It's nearly been a year since our home renovation was completed and we're still working on getting our living room together. One of the things my husband and I can never agree on is the sofa. He wants leather (gulp) and I . . . don't. I think I've managed to convince him into a pair of comfy, broken
Thank you Erica for a great post with fantastic images and ideas....
There is no substitute for a classically designed leather chair or sofa that has been loved and used respectfully..
We visited an IKEA in Orlando a few days ago and after not setting foot in one for quite a while I was dismayed by the experience. As a person who used IKEA for a kitchen makeover, and was quite impressed, this recent trip was very disappointing. The "furniture fashion", colorways, and overall store appearance was a giant bit of chaos and confusion. having said all that I will always love concept and vintage design IKEA.
Your meetings will always be dumb. But at least you'll be having fun.
We don't think our meetings are stupid ;), but we really agree with the great design and concept. The aesthetic of this furniture feels like a nod to mid century modernism and minimalism. Designed by Duffy...
Hybrid product designers can no longer simply focus on the tangible.
Successful hybrid designers will also be service designers. Just as web site or app designers do, they must make using the data services embedded in smart products a satisfying and even gratifying experience.....read the whole story....
The city of Saint-Die-des-Vosges has the only industrial building the Swiss architect conceived. Always active, the site of the Claude and Duval hosiery houses eighty workers today. Charles-Edouard...built 1948-1951
Did you know Le Corbusier designed a "green factory" and was a consulting urbanist?
Le Corbusier, setting in opposition the image of the “black factory” of the 19th century, where work was considered “to be a penitence” to that of the “green factory” where “work can give its laborers the sense of its greatness,” set out to transform the architectural framework of places of production, and in turn, have an impact on the psychology of the philosophy of work. Entirely encased in glass, the facade is equipped with solar shading, oriented in such a way as to stop solar radiation in the summer (heat and glare) and allow their penetration in the winter (accrued luminosity, energy savings).
The fourth level is reserved for administration and leadership. The latter still makes use of the the original furniture by Jean Prouve today..
Seeking a modern shell for their mid-century pieces, a pair of collectors found a relatively untouched Eichler in San Rafael, California—and a built-in excuse to acquire more furniture.
This is a charming home filled with delightful touches..This Eichler house had only two owners since its construction in 1966; both were architects who had made the home’s conservation a priority.
Graphic designer Mark Neely and gastroenterologist Paul Kefalides had spent years collecting furniture for their apartments in Chicago and New York before a career opportunity for Kefalides materialized in California.
The exhibition is the first large-scale historical survey in the United States dedicated to the German artist group Zero (1957–1966) and ZERO, an international network of artists that shared the group’s aspiration to redefine and transform art in the aftermath of World War II.
October 10, 2014–January 7, 2015 Guggenheim Museum
History via Wkipedia
Zero was the name of a magazine founded in 1957 by Heinz Mack officially disappeared in 1967. The word “zero” expressed, in Otto Piene’s words, “a zone of silence and of pure possibilities for a new beginning.” The movement is commonly interpreted as reaction to Abstract Expressionism by arguing that art should be void of color, emotion and individual expression.
Mack and Piene invited artists like Günther Uecker to exhibit in their studio, and the three friends became the founding fathers of the Zero movement, which would soon reach out to embrace artists throughout Europe. Working in an environment without galleries and contemporary art spaces, these artists came together to exhibit their work in a series of one-day-only evening exhibitions, often staged in their studios.
Vancouver Sun Mad Men's mid-century modern a hit with condo dwellers Vancouver Sun Smaller, says Lillian Reimer, who has owned and run Commercial Drive's iconic Attic Treasures, which specializes in original mid-century modern furniture and...
Say the words “mid-century modern” to a room full of people and expect reactions ranging from screw-face to glowing; depending on what generation they were born into....so true and so classic....
Not surprisingly, sound industrial design was not a major priority during the reconstruction. This is really quite unfortunate. This is actually an important economic issue because people and societies tend to care for beautiful ...
The Russian One is a new commuter tram that looks like something from a sci-fi film.
The futuristic tram features LED cabin lighting, felt-covered sofas, wooden handrails, and sliding glass doors that operate by touchscreen.
