I won't lie, I've always been attracted to furniture for it's design elements, not necessarily it's functionality. Bright colors and interesting shapes, or textures, draw me in every time. I've always dreamy of having a chic avant-garde living room full of modern contemporary furniture, with sweeping bucket lamps and a Union Jack Couch. Maybe it's because I spent my childhood amidst the Spice Girls invasion, or the numerous pieces of blow-up furniture that constantly rotated throughout my room. I know it didn't come from Momma; who will offer a 'That's cool' when we'd pass such pieces, but secretly meant 'That's cool for someone else, and you will never see it in my house.' In fact, furniture is a topic Momma and I have long disagreed on. My tastes vacillate between country rustic to bright and modern, depending on my mood, and the room.
Union Jack furniture by the end of the year, as a special treat toe me.) But I digress, Zuo is an impressive meld of Ethan Allen meets IKEA, with their two vastly different Modern and Era collections. Covering everything from seating and lighting to outdoor and storage, I would wager money in Vegas there is a piece to be fallen in love with for every taste and style. In fact, it's hard to believe the same design brand that brings you the Artemis (Gun) Table Lamp is the same that sells the Haight Ashbury antiqued elm table. Zuos styles vacillate from Country Royalty to 60s British Glam, and I find it striking that I can't take sides with one over the other!
Of course, my father is no 'ordinary' bachelor. I inherited many of my 'Type A' tenancies from he, who tends to over-think decisions the average person takes for granted, and has an innate need for crisp and harmonious design. That is to bluntly say he is a man that appreciates order, yet the finer notes of design as well. So, while the seafoam green, cream, and pink Southwestern (you know the print) sofas remain in the secondary living space, his main living room has been slowly transformed into a more rustic aged wood and Lazy-Boy den. This living room opens up into the kitchen via a breakfast nook, which has long been plagued by the inexpensive painted wood stools Momma picked up when we had moved in. Even worse, my Pop had left the burgundy red pillow toppers on these stools for 'comfort,' throwing the entire design of this section of the house off.
Barstools alone take up an entire search results page on their website. But there was one option that stood apart from the chrome accented rest; the Distressed Natural Twin Peaks Barstool. With a solid Elmwood seat and antique metal base, this stool utilizes the same mechanisms as drafters chairs from the early 1900s. When the set arrived I was initially surprised as to just how antiqued the metal was, and how rustic the seat appeared in person. We had ordered a pair, and one of the seats featured two panels of wood noticeably darker than the others; so showroom shopping would be best for those picky about notes like that. For us, it was an instant hit; we loved the character of both pieces, and I knew it would fit in well with my father's 'rustic' living room accents.
I've now made it a point to follow Zuo's new furniture releases, and look forward to that time in the not-so-distant future when I can acquire my Union Jack piece.
What Daughter Says: Don't choose function over style, have them both, with thoughtfully designed pieces from Zuo.
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