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Tasschen to open shop in Amsterdam!


Dutch coffee table book lovers; max out your credit card AND your coffee table! German publisher Tasschen, known for their budget friendly books on anything related to design, art, architecture, fashion and photography, is opening a flagship store on glitzy PC Hooftstraat!

Tasschen

A spokesperson for the company that imports Tasschen commented “The store will sell the budget friendly books, as well as luxurious high-end books and limited editions worth thousands of dollars”.

Tasschen previously opened shops in London, Paris, New York, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Berlin and Brussels

The Homevoyeurs webshop also sells books to fill your coffee table. For instance this one: Constructive Furniture by Jean Prouve, Ray Eames and Charles Eames for $29,95.

Constructive Furniture


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Design classic; Dorothee Becker organiser


Designed in 1969, but still in production by Vitra. This very clever organiser Utensilo. I fit well into any of the era’s that passed after it was designed. Plastic fantastic 70’s, bare 80’s and all the revivals of these since. But it’s timeless and simple design make it fit for any trend or style anyway. And it’s very practical!

Utensilo by Dorothee Becker

Created by Dorothee Becker it comes in three different colours: white, black and red. Try finding one on sites like eBay, but if you fail, there are lots of online shops selling new ones staring at around $250.

Inspired? The Homevoyeurs webshop sells many books about design classics and Vitra. For instance Project Vitra: Sites, Products, Authors, Museum, Collection, Signs from Birkhauser Architecture. The book costs $32.25 and is eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25!

Project Vitra began in 1957 in Birsfelden near Basel with the production of the furniture of Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson. Today Vitra is active and known throughout the world for its products and cultural initiatives, which are evidenced by the Vitra Design Museum, its collections, and the architecture of the firm s own corporate campus. Vitra sees itself first and foremost as a project driven by the desire and determination to design the world.

This ambition is also the driving force behind Project Vitra, which offers an inside look at the firm s collaboration with architects and designers, including Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Alexander Girard, Tibor Kalman, Frank Gehry, Tadao Ando, SANAA, Jasper Morrison, Zaha Hadid, Hella Jongerius, Maarten Van Severen, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Jean Prouvé, Mario Bellini, Antonio Citterio, Alberto Meda, Verner Panton, Herzog and de Meuron, and many others. The copiously illustrated chapters with contributions by Alex Coles, Rolf Fehlbaum, Luis Fernandez-Galiano, Deyan Sudjic, and Alexander von Vegesack tell stories about the places, people, and products connected with Vitra. This overview is rounded off by a history of the firm and a comprehensive glossary.

Ralph Lauren Home collection bedding in the Homevoyeurs webshop


Cape Lodge Plantation Chair and Noble Estate Chaise from Ralph Lauren Home Collection

 

OK, I know, it’s like saying you vote Republican.. but I LOVE the Ralph Lauren Home collection! It makes me want to be rich. Very very rich as the products come with a hefty price tag, but boy oh boy, would my life be complete!

Taking inspiration from a very white lifestyle, with even a hint to times when slavery was still ‘de rigeur’, Mr Lauren sure knows how to set a mood. Items with names like Plantation Chair, Noble Estate Chaise and La Boheme Desk one immediately knows what he means. One feels like a writer just looking at the black leather club chair aptly named  Writer’s Chair.

Homevoyeurs is lucky enough to be able to offer a few items of the Ralph Lauren Home Collection bedding line in the Homevoyeurs webshop! Wonderful bedding for a much friendlier price! For instance this 450 thread count cotton Palm Harbor duvet cover for $495.00. But also shams, pillow covers, beds in a bag and spreads from Ralph Lauren or other quintessential American brands. Starting as low as $50!

Homevoyeurs webshop: Palm Harbor Octagonal Duvet Cover by Ralph Lauren

Shop on TV and movie sets


Say you’re watching Will & Grace and the shirt Will is wearing strikes your fancy, you just have to have Grace’s shoes, or you cannot get your eyes off Jack’s blue vintage sofa. Where to start?

There are a few shops in the greater Los Angeles area and cities like London that sell items worn by characters in famous TV shows. But obviously, online is your best bet. For instance, every now and then e-Bay auctions props or clothes used in TV series or movies. But chances are very very slim that they happen to sell Grace’s shoes or Jack’s sofa.

A few online outlets and initiatives claim they can help you find pretty much any item seen on TV. They must be in frequent touch with set designers, stylists and prop masters in Hollywood to live up to this, or they might just be promising more than they can live up to. Let’s put a few of them to the test.

First of is seenon.com. If you’ve seen it on TV, in a movie, or on a movie star; there’s a chance they know where to find it.  A true pity is that they focus mainly on clothes and accessories and less on decorative items and furniture. However, if you are into fashion,  this site is a true treasure chest. You can look up pretty much any show and then browse articles per character. Grace Adler has over 50 pairs of shoes on here.

They do have information  on Jack’s blue sofa though.

Jack's apartment in Will & Grace

Jack's apartment in Will & Grace

The sofa is Arne Jacobsen’s Swan Sofa, actually designed in 1958. The entire set, including the two chairs, are part of that line. Numerous shops sell this design classic, yet the shop seenon.com links to seems to be sold out. But have a look in Google and you should be able to score one near your home. Further to this sofa, they only offer furniture for three movies. Sex and the City, The Princess Diaries and License to Wed. 

 

Another website is Famous Fashions, again focusing mainly, if not solely, on clothing and accessories.  And the Club World, the US TV network and home to shows like 90210, Gossip Girl and Supernatural will soon launch a feature, Style, where viewers can find shopping information on items worn in the show.

 To find fashion donned by the stars proves to be not too hard. To find out where to buy their character’s sofa or vase seems to be a lot harder.

Backlot props, a website auctioning off and listing props used in movies and TV shows offers hope. The orange chairs used in the movie Dukes of Hazard as seen in the below frame can be found through here for example.  

Orange brawl bar chairs

Orange brawl bar chairs

Backlotprops.com

Backlotprops.com

Yet a search for other furniture brings back very little result. Yet again it’s mainly clothes that are listed here. Also, the list of movies of which one can browse props is limited.

 

Star Wars fans can get their kicks on this site.  The aptly called Movieprop.com features many links to certified replica dealers of masks and swords used in this epic science fiction flick and all the episodes and sequels to follow.

Yet for a simple old fashioned guy like myself who likes to know where to buy Will’s stunning faux-antique secretary desk as pictured in the image below, it is a grim grim world.

Will's living room

Will's living room on display in the library of Emerson college where W&G creator Max Mutchnick was a student

It’s pretty isn’t it? Maybe I should send an email to the set decorator Melinda Ritz herself?