Design aficionado and collector Benny Aguilar sees a story in every piece of furniture that he brings into his home. Looking at his midcentury headboard—a masculine, grain-rich piece with cerused wood slats and the original owner’s shoe horn hanging from a hook on one side—Aguilar muses aloud, “I wonder what the workers were talking about when they were building this.” It’s as if, by bringing this item into his home, he has also invited the ghosts of all who have touched it, including the man who sat on the edge of the bed each morning and slid his feet into his stiff leather shoes. “I think it was one of the Proctors,” Aguilar guesses, mentioning that the bed may have come from the auctioned-off Proctor family estate. Read more...
Mar 30, 2011
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