Wednesday, 28 May 2014

1960s bathroom fittings: an update

Remember how we were searching high and low for that elusive towel rail bracket for our bathroom? You can read here if you missed it.

Well, we found it. Actually, we didn't find it...a blog reader did! Thanks so much Alex!

close up of our mid-century towel rail bracket

I received an email from Alex alerting me to an eBay listing selling Art Deco bathroom fittings. Never in a million years did I expect to find the exact same towel rail bracket under that heading. I was mistakenly searching for terms like 1960s, retro, modernist and mid-century!

The tip of the day is look under the term Art Deco when all things fail in your search for mid-century items!

I was able to approach the seller and ask if he would consider selling the towel rail separately...which he very kindly did. The towel rail was from Melbourne of all places. Great that it can have a permanent holiday in sunny Queensland.

The towel rails are extra. extra long - perfect for our family of five. I forgot to hang my towel up!

Jason installed the bracket straight away and we've been enjoying the luxury of matching towel rails. Hahaha!

The 1960s towel rails unadorned

Anyway, it's the small things which make all the difference.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

The paint brushes are out...

We've picked up the paint brushes again...I am using the royal 'we', of course, as it is Jason who is the Master Painter around here.

Taping around the doors and ceiling, ready for some paint.

It is a gentle start to restore and freshen up this modernist home. When the vertical blinds in the lounge room  were removed a few weeks ago, it revealed a raw pine mullion between the two glass sliding doors... which Jason was compelled to paint.

Some shirtless painting...purely to indulge his dwindling fan base...
You see, the glass sliding doors are not original to the house. This mid-century beauty would have had slightly larger aluminium sliding doors. In the original plans of the house, Lidco glass sliding doors were specified. For one reason or another, the doors were changed...most probably because the original Lidco sliders would not have locked effectively or became hard to slide over the years.

They would have been similar to the sliding doors found in a Robin Spencer designed house I visited earlier this year. You can read about it here. In a perfect world we would like to restore the sliding doors back to what it would have been...all in good time though.

1960s glass sliding doors 

Regarding the painting, at least it is a start, albeit a very small start...We will progressively paint all the other walls in this room in vivid white acrylic which seems to give the dark plywood ceilings an instant lift.

Small start to repainting the modernist house

Friday, 9 May 2014

A new mid-century dining suite

We had no particular desire to change our dining table when we moved to our mid-mod house...but when one of your mates rings up out of the blue and says they have a 1960s DQF dining table and chairs for sale, you can hardly say no? Surely?

DQF dining suite
Well, we could have, but we didn't! The dining suite is a perfect match for the is  also the very reason why we ended up moving to this house if truth be told. We went to the first open house inspection because I spotted a DQF dining suite in the real estate ad (you can read about it here). We would not have even bothered going to see the house if it weren't for the furniture. What a classic!

photo of when the previous owners owned the house
So it kind of seems fitting that we ended up buying a DQF dining suite. Ha! It's like it was always meant to be with the house.

For those not in the know DQF stands for Danish Quality Furniture which first began making Danish style furniture in Brisbane during the late 1950s. It was a family business set up by Danish emigres. They were renowned for producing the finest quality modern style furniture made in Queensland.

DQF dining suite
Our new old dining suite is very cool. I believe it is made out of black bean timber and the chairs are upholstered in black vinyl. The table is actually round but we have extended it to form an oval to accommodate our family during meal times.

The entire suite is quite petite. It is not made for big people. I guess it was produced in a time when people were traditionally shorter in stature and of a leaner postwar austerity measures build. Ha! You're constantly reminded of any excess weight you're carrying when sitting on the chairs, despite them being solid!

We are missing one rogue chair though. We only have five...Wish me luck finding it!

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