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ray and charles eames

Posted by on May 30, 2015

Ray and Charles Eames were an American husband and wife design team.  They designed with a sense of “serious fun” which shows in the shape of their furniture and the fun colours you can find them in. The various incarnations of the Eames moulded chairs are probably the most recognizable of their pieces.  I love this armchair version from DWR...

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frank lloyd wright

Posted by on May 3, 2015

Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect and interior designer.  He designed structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, referred to as organic architecture. He also created many of the interior elements of his structures such as furniture and stained glass.  I spent a long time standing in the Francis W. Little living room which...

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eileen gray

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015

Eileen Gray was an Irish architect-designer (1878-1976).  I discovered her when taking a course on the history of furniture and my project was to design a room in the Art Deco style.  I was really surprised to find her designs as they weren’t what I expected to see.  She was part of a Modernist trend which had a more lasting effect on design than the...

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hans wegner

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015

Hans Wegner was a Danish designer and during his career designed over 500 chairs and 100 of those went into mass production. Right now, his Wishbone Chair is easily the most recognized piece and I constantly see it appearing in shelter magazines and blogs. Originally designed in 1949 as a collaboration with maker Carl Hansen, it has been rejuvenated using...

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alvar aalto

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015

Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was a Finnish designer that excelled at bringing warmth to his modern designs.  His stacking stool is probably one of his most recognized pieces (although, most people have probably seen a knock-off rather than one from Artek). One of his main tenets was that the human body should come into contact only with organic material. He...

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