Light fantastic

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Italian artist Paola Pivi has created a series of pendant lamps made entirely out of miniature Vitra chairs. The pendants form part of an exhibition 'What goes round - art comes round' at the Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris until 23 December 2010.

Cool, calm, collected

Monday, 29 November 2010

Another day, another quite beautiful Scandinavian interior;  this time a modern apartment in Stockholm.  We were completely struck by the contrasting colours in the first of these photos, that tan and that green ...... mmmmmh!  And a closer inspection of this clean and dreamy space reveals some quite delicious design classics - can you spot them?

Images:  Per Gunnarsson


Friday, 26 November 2010

We just had to share this wonderous photograph with you ......….


Wednesday, 24 November 2010

In our recent 'Berlin Beauty' post, we featured a quite dramatic apartment stuffed full of design classics, one of which was designed by Osvaldo Borsani.  Not familiar with Borsani's designs?  Then take a look at what all the fuss is about ..............

In 1953, Borsani and his twin brother Fulgencio, founded a firm called Tecno, which became known for its technology and research based approach to furniture design.  In 1955, Tecno issued one of its best known pieces, the P40 lounge chair, featuring rubber arms and the ability to assume 486 distinct postures. 

D70 sofa

L77 chaise lounge

Images:  Wright20

Concrete cocoon

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

We just couldn't resist including these pictures today after stumbling upon the delights that Villa Val has to offer.  Here is just a taster of what can be found on the inside - and as well as the utilitarian feel of the exposed concrete, the dramatic colour of those dark walls, the tactile warmth generated by the animal skins, not to mention the statement lighting ..... we're so drooling over, ummh, yeap, you guessed it - Wegner's Papa Bear

And if you fancy hanging out in this wonderful cocoon which is hidden within a Swiss mountain (yes, really), well, you can!  To find out more, press here.

simply red

Monday, 22 November 2010

We're simply loving this space today;  oh, and that red light shade.

Images:  Bolaget

Robin Day, RIP

Thursday, 18 November 2010

We're saddened with the news that furniture designer Robin Day has sadly passed away.  Best known for his mass-produced polypropylene stacking chair, Day, and his wife Lucienne, were pioneers of British design after World War II.

As a small and humble tribute, we've put together a selection of our favourite designs by Day which represent his flair for creating iconic pieces using steel, wood, upholstery  ..... and a wonderful imagination.

Chervon Chairs, c. 1957. 

Reclining Chair for Hille & Co.

Hillestak stacking chair, designed in 1950, for Hille & Co.

Avian AV1 Armchair.

Designed in 1950 and made by Hille & Co., the Hillestack Chair was used at the Festival of Britain in 1951.

Festival Hall Lounge Chair, designed in 1951 and made by Hille & Co.

Hille 675 Chair.

Images: Antiques Plus, Architonic, Apartment Therapy, Habitat

Afraid of colour?

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

After our post yesterday, we started rummaging around on the Verner Panton website.  He did interior spaces you know.  Did he?  Ummmh yes, he did.  And if all-white minimalism is your thing, don't look away now 'cause you may, just may, wish to convert to 1960's psychedelia with a splash of 1970's technicolour thrown in for good measure.

Here is a small selection of Panton magic; its jaw-droppingly good stuff .........…..

Spiegel Publishing Buildings, 1969.

Varna Restaurant, 1971.

Images:  Verner Panton

You rock!

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

This little baby (or Verner Panton's Relaxer 2 as its more commonly known) caught our eye this morning;  we're digging the funky retro fabric …..

Panton's Relaxer 2, produced in 1974 by Rosental.


Monday, 15 November 2010

We stumbled across Squint some time ago now and there's no denying its extremely colourful stuff.  We understand the force behind Squint, Lisa Watmough, opted for the name because one of her former art teachers used to say that if you gaze at something and you kind of squint your eyes, it makes it look more interesting.  Hmmmm, no squinting required then when looking at this stuff ............

The Peebles

Egg Chair

The Peebles Wing

The Victorian Chaise

Chippendale Stool

The Redchurch

Images: Squint

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