Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Picked Up Another Sweet Score On Sunday Evening. This Time It's A Franco Albini Rattan Foot Stool. Status: Keeper / Flipper?
Ever notice, so many vintage modern furniture designers are also architects? The first I ever heard of such a thing was Frank Lloyd Wright. He seemed to have a penchant for designing furnishings explicitly for a particular home design. Seems kind of rigid but I can respect the idealism. Franco Albini ('05 - '77) was an architect as well, though perhaps not as well know. This "Pouf" may be his most well known work.
A few years ago the Girlfriend, a couple friends and myself arrived at the Iron Barley restaurant
in South City to have dinner but the joint was packed (as usual...cuz it's AWESOME). We
noticed a new second hand shop a few doors down the street and decided to check it out.
This was my first encounter with Cool Stuff Real Cheap.
They had one of these Franco Albini stool / tables that very night but, while I did recognize
that it WAS something, I just didn't have enough info at the time to pick it up. Of course,
later I did glean that necessary info and proverbially kicked myself for not picking it up as
it was way under priced. He shoots and...Oh...it goes just wide. So finding this piece at,
believe it or not, the exact same price was redemption incarnate! Thanks again craigslist.
So now the first question is: is it a footstool...or is it a table? The seller sold it as a small tide
table with this perfectly sized piece of glass but it could also be used with an even larger
piece for use as a coffee table. I'm pretty sure it's original intention was for it to be used as
a hassock or a vanity seat. Most listing on eBay describe it as an Ottoman or Pouf.
The second question is: keep it or flip it? I can make a pretty fine buck off of it but I'm liking
the idea of keeping some of the "finer" finds as apposed to automatically tossing them into my
booth at The Green Shag Market or on craigslist (no eBay or etsy for me since I don't do any
shipping). I've built up quite a nice collection this way. And fewer regrets.
The pouf / table is in excellent condition but there are a few broken wraps along the outside
edge. This appears to the "going rate" as all the pieces I checked on eBay completed listings
had this same issue, even the ones that had sold for top dollar - up to $250. And you know...
rattan is going to make a big comeback! Wait and see!