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ray and charles eames

ray and charles eames

Posted by on May 30, 2015

Ray and Charles Eames were an American husband and wife design team.  They designed with a sense of “serious fun” which shows in the shape of their furniture and the fun colours you can find them in. The various incarnations of the Eames moulded chairs are probably the most recognizable of their pieces.  I love this armchair version from DWR which is an upholstered moulded fibreglass with dowel legs. The punchy colours used in the Eames Hang-it-All makes it perfect for a kid’s room. The genius of this design team was how varied their projects were.  They even began inventing toys and both Ray and Charles were fascinated by elephants.  The Eames Elephant would be a perfect for a...

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frank lloyd wright

frank lloyd wright

Posted by on May 3, 2015

Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect and interior designer.  He designed structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, referred to as organic architecture. He also created many of the interior elements of his structures such as furniture and stained glass.  I spent a long time standing in the Francis W. Little living room which has been meticulously relocated to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is such a beautiful room. One of his most famous homes is Fallingwater designed in 1935 in rural Pennsylvania. I love how Lego reimagined it as part of their Architecture series....

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eileen gray

eileen gray

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015

Eileen Gray was an Irish architect-designer (1878-1976).  I discovered her when taking a course on the history of furniture and my project was to design a room in the Art Deco style.  I was really surprised to find her designs as they weren’t what I expected to see.  She was part of a Modernist trend which had a more lasting effect on design than the high-style decorative works that were occurring at the same time. Her Bibendum chair is certainly unique and was named after the Michelin man.  There is a very obvious resemblance to his shape in the piece.     I think most people would be familiar with her E1027 Table.  This is the piece that stuck me as being so unique to that time period.  The crisp lines and shape are so perfect for today’s contemporary homes that I’m sure in 1927 this was considered a really bold design. I can’t afford any of Eileen’s lovely designs but I can afford this french press from Bodum that was influenced by the designer.  In fact, I received it as a Christmas gift and I enjoy using it every weekend.  It really does remind me of the lasting influence Eileen Gray had on...

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hans wegner

hans wegner

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015

Hans Wegner was a Danish designer and during his career designed over 500 chairs and 100 of those went into mass production. Right now, his Wishbone Chair is easily the most recognized piece and I constantly see it appearing in shelter magazines and blogs. Originally designed in 1949 as a collaboration with maker Carl Hansen, it has been rejuvenated using a variety of bright and playful colours. I loved that part of his design process was to create a 1:5-scale model followed by a full-scale model. He had a lengthy design process and the first version of his Valet Chair apparently took two years to complete. The chair back was designed to keep a jacket wrinkle free and the seat lifts up to house cufflinks, watches, etc. I really do find his designs timeless and fell down the internet rabbit hole by ogling available pieces on...

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alvar aalto

alvar aalto

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015

Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was a Finnish designer that excelled at bringing warmth to his modern designs.  His stacking stool is probably one of his most recognized pieces (although, most people have probably seen a knock-off rather than one from Artek). One of his main tenets was that the human body should come into contact only with organic material. He thus experimented with plywood and moulded birch.  He took advantage of the natural moisture in certain woods rather than bending it by steaming alone, which was the process used by Thonet. I love the natural curves of this lounge chair which is currently in possession of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  It does look like the perfect chair to just lean back in and enjoy a book or a great...

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