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hi,

i'm looking for vintage designer furniture shops in Tokyo..Le Corbusier Pony chair, Mies Van Der Rohe Barcelona Ottoman, Saarinen dining chair....etc..any recommandations ?

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best place for 20th century furniture though way off all the maps is meguro dori in meguro - not naka meguro- from yamate dori towards claska hotel... its a looooong walk but quite a few odd interior stores..

check

meister

http://superfuture.com/city/reviews/review.cfm?id=1627

and modern age gallery

http://superfuture.com/city/reviews/review.cfm?id=1629

mid-century modern on koto dori

http://superfuture.com/city/reviews/review.cfm?id=601

also case study in aoyama - behind westream

stitch in daikanyama has plenty of eames

there are lot of other places scattered around, but i found all this stuff is way overpriced and besides...all the REALLY good pieces are kept by the shop owners anyway...

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thanks..I agree..lots of overpriced stuff.......Cibones and HHstyle have a good selection but only brand new.....saw some Eames around Daikenyama but not very good condition, even for vintage...

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there are also 2 or 3 cheap furniture places on yamate dori between naka meguro station and meguro dori.

they are the same as the meguro dori places, but cheaper because they are miles away from anywhere.

there is one great little place that had an amazing sofa for 30,000 yen... i wish i got it....

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also

at topppp of harajuku

play mountain - this is one of the best though i have seen same stock in there for years!

http://superfuture.com/city/reviews/review.cfm?id=882

in shibuya.. hiro b gallery...if its still there... though mainly smaller stuff. industrial design

http://superfuture.com/city/reviews/review.cfm?id=1302

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hi

there's a variety when it comes to quality of replicas of items by people like le corbusier, mies van der rohe, arne jacobsen, eileen gray, eames etc. There are literally half-dozen factories in Tuscany chunking out replicas each day. They are sold worldwide under different retailers -- and i've seen my share of some dodgy replicas being flogged in europe, japan and us at prices as little as 750 USD for a LC2.

i wouldn't go for anything but cassina, for quality, "authenticity" (legally speaking, they're no more "original" than their bootleggers) if not for the second hand value. i was fed up with my barcelona chairs when I was about to leave london and there is a huge second hand market for authentic cassina-produced replicas.

one other, tokyo-based option is http://www.jp.modernclassics.com/

they offer free shipping, money-back guarantee incl shipping worldwide. extremely popular (and well kept secret) with interior decorators. their prices are somewhat moderate, but their quality is several times over worth the few pennies you're paying extra for a sofa that won't break apart at the end of the year. still you won't end up paying 4,500 USD like at Cassina for a piece you'll hide in the closet when you turn thirty.

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thanks for the tip......i compared prices and yes it is the cheapest i found...

i have a question for you: the Chaise Longue Ponyhide from Edouart Jeanneret is similar to the Le Corbusier Pony Chaise.....can u explain that ? i'm at loss..i always thought that it was designed by Le Corbusier..

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Charles E Jeanneret is Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier, or The Crow, is a nick name he took for same reason an aging irish rocker call himself Bono. Part vanity, but mostly stupidity. Also, Charles used to have an office with his cousin Pierre who shared the same name. Also, Pierre and (mostly) Charlotte Perriand were co-designers on the LC4 or the Chaise Lounge. the latter (who was the femme fatale of the Bauhaus school) also posed seductively on it for ads in the trade papers. She was only mid 20's at the time and left him ten or so years later and were commissioned projects worldwide like the unesco gardens in paris, maison mexique etc on her own merits. and i've actually met feminist inclined design historians who claim le corbusier based his career on ripping her off...

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clear.....anything to do with Le Corbusier's housing projects in the suburbs of Paris after WWII to accomodate a mostly immigrant population ? ugly, faceless, all-concrete bunkers supposedly aiming at optimizing the people\space ratio ? that's what I knew him for as a student......i guess designing furniture was the glamorous part...

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... it may have more with you falling asleep during class in college.

there's a distinct, consequitive line between his architecture and interior design. you got to be pretty petit bourgeoisie to call it concrete bunkers.

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not sure what you mean by petit bourgeoisie since i grew up just in the middle of those concrete bunkers in the suburbs of Paris....

plus i may have fallen asleep during class in college but neither architecture nor design were on the curriculum....

i`m just being curious...

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