okay, i’m going to be honest and say that sometimes my opinion on a project is heavily influenced by the styling and quality of the photos. what can i say? as a visual person, i freely admit that packaging is everything. i like good design and pretty things; guilty as charged. when i saw the quirky and beautiful after shot of this chair, i had to stop and question if the image’s charm was clouding my judgment of the chair itself. but then i realized no, that chair is actually pretty awesome, and i would love to have it in my own home. you win on all counts lisa! she scored these chairs for a low price because the velvet was torn. using an ampersand print panel from aussie designer shannon lamden, she reupholstered them to make quite a statement. i love them very much, that’s all i can say. you can see lisa’s love of bold graphic patterns in her own line of handmade accessories, available in her etsy shop. not surprisingly, her home was also featured in australian home beautiful magazine last year. great work, lisa! i’m very inspired. -kate
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it’s a day full of chairs and dressers! given how versatile the two pieces are, i guess it’s not that surprising. i love op art patterns, but i am such a wimp when it comes to trying to paint or draw them myself. i once tried to make a pillow design based on the graphic patterns in miu miu’s fall 2004 collection; it ended in messy piles of painters tape and expletives. calli’s skill and patience clearly led her to better results. she’s given the piece so much personality and shown great attention to detail. i appreciate the integration of wood grain into the pattern and the addition of the brass handles, reminiscent of card catalogs, with little typed labels for what’s inside. it’s refreshing to see someone who loves op art patterns and can execute them with precision. great makeover, calli!