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  • [es-pree de less-ka/-iay] (idiom) A witty remark that occurs to you too late, literally on the way down the stairs. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations defines esprit de l'escalier as, "An untranslatable phrase, the meaning of which is that one only thinks on one's way downstairs of the smart retort one might have made in the drawing room."


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September 24, 2007


I saw Spoon over the summer. They are quite good.

They are indeed. I <3 Britt Daniel, the lead.

You saw some good concerts this summer, AG!

A collection of designer chairs! How fun!! Do they have a Corbusier chair? Preferably in cowhide... and of course they must have the Mies' Barcelona wonder. How about the Bubble Chair or the Egg Chair! And now I'm wondering if they have a simple Shaker ladderback... Okay, I'll stop! :)

Photos! Can you take photos?

I'm with you... I'm over the 90's. :-p Let's move on to fall!

I totally want to take photos of the chairs. I'm thinking that if I break out my polaroid people are going to think I'm completely nuts, but I just might.

If you click on the building link above and read the page, there is a link to a PDF with all the chairs in the collection.

Nice!!! I may have gone through too fast, but I'm surprised they only have 1 (maybe 2?) by Eames! Still, the rocker is awesome.

And I was happy to see not only the Corbusier Cowhide chair, but the lounge as well. There seemed to be lots of Corbusier.

I think you missed some Eames, because there are a couple.

Also, JLo, did you listen to the second song? I think you'd like it. Check it out. :)

I'll go back and check and I'll re-listen to the song. I had them playing while I was reading and commenting so was probably not giving it my full attention.

I also had "The Underdog" in my head even though that was not the Spoon song you were talking about. That song so reminds me of Billy Joel and I can't quite put my finger on why.

OK- I went back. Eames was definitely well-represented. I must have been scanning through too fast or was looking at the names of the furniture and not the names of the designers. I think I have the molded plywood chair burnt into my brain as the sole Eames creation and anything else doesn't quite look like them. I saw there was also a table.

You know what I really wanted to see with that furniture and maybe it was there even though it was really an accessory... I wanted to see a George Nelson clock, preferably the Sunburst.

Recently, I thumbed through the _Idea_ book but didn't buy it. Wonderful to look at--and own some day.

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