Joel’s MCM Pointers
• DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Joel warns to beware of knockoffs—because there are a lot. The best way to identify a counterfeit is to train your eye and to understand the key designers of the period whose style you want to emulate in your home. To inspire his work in the Colemans’ space, Joel looked to Hans J. Wegner, a world-renown Danish furniture designer, and Paul Mccobb, whom Joel labeled the “mad man of cocktail rooms.”
• TRY TO FIND THE ORIGINAL. Avoid filling your room with knockoff décor. Instead, when you can’t find a vintage piece or you want the fresh feeling of new, look for the companies that own the rights to the original designs. Buying pieces from these manufacturers will give you the peace of mind that your furniture was built true to the original designers’ intention.
• CHECK OUT LOCAL SOURCES. Etsy, ebay, 1stdibs: all excellent resources Joel suggests for furniture that will “bring in warmth and authenticity.” He managed to snag the dramatic arched lamp that overhangs the twoseater from ebay.