Last month we had the opportunity to show our workshop and love of mid-century design with Emily Taber-Moore, Owner + Principal of Studio Henree. After our visit, she wrote a blog post that dives into the significance of vintage furniture and explores why vintage furniture and restoration are essential for preserving the past and shaping the future of design.
Read her words below:
In the heart of San Diego's vibrant design scene lies a hidden gem that captures the essence of nostalgia and timelessness - Hobbs Modern. This unique haven of vintage furniture pays homage to past eras while seamlessly revitalizing and re-introducing these special pieces into the present. In this blog post, we will delve into the significance of vintage furniture and explore why places like Hobbs Modern are essential for preserving the past and shaping the future of design.
Image Credit: Studio Henree
Image Credit: Studio Henree
The Allure of Hobbs Modern:
Hobbs Modern stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of vintage furniture. This carefully curated showroom in San Diego is a haven for design enthusiasts, offering a captivating collection of pieces. They hand-select and curate each piece of inventory, representing the iconic and exemplary of Danish, American, and Brazilian vintage modern design with a relentless pursuit of restoration perfection and historical accuracy. By embracing mid-century modern marvels, Hobbs Modern captures the essence of this time period while seamlessly integrating into contemporary design narratives. Ryan and Nicole Hobbs’ passion and attention to detail is unmatched. Nicole gave me a personal tour of the workshop; her enthusiasm about each piece, every detail and historical context is contagious.
"Yoke" Dining Chair by Hans Wegner, circa 1960, CH-34 Carl Hansen & Søn
Unveiling the Charms of Vintage Furniture:
There's a certain magic that vintage furniture exudes, a charisma that transcends time. Each piece tells a story of its own, carrying with it the marks of history, the craftsmanship of bygone artisans, and the memories of those who once cherished it. Vintage furniture encapsulates the design trends, materials, and cultural influences of its era, making it a living testament to the evolution of style and human creativity.
The Papa Bear Chair & Ottoman is an absolutely stunning lounge chair by Hans Wegner for A.P. Stolen, Denmark, 1950's AP-19, with matching ottoman AP-29. A truly iconic chair newly upholstered in the most beautiful honey leather. The chair features beautiful oak legs and teak arm paws while the ottoman features matching teak legs.
The Papa Bear Chair, also known as the Teddy Bear Chair, was designed by Hans Wegner in 1951. The chair is named for its large, welcoming form, which is reminiscent of a bear's embrace. The chair's seat is also curved and angled slightly downward, creating a comfortable and relaxed sitting position.
The Allure of Hobbs Modern:
Hobbs Modern stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of vintage furniture. This carefully curated showroom in San Diego is a haven for design enthusiasts, offering a captivating collection of pieces. They hand-select and curate each piece of inventory, representing the iconic and exemplary of Danish, American, and Brazilian vintage modern design with a relentless pursuit of restoration perfection and historical accuracy. By embracing mid-century modern marvels, Hobbs Modern captures the essence of this time period while seamlessly integrating into contemporary design narratives. Their passion and attention to detail is unmatched.
Why Vintage Furniture Matters:
Unparalleled Craftsmanship: Vintage furniture often boasts a level of craftsmanship that is hard to find in mass-produced pieces today. The attention to detail, the dedication to quality materials, and the time-honored techniques used in creating vintage pieces showcase a level of artistry that is worth preserving.
Sustainability and Eco-Friendliness: Embracing vintage furniture is a sustainable choice. By repurposing and reusing furniture, we contribute to reducing the demand for new production, which helps minimize the carbon footprint of the furniture industry.
Design with Character: Vintage pieces inject character into modern spaces. They can be the focal point of a room, sparking conversations and evoking emotions. Incorporating vintage furniture adds a layer of depth and uniqueness that is hard to replicate with newer items.
Connecting with History: Every vintage piece has a story to tell. Owning and using such furniture allows us to connect with the past and appreciate the journey it has taken. It's like having a piece of history right in your living room.
Design Versatility: Vintage furniture is incredibly versatile. It can be seamlessly integrated into various design styles, from minimalist to eclectic, adding a touch of authenticity and warmth to any space.
Investment in Value: Many vintage pieces hold or even appreciate in value over time. By investing in well-preserved vintage furniture, you not only enrich your living space but also potentially create a valuable asset.
Italian Modular Set with brass accents modular set comes in 6 pieces (base, 1 large section, 4 small sections) that can be interchangeable. Gorgeous grain on each drawer piece and patina brass accents/handles. This piece has not yet been restored but is in process.
Rare and early example of an Alvar Aalto Model 44 Lounge Chair by Artek Finland
Aalto developed a revolutionary technique for bending thick layers of birch laminate into indented closed loops. These pieces were used as sophisticated curved frames for a number of ground breaking furniture products, including this Model 44 chair. The uniquely sinuous armrest and frame has become the signature feature of Aalto armchairs.
Preserving the Legacy:
Places like Hobbs Modern play a pivotal role in preserving the legacy of vintage furniture. They offer a curated space where these treasures can be admired, acquired, and reintroduced into modern homes. Through their commitment to preserving the past, they ensure that the stories and craftsmanship of bygone eras continue to enrich our lives and shape our design sensibilities.
Philip and Kelvin LaVerne's "Tao" side table or small coffee table is composed of hand-crafted, acid-etched, and patinaed bronze, copper, and pewter. This example features a Chinoiserie scene on a lightly textured pewter background with a raised signature on the top from 'Philip and Kelvin LaVerne'.
Hobbs Modern stands as a beacon, reminding us of the enduring charm and importance of vintage furniture. By embracing these pieces, we celebrate craftsmanship, sustainability, and the unique stories that each item carries. Vintage furniture isn't just about decorating a space; it's about curating an experience that resonates with both the past and the present, ultimately shaping a more thoughtful and inspiring future.