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Thursday, February 3, 2011

It Occurred to Me That I've Never Introduced the Gondola Sofa to You! Status: Nap-tastic!

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Yeah, that's right! This is another super comfortable Nap sofa! The seat is nice and flat. Or maybe it's cuz we all started out sleeping on a bed much like this. You know, simple thin mattress supported by taught springs. I can cut some "Z"s on this baby!

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I found this sofa on Craigslist. It was being offered for just $100. I spotted the ad

while at work. I e-mailed the seller an offer of $125 if they'd let me come pick it up

after I got off work at 10pm. They shrugged and said sure! Turns out they lived

WAY out in the sticks so I couldn't get out to their place until almost midnight. And

it had been raining all day. And this sofa is 9 and a half feet long. It wasn't going

into the wagon, it had to go on top. The rain stopped but I still had to drive home

with this beast strapped to the top, Very Very slowly.

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Then...we didn't really have a place for it. This was before the Girlfriend bought

this house. She had a flat in South St. Louis that had high ceilings but not really

big rooms. So it lived propped up against the hallway wall for a while...well, until it

arrived here! And just like that...it was home!

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Seems like I have so much of this weaved rattan. The Green Sofa in the family

room
has it on the arm. The unidentified table I bought a few weeks ago has it on

the lower level. I have a vintage blonde record player with it too as well as a large

credenza out in the garage (awaiting refinish) that has one door made of it. This

must be a big mid century thing.

7 comments:

  1. What a steal at $125! And the fact that it's napworthy is a bonus. I think we're about to pick up a china cabinet with cane trim on it too...if all this ice will melt and we can get to the woman's house.

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  2. Dana - Ugh, I feel ya about the ice. I stopped by the Salv. Army store in St. Charles last Saturday and gathered up a bunch of cool stuff. When I went to pay for it I realized I had taken the big wad of cash out of my pocket while back at home (always have cash on hand, you just never know when a great deal will present itself). Dag, I only had $12. Not enough. They said they'd hold it all until Monday. I called Monday to see if they had indeed held it...and to see if they were even open! They still had it all for me but suggested I wait for the weather to break. I haven't had a chance to go get it yet because of the weather! I hope it's all still there. Walter Dorwin Teague designed dinnerware, Dorothy Thorpe glassware and a really cool lamp table! That's right, another table.

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  3. I have admired this sofa from afar. Well, kinda / sorta. I've actually seen glimpses of it in other pics you have posted. It is fantastic! I have always liked the sleek design of gondola sofas. A friend of mine gave me a green Adrian Pearsall sofa body. The frame was destroyed when the sofa blew off of his trailer. :( :( I will have to put my creative and wood working skills into gear to make a new base.

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  4. Nice! Did you install the leopard print upholstery or did it come with the couch?

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  5. Is this in your living room? Didn't you just put the black leather one back in there? I can't keep up! You are beginning to remind me of Morgan at The Brick House, the way she changes furniture around in her den. Love the sofa!
    sue

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  6. Oh me oh my, that is gorgeous! These gondola sofas are one of my favorite designs to come out of the mid century. What a STEAL at $125. The trip to get it sounds horrendous but I say well worth it!

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  7. K4M - THAT sounds like a serious project! Is there enough to save?

    Mono G - It's actually just a thick sheet! I tossed it on there one day...liked the look...tucked it in a little neater and never looked back.

    Sue - This sits across from the Thayer Cogging in the living room. There used to be a blue vinyl love seat size sofa across from it. That got traded off for a console stereo that took it's place in the living room. That found a new home a few days ago and in came the Thayer Coggin! It's a little like musical chairs around here sometimes.

    Rhan - Sometimes the story is as good as the piece!

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