The Nakashima Straight Backed Chair ($634) is a beauty, for sure. It was designed by architect George Nakashima, who was known to describe himself as “Japanese Shaker," for Knoll in 1948. But, this chair doesn't have the simple, possibly antiquated, look of most Shaker furniture; it's fresh and modern. Unfortunately, if you're trying to furnish an entire dining table with this design, you might have to sell your living room furniture. Luckily, there's an equally contemporary Shaker-style chair that's much more affordable. To see it, read more
I can't believe it's March already: it seems like the holidays were yesterday. Today is not one national food related made up holiday (I've said it before and I'll say it again: if anybody knows who makes these days up please let me know!) but three. Woo-hoo! It's National Pig Day (appropriate for Chinese New Year), National Peanut Butter Lover's Day (not to be confused with National Peanut Butter Day, and National Fruit Compote Day. To celebrate all three all you have to do is pig out on peanut butter and fruit compote sandwiches. For those of you who don't eat pork, hate peanut butter, and don't know the difference between a compote and jelly here's a super fun fact involving March 1: each year the Shakers celebrate the birth of their founder with a special cake. The original recipe for the cake had the baker beating the batter with fresh cut twigs from a peach tree to impart a delicate peach flavor to the cake. Crazy to think of the techniques old-age cooks had to use!