Caravan Living on Apartment Therapy...

I ran across a nice little article on Apt. Therapy that had some inspiring photos of vintage trailers and a lot of links to other pages with info.

Kent-Coffey Perspecta -VS- Broyhill Brasilia

I'm trying to figure out which type of bedroom furiture I'd like to focus on in the future or maybe a mix of the two.  The Ken-Coffey Perspecta Series seems a bit more subtle than Broyhill's Brasilia furniture line.  I don't have any information of who came first but they are very similar in their details.
Here's some Perspecta-

And here's the Broyhill Brasilia line-


There's a lot of things in the world that I'd like to learn more about.  I always find small things that pique my interest while browsing other blogs.  Everything from furniture, music, art, photography, clothing, restaurants, movies....  All this random minutiae of my web life gets forgotten most of the time.  I try to write what I find down in my phone most of the time.  I thought a blog would make things a bit easier and visually better to remember and learn about what I've found.
So, this is Things I like... Just a little storing house of info on certain topics so my brain can rest.  I might obsess over certain items more often than others.  It usually relates to what ever I'm doing at that particular time in my life...  it's just my learning process.
I guess I'll kick this off with with my latest OCD du jour.... Mid-Century Modern & Danish Modern Furniture Designers, Odd Camping Trailers, A-Frame Houses, Photo Documentaries, Summertime Music, Odd lamps, BBQ, Tech Rumors, North East Camping Spots, Silly You Tube Videos, &... Googie.

Here we go.

Nasa Engineer Custom Built Cricket Campers for $17,000

The story begins with a letter to Santa in 1972. A boy in Philadelphia wanted a houseboat. He did not get one. But a fascination with small environments had begun. These spaces, where the rituals of daily life feel more directly connected to the outside world, had captured his imagination.

Fast forward to 1999, the boy, now an architect and designer, moves to Houston to work at NASA on the International Space Station. He works on the “habitation module” (NASA speak for the place where astronauts eat, sleep, bathe, relax, i.e. their home). He is a “space” architect - mission accomplished. But he wants to design things that will actually get built…in his lifetime. He returns to earth, not sure what will follow.

Enter stage left, the Cricket trailer. Well, it was not quite that simple. In the interim, the boy (now husband and father) wanted to go on adventures with his family. He had camped extensively growing up and before having children. However, the kindergarten campout demonstrated that camping with small children in a tent was not what he (or rather, his wife) had hoped. So, combining his NASA experience with his love of the earth, he worked to create an innovative lightweight, compact, and flexible small environment in which to travel and explore the world we live in.

The result is the Cricket.

Let your imagination take you in a whole new direction with a flexible, efficient, environmentally thoughtful and fun Cricket Trailer. This camping revolution is designed for outdoor adventurers who want to explore uncharted territory in a stylish and functional fashion. Every Cricket is built to order because we don’t want to sell you what you don’t want or need. You make a set of decisions. We build it and get it to you.  
How do you want your Cricket?

Furniture Designer- Hans Wegner

Hans Jørgen Wegner, (April 2, 1914 - January 26, 2007), was a successful Danish furniture designer who contributed to the international popularity of mid-century Danish design. His work belongs to a modernist school with emphasis on functionality. He is probably best known for his chairs.
Wegner's chair designs were manufactured primarily by PP Møbler and Carl Hansen & Søn, and were largely free-standing. The "Peacock" chair from 1947, with a slatted back rest fanning out to evoke the bird's plume, was inspired by the traditional "Windsor" chair. His 1949 folding chair was made to be hung on the wall, and his "Shell" chair from the same year experimented with curving the wood in three dimensions to form the seat. 
The multi-purpose "Valet" chair, designed in 1953, had elements for hanging up or storing each piece of a man's suit. The backrest is carved to be used as a coat hanger, pants can be hung on a rail at the edge of the seat and everything else can be stowed in a storage space underneath the seat. 
In 1960 he came out with several variations on the "Ox" chair which came with or without horns, and showed the less serious side of Wegner's designs. "We must take care," he once said, "that everything doesn't get so dreadfully serious. We must play--but we must play seriously." In more recent years he has continued to design chairs and has also worked with lighting, such as the "Pole" lamp created in 1976 with his daughter Marianne. Wegner has stated that, "the chair does not exist. The good chair is a task one is never completely done with."

Chair List-
Peacock Chair (1947)
The Round Chair (1949)
Wishbone Chair (Y Chair) (1949)
Flag Halyard Chair (1950)
Swivel Chair (1955)
The Chair (1949)
Circle Chair (Hoop Chair) (1965–1986)
Papa Bear Chair (1951)
Chinese Chair, different variations (1944–1945)
The Ox Chair (1960)
The Wing Chair (1960)
Folding chairs (1962)
The Shell Chair (1963)
The Valet Chair (1943)

I first learned about Hans Wegner when I bought two knock off "Round" chairs at a flea market in Midtown for $50.  One eventually fell apart and I still have the other.  As with a lot of fakes I've never seen another exactly like it since.  We just bought a dining set of six chairs and a table that are definitely in Wegner "Wishbone"style.  I'd love to eventually get a Papa Bear and a Peacock.  His style is easy enough to pick out of the crowd that his work gets snapped up by in the know resellers pretty quick so you never see it around.

HANS WEGNER round chair

HANS WEGNER wishbone "y" chair




HANS WEGNER shell chair



HANS WEGNER papa Bear CHAIR & Ottoman

HANS WEGNER peacock chair