Designmuseum Danmark marks the 100-year anniversary of Hans Wegner with Just One Good Chair, opening on the 3rd of April 2014. I would love to see this exhibition but it is a little far away. “If only you could design just one good chair in your life . . . But you simply cannot.” Hans J. Wegner, 1952. He designed so many iconic chairs, all of this from one mind.
Hans J. Wegner (1914-2007) was one of history’s most prolific designers. In 1949 he created the design that the Americans called ‘The Chair’. The perfect chair – but he continued designing new ones nonetheless, producing a total of over 500. He was referred to as ‘The King of Chairs’ – or just the ‘Chair Maker’. His furniture paved the way for Danish Design’s international breakthrough in the years after World War II, and he was to become a leading figure in Organic Modernism.
James Evans the architect responsible for this stunning mid century in New Canaan was a student of Louis Kahn. The unique hyperbolic paraboloid roof design is not something you see every day. The roof is so dramatic put pure in shape. The upper floor is nice and open although the floors and the cabinets aren’t doing anything for me, I guess that is personal taste. Could you image calling this structure home and pulling up to it every day after work? It could be your for a cool 2M.
The modern white house by Malone Maxwell Borson Architects appears to be an older build but there isn’t any additional info that I can find on their site. The combination of white brick and the aluminum fame windows is a nice combo. The amount of windows create a dramatic pattern echoing the horizontal bricks. I don’t care for the interior choices so much but the structure is amazing.
Humbert & Poyet have a diverse portfolio working on restaurant, business and private residences. I was more interested in the private interiors as they had more of a modern aesthetic. All of their interiors have a clean approach with an exactness in the design. I was also drawn to some of the vintage pieces found through their projects, they always ad a different dimension as vintage pieces have a an older “face”.
I am quite fascinated by these cracked resin and wood side tables by Andrianna Shamaris. I know they have a feel of glam but there is something natural and unnatural about them. The wood and cracked resin, which looks like crystal, feels like natural elements from the earth while the geometric precision cut shapes feel unnatural. Make sure you visit her site as she has an amazing body of work. These pieces are truly sculpture.
This old mansion turned apartment is sporting a fairly eclectic approach when it comes to its interiors. This is only the lower part of mansion but I am very drawn to all of the old architecture. Typically crown molding really doesn’t do much for me but when it is kept monochromatic it make a subtle statement. There are also some nice mid century pieces at play.