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removed. Sandblasting (which was mentioned) is a risky method, particularly on softwoods like fir, but
the results are gratifyingly free of disaster, it appears. If anything, the texture of the wood---soft grain vs
hard---has been enhanced (inevitably), bringing a quasi-Japanese quality to some of the surfaces, most
notably those matched-board ceilings...
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It's a pleasure to see Schindler's furniture reproduced. The photo immediately above, from "The Furniture of R M Schindler" (Marla C Berns, Ed.), presumably shows an original chair---
with or perhaps without its original upholstery and finish. It reveals a different construction to the central support element, compared to the Shamshiri reconstruction, as well as different seat and back thicknesses.
The nubby fabric of the new chairs replicates some textures found in the vintage photo, and the subtle colors of the restored interior (and exterior) are a blessing.
The ladder-like exterior bars of Schindler's original construction, framing the large window, survived at least to 2008, when the small photos were taken. The lower bars, which help explain the upper ones, are now missing.
Schindler's charming interior trellis, above the fireplace, is adorned with foliage in the early photo...
for the proper restoration of a fine Usonian---the kind of work we see from John Eifler's team, for instance---would, while no doubt appreciated by the
owner and the community, not be absolutely essential to the satisfactory revival of a typical Schindler structure ?
The reconstructed chairs, for instance: while it is clear that the original respected the natural symmetry inherent in the object, albeit at some additional
trouble or expense, it wouldn't surprise me to see Schindler himself resort to the method displayed in the repros, if he had been pressed for time---
or perhaps had simply decided that the direct and honest lapping of the two pieces represented a perfectly adequate and even appropriate solution...