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It’s Called Eclectic

By Told By Design @toldbydesign

Although two of the four objects named are wrongly identified, the interesting thing about this scene is to see the different sensibility that Frasier Crane and his father have towards the furniture in Frasier’s apartment.
The final intervention of Maggie reflects that there will always be eclecticism in people’s opinions on style and decoration.

Frasier - The Good Son - Comfy chair, Eames lounge chair, Breuer Wassily

“This lamp [not] by Corbu [Le Corbusier], [lounge] chair by Eames… this couch is [not] a replica of the one Coco Chanel had in her Paris atelier.” And later on he shouts “Careful! That’s a Wassily!”, in reference to Marcel Breuer’s chair… which it is.

Billy Wilder on Eames lounge chair - Coco Chanel in apartment by Mark Shaw for LIFE 1957 - Marcel Breuer Wassily chair

Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) – What do you think of what I’ve done with the place? Every item was carefully selected. This lamp by Corbu, chair by Eames… this couch is a replica of the one Coco Chanel had in her Paris atelier.
Martin Crane (John Mahoney) – Nothing matches.
F - It’s a style of decorating. It’s called eclectic. The theory behind it is that if you’ve got really fine pieces of furniture, it doesn’t matter if they match. They will go together.
M - It’s your money.
F - Hey, that’s the Space Needle there.
M - Thanks for pointing that out. Being born and raised here, I never would’ve known.
Delivery man - Delivery for Martin Crane.
M - In here.
F - Excuse me! Wait a minute!
D- Where do you want it?
M - Where’s the TV?
Niles Crane (David Hyde Pierce) – In that credenza.
M - Point it at that thing.
D - What about this chair?
N - Let me get it out of your way.
F - Careful! That’s a Wassily! Dad, I’m sure this piece is dear to you, but I don’t think it goes with anything here.
M - I know. It’s eclectic.
F - Niles, will you help me out here?
M - I need an extension cord to plug in the vibrating part.
F - Yes, that will be the crowning touch.


Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves) – Will you look at that? What a comfy chair. I always say, “Start with a good piece, and replace the rest when you can afford it.”

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