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Fun Furniture Fact #25: Stanley Olé Collection

We are always trying to discover new fun facts about the pieces that come into our showroom. This week we are digging a little deeper into our Stanley Furniture collection.

In 1924, after quitting his job as an executive at Basset Furniture Company, Thomas Bahnson Stanley decided to start his own furniture business. At the young age of 33, he bought a plot of land in Virginia and turned it into Stanleytown. A factory was built, streets were laid, and homes were constructed for his workers to live in. His factory became one of the leading furniture manufacturers in the country, producing quality furniture that impressed the markets in Grand Rapids, Chicago and New York. Even through The Great Depression, they remained a strong business because Stanley took such pride in keeping his workers and his customers happy.

Stanley has remained a high-end name in furniture throughout the decades. In the late mid-century, they produced a fun line of bedroom furniture called the Olé Collection. It came in several colors with red and yellow being the most popular. It was probably the most colorful furniture at that time and was featured in several magazines with the slogan “We made Olé because little girls never stay little”. It was a dream come true for many girls around the nation.

                               

We just got a nearly complete set of the Olé Yellow Collection in our Manhattan showroom. It includes a twin-sized bed, a desk with a matching chair, and a tall bookcase cabinet. The best thing about this collection is that you don’t have to be a little girl to enjoy it. This energetic, retro furniture was designed to be appealing to both children and adults. It features a bright green trim and orange flowers around the hardware. It has a very whimsical vibe and is perfect for any space in need of some color!

You can check it all out here.

 

 

 

 

Online Only: The FG Warehouse

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Furnish Green Warehouse: Offering Access to our Expanded Inventory

One of our main goals at Furnish Green is to be able to offer our customers the most extensive vintage furniture inventory possible at the lowest possible price. However, we don’t want to overwhelm shoppers with a space that’s filled to the brim! So the idea behind the FG Warehouse is that it allows us to have a larger expanded inventory while maintaining a pleasant showroom experience with a manageable and interesting selection of products.

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Our warehouse is an offsite location that provides storage space for our online-only inventory which is updated with new items weekly. These offsite items are not available to view in person, but they are presented with the same detailed photo layout as our in-store pieces. Each product page also tells you the item’s dimensions and offers notable information on its condition. These warehouse pieces are indicated via the phrase ‘ONLINE ONLY’ in their title.

If you’d like to see one of these items in person, it can be brought into the showroom for a 15%-20% deposit; the deposit amount either goes toward your total or, if you decide not to purchase the piece, will become store credit that is valid for 1 year.

Once purchased, the online-only items will come into our showroom to then either be picked up or delivered. As with the rest of our inventory, these items are ‘Final Sale’ and cannot be returned or exchanged so please call with specific questions regarding pieces prior to purchase.

Check out the ever-changing online-only inventory here!

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Additionally, this means that if you don’t see what you’re looking for in our showroom, we may be able to find something from our offsite inventory that will suit your needs. So let us know what you’re looking for!

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Small Business Saturday SALE, 11/26: Up to 60% off everything!

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Shop small, live luxuriously!! On Saturday, November 26th, we’re having our big annual sale for Small Business Saturday, giving you a chance to save some money while supporting a small local business.

It will be an IN-STORE-ONLY sticker sale; all inventory will be on sale with discounts ranging from 12%-60%. So whether you’ll be purchasing gifts for others or items for yourself, we hope to see you there!

You can shop our current inventory here! But keep in mind that we’ll be getting plenty of new items every weekday prior to the sale!

**Please Note: The sale will last from 10am to 6pm (showroom hours). If you plan to take furniture (anything that can’t fit in a shopping bag) out with you, it will have to be done before 2pm as our freight elevator closes early.

**Updated hours 11/23-11/25
Wednesday 11/23: 10am-4pm (closed 4-8pm)
Thursday 11/24: CLOSED… Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday 11/25: CLOSED… our building will be closed, so unfortunately so are we 🙁

In your home: Fall Decor

Fall is upon us and it’s feelin’ good! So we thought, in honor of the season and the upcoming Halloween holiday, we’d throw some decorating inspiration your way.

You could go with a classic look, relying on the standard pumpkin, gourd, dried leaves combo, utilizing autumnal shades throughout. Or you could opt for a creepy vibe, getting playful and paying homage to the weird, supernatural nature of the month of October.

Either way, the FG showroom has your fall decorating needs, and since most of the items featured are not up on the site, you’ll have to stop by to peruse the selection.

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Furniture Fact #18: Crotch Walnut

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Here at Furnish Green, we come by many beautiful pieces of furniture crafted from a wide variety of wood species. Many factors make a piece special (aside from the fact that it has already stood the test of time), including design style or time period of origin, but the wood grain detail is often a distinctive feature. Therefore, I would like to introduce you to crotch walnut wood grain!

