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Paul T. Frankl set designed for Kane Kraft

Paul T. Frankl set designed for Kane Kraft

Mel and I picked this set up recently. Paul T. Frankl designed this set for Kane Kraft sometime in the late 40’s or early 50’s. I have always wanted a vintage bamboo dining set and this was the exact style I had in mind.

As you can see, the set was a little grubby from years of use. Most of the filth came off with cleaner, but the backs of the chairs had years of oil and grease built up on the surfaces. I cleaned them and resprayed them with polyurethane.

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I have yet to clean this piece but that is all it should need.

We purchased this with plans to pick it up the following week. When we returned the store owner brought to our attention that there was a matching sideboard if we were interested! Yes please!

The top of this piece is fantastic!

So much storage, and we love those knobs.

The wood used appears to be solid Koa or Narra. The sideboard is solid and heavy. The grain of the wood glows like beams of sunlight in the sun.

I am currently on the hunt for appropriate fabric to recover the seats in.

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1950’s Bamboo Set

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Mel and I recently came across this really cool set on Craigslist and thought if we refinished it, the set would be one to go crazy over.

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Mel and I purchased the chair on the left about 2-3 weeks ago with the intention of reselling it in our shop. That all changed when we discovered a matching chair, couch and ottoman on Craigslist.

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The gentleman we purchased the set from said he had it for over 20 years.  Before that, his mother bought the set new. What a family heirloom!

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This set has these cool caps on the armrests that offer a cool bit of styling to the set.

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The corners of each piece have reinforced strapping.

IMG_3718The next thing to do is to start to look for new fabric to bring these back to life.  They need new strapping underneath, and I need to refinish the frames.  We look forward to their completion.

1963 Tropical Sun Company Tiki Bar

IMG_4786This set was made by the Tropical Sun Company in 1963. Tropical Sun Co. is the premiere in mid-century bamboo.

Additional Info on Tropical Sun Co.:

Tropical Sun Rattan started with a shop called Harveys Antiques which was one of the first shops to open on the Famous Melrose Boulevard located in Hollywood California. In 1972 it expanded to Tropical Sun Rattan with the purchase of the Tropical Sun Company in Pasadena. For over 40 years we have been selling and dealing great Vintage Rattan furniture along will wonderful original Tropical fabrics, Artwork and rugs.

Over those last thirty years we have also assumable the world’s largest collection of vintage Rattan and Tropical décor as well with well over 25,000 square feet of vintage Rattan and Tropical items. With some of Hollywood’s Biggest Stars and productions buying and renting from us. Ranging from celebrities like Nicolas Cage, Barbra Streisand, and Madonna. To renting to the Sets of Films like the God Father and TV shows like the Golden Girls. In 1999 Tropical Sun Rattan Founder Harvey Schwartz wrote a book on Rattan and Tropical décor titled “Rattan, Tropical Comfort Throughout the House” by Schiffer Publishing. When looking for vintage Rattan and Tropical décor to decorate and advance a collection for your home look no further than us for the biggest selection with some of the foremost experts!

Source: http://www.tropicalsunrattan.com/servlet/the-template/about/Page

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The stools and the bar still have their original tags.

I love that these stools have backrests. I plan to reupholster the stools in the same fabric as our 6 band rattan set. I will drop them off at B&T upholstery tomorrow.

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The top of the bar has a simple black Formica that I am not too keen on. I plan to buy some vintage postcards from Hawaii and cover the top in a collage of them under glass. I think this will give the bar a really cool effect.

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Once everything is refinished I will move it into our Tiki room and post pictures. We Also found a set of really cool diamond shaped tropical Carlos that will be coming in the mail soon, a 3 piece set! The room is really coming together.

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