flamingo

Friday, 13 April 2012

As British design goes, the Flamingo has to be one of our all time favourites.  Not wanting to re-invent the wheel, the V&A has a fascinating insight into this classic design ..... 

"The Flamingo armchair undeniably shows the influence of international design trends on mid-twentieth-century British furniture design. Specifically, it recalls the form of the Womb Chair, designed by Eero Saarinen in 1948 and made by the American manufacturer Knoll. Ernest Race was a leading British designer of the post-War years, who introduced new materials and techniques to British furniture.  Unlike upholstered furniture from before the Second World War, this armchair is lightweight and slender. The volume of the chair has been pared down without reducing its comfort, and new foam-rubber padding has been used in place of bulky springs."

Image:  mrrobertware via flickr

6 comments:

  1. Love the Flamingo! I really think it would be more comfortable than a Womb chair.

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    1. We've yet to sit in either, more's the pity!

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  2. The V&A has the best collection of designs ever!

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    1. Unfortunately the Flamingo at the V&A is not out on display, but stored in the archives - what a shame!

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  3. This is a gorgeous piece of design- understated but really striking at the same time. Looks very comfortable too. Another one to add to the wish list!

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