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After we acquired our chromed out dining table, the question was, what in the world kind of chairs do we get to go with the thing? I was full-on ready to settle for some kind of generic modern chairs or whatever, but then I was like, dang do I really want to fall asleep at the table every night because I’m so tired of my boring ass choice of seating? And a set of 6 vintage Bertoia side chairs on eBay was out of the question, so… Fortunately, G & I came upon this set of 4 bright red, large square back seats while on an antiquing pilgrimage upstate, and all they needed was some minimal freshening up:
Say hello to my chromed out, super seventies, minimal, very sharp, six-foot long Milo Baughman dining table. It came from an antique shop somewhere in New Jersey and I will not share with you the sick deal we got on it because you would not believe me anyway. In the photo above, you can see it with the center leaf that extends the piece from 60” to 80”. We actually don’t have enough chairs to seat as many places as this table can accommodate at 80”, but why would I let something like that stop me from leaving it in full length all the time? We have enough space for it in the room and I like a ridiculously long dining table. I like one in chrome and glass even more.
Pictured above without the leaf in the center. Still awesome.
G and I eat meals here together almost every day, next to our growing collection of plants. Sometimes we chat with the plants about how they are doing and how everyone is getting along. But we try to always play music when we dine - no screens at the table for us (which is also why I don’t often post photos of the meals I’m eating - my hands are preoccupied getting the food into my mouth anyway). So what do we listen to over dinner, other than the silence of our plant friends not talking back to us? Our default is this internet radio station called Illinois Street Lounge, but we also play a lot of WBGO, and the Blue Note app on Spotify. I think period-wise, the most appropriate music for our table is from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s though, so for the amusement of all, I’ve compiled a playlist of songs from the past & a touch of the present that I feel pair well with it, even if maybe just in my imagination.
Dinner Music for a Chrome Table
Each link leads to a slightly different playlist due to some songs only being available on one platform, but it’s all the same vibe. Shuffle and serve.
One of the first home-related projects G and I undertook was to paint a large bookcase that my stepfather built for me when I moved to my first apartment in 1999. It’s a heavy, imposing piece of furniture, but because I love and cherish it so much, I’ve somehow managed to bring it with me to every apartment I’ve lived in since. And through all those years, it’s undergone a few different paint situations:
Including me climbing on it that one time.