Well my friend Lemoncadet infected me with her beautiful photography on Flickr. Go here to see more.
How sleek is this?
How mod is this? I love how she contrasts color and shape.
These pictures feature the miniature furniture of the Petite Princess Fantasy Furniture Line that was made for only one year in 1964 by the Ideal Co. It was high end, had 30 pieces and was made in Japan. Later under the name Princess Patti it was carried at Sears and produced in Hong Kong. It is 3/4 " scale and represents the best of 1960's design. Lemoncadet also shows a good selection of the original miniatures contrasted with the later knock offs which are pretty darn close. The serious Buddah is the original, the laughing one was made later.
There are 8 of us in the Petite Princess by Ideal flickr group. There is even a fan page on Face book for Petite Princes Furniture and many references through Google.
The furniture is what they call "Hollywood Regency" to me. It has an emphasis on antiquing and rich fabrics. Tony Duquette ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Duquette ) perhaps?
Or like a bad LSD trip in a 60's furniture store... Your choice.
When I put mid-century into a search of furniture on ebay recently, I noticed Hollywood regency kept cropping up. Uh oh, I have blogged about how I grew up in Southern California in the '60's and am haunted by images of my Mom's swag lamps.
I even found this one there a while ago that was the look in her bedroom, the gold one was in the livingroom... So Hollywood Regency was sort of the worst of the worst. Think Liz Taylor in a caftan entertaining Mia Farrow when she was married to Frank Sinatra. A time of excess. The Petite Princess furniture embodies that time to me with their lush fabrics and exaggerated forms.
(Update 3/23/11: RIP Elizabeth Taylor you were a great activist for championing AIDS/HIV when no one else would touch it.)
And the point is I confess... I started collecting it, Shhhhhh... don't tell anyone! Much more to follow.