We've been getting heaps of rain for nearly 2 weeks. I'm not complaining though it's a challenge to confirm and book in shoots, even though Winter shoots are great - beautiful crisp light. You just have to play a little game with Nature.
I sometimes wonder if cats get cabin fever; even for those who don't venture outdoor. Ours stayed in the flat most of the time except when they feel a bit 'gung-ho' enough to explore the corridors and staircases of our inner city apartment building.
We're still unpacking and sorting out stuff after the move (ok, we are a bit slow) and furnishing the new place. The thing with moving is that things you once owned, bought, collected for the old place suddenly look kind of out of place in the new one.
We now have a thing for mid-century / retro / some art deco furnishings - we're talking about 20's + 50's + 60's. I think it'll suit the apartment well. It was built in an art deco style but it's versatile enough to hold mid-century furnishings. Recently, we rescued a couple of original retro vinyl chairs from a shop in Newtown. They still have the sticker that says:
THE FURNITURE TRADE CONVENTION OF AUSTRALIA
The manufacturer of this article certifies that it complies with the requirements of AUSTRALIAN FURNITURE STANDARDS No. S.1.
I googled and found some interesting stuff - an archive document on the State Library of Victoria referring to The 1947 Australian Furniture Trade Convention held in Adelaide, 23 to 28 October. If this means the chairs were around late 40's and were moved from Adelaide at some point.
While sifting through the search results, others have posted a link to The Sydney Morning Herald 30 August 1953 which opens up to a page on "Label Protects Buyer" alongside what seemed like product placement catalogue promoting the values for modern homemakers (but tastefully done).
So that means the chairs we bought were free of blemishes on the exposed surfaces and that they were manufactured according with good trade practice - the minimum being that "regardless of price, the furniture is not 'shoddy'." Though the label did not promise the chairs to be "above average".
Apart from digging the aesthetics of the era, if these vintages have lasted thus far, they will serve another few more decades to come. We aren't prepared to refurbish every 2 years or so. Apart from the usual wear & tear, the chairs are in perfect condition.
The cats seem to love them. I hope they have a good relationship together and the chairs get to stay for a very long time.
The following are part of my Retro Olive Chair Series in conjunction with my personal project of documenting my own cats at home. Shot at 6.30pm ISO 5000 - 8000 | F/1.8 | 1/80 on Canon 5D Mk III for those who care about such things (I don't).