Thursday, 28 April 2011
In a patriotic turn of events, here's something British. In common with designs by Ernest Race, The Master's Chair by James Leonard utilises aluminium casting technology developed for aircraft manufacture - modernism of a kind, strongly linked to necessity as many traditional materials were in short supply in the post-war years.
Images/Credits: Howe, Lawson Park
Saturday, 23 April 2011
We need to get out more, really ....... we're now coveting waiting room seating. Yes, waiting room seating. It doesn't matter that the seating in question is a Friso Kramer design - we simply shouldn't be getting all hot and bothered about an oxidised aluminium frame and/or an orange fibreglass shell made for two. Help!
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Described on Deconet as a 1950s armchair in Paulin style, its the sensuous curves of this unknown chair, the striking turquoise colourway and the industrial sharpness of its metal frame which, combined, make us go all weak at the knees!
Monday, 18 April 2011
Farnley Hey is one of Britain's most celebrated Modern houses designed by the architect Peter Womersley in 1954. Maintained in remarkably original condition, it is a magnificent example of mid-century modern architecture. It was one of the first post-war buildings to be Grade II listed, with English Heritage commenting that 'in style Farnley Hey suggests the influence of Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright ...... It typifies the best of the 1950s in its lightness, sense of the picturesque and optimistic stance'. Inside as well as out, it's been maintained with the same spirit of Modernism as when it was built, with few anachronisms from later decades having been allowed to disturb the contemporary aesthetic.
Credits/Images: The Modern House, The Guardian
Friday, 15 April 2011
Not so much chairs today as books - well, a book. And patterns. Having stumbled across what looks like a super read - Robin and Lucienne Day: Pioneers in Modern Design by Lesley Jackson - we were quite taken with the book's cover. Obligatory images of chairs designed by Robin Day sit comfortably above Lucienne Day's Miscellany fabric which dates from 1952. And because one pattern isn't enough, we've included another, also by Lucienne, entitled Fritillary dating from 1954 - the detail on both is just exquisite.
Images: Stickers and Stuff
Monday, 11 April 2011
Designed by Dutch designer Maarten Baptist, the Lucky Love Chair is constructed of bent and steamed plywood on a black metal frame. Inspired not only by his Dutch heritage, Baptist also imbued some Scandinavian touches in the back frame as well as Japanese influences seen in the graphical shapes.
Credits/Images: Trend Hunter, Queen Decorate, Kharismafurniture
Friday, 8 April 2011
Having featured the H57 Lounge Chair and the Outdoor Lounge Chair by Herbert Hirche before, here are a few pleasing images of these chairs, as well as some other designs by Hirche, in situ between 1953 and 1957.
Images: Ewald Gnilka, Foto Kessler, Friedrich Zieker via Style Park