Thursday, February 18

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

The truth is Jennifer Aniston would look good sitting in a plastic lawn chair. However, she seriously looks fabulous curled up in a purple velvet chair on the March cover of Architectural Digest.

Apparently I am not the only one who has noticed Jennifer and that gorgeous chair. Architectural Digest has been flooded with inquires over the past few days. The vintage chairs (circa 1970) were purchased from the extraordinary New York based Lobel Modern and covered in a deep violet fabric by Manuel Canovas. According to propietor Evan Lobel, “They are grand in scale and comfortable. And, they are glamorous, just like Jennifer.”

Lobel Modern offers an amazing collection of furniture, lighting and art by important designers from the 1940's thru the 1980's. A few include Edward Wormley, Harvey Probber, Paul Evans and Karl Springer. Evan Lobel was Exhibition Coordinator of the retrospective on Harvey Probber in 2003 and has been hailed by Architectural Digest as the "New York dealer who has been instrumental in putting Springer back on the map."

Lobel Modern is open to the trade and public or you can browse their wonderful collection online.

The vintage 1970 chairs before reupholstering

A beautiful deep violet fabric by Manuel Canovas

Cover photo by Peggy Sirota

28 comments:

Renee Finberg said...

it's only my opinion but.....
i can't believe her agent okay'd that cover.
that's some 'puss' she's got on her face.
she's cuter than that!

as for the chairs and fabric....divine.

xx

Anonymous said...

yes, it's all kind of gross. great post and great chairs though.

ALL THE BEST said...

Renee,
That interesting...I really like this photo of JA. I will be curious to hear what others think.

But I agree, the chair is divine and that fabric is so luscious!
xoxo

ALL THE BEST said...

It's so funny, you just never know which posts will get reader's attention. Thanks for the comments.
Best,
Ronda

Anne said...

I am hit or miss when it comes to Aniston photos but I like this one.

I think everyone will most likely agree that the chairs are great. Great fabric makes all of the difference in the world (they have a very Wearstler look).

Acanthus and Acorn said...

I have this issue and also liked the photo. Perhaps because it seemed a little mischievous! This hint of a smile went with the smokey, sultry elements of the chair.

mary said...

Jennifer Anniston is a classy lady. I'm not too crazy about the chairs from a comfort standpoint--but they are so glamorous, especially with the purple velvet. Definitely define any room.

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

Cover your ears, Jennifer. Even I in my housecoat and slippers would look amazing in that chair.

Details and Design said...

Hi Ronda! Love your blog! I had to jump in here. Fabric is so key to the look in JA's chair as well as the chairs sitting in our own living rooms. Good bones are vital butan incredible fabric with rich texture can make even a plain Jane chair fabulous. But why do people always balk about the extra few hundred dollars to do COM fabric? I don't get it and most mfrs own fabric is yucc! We don't let our clients have that option!!!

AB HOME Interiors said...

That chair is amazing. I wish we had sources like that in TN!

Peggy and Fritz said...

I think JA looks FABULOUS on the cover. While I've grown bored with AD - she got me to pick up the cover. I love the way she looks on the cover - she looks classy and sophisticated to go with her new look. Her new house goes with the brand new her - starting over FRESH. The details, architecture, etc. are amazing and the chairs remind me of everything I don't like from the 70's - the purple velvet is rich and luxurious. I just wish Jen and I were friends so I could curl up in that chair over a glass of wine!

Karena said...

I love the cover photo.....I think Jennifer's look melds with the luxury and mood the chair creates.

maison21 said...

JA i like, but harvey probber, i LOVE!

Amanda said...

I think she looks casual and great! Those chairs were a hot mess before being recovered. They look so fab now.

pve design said...

I think magazines (the ones that are left) are really trying so hard to have covers that grab our attention.
I never really remember seeing any celeb on the cover prior, but it did peak my interest to grab my own copy.
I guess it is better than seeing Tiger, who seems to be on every cover...of ever tabloid.
I think the chair is kinda swanky in a hip mod way!
pve

Kelly Green said...

Ha ha, yes much better than Tiger. I do love the fabric and the chair though...... her actual house is a little too OTT for me though. Too many masculine details and not enough JA. Gorgeous in a corporate way but not very personal! KG

Riviera Boardwalk said...

You are right. I really wanted to know. Thanks for doing the research!
love you,
nancy

urban flea said...

i too adored that chair and her home in general. i was actually surprised to find that it's quite a masculine abode. great post, and i hope you're having a wonderful week!

xo urban flea
http://www.urbanfleadesign.net

Vanessa said...

I think I'm probably the only one that's not loving those chairs! I can appreciate them and love the purple fabric though. The rest of the furniture in the house is not my cup of tea but the architecture, the finishings and the views are spectacular.

Renee Finberg said...

hey.............
what do i know.
i think she is cuter than this photo.
i think her upper lip looks funny
(and a bit too thin)

but probably if i saw it in person i would see what everyone else sees.
xx

Elie's Papel said...

She is so stylish... i really like her because she is always so gracious... have a nice weekend!

honeybeeandme said...

Well,

I do love those chairs and the fabric re-cover!!!
Not impressed with her or her house!!


xxoo
Melissa

Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...

I hope the design publishing world doesn't become totally celebrity obsessed like every other sector of our culture. I, too, love to see celebs digs but I really like seeing everyone else's more. Just my 2 cents!

COCOCOZY said...

Jennifer does look a bit distraught on this cover. Maybe she didn't have photo approval. She looks tense. I like the patio of this home...the decor is a little somber and masculine for me.

COCOCOZY

Francine Gardner said...

We unfortunately live in a society of celebs...Arch.Digest is one of my least favorite magazine, for that reason alone. However, i enjoyed looking at Jennifer's new residence. it is absolutely beautiful. I only met her once while she was shopping for antiques in my showroom and she was very down to Earth and pleasant.Last fall, she shot a movie in our building and we had ...the pleasure...of staring at her trailer for a week while clients could barely enter the showroom...

Aseel said...

I don't have a problem with the way she looks, fab as usual, but my eye just goes to that out-of-proportion hand! I think she would have looked more relaxed resting on that hand instead of that awkward hand cross. JMO :)

Jessica Claire said...

I don't care for her, but what I especially don't care for is a large photo of her doing a yoga pose in an architecture magazine...the architects and designers at the firm I work for had a good laugh at AD's expense

Linenqueen said...

The celebrity on the cover movement is offensive to me. I don't care what the inside of the magazine is about. When Jennifer's house is being featured why do we have Jennifer on the cover and not the house? Ann