I love all things Hollywood Regency, and one classic that I absolutely adore is Dorothy Draper's Espana chest. These can sell for as much as $4,000 and probably more. I saw a slightly worn one yesterday and today on Ebay and was tempted to bid, but realized that no matter what a deal, I couldn't afford it. Bidding just ended at $527.
While browsing other Draper chests online, I came across another of my dream pieces, a nightstand by George Nakashima. This has been something I've lusted after ever since seeing it in the October 2005 Metropolitan Home. (I was going to include my scan of this clip, but my scanner is NOT cooperating). See the one Dragonette has for sale now for $4,500.
Nakashima's designs are the essence of fine craftsmanship. He was wood-obsessed, and I can appreciate healthy obsession!
There are two exhibits in my native Pittsburgh area right now: "Nakashima Revealed" at Carnegie Mellon's Regina Gouger Miller Gallery through Oct 28 and "Nature, Form & Spirit" through Nov. 11 at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Ligonier (which, incidentally, is about 15 miles from where I grew up, and I never knew it existed! For shame!).
You can bet I'll be making another trip to my parents' before these exhibits close. If you have never been to Pittsburgh, make a weekend trip there sometime! I can suggest an itinerary, but if you wanted to take in the Nakashima exhibits, a nice nearby counterpart might be to visit Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece Fallingwater.