Welcome back to Monochromes, a Friday mini-series wherein Curbed delves deep into the Library of Congress's photographic annals, resurfacing with an armful of old black-and-white photos of architecture and interior...
What did he design?
. His more famous creations include the Lucky Strike cigarette package, the GG1 and S1 locomotives, the slenderized Coca-Cola bottle, the John F. Kennedy memorial postage stamp, the interior of Saturn I, Saturn V, and Skylab, the Greyhound bus and logo, the Shell International logo, the Exxon logo, the U.S. Postal Service emblem, a line of Frigidaire refrigerators, ranges, and freezers, and the Studebaker Avanti, Champion and Starliner.
From a fancy suspended "tree house" to doughnut-shaped high-tech tents, the pursuit of "glamping" (glamorous camping, that is) continues to inspire designers. Another case in point: the Froute Pod, a new glamper designed by Giant Grass, a Melbourne-based social enterprise focused on building sustainable structures with bamboo. Bearing an indubitable resemblance to an onion, the glowing pod constructed from bamboo and waterproof canvas includes two side flaps that can be peeled back to form awnings. The bulbous shape, according to the designers, is supposed to optimize standing room on the interior, which reaches a maximum height of about eight feet.
Hopper and Space write an awesome blog, they really know the MCM era furniture. This post about IKEA is interesting..."Mass produced in cheap materials it’s easy to be sniffy about early Ikea pieces but trust us there are some gems out there."
Full disclosure here: I really like IKEA and for some items I think you can get a lot of look for a relatively low price.
Italian graphic designer and illustrator, Federico Babina’s penchant for building design finds an expressionist rendering in his series on architect’s visages inspired from and incarcerated in their individual architectural contributions…
Expertly designed, fun to browse, read and share....
One of the world's most recognizable vertical city - Hong Kong - became subject to an interesting artistic endeavor. Photographer Michael Wolf's interpreta
One of the world’s most recognizable vertical city – Hong Kong – became subject to an interesting artistic endeavor. Photographer Michael Wolf‘s interpretation of the city was captured in a fascinating set of large scale color photographs entitled “Architecture of Density
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Egg Chair designed by Arne Jacobsen
A great overview of some very iconic chairs....the ultimate in form following function...
Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868 - 1928) believed everyone that came to the table deserved a throne. His high backed dining chairs not only radiated royalty but seemed to praise formality in the everyday. Mackintosh came early to the Modernism game and his designs embodied the movement well: Rejecting tradition and even burlesquing it but never without a subtle reverence for it. (Always best to give a nod to the giants that came before.)
this year’s program was based on the theme ‘play with balance’ in an attempt to question stability and equilibrium in architecture. the disparate installations utilize light timber members in a variety of organizations to create different spatial experiences.
The real Arco lamp designed by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni has the main distinctive features.
Let me begin with full disclosure here, we, ParadigmGallery.com, do sell a reproduction of this iconic lamp. This article has an interesting description and I learned a few details that fellow admirers of this classic might also want to know.
Azom.com UE BOOM Wireless Speaker Wins 2014 Gold Industrial Design Excellence Award Azom.com Today Ultimate Ears announced that its popular UE BOOM wireless speaker has won a prestigious 2014 Gold Industrial Design Excellence Award (IDEA) in the...
UE BOOM is a mobile wireless speaker packed with specific features that set a new standard for listening to music in any environment. Specifically, its versatile go-anywhere shape fits in any backpack or water bottle holder, and it is wrapped in a specially developed acoustic skin that is both water- and stain-resistant. The customizable acoustic skin presents another layer of design, as it acts as a blank canvas that is easily updated to create limited edition UE BOOMs. Additionally, thanks to the speaker’s cylindrical shape, it blasts bold 360-degree sound.
Advertising that also serves the greater good? Now that’s something different. This floating billboard is covered in Vetiver; a perennial, non-invasive grass which has found popular used treating wastewater; even when it’s high in nitrates, phosphates and heavy metals. In this case it’s been used to spell CLEAN RIVER SOON, a hopeful message along the highly polluted Pasig River in the Philippines. It’s creators say systems like this have been shown to clean between 2 and 8 thousand gallons of water per day, and simultaniously, it creates a much more inviting place to stroll.
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