john reeves cobalt collection

Cobalt is one of those colors I tend to have a love/hate relationship with. There are moments when it feels dated to me for some reason (I have no idea why or what I associate it with to feel that way) and times when it feels like the richest, most beautiful color around. Today I’m feeling the love, and these cobalt lacquered designs from John Reeves are just the ticket. Reeves combined simple, clean walnut forms with cobalt lacquer accents in the form of a desk, shelving unit, dresser and table. I love the desk the most; it would look so nice in a room that needed a strong jolt of color without going overboard on pattern. They’re sadly out of my price range, but they might inspire me to break out some cobalt paint and try adding little pops of blue (instead of my go-to hot pink) on furniture. Click here, here, here and here to check out and shop John’s collection online. xo, grace


  1. I like the shelving with cubbyholes…perfect for parking skeins of yarn. Do it right and it could almost look Mondrian.

  2. Oooh, I like it! It reminds me a lot of vintage Herman Miller steel frame stuff. HM used to do a lot with colored panels on desks, dressers, and other pieces.

  3. I completely agree about cobalt looking dated! It typically reminds me of camp t-shirts. But here it looks beautiful against the warm wood tones. I’d love the desk or side table in my house…

  4. I agree too regarding the dated feel of the piece, though I have to admit that I luv it! The contrast of color and textures works, just wish I had room for one…or 2.

  5. Elise M says:

    I think in the right context cobalt gets the most bang for your buck attention-wise. Especially with clothing. It was also the color name I learned that was not a color of the rainbow, so it has a special place in my heart.

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