Long Lost Buddy

Estate Chair

It’s funny, writing the blog, to stumble across someone with whom you share something. Every now and then, I find out someone went to KU, or grew up in Kansas City, or is my best-friend-from-growing-up’s little sister.

Biedermeier Chair

I recently started a new project, and was waiting at one of the showrooms for memos. (Oh, how I love looking for fabric. I have to shake my head in disbelief at anyone who claims it “overwhelming.” It is pure heaven for me.) While I was milling about, waiting to get my mitts on those samples, this little promotional piece caught my eye. So, I stuffed it in the bag and I was off.

Temporarily forgotten, yesterday, as I was unloading my treasures, it drifted to the floor and I thought, “There’s something so familiar…”

Drinks Table

I know absolutely nothing about Bolier & Company, other than their things are lovely. The collection highlighted on the flier, however, is by Michael Vanderbyl.

Vanderbyl has had a long and successful career. I had run across his designs several years ago when I was working on my first project. He had designed the Archetype Collection for Baker, and one sofa in particular was just the thing.

A few of his pieces for Bolier are reminiscent of the previous collection. The tag line is, “A modernist’s interpretation of classic Biedermeier forms.” Apparently, it’s a combination that appeals to me, as I am struck by the elegance of these pieces.

And, just in case you thought I was the first Kansas Citian to sit up and take notice, nope. Vanderbyl was awarded the Joyce C. Hall Distiguished Chair at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1989. We might have run into each other. If he was hanging out at the Peanut.

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13 thoughts on “Long Lost Buddy

  1. What’s anon doing leaving nasty comments (on your earlier post) at 9:12 pm?
    Smartassed kids should be offline and put to bed by that time…..(!!)

    Or, put yourself out of misery, Anon, and go to bed before the urge strikes.


  2. maison – thanks for the heads-up. I’ve tried to fix it twice, but it’s still not connecting. The Peanut is a bit of a dive, with great bar food, where Mr. Blandings and I had our first date. And our second, and…well, you get the idea.

  3. Aesthete – Yes! That is what caught my eye. I had just asked one of the dealers who is going to England to look for two (different) hall chairs for me. This is appealing as well. Old or new? Hmmm…

  4. Mrs B. I so share your love of fabrics! overwhelming? ha! Nothing will drag me out of my house faster than a reason to go get fabrics for a new project.

  5. Your home town BFF’s little sis says you’ve come a long way from trying to figure out how to close our window seat storage doors. 🙂 …and lighting matches!
    You do a good bit of inspiring online… the morning coffee appreciates your company.
    And I think I owe my marriage to a Peanut rendezvous too!

  6. Oh good stuff. Mrs. E. and I purchased the Archetype bed and bedside tables for our very own. Very well constructed and good-looking. Mixes in nicely with the real deco stuff scattered about.

  7. it’s so fun to hear little snippets of kc peppered in your posts! the peanut! come on! i love the peanut!

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