A MODERN BLOG FOR THE MIDCENTURY ENTHUSIAST
The Definition of Vintage
What classifies an item as the definition of vintage, anyway?
For listing purposes, at Lewis Interiors we consider anything that is not being currently made, produced, or in production at the present time "vintage". This means that even if something was made last year - and is not being made this year - it will be considered the definition of vintage for listing and searching purposes.
Discontinued items become hard to find, and can be categorized as such - as long as you are representing the item to the best of your ability. It is important to add as much information as possible when listing items in an online platform, such as mentioning the year, model, and condition if possible. There are usually no discrepancies between the buyer and seller if as much information as possible is disclosed.
While we could pontificate on what the "true" definition of vintage is, and we all certainly have our own opinions, this is our working definition when listing our items on various eCommerce platforms. Check out our eBay store for lots of vintage items!
Scandinavian Furniture Design
After many years of refurbishing and reupholstering furniture in our full-service upholstery shop, the clean lines and quality build of Scandinavian furniture design has greatly influenced the vision for our own exclusive Classic Collection furniture.
We build our Scandinavian style furniture with time-tested methods. All of our internal framing is made from premium sustainable and solid kiln-dried hardwood. This is something you won't find with most new Scandinavian style furniture. All of our pieces are precisely joined by glue, dominoes, and pocket screws - then sanded and smoothed of sharp edges. Our bases are built using a single 4/8 slab of Arizona White oak, ensuring that you have an even and deep wood grain. They are then tightly joined with thick dominoes and glue.
Our seats and backs are tight woven with high quality Eco-friendly jute web, which provides a seat that is comfortable and ergonomic. This is achieved without the sinking and slouching that can happen with traditional box spring designs.
Our textural, durable tweed alongside the warmth of our hard oak bases and arm plates are commonly inspired by nature and the Nordic climate - Producing our Nordic-inspired colors of Oatmeal, Bright Blue and Gray. However, in some homes, brighter modern pops of colors are preferred, like our Mustard Seed, Rust Orange, and Teal Green.
In the tradition of the great Scandinavian furniture design pioneers, we prefer a minimalistic, clean design with an attention to detail. All of our furniture is built using quality materials by master craftsmen in a small workshop. All of our furniture is personally handcrafted by our owners, Ted & John Lewis. No outsourcing or cheap labor here. Made proudly in the USA, using only the best time-tested construction methods!
Quadraphonic Sound System
A Quadraphonic sound system is basically the original form of surround sound. It was developed in the 1970s. You can experience a true quadraphonic sound system by utilizing a quadraphonic compatible amplifier and four speakers located in each corner of the room. You can also achieve this effect by using true quadraphonic headphones. While you can play any type of media on a quadraphonic system, the only way to achieve true quadraphonic sound is by using quadraphonic recorded media, such as vintage cassette tapes and vinyl records. This is a very unique way of enjoying your vintage music, and those who do so swear by its superior quality even in the face of today's digital music revolution. Lewis Interiors is proud to be your quadraphonic sound source, and we always have several quadraphonic records available in the Vinyl Records category of our eBay store!
Mid Century Modern Furniture Designers
When it comes to midcentury modern furniture designers, the list of notable and influential craftspeople is vast and varied. At Lewis Interiors, we have been inspired by many mid century modern furniture designers. In fact, we have had the opportunity to refurbish and resell thousands of pieces of furniture by talented designers from all over the world. Each piece is truly a unique work of art! Our own handcrafted custom furniture line - Lewis Interiors Classic Collection - showcases this same handcrafted quality, classic design, and timeless style as these craftspeople embodied in their timeless creations.... which, in this day and age, is very hard to come by. Lewis Interiors has tons of vintage furniture available in our eBay store we welcome you to check out. You never know, you just might find something that blasts you back to the past!
Here is a list of our all-time favorite top 15 MCM designers, in no particular order:
Care for Vinyl Records: Shipping
At Lewis Interiors, we have a passion for records! Our extensive record collection includes all genres, including soundtracks and specialty albums. We only list the best and cleanest records we have. All of the records we sell are graded VG or better. We have nearly 700 records listed, and THOUSANDS waiting to be uploaded. If you're looking for something specific, let us know. We just might have it in our collection!
