Apparently this is the week for good finds when you’re not looking. A random trip got me one hell of a deal, thanks to Little Miss L’s craving for sushi. Her favourite sushi restaurant is at the same mall as Value Village. Yes my 4 year old’s favourite food is sushi – I’m totally ‘blaming’ the downtown baby years and our addiction to Crispy Roll (which has apparently since closed down!! That’s all kinds of wrong).
I’ve been shopping second hand stores for so long I still remember my mother being laughing at me back in high school when it was cool to scour for plaid shirts and 70’s leather jackets and flares – mainly because that was her youth and she was like oh God not this again. Now had I known then what I know now, I’d probably have rented a storage locker and started scouring for furniture and retro and mid century modern items before the dawn of the internet and “oh my God it’s so cool because it’s vintage” craze began, where you could re-sell your Grandpa’s formica table for 10x it’s original purchase price to the next Queen West hipster.
Now my parents being European, didn’t decorate our house like my friends parents did. There was no Leon’s or Brick furniture or super padded fabric recliners with cup holders for the remote controls galore. My dad’s office chair looked like (and for all I know was) a Kai Kristiansen Danish Modern Chair. Definitely not found at Staples. Our dining room set, same thing. It’s all I know and I’ve been very greatly influenced by it in our home decor purchases. I’m kinda in the odd place of Scandinavian design meets a farm house rustic cottage that can’t make up its mind.
In which case I had been looking for some time for a nice Danish teak credenza and every single thing I could find was so far out of my budget, the items were just not approachable. So imagine what happened to me when I randomly walked into Value Village (on their 50% off preview day no less, so it was total packed wall to wall chaos) and came across this with its attached price tag of – wait for it – $49:
So like any good Antiques Roadshow watcher I started investigating the item. Had great bones. No major damage. Everything worked good. Inside was immaculate. Green lining.
And then I saw this tucked away, still attached, underneath the inside of the lower shelf:
Now I’m not an expert in design by ANY means but I am almost pretty sure that that is a very good sign that this is a pretty good find.
Panicked because another lady was eyeing it at the same time (God bless her heart she was looking for a tv unit for her apartment and was visiting her nephews out east that week), I bolted with Boo Boo in the shopping cart (who was being distracted by a random pop up toy from the 70’s that was probably in need of a serious coat of Purell and Lysol) still in the middle of 50% off day crowds (didn’t apply to furniture, but really, do I care at this point?) to find someone, anyone, who worked there to apply a sold tag on it and hoped that someone else wasn’t doing the same thing at the same time.
I msg’ed my husband who was the one eating sushi with Little L and 30 minutes later, it was loaded in our truck and on its way to its new home. I knew when I saw it, it was instantly way too big for the area I wanted the credenza for (it’s almost 72″ in length) but it’s going to look sweet in our basement along the wall next to the future wet bar. Man cave lounge my ass. You can keep your dressing room and mani pedi spa bathrooms for other women to decorate, I am way more excited about decorating this room. I’ll post some better non cell phone photos of it in all its glory to do it justice when it’s in its proper home in the future.
Since then, I’ve been trying to find out more about the designer and history of the piece, especially how old it is. The closest I can come up with about E. Jakobsen is that maybe he is the ‘Erik Jakobsen’ from this paragraph in time:
If you’ve stumbled upon this post and have any insight, I would love to hear more. My husband especially would like to hear more because if it holds any value, he wants to sell it and help put the funds towards the basement reno. Yeah. I fear he probably did grow up with the recliners.
UPDATE: I emailed Dencon after I found their site to verify if it was indeed made by them and this morning (Mar 3rd) I got a response back from a very helpful person, a Mr. Henrik Søgaard Feld, who let me know that it was indeed made by them, in Skive, Denmark back in 1973/74. So. We have a date and a designer confirmed. Pretty awesome!