Posts tagged as 'design classics'
'Chairs without Legs' guest exhibition at the Bauhaus Archive Berlin; photo by Rainer Viertlböck
Originally developed in tubular steel by a Dutch architect and furniture designer Mart Stam in the 1920s, soon after its invention cantilever chair has found itself the centre of attention, inspiration and reinterpretation among some of the most prominent Bauhaus figures such as Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Later, in 1960s, Verner Panton has popularised the form by creating the now-iconic, curvilinear ‘Panton’ chair which, at the time, was the first cantilevered chair made from a single piece of plastic. Since then, the ‘chair without legs’ has been revisited and refashioned innumerable amount of times by designers from across the globe. Now, to celebrate the history and undeniable adaptability of cantilever chair, Munich’s International Design Museum has organised a special guest exhibition which opened earlier last week (21 March) at the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin. (more…)
'LC7 Outdoor' chair by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand
The Italian furniture manufacturer Cassina has released an outdoor version of the iconic ‘LC7’ swivel chair. Originally designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand in 1928, the new ‘LC7 Outdoor’ edition is made of stainless steel and water-resistant, high tenacity polyester fabric which is available in five neutral colours. (more…)
Ilmari Tapiovaara's 'Kiki' range, reissued by Artek; photo by Tuomas Uusheimo
Ilmari Tapiovaara (1914 – 1999) was an acclaimed Finnish interior architect and furniture designer.
Now, exactly 52 years after ‘Kiki’ range has won him the gold prize at the Milan Triennale in 1960, the renowned furniture brand Artek is about to rerelease this beautifully reduced collection of upholstered, tubular steel furniture. The series, which Tapiovaara developed after having designed an initial, space-saving stackable chair intended for use in large spaces such as conference halls and auditorium, now also includes a two- and three-seater sofa and bench models; a side, sofa and standard-height table, as well as our favourite, a small but brilliantly vibrant tangerine stool.
'Reclining chair' by Robin Day reissued by twentytwentyone
Designed year after the breakthrough, 1951 Armchair for the Royal Festival Hall commissioned
on the occasion of the Festival of Britain, this modernist ‘Reclining chair’ by the acclaimed, late British designer Robin Day has been reissued by a London-based brand specialising in classic 20th and 21st century furniture, twentytwentyone. With its effortless, pared-down appearance and distinct, steel-rod legs, ‘Reclining chair’ is, along with the now-ubiquitous 1963 stacking ‘Polypropylene chair‘, one of Day’s most iconic designs.
Detail of a desk from the '62-series' by Greta Grossman, recently reissued by Gubi
Following last year’s relaunch of the iconic, modernist ‘Grasshopper’ lamp, in 2012 Danish furniture and lighting brand Gubi revived not one but further four elegant, Mid-Century modern classics created by the acclaimed designer and architect, Greta Grossman. Relaunched at this year’s edition of Stockholm Furniture Fair, the ’62-series’ wasn’t designed in 1962, as its name may suggest, but more than half a century ago, in 1952, with the number wittily indicating that the pieces were ten years ahead of their time. Characterised by the use of contrasting colours and materials such as; natural American walnut, glossy black laminate and powder-coated metal, the four-piece furniture collection comprises a desk and three chests of drawers in varying sizes, all of which will be available from autumn 2012.
Watch ‘Greta Grossman – A Pioneer Female Designer’ documentary at the end of this post.
Ray and Charles Eames examining the sling locations to be covered by fabric lapping in a prototype of the Aluminum Group Lounge Chair, 1957; photo © Eames Office, LLC
He was an architectural school dropout who never got his license and she was a painter that rarely painted yet the husband-and-wife powerhouse of Charles and Ray Eames has become one of the most significant creative practices in the history of modern design. Now, for the first time since their deaths, filmmakers Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey make ‘a definitive and unprecedented cinematic foray into the private world of the Renaissance-style studio that Charles and RayEames conceived in a cavernous warehouse on a gritty street in Venice Beach, CA’ in their recently-released feature-length documentary, Eames: The Architect and the Painter. (more…)
'SM05' chair by Cees Braakman, re-released by Pastoe
The Dutch furniture manufacturer Pastoe has reissued an updated version of this classic wire chair created for the company by Cees Braakman (1917-1995) in 1958. ‘SM05’, which at the time of its introduction was one of the first chairs to be manufactured from steel wire in its entirety, has been adapted to fit current sensibilities – ‘slightly elevated and thus adapted to the present time, people being taller now than in the past’ and is available in either black or white finish. (more…)
'Saga' is based on Bruno Mathsson's 1982 design
The Swedish, family-owned manufacturer Support Design has released this series of compact, highly ergonomic office chairs and stools based on Bruno Mathsson‘s pioneering design developed for the company in 1982. Characterised by the bowl-shaped, forward-slanting seat, ‘Saga’ chair supports the contour of the body and promotes good posture by taking the pressure and weight off the user’s back and neck while its streamlined, minimalistic form allows for maximum freedom of movement. (more…)