Thursday, January 22, 2015
Don't It Just Feel So Good When You Finally Check Off A Long Searched For Item That's Been Haunting Your Wanted List? These Donald Deskey Andirons Have Finally Given Our Built In Fireplace The Vintage Modern Touch It Sorely Needed. Status: Mine.
In the strictest definition andirons are used to hold firewood up off the hearth floor and to prevent the logs from escaping out of the front of the fireplace upon shifting during burning. While yes, this pair of Donald Deskey designed andirons could do all of that, their purpose is much more in the vein of aesthetics.
There are plenty of places to read all about Donald Deskey so I'll just say here that he was a member
of a rarefied group of industrial designers...before there WERE industrial designers! They
INVENTED industrial design. Period. But this ain't no history lesson. This is about the acquisition
of amazing and beautiful items. This particular find has a slightly different story than most of the
loot you'll see around here.
These were actually available for months in another booth at The Green Shag Antique Mall. I have
been considering their purchase on and off since first spotting them. What finally happened was I
contacted Hannah (since I though they were hers) about making some sort of trade. Turns out they
weren't hers but her partners. Was he interested in a trade? Turns out he was!
You remember that cool chrome floor lamp that I've had available in my booth for a while? It go bye
bye so that these andirons could make our next and all subsequent fires much less "traditional" and
much more "vintage modern". Is it more sad how few people would actually care about something
like this or how much it means to me to have andirons that aren't traditional?