One of the running jokes between my friends and I is the idea that you’re either a “clothes person” or a “home person.” It seems like everyone I know spends their time obsessing over either fashion magazines or home magazines, but rarely both with the same intensity. Me? I’m a home girl, all the way. So if you ever see me on the street, my apologies if I’m dressed like a college student. I usually need a little coaxing to get out of my work-at-home uniform (jeans, striped long sleeve shirt and flip flops) but I rarely need convincing to drop everything and redecorate a room in my house. As such, when I saw these two stories about furniture getting new “outfits,” I was in.
This first project from designer Soojin Kang is called “Dressed Furniture” and consists of beautiful vintage furniture dressed up in unexpected upholstery over wood. Soojin is hoping to make people examine and consider the importance of non-mass produced products by combining well-made vintage furniture with hand-sewn upholstery. I’m far more likely to invest in high-quality furniture than clothing, and this is definitely a nice reminder that I need to connect my buying habits and think about the value of hand-crafted, made-to-last clothing, as well. Click here to check out more of Soojin’s work online and here to learn about her role with the Curiosity pop-up shop in London this month.
The other “dressed up” furniture I’m loving right now is this series of custom-painted Eames chairs serving as the grand prize in Hello Design and Herman Miller’s Design for You contest. Each week, Herman Miller is giving away beautiful products from its collections and at the end of the contest (there are still six days left to enter), they’re awarding five custom Eames chairs decorated by Phil Lumbang, Mark Giglio, Christopher Lee, Josh Cochran and Andrew Holder. The chairs alone are enough to make me enter, but you can decide for yourself by checking out the contest right here.