By soft-spots, I mean, the opposite of "deal breakers." Deal-breakers are those vile, irksome qualities that send one sprinting, a reason to drop whatever it is that's clearly broken, but soft spots? Soft spots seal the deal, they make whatever it is impossible to resist- drop it in my cart, I'll take it to go, and yes, please, I'll have another 5, despite the fact I already have three that are just like it and so clearly I shouldn't need one more... You know, that frenzied feeling? (This may be applicable to...other situations...as well... no claims there.)
Anyway, a while ago, I met this thick, fatty biker leather, and it swept me off my feet in all its gnarled, pebbled, textured glory. It's a soft spot for me. Handbags made in it? YES please! Shoes? Jackets? Shorts? Pillows? AHHH the possibilities are endless... I can get carried away with these things. Luckily (unluckily?), I've been seeing more and more of it lately. Alexander Wang has been doing a lot of bags in it (I'm sure you've seen them x 12310239), and allegedly, somewhere, they make chaps from it (although chaps are a rather frightening garment, no?), but I've been sort of possessed by this idea of using it as upholstery. It's all well and dandy that I can wear it, but I want my chairs to wear it too. See, I told you! It's one of my soft spots.
Finally, I got around to that, and I'm so delighted with the results I'd like to do something larger in it. Like a sofa (ahhhh, it's a sickness!). But for now, you might recognize these chairs. Remember Karl?? Poor Karl, I buried him. Somehow, I don't think he'd mind the transformation. I kept the hefty, pebbled black leather simple and painted on a metallic bee insignia. The metallic brings out the lumpiness of the leather; this can only be a positive. Its counterpart is dressed in a Tony Duquette inspired painted jewel upholstery and my other new endeavor...striped leather. Stripes are one of those things that I feel like I'm always on the hunt for. Especially a thick, black and white striped leather. After coming to the conclusion that it doesn't exist, I made it. Stripes are another of my soft spots (if you could see my closet, you'd die laughing and perhaps draw the conclusion that I have a secret life as a referee).
This beaded necklace is so ugly (beautiful), I cannot even wait to wear it. I think it may have been part of the inspiration for the green jeweled upholstery. I bought it at a thrift shop after an older lady decided against it. She was clearly torn ("It's just lovely, but its so...GREEN" is what she said.) HA! She might have had green issues, but I do NOT.
As for the bag on the chair... ring lizard. I'll tell you all about it in a little. After designing a new handle/chain for it, it's become one of my favorites. New soft spot?
Vintage jewelry, (I)D Taste hand painted leather upholstery (available here).