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THE GOOD: 1960-70's Stanley Furniture faux bamboo moulded bedroom furniture set including: 1 nine drawer dresser, 1 Pagoda style attachable dresser mirror (can be hung unattached) and 2 two drawer nightstands. The set is in its original faux distressed laminate finishing which is a light yellow base with a random dusty speckle as if to indicate an aged distress. The drawer pulls are brass toned bronze metal in a rectangular shape giving it a nod to the Campaign style in its design. The joint construction is tongue and groove and that's very important and a sign of quality.
THE BAD: These casegoods are 90% made of wood but 10% particle wood used as under drawer lining and are used in the bottom of the drawers. The guiding rails on the bottom of each drawer are plastic that slide on metal. The plastic components are naturally stressed and the guides are starting to break and snap. Replacement of new drawer guide hardware is in it's best interest.
THE UGLY: In addition to the faux distressed finish it also has its own natural imperfections that come as a result of age and usage. The commensurate flaws are minimal and are relegated to the foot areas of the legs. A frequently suggested remedy is to repaintand refresh the items either professionally or a DIY project. I Googled "vintage stanley faux bamboo dresser" and discovered images of the same set refreshed with new paint in navy blue, glossy white, stop sign red, forest green...each rendition gave it an awesome refreshed appeal - even though I personally prefer the original as is - now.
This set is part was created in response to a mid-century design trend in tropical motif furniture and decor that many refer to as, Tiki Madness. Most leading furniture companies of the day (mid 1960's- 1970's) did a rendition of this bamboo moulding style of bedroom set. Similar to Stanley, Thomasville Furniture made very similar collections that made small design alterations in order to cover the design trend du jour. For example the campaign hardware was traded in for French Provincial drawer pulls in some collections or simply moved the location of the pulls to become center handles and so forth in other seasons. This is a common practice in the manufacturing business. This version from Stanley has several other unique features like the pagoda shape that frames the chest mirror. Oh, and there's also the cane overlay used as a clever background on the three stacked center drawers of the chest. It's all in the details!
It is quintessential Mid Century Modern by era, Hollywood Regency by style and has the irreverent and eternally charming qualities that makes vintage sets like this possibly as appreciated today, as it was back when it was first introduced to popular culture.