There are two vintage furniture shops in our neighborhood. They sit side by side. The first one on the corner is called Holler & Squall. (Zak and Gillette are two of the most amazing shopkeepers you could meet. We’re very lucky to have gotten to know them). The second shop next door, Jarontiques, is more in line with the mid-century style to which we’ve all become accustomed (but cooler, and definitely more hipster than the expected DWR-lite stuff you often find at these shops).
Now, if you would have asked me a few years ago what my design style gravitated to, I would have walked you right up to a Nelson bubble lamp and an Eames fiberglass chair in celery green, and been done with it. But I have a husband, and his taste leans way more to the browns and oranges than the cool blues and greens I love. Taxidermy? Yes. Worn down leather club chairs? Totally.
All of this is a super roundabout way of explaining (to myself, mostly) why I’m so enamored with these “campaign chests/dressers,” which I surely would have dismissed as heavy and overwrought a few years ago. But having happened on the image at top the other day, I’m newly curious.
Apparently, this is not a new thing to the internets (i.e., I’m very late; see roundup from Apartment Therapy here). But for those of you with changing tastes, or new winter clothes storage needs, or newly-graduated-from-layette-furniture homes like mine, it could help.
Campaign furniture is evocative of luxurious travel and a time gone by… The appeal of its nature has been picked up on and modern furniture made in a campaign style is produced by a number of makers today. Often, the consideration of portability has not been a factor with the overriding concern being to achieve the look by adding brass corners and strap work. Another group of manufactures have produced direct copies of period campaign furniture seeing that there is still a call for it today be it for safaris or the high class camper.
Oops. Ok, so the stuff we love isn’t exactly British Army Issue (good thing, with all the not-so-appealing connections to colonialism and stuff), and is much too heavy to fold up and carry with us, and was certainly not EVER intended to arrive in bright green or hot pink. No mind.
So you want one? How hard do you want to work? Let’s take it in three steps:
2. Refinish it. The amazing Jenny Komenda from Little Green Notebook did this herself. Bless her.
3. Buy it. (My preferred method). They’re all over Ebay. This one (above) is a little different, but I really love the style and the storage possibilities. Currently at $600 and shipped from Miami. Think of all that BabyMod you’re about to throw away after the drawers are falling in for the third time, and it may not seem like too much of an investment.