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February 25, 2011

Lonny Love

I had the most amazing week because this past Wednesday I had a photoshoot with Michelle Adams and Patrick Cline from Lonny for the new Trad Home online magazine. My team and I prepared for a shoot the we always do; lots of food, sturdy shoes, and a clear schedule because our photoshoots usually take 12-14 hours. Not to mention the craze of all kind of photographers and assistants running around, we are sure to pack the Advil. But to our surprise we met Michelle and Patrick over at the house where they proceeded to calmly organize a small collection of equipment. We were expecting more help but it was just them and they began to quickly go through the house and plan the appropriate shots. The shoot was calm organized and dare I say…fun? And it took a quarter of the time it usually does and they were such joys to work with.

As you know, Lonny is the hottest and best online magazine out there right now, hands down. The Lonny team has basically revolutionized the way we get our design information and has sparked many more teams to try and do the same. But there is no one like Lonny – just check out their most recent 200 page magazine full of fabulous interiors and the latest design trends. The fact that we know the people behind the magazine are just as quality as the magazine they produce is even more reason for us to say, WE LOVE LONNY! And we are so looking forward to working with them more in the future as Trad Home begins and and as Lonny continues to dominate. We would like to say thank you to the beautiful and talented Michelle and Patrick for all of their support. I can’t wait to see the photos!

February 2, 2011

Picture Perfect

Filed under: People of design — Tags: , , , , , — jherzlinger @ 7:24 am

If you have ever seen a historic photo of Frank Lloyd Wright’s or Mies van der Rohe’s work, chances are that photo was taken by Ezra Stoller. Ezra Stoller was born in Chicago in 1915 and attended NYU for college. While studying architecture, he developed an interest in photography after he had to make image slides and take photos of his models. He completed the program, but upon graduation he decided to pursue photography full time. He was really the pioneer of architectural photography and was was the first to receive The American Institute of Architects’ gold medal for photography.

He was and still is known for his miraculous way of capturing the intent of modern architecture. He was quoted saying “Photography is space, light, texture, of course, but the really important element is time. That nanosecond when the image organizes itself on the ground glass.” He was commissioned by all the greats including Frank Lloyd Wright, Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer, Mies van der Rohe, Gordon Bunshaft, Eero Saarinen, Louis I. Kahn, I.M. Pei, Philip Johnson, Le Corbusier, Paul Rudolph, and Richard Meier. One online article states “Famous for his meticulous technique, Stoller had an uncanny ability to capture a building from just the right angle and in just the right light. He brought an architect’s eye to the challenge of capturing complex buildings on film, often using non-architectural elements to comment on the structures themselves.” Some architects would even hire him just to “Stollerize” their building and make it appear ideal in the special way that he did. He was featured in magazines during his time and even released his own book of modern architecture photography. He now has much of his work in various museums around the world. Once you see his photographs you will probably realize that you have seen them before, he was the person that made great architecture great, by revealing it to the world. If you are in New York This month there happens to be an exhibit of Stoller and his work at the Yossi Milo Gallery. Or check out his website at http://www.esto.com or here http://www.ezrastoller.com . Trust me – its worth a visit.

Ezra Stoller © Esto

Ezra Stoller © Esto

Ezra Stoller © Esto

Ezra Stoller © Esto

Ezra Stoller © Esto
Portrait:
Bill Maris © Esto

January 24, 2011

The History of the Cherner Chair

Every once in a while I like to give a little history lesson on something or someone in the field of design. Recently I have seen the iconic Cherner chair being used by current designers and decided to do a little research. I am now going to share that research with you.

Norman Cherner designed this chair in 1957-58 while working for the manufacturing company Plycraft. The design of the chair was during the Eames Era and utilized the unique process of layering laminated wood at varying plys and then bending the wood. The chair and the design became the center of a lawsuit between Cherner and the owner of Plycraft, Paul Goldman. Cherner was told by Goldman that it was decided that the chair would not be manufactured. However, Goldman did in fact manufacture the chair under many different names and production continued well into the 70′s. Cherner obviously sued that jerk and even though he received royalties, production ended soon after the lawsuit took place.

Norman Cherner died in 1987, but in 1999 Norman’s sons decided to start the business back up and start production again on the iconic chair. Benjamin and Thomas said that they made the decision after avid requests from architects and designers to put the chair back into productions. The sons used their fathers original specifications and documents to accurately produce the chairs. Now you can buy an authentic Cherner chair from The Cherner Chair Company (the prices are authentic too.) Not only do they feature the orgional designs, but there are also new designs and modifacations avliable from Benjamin Cherner. Steven Gambrel is one desginer I know that users Cherner chairs and you should too!

January 19, 2011

The Icon of Elegence

Filed under: furnishings,People of design — Tags: , , , , , — jherzlinger @ 3:51 pm

When you think luxury and comfort combined in a single piece of furniture who do you think? There have been many, but the originator of it all is Baltimore based designer Billy Baldwin. As I’m sure you know, he was infamous for his iconic slipper chair. This chair was unique in the area of luxury furniture because it wasn’t stuffy and stiff like the other pieces you would find in a grand party hall. This chair was low to the ground and featured a very deep seat with no arms and was very plush. It encouraged the most sophisticated kind of lounging. It was that thought that he was inspired to make the chair for the body of 5’9 Pauline de Rothschild so it was easier for her to extend her legs and pose for the camera. Like any good designer, he was inspired by work abroad and international style, but he was also an advocate for American design and produced design that was considered very american saying, “We can recognize and give credit where credit is due, to the debt of taste we owe Europe, but we have taste, too.” His slipper chair was ingenious because it made both women and men feel comfortable – which is rare for a chair that is so attractive – and could be upholstered in a variety of materials to enhance the style of any space. He said that above all he thought that a piece should be comfortable which was really against the formality of the Baroque and Rococo and was very progressive idea for the time. Needless to say this chair is an icon for a reason and we have Billy Baldwin to thank for that. The magic of the slipper chair is that you can use it anywhere, but how you use it is for you to decide.


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