our Store

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Ahhh… The stories and tales this vintage leather trunk could tell!

People often ask us here at A Life Designed how we decide on which furniture and decor items to select and present to you, our discerning readers/buyers. Our answer is simple… The piece picks us! Every now and then an incredible vintage/industrial item shouts out and grabs our attention immediately. Such was the case with this naturally aged leather steamer trunk. Just imagine the far-flung places this beauty has seen!

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Distressed leather combined with metal buckles, corners and rivets gives this trunk an amazing patina making it the perfect accent piece for an industrial-inspired interior. At 22″ high, it can be used as a coffee or side table. Click the red ‘store’ button at the top of our site to see more images of this and all of our Rough-Luxe vintage discoveries, furniture and accessories.

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Stunning Vintage Steampunk/Industrial Dentist Chair Available Now!

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Calling all Industrial-chic aficionados… New Rough Luxe love just added to our online store.

This beautiful 1800s-era adjustable dentist chair oozes Steampunk/Industrial style! The perfect statement piece for an urban loft or ‘vintage-inspired’ retail environment, this chair features a 3-position adjustable reclining back and a height-adjustable headrest. The incredible patina of the fully functional metal mechanisms adds to this amazing piece’s industrial charm.

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Chair dimensions: seat height: 19″ / width 21″ / seat depth 18″ / weight 40lb. Email us at info@randysloan.com to arrange shipping if outside the Phoenix, AZ area. Click the red ‘store’ button at the top of our site to shop this and all of our other heritage-inspired and MCM furniture and decor items for the home or retail environment.

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‘Lofty’ Aspirations

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A peek inside an incredible ‘Goth-Industrial’ Loft.

Toronto, Canada residents Marco Pecota & Ilse Gudino are the wildly creative visionaries behind a truly one-of-a-kind living space that simply must be seen to be believed. Thanks to the good folks at Apartment Therapy, we get to take a tour of this incredible living space.

Drawing their inspiration from the Art Deco and mid-century modern eras, as well as industrial vintage furniture and architecture, Marco and Ilse describe their home as “Casual, industrial elegance”… We call it AMAZING!   (photo courtesy: Apartment Therapy)

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