I don’t know about you, but my thoughts in spring typically turn to…tables. Chairs, too, always chairs, but that’s another post.
But I have enough big tables. I just had this discussion with Marty at the flea market last Sunday when I spied a fantastic German beer garden table and benches. Slim, narrow, with a deep orange top and long slender benches. What a cool and potentially raucous table/seating arrangement to end a long summer day. I hovered, I asked the price, I lingered, I sighed, I walked away. I regretted. But, seriously, where would I put it? Nowhere, that’s where. It’s a sad day when you come face to face with the realization that you’re out of space for beer garden tables.
What I really need…
Leave it to Potted to anticipate what I really need this summer. The Midge.
So very Potted. Modern slouching into boho, with the subtle gleam and pattern of glass tiles. It is for this very reason that I’ve never acquired a shoe habit. Two pairs of uncomfortable shoes or a Midge? Um, no contest.
The Midge Table was designed by Annette Goliti Gutierrez and Mary Gray, the co-owners of Potted, who’ve brought us such new classics as The Circle Pot, The City Planter.
And Annette and Mary really have our number, the bespoke one that loves the unique but hates the DIY mess. They’ve given us the option to customize Midge with contrasting “pixels.” I know they’re looking forward to our endless deliberations on building and pixelating the perfect Midge. Can the inner row be orange pixels, the outer row grey? No, wait, reverse that. Okay, that’s my projection on customer relations. Potted’s version is girls going shopping. They are the nicest, friendliest, cleverest, most helpful, ship-it-anywhere, yes-it-can-be-orange duo you’ll ever have the good fortune to know.
Potted resolutely insists that their designs be made in the U.S. and that they never be something you’d even think of stowing in the garden shed at the end of summer. You’ll bring them into your bedroom, your bathroom, your living room. Maybe your Midge never makes it outdoors at all.
“We believe outdoor living is as important as indoor living. We are committed to seeking out and designing products that embrace this attitude and bring it home to your garden.”
It’s been such a thrill to watch how Annette and Mary have taken the energy and enthusiasm for good design that blossomed in California mid-20th century, channeled it, personalized it, and focused it on the garden. Their little shop in Atwater Village has now become one of the biggest and best sources for the well-designed garden.
Beer garden table? What beer garden table? Hello, Midge…
Wow! I am blushing. Thank you so much for such a lovely post. xoxox
Annette, it’s all true! You and Mary are keepers of the flame in a world of plastic adirondacks…not that there’s anything wrong with them…
The beauty of this table (besides its innate fine design) is that it goes anywhere, and with anything. Must have… but how do I decide what combo of colors!?
I know, Jane! I’m going to keep a box of crayons to doodle with on my desk blotter.
So you’ll share your eventual design with us I hope? Oh and did you know Anette is coming to the Portland Fling? Yippee!
Loree, you know the world just can’t stop me from sharing…;)
May you and Midge have many happy years together!