Inside the Thonet Furniture Workshop

Today I thought I’d bring across some inspiring imagery that I found on the Thonet website mostly snapped by the talented photographer Mirko Krizanovic. They were taken specifically for the Essence brochure that Thonet produced at the end of 2011, in my eyes it’s a great introduction to the furniture maker and their history and background in design. So as I was having a general browse I really enjoyed the photographs that showcased …

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Gauzak Furniture Collaboration with Quattria

Today I came across this brilliant design studio named Gauzak and their furniture that they’ve been designing for Quattria, a company that sells and produces contemporary objects. Gauzak is actually made up of three individuals, Leire Pérez, Juan Tomás Carboneras and Arkaitz Arco, all of which specialise in product and industrial design. These young creatives got together with Quattria to produce a set of furniture that could sit in the …

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HAL Chair by Jasper Morrison

Although we generally tend to touch up mid-century style designers here I’m also a big admirer of designers like Jasper Morrison, Naoto Fukasawa, Dieter Rams and other industrial designers who are a bit more current and that are still working today. Naoto for example has a tendency to keep things simplistic and stripped down, always concerned with the emotions that we attach to objects over the years and how things function with us in our …

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Golden Arber Sculpture by Harry Bertoia at the 510 Fifth Ave Building

This morning I was diligently researching Harry Bertoia, mainly reading more into his life story and his works. I read on the Harry Bertoia blog that his daughter Celia, who also runs the Harry Bertoia website, had recently set up a Facebook page to house information on up and coming events involving Harry’s works and also a place for fans to congregate. This led me onto finding this fantas …

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Vitra FICTION “Remind Me” by Florian Böhm

Vitra recently released this short film directed by Florian Böhm and is titled “Remind Me”. It’s the first from a series of videos named “Fiction” which looks to tell domestic stories that could have happened to any of us. It shows how these much prized pieces of furniture either drives an action forward by being involved in a humans everyday life, or how they just sit back camouflaged and become part of the ever evolving scene. The video itself is nicely …

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Ilmari Tapiovaara, His Life and Works

Today I decided to revert back to a video that I watched a few weeks ago produced by Artek which was an interesting introduction to Finnish designer Ilmari Tapiovaara. It got me thinking about his furniture and his eye for curves and fluidity, all of his pieces have a functional approach but at the same time they hold a real beauty about them. Ilmari was taught by many mid-century style masters, Alvar Aalto in particular where he work …

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Short Film on Sean Woolsey

I felt like sticking with a little more craft today after sharing Sebastian Cox’s work yesterday, so I pencilled in this great short film which explores the talents of craftsman, maker and artist Sean Woolsley. This project has been put together by the good folks over at process creative who you may remember for another short film we shared on Stephen Kenn and his inheritance collection, which proved to be a bit of a hit with you all. I’m really …

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A Selection of Furniture from Mid Mod Design

Desk designed by Cees Braakman for Pastoe in 1958. Well before I’ve even started writing this post I’ve lied, in the title it says this furniture is all from the Mid Mod Design website when actually it’s a mixture of two sites, Mid Mod Design and Mass Modern Design. But since both of these sites/shops are owned by the same person I thought it made sense to group it together, the furniture and products on offer are really fantas …

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Short Film on Furniture Maker Sebastian Cox

This is exactly what I love to see, fresh young minds turning their hands to design and bringing new ideas and concepts to the table. Sebastian Cox from Lincolnshire is an enthusiastic furniture designer passionate about sustainability and utilising the environment. I found this story a breath of fresh air given Sebastian has been able to put together a series of products and get these items on sale at some of most coveted retailers here …

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The Pretzel Chair by George Nelson

George Nelson is one of my all time favourite designers (yes, I know I’ve got many) and is possibly one of the most important influential figures in American design. Like most of the creatives that I look up to he tended to cross through different areas, whether it be a graphic artist, an architect, an exhibition designer, or even a production designer, he covered all the bases. Some of you may know him for his creative and …

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Wright Auction House, Furniture by Alvar Aalto

Previously I put together a post on Børge Mogensen and his furniture, in-particular the pieces that have been showed at the Wright auction house based in Chicago, Illinois. This article follows the same line today but on a different creative, this time Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto. I’ve had a whale of a time over the last few months just drifting back and forward from the Wright website where they beautifully present these master …

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Marcel Breuer and his Furniture Design

Marcel Breuer Wassily Chairs and Laccio Tables.
On May 3rd the Barbican in London will be holding an exhibition titled Bauhaus: Art as Life which looks at the modern worlds most famous art school. It will feature a rich array of design, sculpture, painting, architecture, film, photography, textiles and ceramics, basically it will be a must visit and runs in line with what we cover here on the site. I’ll certainly be making a trip along to see what they …

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