In order to keep our collection in tip-top shape, we take great care for vinyl records when we ship them. We take great pride in our mailing efforts. All of our records are shipped in specialty reinforced cardboard boxes made specifically for vinyl records. We also remove the record from the cover to prevent splitting. We start with corrugated cardboard and then the record, cover and original slipcover are placed in a reusable plastic slipcover for friction safety.
Moral of the story: If you're ordering a record from Lewis Interiors, rest assured that it will arrive to you in excellent condition because of our extreme care for vinyl records. Our small handling fee pays for the box and shipping supplies. Trust us, it's worth it. If you've dealt with other sellers who don't pack and ship properly... you know EXACTLY what we're talking about! We also welcome you to view all of our available vinyl records available in our eBay store!
Making the Best Mid Century Modern Furniture
SNEAK PEAK!! In our ongoing quest to make the best mid century modern furniture anywhere, the Lewis Interiors Classic Collection will be launching very soon! The same handcrafted, MCM-inspired custom furniture pieces that you've been waiting for are almost here! Choose your wood tone and fabric & leave the rest up to us! We have various styles of lounge chairs, love seats, sofas, and ottomans available. The quality and craftsmanship you're looking for at a price point you can afford! Made in America - Support small businesses! Enjoy this sneak peak of our process and products. We welcome you to stay tuned for more info, and don't hesitate to contact us to learn more about how you can get your hands on the best mid century modern furniture available anywhere!
Tweed Fabric Suppliers
In it's official definition, "Tweed is a rough, woolen fabric, of a soft, open, flexible texture, resembling cheviot or homespun, but more closely woven. It is usually woven with a plain weave, twill or herringbone structure. Color effects in the yarn may be obtained by mixing dyed wool before it is spun." In the Lewis Interiors definition, great tweed fabric starts here!
As the Internet's premier tweed fabric suppliers, this timeless upholstery product definitely our favorite fabric to use when building or refurbishing furniture. Why? Because it's durable, quality fabric that almost everyone can agree on! Our favorite color to use is classic gray.... and we use many shades of gray tweed (maybe not 50 Shades of Gray, but close!). What is your favorite color of tweed? What is your favorite furniture fabric?
Mid Century Modern Definition
What is MCM? Well, it stands for Mid Century Modern. This term is thrown around so much these days, that it is often being used as a catch phrase for anything vintage. In reality, the mid century modern definition itself is a difficult term to define. It broadly describes architecture, furniture, and graphic design from the middle of the 20th century (roughly 1933 to 1965, though some would argue the period is specifically limited to 1947 to 1957). The timeframe is a modifier for the larger modernist movement, which has roots in the Industrial Revolution at the end of the 19th century and also in the post-World War I period.
That being said, to keep up with the times - even we find ourselves using the term MCM outside of it's real realm. Does it really matter? Yes and no. Depends on the purpose of the talk, in our opinion. For searching purposes online, we use it much more liberally than we would in conversation with our peers who know a thing or two about MCM furniture. What are your thoughts? Lewis Interiors has many MCM vintage furniture items available in our eBay store!
How We Make Leather Buttons
Have you ever wondered how we make leather buttons?
Watch as Ted Lewis demonstrates his skills!
Yes, Lewis Interiors does all of our own building and refinishing work!
Our Grandfather Lewis Chair features leather buttons using this exact method!
Vintage Eames Chair Restoration
We found this handy picture on the Eames Restoration Project site of a vintage Eames chair restoration. What a cool way to see some of the Eames chairs and bases listed by date! What is your favorite Eames base? If you could put together any shell and base, what colors and style would you chose? Hmmm.... so many to choose from, the options seem endless! Check out the Vintage Furniture category in our eBay store!
Lewis Interiors loves everything modern, vintage, & retro! Specializing in MCM and custom built furniture, Lewis Interiors has a wealth of knowledge and experience!