Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The New Big Three..

Perfect steel grey chalkboards, Michael McGuire's Pen and Ink Drawings and Vintage Surfing Photographs from the birth of that era in 1940's California.  I think we're destined to be buried with all three areas represented.  Morbid but true.  LOL

The credenza is sold

The Worlds Best Chair!

The most special chairs we've had the honor of showing at Scout - Matt Ovel designed and built - these hand-tooled, hand buffed and hand waxed and hand caressed:  just the best damn chairs I've ever seen (and, I see a lot!)  Thanks Bladon Conor for sending Matt our way, and for believing in our interest and ability to "assist" young furniture and accessory artisans get themselves grounded and known.  Bladon, our paths will continue to cross.  Thanks for caring.

Everything you'll wnt to know about the process of buildling this chair can be found at this artists blog where he carefully chronicled this journey as lovingly as he built the chairs!  Each chair is signed - because you'll want to know it is an original Matt Ovel masterpiece 60 years from now.  But, for today, all you have to do it just look at this chair, sit on it, and admire the vision that it took to create it.  Enjoy: 

 I love this guy, and I love this distinctive piece of furniture.  It takes first prize in eliciting more "talk" while in the window than any other window in our short but harried 7 year history.

$1,400 per chair - only three in existence - our two, and Matt's personal version that he watches like a hawk.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Great Tank Desk Alternative

Ok, I think this desk is a true find.  Great brown steel drawer fronts, perfectly "not too white, and not too creamy" colored laminate top.  Great button drawer pulls - doesn't it kind of look like a nicely tailored blazer?  (There's a thought, furniture as gads, I'm too tired to figure that one out...)

Anyway, it is the perfect anecdote to the big tank desk that nobody can seem to find room for in their home, much less get anyone to help them pick the damn thing up.  

I'm at home penning this so I don't have the size, but it's the right size, I assure you.


Do you want that on the rocks?

This Great Shot Makes Me Happy

Every once in a while, our wonderful photographer - Meike - turns her lens onto a group of items that really represents the best of our store.  The shot most certainly features some great and diverse materials, clean lines, great proportions and some pretty nifty items that you wouldn't normally see in such an unusual combination.  That's what Scout is all about.  A little bit country, a little bit rock-and-roll.  Formal and informal.  The usual and unusual.  We try to make you smile and swoon at the same time.  Tell me if this shot doesn't do all that?  Enjoy.

Artist Steven Green

Artist Steven Green's charcoal masterpiece - big and bold and special. 

Titled Gotham - framed 46" x 68"


Stainless steel,stripped metal and black leather....

A 25 year old Trinity Stainless Steel Cabinet paired with a handstripped set of 8 metal David Rowland Chairs (yes, hard to believe they look so incredible) paired with a set of 5 black leather suitcases from the Johnston's Linen Company in Medina, NY. 
Life is indeed better in pairs.

"Doctor, doctor, give me the news, I got a bad case of loving you..."

From a doctors office in Lake Bluff, this black leather bench is paired with Ted Harris' tennis ball scooping up device, filled with great light bulbs, ready to hang above your small kitchen table in that wonderful nook you have - most likely in your Evanston or Hyde Park Vintage Condo.  'Nuff said.

Ted Harris Hanging Lamp (or use it on a table if you're a bit rebellious) - $425

I wanna lay down and watch the game on this couch...

Officially, on the price tag we describe this couch as:  an even arm tuxedo sofa (we stole some of the language from an identical couch on 1st dibs, with a $8400 price tag).  Circa 1960's, with loose back cushions with a thick ribbed velour upholstery with chrome/iron legs.  (Here's where the copy gets good..) It evokes designs of Probber and Charles Pfister for Knoll.

Here's how we officially describe it to our customers who linger over it  - a fricking amazing vintage couch priced to surprise - $1295.

Very special.

88" x 34" x24" high all around

Monday, December 19, 2011

Assorted ebony bowls and plates

Every year, we collect great vintage bowls, trays and boxes that are made of superior hard woods.  We throw them into a large bin, and save them until the holildays.  A couple weeks before Thanksgiving, we lock Ted Harris - our lamp man extroidinaire - into a dark room, give him some candles and a change of clothes and we ask him nicely to lacquer everything perfectly - quick, like a bunny - and, presto.  We have the ideal gift for the holidays.  A lovely keepsake, serving piece, hostess/host gift of dare we say "something for yourself".  A gift with elegance, a soul, and a surprisingly good price tag.  Come see the collection - from $5-$95.  And, by the way, you can come out now, Ted!