One trip to Steel Casey (pictured above), nearly a decade ago, and I was hooked on the idea of my very own vintage tanker desk in one of their 24 custom colors. Fast forward to 2005, and I scored one for free! A little TLC and about $300 to have it professionally powder-coated, and it was just like the ones I had longed for at Steel Casey.
Or go all white, like this desk from Rehab Vintage (formerly Sonrisa Furniture)
Desks aren't your only option! Just check out the selection (below) at Twenty Gauge. Places like Steel Casey and Rehab Vintage also have a variety of choices, including bookcases, drawer units, chairs, tables, file cabinets, even desktop mail sorters and trash cans.
Scared to commit to a specific color? Try one of these chairs, with a natural steel frame and a splash of colorful fabric that you can change pretty easily when you get bored with the print/color. For a similar look, use this organic fabric, Wee Jubilee, from Mod Green Pod. Also available in licorice.
Pieces like this cabinet from Rehab Vintage are perfect for organization in the office, or try one by the front door to sort mail, store keys, change, phone chargers, sunglasses, etc.
These type of places are also a great resource for vintage maps. Twenty Gauge has a sister company, Style de Vie (also located at H.D. Buttercup) that specializes in this and just brought back a huge shipment of French school maps, the heavy vinyl type used in classrooms. I love the bold turquoise and yellow combo in this map of Europe:
Choose to frame these maps behind glass or skip the glass and clip between poster rails.
This 1970's world map (below) is from Rehab Vintage
Be creative, don't be afraid of color, and have fun incorporating these vintage maps and steel furniture into your home or office. If you have any questions or want more ideas, just shoot me an e-mail.