Some of my favorite furniture would fit in nicely on the HMY Britannia. I grew up in a South Texas MCM ranch house that had aqua interior walls and even aqua trim on the exterior. Aqua/turquoise is still my favorite color. My family is in the furniture business so I was always exposed to new trends in home furnishings. For a brief time in the early 80s, I thought anything Danish Modern was hopelessly old fashioned. Thankfully that infatuation with dusty teal, mauve, and whitewashed wood was short lived. Now I just wish I could go back in time and reclaim some of my family's long gone MCM home furnishings. The piece I would most like to have is my mother's gravel painting. Remember those? She made hers out of aqua, lime, and orange gravel. "sigh". Her subject matter was birds, partridges I think, and it hung over her MCM buffet which she still has. Unfortunately she sold the gravel painting in a garage sale when she was in her Mediterranean phase.
The highboy pictured above is my most recent piece. Actually my husband found it at a garage sale while he was out taking a walk. Being the great guy that he is, he noticed it from the street, knew I would like it, and had it delivered to the house as a surprise. It's a 1950s Kent Coffee solid walnut and weighs a ton. Kent Coffee furniture was designed for the general public in whatever style was popular for the time. Even though it was mass market it was very well made and solid. I'm thrilled to have this piece and the price was great.
Even though this coffee table is not mid century modern, I think African carvings always look well with MCM. This table was my big splurge when we lived in Malawi. Everything there is carved without power tools, and the wood is very hard. My Malawian wood carving friends call it iron wood. I don't know how they get so much detail. It's just beautiful. The square pillows on the sofa are Zambian and the round ones are 1950s found by a friend at an estate sale.
Two Malawian Chief chairs carved by our friend, Amos. Notice the one on the right has two guys in a dugout canoe trying to rescue their friend who has fallen into the lake and is about to be eaten by a crocodile.
I am an artist who specializes in watercolors. I also love to travel and find inspiration in those special places and with the interesting people I meet along the way.