I loved me that Kara Vallow Bicentennial Chic kitchen, and the fact that Ben Sander installed this Bicentennial Chic den into an apartment on the fancy schmancy Upper West Side of Manhattan amuses me to no end. No, I am not making fun of Bicentennial Chic. I quite love it. Design done well is design done well — and Ben does it well! Oh, and dig that Vitsoe shelving — we’ve never written about it before. I learned a bunch of new things from Ben in this Ben-miniseries!
Ben told us about this room:
The Bicentennial den is one of a pair of themed rooms I did for this apartment. The shelves are Vitsoe, designed in 1960 and still in production. The desk is another one of my signatures. I call them ice cream antiques, and they harken back to the 1960’s in style. I paint traditional furniture, then pinstripe it in colors. Then I antique it and give it a clear coat. (You’ll notice I did a similar treatment on the red chair in the master bedroom, then upholstered it in patent leather) The resulting pieces serve as accents in the room. The cork wall provides a place to pin important reminders and serves as a sound deadener.
I asked Ben where he got the cork. He said:
I found it at Jelinek Cork Group: It comes in several different styles and colors. We didn’t use the adhesive pads to install it though. We used contact cement. [Pam here: Ben also warns, the contact cement was super stinky – be sure to read the directions and take proper safety precautions.]
I need to to find a place for a cork wall somewhere in my house, stat. Did I ever mention I graduated high school in 1977? This is my groovy, coming-of-age era. Ben’s den makes me very happy.