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.
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.
I have always loved the work of Paul McCobb. The only pieces I have owned of his were a set of four shovel chairs but sadly those are gone. While trolling Flickr I came across some stunning groupings of Paul’s work. Reform Gallery looks to have put together this amazing collection. There is something elegant and refined about the materials and design found in McCobb’s work. Thanks Jonathan for letting me share your photos!
KAPITAL, Italian marble and stone sculptures by Oeuffice design studio. I am going to call these amazing geometric puzzle like pieces of art, sculpture. I don’t know if they are stools or serve any other function than to just be amazing. The different textures and patterns found in the marble and stone paired with interlocking geometric parts create simple but intricate pieces.
Sometimes I just need a large helping of eye candy AKA a little mid century shopping. Last week I featured the home of Demetrio Zanetti who happens to be the owner at demosmobilia. I like to look through sites and stores like this in hopes to learn and discover pieces I had never seen before. Demetrio has an amazing collection of furniture, art and lighting. The last picture here is the store, AMAZING!
P40, Designer Osvaldo Borsani
While moving through tumblr I came across the Kieran Stump by BDDW. I like just about everything BDDW produces now including these wood stools. They look like small chess pieces with a little more character. I appreciate the diversity of shape and materials shown in these images. Could you image one in rosewood? I do like the design that has the small pointer legs and a pot belly roundness.