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keith haring chairs

15 Dec

Haring chair, courtesy New York Magazine

Although I’ve always loved the idea of Keith Haring, I’ve never been a true fan of his work.  But I think the passage of time has caused me to reconsider my feelings.  Don’t know whether it’s nostalgia for those junior high school trips to Pop Shop in the Village (Returning to school with a Radiant Baby notebook was the end-all-be-all for the Scunci set in Long Island), or a recognition of Haring’s pioneering approach towards graffiti-as-commercialism (e.g. people going nutty over Banksy today).  Regardless, I was moved enough to publish my first post in ages after seeing this chair on the New York Magazine website.

Vilac Haring chairs, courtesy

Made for children by French company Vilac

Here’s a little more about the company:

“Deep in the Jura region of France, surrounded by mountains, lakes and forests, Vilac has been producing high-quality wooden toys and gifts for the past 80 years. Vilac was founded by Narcisse Villet in 1911 as a wood turning workshop, which later came to specialize exclusively in the finely lacquered wooden toys for which Vilac is so well known. Appropriately, Vilac is in fact an amalgamation of the name of the founder, “Villet,” and the word “lacquer.” In 1985, Vilac was purchased by Hervé Hagland, who continues the Old World wood working traditions to this day.”

If you’re not in the market for a new piece of furniture, I’m happy to report that Vilac also sells these Keith Haring puzzles.  Here’s a link to the Nova 68 website, which sells the set of four puzzles for $50.  Fionn received them as an (early) Christmas gift last week, and I believe they were purchased at one of the NYC museum gift shops!  So check online for better prices, if you’re interested, perhaps you’ll get a holiday bargain.


best of the blogs: framed games

15 Feb

Off the shelf, onto the wall.

The Idea:

Game Board Storage Art. It comes from a site called Infarrantly Creative. As not all of us have access to the materials required for this project, I’ve simplified and customized each step to better suit the RFYO approach to interior design.

The Original:

1. Find an old board game.
2. Purchase lumber.
3. Assemble frame with table & miter saw, spray paint, finishing nails.
3. Insert board, attach game pieces to back.

RFYO Version:

1. Search for ‘vintage board games.’

Thunderball game, 1965, recently sold on ($47.50)

Jet World game, 1970’s, Time Warp Toys, $28

Divorce game, 1985, Vintage Board Games, $18

Too wrong not to share. Described thusly: This game is played at the start position as a married person, traveling around the board in an effort to be the remaining player still married.

2. Buy a frame to match the game board’s dimensions.

Most boards measure out at 20×20, which is not a typical standard size for frames. However, they are available, such as this one available on for $20. I’ve featured it in the shopping bar at top right for reference.

(Disclaimer: I’m a frame shop snob. To me, the difference between a readymade frame and a custom frame is like the difference between an ironed shirt and one that’s been professionally pressed. But sometimes a quick touch up will do, especially for a project like this.)

3. Frame the board.
4. Place game pieces in a plastic storage bag, and throw in a drawer.

There you go. Instant interactive artwork, great conversation pieces, and the start of a new collection.