Project Pickboard | richard rabel: using 1st dibs in a living room – (1/5)

This week I’ll be selecting and grouping furniture and accessories for a potential bachelor’s living room vignette with pieces ONLY found at, the online marketplace that for years has been the favorite of designers worldwide.  Each day I will select 1 piece and on Friday, bring my picks together in what I call a “Pickboard” so that you can appreciate how the room will work.

The first pick this 30-something banker found “bitchin” was this pair of circa 1968 stunning zebra covered barrel swivel-chairs that will serve as inspiration to the decoration of the living room.  American Edward Wormley (1907-1995) designed for the Dunbar Furniture Company in Indiana which produced elegant, understated and exceptionally well-made pieces.  The swivel chairs are sophisticated and very successful and are offered by Mark Frisman, Ltd through

Because the chairs have soft lines, pairing them with a curved sofa would not work, so I selected this angular, ultra modern and minimalist sofa to serve as a counterbalance.  The rosewood case piece is by California designer Milo Baughman (1923-2003) who designed it for the Thayer Coggin Company in the 1970s.  Baughman was one of the leading designers of the postwar period.  The Brazilian rosewood and chrome steel legs work exceptionally well with the gray charcoal tweed upholstery. The sofa is available from RedModern Furniture through

image credits: (top) Mark Frisman, Ltd; (bottom) RedModern Furniture

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