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February 29, 2012
I have been in love with MILO BAUGHMAN”S work for years. I am currently working on a very coolloft in manhattan and found a suite of furniture-two chairs and a fabulous sofa! So excited! So I want to bring you his work-so be on the look out-even if it is a reproduction, you are guareenteed that the pieces are timeless and add so much character. Even if you are working on traditional idea-just do it! as Nike says!
“Within the total meaning of function,” the American furniture designer Milo Baughman once wrote, “is included the purpose to please.” From his very first clean-lined collections in iron and walnut, which helped
shape the postwar California look, to his minimalist chrome-and-burl-wood pieces in the 1970s, Baughman (pronounced Boffman) purposefully defined modern design as elegant yet accessible. His prolific six-decades’ output,
which took its cues from the engineering and functionality of the Bauhaus and the midcentury-modern exploration of materials, delighted the public and secured him more than a dozen major manufacturing partners.
Chief among them: Thayer Coggin, for whom Baughman designed for 50 years, until his death in 2003. For that still thriving North Carolina firm, he created often imitated furnishings, many of which remain in production.
To wit: Baughman’s design for a wood-paneled tuxedo sofa was the inspiration for a sofa in Don Draper’s office in the ’60s-inspired TV drama Mad Men.
“While other modern designers have come and gone, Baughman’s classic work has stayed relevant,” “His pieces are so versatile they work in a range of interiors, from traditional to contemporary, and a little Milo Baughman
finds its way into most of everyone’s work.”
February 28, 2012
It was actually kind of difficult to find a lot of information about Erwine and Estelle Laverne, even though some of their designs are some of the most important in the world. They’re most famous for four furniture designs,
collectively known as the Invisibles. Called the Lily, Jonquil, Buttercup and Daffodil, these pieces are widely considered to be some of the first modern furniture to be made with the acrylic material, and they featured rounded edges,
sleek lines and an overwhelming
eloquence. As quoted in an article written by the New York Times, Erwine Laverne once said ”the most important element in rooms is people, not furniture.”
Coming from a background in art (Erwine studied at the Paris L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts), the Laverne’s approached designing furniture differently than their contemporaries. Eames, Saarinen, Jacobsen
and others came from industrial or engineering backgrounds, but the Laverne’s took a much more creative, artful approach, and it really showed in their work.
Along with furniture, they were also prolific interior designers, with such projects as the house of film director Otto Preminger, the Sheraton Hotel in Dallas, Texas and even offices for big-name companies
like General Motors and Ford Motors. Also during their golden years of design (the 1950’s and 1960’s) they designed and created over hand-printed fabric and wallpaper designs.
Their sad story comes to an end when they were sued for producing wallpaper designs out of their residential home. They considered it handicraft, but the state considered it manufacturering. They were eventually
left broke from the legal proceedings, and though they’ve now passed away, their gorgeous and “invisible” designs live on. Click the images bigger versions:
February 27, 2012
I just purchased a piece of furniture for a client from an incredible artist and furniture maker. Jack rogers Hopkins. The piece is a bit organic and going into actually a moretransitional setting, and the juxtaposition is stunning!
So today’s post is on a new found furniture artist!
Have a wonderful day!
Jack Rogers Hopkins was a leading figure on the California design scene during the late 1960s, as American furniture everywhere was becoming more sculptural and free-form. He grew up in Bakersfield, California,
and as a young boy learned to make toys in his father’s wood shop, the Sierra Furniture Manufacturing. Co. After the war Hopkins returned to California and attended the California College of Arts and Crafts,
where he studied painting and drawing.
His first artistic medium was painting, working on a flat surface, but soon began working with three-dimensional pieces. Hopkins did not start working in wood until later, around 1965, after he was already experimenting
with jewelry and ceramics. In 1966 Hopkins completed his first furniture piece, a combination chair and coffee table. He continued to produce furniture pieces, all of which wereone of a kind, with the exception of the Edition chair,
first created in 1969. He usually worked with hardwoods such as black walnut, cherry, Honduras mahogany, maple, rosewood, and teak. He also used Finnish birch plywood and veneers, and occasionally oak. Hopkins
often combined various woods into a single piece so the different grains created a dynamic color pattern and form.
He worked alone and did everything himself, without assistance, because he felt the act of creating was ultimately an independent experience and should not be imposed on another person. Of the several hundred pieces of furniture
Hopkins designed, about one-third were commissions he received through word of mouth, while others resulted from his work being exhibited in numerous galleries and museums. The last exhibit he was included in was the 2003
exhibition The Maker’s Hand: American Studio Furniture, 1940–1990 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, which has one of Hopkins’ Edition chairs in its permanent collection.
February 24, 2012
In working on this loft in Manhattan, I love mixing my favs! So WORMLEY is definitely one of them!! You know his pieces, they too, are highly reprodeuced and copied,but don’t worry if you can’t get an original,
the reproductions are fabulous and after all you are purchasing the design!!
Edward J. Wormley, was a style setter in modern residential furniture in the United States for four decades.
Mr. Wormley designed furniture from 1930 to 1970. He began creating pieces with simplified silhouettes and plain surfaces after a trip in 1930 to Paris, where he met Le Corbusier and Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann,
the Art Deco designer. Back in the United States in 1931, he was hired by the Dunbar Furniture Corporation of Berne, Ind., to improve its least expensive furniture line, which people bought with soap coupons
and was therefore popularly referred to as “borax.”
Within five years, Mr. Wormley’s furniture had made Dunbar the top producer of modern in America. From 1931 until 1970, when the company was sold, Mr. Wormley designed about 150 pieces a year for the company,
combining a knowledge of woodworking, an understanding of the past and a feeling for what makes a chair comfortable for an American. Among the classics he designed were the A-frame wood chair with a caned back
and compass legs of 1959 and a ledge-armed tufted sofa of the mid-1960′s.
February 23, 2012
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I am currently working on, what is to be stunning project which is very Art Deco. In sourcing the lighting, which is going to be a strong element, I have discovered a manufacturer that I was not familiar with, antique yes, but definitely one is able to find their product. I am always receiving emails about where to find and what to buy, so in some posts to come, I want to introduce to you some wonderful resources.
Have a great day!
Genet et Michon designers of fine Art Deco furniture and lighting fixtures, that won several first prizes in the exhibition of 1925 in Paris. (Exposition des Arts Decoratives) from where the name Art Deco is derived.
They have supplied lighting fixtures for the Elysel, ministries, Embassies and ocean liners.