In a few months, we'll be moving from our spacious casa in Brasilia to an apartment in Rio. Although the apartment is generous by Big City standards, it will mean a lot of downsizing for us.
I'm nervous about moving with two, energetic kiddos into an apartment - and exasperated when everyone says, "Oh, you'll just go to the beach." Like it's a magic cure for the maladies of tight living quarters. It might be. I'll find out.
What the move also means, though, is we'll be selling many of our household goods - keeping only what we really need and love. I'm actually very excited about this part. Right now, our furnishings are a mix of things we've inherited, cobbled with a few lower-end items we've had since our first home. I won't be able to make a lot of upgrades, but we will be trading in on some more space and taste-appropriate items.
I think I've got Ben on board to selling his Shaker-style dining table, and buying a Saarinen tulip table. I'm really digging the oval shape set with more traditional chairs.
We have several traditional, but non-matching chairs that I'm thinking I can recover in the same fabric to pull it all together in a fun, eclectic way for our new place. Because after all, Rio is nothing if not fun and eclectic.
I recently did some window shopping to see a tulip table in person. In general, household items in Brazil are much, much more expensive than they are in the States, so I figured I'd check them out here, but end up ordering one from the US.
The salesladies at the shops stated the tables were "authentica," and they look spot-on to originals online. So I found it puzzling when the Brazilian prices were about 1/3 of the price you'd pay if you ordered a similar tulip table from a website like All Modern. (Dum da DUM) I thought maybe the copyright laws were just more lenient here, and that they can claim the tables are authentic.
Good thing I've got a design-savvy (and legally-versed) Brazilian friend who explained that the worldwide copyright on Saarinen's design has expired, so that anyone can replicate it, and call it a tulip table. If the dimensions and materials match the specifications of the designer's original, then it can be called "authentic."