Crotch walnut comes about at the point where a branch intersects with a tree’s trunk and/or when there is a double trunk. In this region there is limited space for the tree to grow. With each year of growth, another annual ring of thickness is added; as wood pushes against wood, the grain starts to buckle in different directions. Wood fibers weave together to strengthen the limbs or branches, forming the crotch and feather appearance.This beautiful distortion rewards us with a grain that shimmers in the light and looks like waves of liquid.

A wonderful Furnish Green example can be seen in our recently sold 1930s Crotch Walnut Chifferobe  (featured in the image above). This piece displays fine carved wood detail accompanying mother nature’s art of the crotch walnut wood grain along the doors.

Check out another example of some FG crotch walnut in coffee table form here!


To read more about the process of the crotch walnut check out these articles:

Wood Magazine | A Woodworker’s Musings

Spring Sticker Sale!

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It’s getting warmer, daylight savings time is upon us, and it’s time for one of our big up-to-60%-off sticker sales!

On Saturday, March 19th EVERYTHING in our showroom will be on sale and discounts will range from 12% to 60%!! The sale is in-store ONLY so come on by.

And although we often run promotions, our sticker sales offer the most significant discounts of the year, so don’t miss out!

**Please Note: The sale will last from 10am to 6pm (showroom hours). If you plan to take furniture (anything that can’t fit in a shopping bag) out with you, it will have to be done before 2pm as our freight elevator closes early.

Fun Furniture Fact # 16: Art Deco

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The term art deco derives from the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs Industriels et Modernes, held in Paris. The show was organized by an association of French artists known as, La Societe des Artistes Decorateurs (society of decorator artists). – visual-arts-cork.com

This winter the Furnish Green showroom has been lush with some truly arresting Art Deco pieces. Naturally, the pieces populating our shop have propelled us to ponder some prevalent aspects of the Deco movement.

After its introduction in 1925 the Art Deco movement quickly rose to international prominence in a multitude of design mediums ranging from architecture to jewelry.
In regards to furniture, the Deco style features distinguishing characteristics that include the lines and shapes, wood inlays and veneer styles, and the hardware.

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Art Deco hardware design is a consistently dazzling detail. The variety of hardware designs for simple drawer pulls is remarkable. They range from minimal and industrial to lavishly ornate, but are unified by being based on this or that simple shape, thus meshing with the simple overall shape of the whole piece. This simplicity of shape serves as a stark contrast to the Art Nouveau movement which Deco succeeded. Hardware was made from newly available materials of the time including aluminum, stainless steel and often bakelite (an early form of plastic).

Much of the beauty of Art Deco furniture emanates from the wood itself. Many pieces feature veneers of burled wood grain or crotch walnut grain detail. These veneer types offer a more organic array of lines and shapes then the traditional hard parallel lines found in most wood grains. These ethereal shapes play against the hard angles and basic shapes that comprise the overall piece. Combined with the movement’s penchant for applying veneers symmetrically, the result is a mesmerizing Rorshach-like set of abstract reflections that one can get lost in (should it be one’s druthers).
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Our favorite Art Deco piece that resides in the showroom today is this amazing vanity with a full length mirror, an unexpected series of drawers in which shapes and sizes are determined by the uniquely asymmetrical cascading shape of the overall piece, and lastly but not leastly, THE ULTIMATE: a cute yet saucy built-in lamp!

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This vanity displays some classic Deco cut-out details on both the mirror frame and body of the piece (as shown above).

By the 1940s the movement started to fade, as it was deemed too ostentatious for wartime aesthetics.

One last note: during its heyday, the term Art Deco was seldom used. It wasn’t until 1968 when Bevis Hillier’s book Art Deco of the 20s and 30s that the term ‘Art Deco’ became commonly used.

Check out our entire Art Deco collection here.

The New FG Site Is Here!

We’re very excited to have launched an updated version of furnishgreen.com last week! Although we’re still working through some minor kinks, we hope to have brought you a new and improved Furnish Green shopping experience where you can find everything that your vintage-loving heart desires.

The site offers better functionality, in the sense that it should be much easier for you, our lovely customers, to be able to find exactly what you’re looking for.

We’ve maintained the straightforward simplicity of our previous website, while making it more accessible.

But do not fear, our product is not changing and neither are we! So let us know what you think!

Fun Furniture Fact #15: Kem Weber

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Karl Emanuel Martin Weber, a key player in the introduction of American Modernism on the West Coast, laid the groundwork for the casual California modernism of the 1950s and 1960s.

Weber, originally from Germany, traveled to San Francisco in 1914 for a building project and was stranded in the United States at the onset of WWI. After struggling to find work, he went on to work as a designer for Barker Brothers. However, his main success came as he began designing tubular steel seating for Lloyd Manufacturing Company in the mid 1930s.

These pieces, Weber told a reporter, were intended not only to be comfortable to sit in and use: “It is a matter, as well, of harmonizing lines and low, restful tones, and a sensation of unlimited space even in a small room.” He explained further, “I have studied how people behave, how they live when they are at home. I am interested in structural principles, not in the application of ornament.”

The sleek curving metal structure is both visually appealing and comfortable. His designs are modern and lasting, and personally, we love them!

 

 

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