Posts tagged as 'design classics'
Architectural Series (1960) – a wood-wrapped lounge chair characterized by a more straightforward, architectural form.
American design brand M2L has signed an exclusive agreement with the Harvey Probber Foundation to reissue a number of Probber’s modern, elegant and innovative furniture designs that captured people’s hearts for the second half of the 20th century. The initial launch will include pieces from his popular Architectural Series as well as the modular Nuclear Coffee Table, sculptural Mayan Sofa, Sling Chair and Deep Tuft sectional sofa.
‘A kit of parts’ is how Vitsoe managing director Mark Adams describes Dieter Rams’s 620 chair programme
Everything changes, so they say. But should it? What about decades-old, often iconic designs? Should they be preserved, as it were, their contemporary production remaining ‘true’ in every respect to the ‘original’? Or ought manufacturers be free to modify them – materially, technically, even formally – in the name of contemporary market appeal. And what about the thorny issue of authorship? Architonic investigates. (by Simon Keane-Cowell)
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‘Roebuck’ chair by Ernest Race reissued by Race Furniture
Originally designed by Ernest Race in 1951, ‘Roebuck’ chair was first created as an inexpensive alternative to the iconic, steel rod ‘Antelope’ chair designed by Race in the same year for the first edition of Festival of Britain. Now, the design, which was in production since its launch till 1968, has been reissued by the UK-based Race Furniture and it was recently presented at London’s Design Junction. (more…)
‘Potence Pivotante’ by Charlotte Perriand reissued by Nemo
The Italian lighting brand Nemo has reintroduced this extremely reduced, wall-mounted lamp originally designed by the acclaimed Parisian designer Charlotte Perriand in 1938. Composed of two plain, matt black metal tubes and equally simple, frosted white glass diffuser, ‘Potence Pivotante’ has been presented at this year’s Salone del Mobile and is ‘the result of a meticulous rediscovery conducted in close collaboration with M.me Pernette Perriand-Barsac, the daughter and sole heir of Charlotte Perriand.’ (more…)
Charlotte Perriand and ‘Nuage’ at the Expo Synthèse des Arts Tokyo, 1955; photo by Junzo Inamura
Tubular steel chairs, or perhaps aluminium and glass creations might indeed be the first designs that come to mind when thinking of Charlotte Perriand’s pioneering pieces. One of modernism’s most significant furniture designers, and one of the few women who broke the glass ceiling of this then firmly male-dominated profession, Perriand’s most famous designs include the iconic LC4 Chaise Longue or the LC7 Swivel Chair, both of which were developed in collaboration with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. On this recently-reissued oak wood-and-aluminium shelving collection however, the French designer worked on her own. Called ‘Nuage‘ the Bauhaus-coloured modular series was inspired by Japanese architecture (Perriand spent there two years working as a ministerial advisor on industrial design) and comprises five models of varying heights, all of which feature characteristic sliding panels which come in either anodised aluminium, or in red, blue, green, yellow, grey, black or white. (more…)
Close-up of ‘The Pendant’ by Hans J. Wegner
Exactly half a century after its creation in 1962, this iconic ‘The Pendant’ lamp by the late, much-praised Danish architect and designer Hans J. Wegner has recently been reissued by one of Denmark’s oldest producers of fine furniture, Carl Hansen & Søn. Featuring a distinctive, integrated handle, the elegant, height-adjustable lamp is available in three colour variations: white shade with metal handle, black shade with metal handle or brushed aluminium with black handle. (more…)
Impressions from Design Miami/ Basel 2012
Earlier this month (11 – 17 June) Design Miami/ Basel returned to Switzerland for its 7th edition with exhibitions from from Europe, the United States and Asia’s most relevant design galleries showcasing 20th and 21st century collectible design. Naturally, Architonic was there but in case you didn’t make it to Basel, here’s our vast image gallery with no less than 240 images from this inspiring show. Enjoy!
to Architonic’s tour of Design Miami/ Basel 2012
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Josef Albers and students in a group critique at the Bauhaus Dessau, 1928-29. The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. © Phyllis Umbehr/Galerie Kicken Berlin/ DACS 2012 © Otto Umbehr (Umbo
‘Junge Menschen – kommt ans Bauhaus!’ read a 1929 promotional brochure written by the Swiss architect and second director of the Bauhaus school Hannes Meyer. Now, more than eighty years later, the same slogan has been inscribed above the entrance to London’s Barbican Art Gallery where a new, extensive exhibition surveying the world’s most famous modern art and design school has opened earlier this month. Set among customarily black, red and white walls, the Bauhaus: Art as Life is an impressive showcase (the biggest show dedicated to the 1919-founded school and its masters to be held in the UK for more than four decades) of more than 400 works spanning across the mediums of architecture, product design, furniture, painting, textiles, photography, film and theatre. (more…)