Arne Jacobsen (1902-71) is the Danish architect who mastered the interpretation of international functionalism. His architecture includes a considerable number of epoch defining buildings in Denmark, Germany and Great Britain. He is also perhaps more famous for his iconic furniture designs, such as the ‘Egg chair’.
In 1930 he established his own design office and worked independently as an architect, interior, furniture designer, textile and ceramics designer. A major source of inspiration stemmed from the bent plywood designs of Charles and Ray Eames. He was also influenced by the Italian design historian Ernesto Rogers, who had proclaimed that the design of every element was equally important “from the spoon to the city” which harmonised well with his own ideals.
The “Ant” from 1952 became the starting point of his world fame as a furniture designer and became the first of a number of lightweight chairs with seat and back made from one piece of moulded wood. Model “3107” from 1955 is often merely called “The Number Seven Chair”. “3107” has become the most important success in Danish furniture history, with over five million manufactured.
During the 1960´s Arne Jacobsen turned his focus to using classic forms such as the circle, cylinder, triangle, and cubus. Both the stainless steel tableware set “Cylinda-Line” and the “AJ” lamp series reflect this.
All Arne Jacobsen´s designs have become international design classics and are used in modern interiors throughout the world.
Following on from her ‘Flower Chest’ project, Interior Designer Karen Lane, has rescued an old cabinet from her local second-hand shop and given it the love and attention needed to turn it into a beautiful piece of furniture. Here’s how she did it!
- The cabinet was first rubbed down and then undercoated.
- After another light sanding two top coats of emulsion were painted before the flower (cut from wallpaper) was applied using PVA.
- The whole body was then painted with several coats of clear satin varnish to protect it from wear and tear.
- Finally the inside was lined with an attractive but practical, scrubbable wallpaper.
Karen, “I am very happy with the finished result and now have another item to add to my range of hand decorated, recycled furniture.”
If you would like to contact Karen regarding commissions or for an interior design project, please visit her website!
Good afternoon campers! I hope you had a ball this weekend. Speaking of round things, I’ve just come accross these uber bright ball chairs by Finn Stone for Bodie & Fou. Made from recycled ABS (virtually indestructible polypropylene) these coloured balls of fun can be used inside to add a modern touch or outside for your summer bbq!
The chairs were inspired by Vernon Panton’s use of colour and shapes and are suitable for any bottom over the age of 6. Costing £165 each from notonthehighstreet.com, adding this piece of colour to a room could be very expensive, but it would certainly make it pop.
After stumbling across “Annie” the shopping trolley chair, by contemporary Eco designer Max McMurdo, I just HAD to get in contact with his company reestore and find out more. Max’s approach to sustainable interiors is refreshing and oozes style. But it’s not only The Design Hub who’ve been wowed with his creations, he’s been nominated to be a judge for this years Observer newspaper Ethical Awards and attracted the interest of two business big shots… Continue reading
Today’s Design of the Day is one which will make you smile and think “what a crazy idea yet so perfect!”. Contemporary Eco design studio Reestore takes random objects like aeroplane wings, wheel barrows and shopping trolleys, then turns them into beautifully stylish pieces of furniture – another fantastic approach to sustainable interiors.
Designer and Managing Director of Reestore, Max McMurdo, first made head way with his products when he pitched to the terrifying Dragon’s Den panel in series 5 of the show. He managed to impress the fierce Deborah Meaden and business genius Theo Paphitis, who invested in the company.
I’ve chosen Max’s “Annie” chair which in a previous life was a shopping trolley. It’s just fascinating how this symbol of the scrap yard can be totally transformed in to a perfectly functional chair. It takes 4 – 6 weeks to be delivered and will set you back £550.
John Reeves specialises in contemporary furniture and product design. Born in Burnley, Lancashire and now living in Vietnam designing, developing and teaching, his off the wall 2010 “Sketch” collection has stopped me in my tracks.
The pieces are based on the “poised anthropomorphic tension between the stationary and the moving, the living and the inanimate, the man made and the natural; rather like a 3 dimensional petrification of anamorphic evolution.” John created the designs by using Auto CAD (computer aided design) using a drawing tablet. Cast in recycled aluminium, the curves and shape of the collection reminds me, some how of worms which I find absolutely fascinating, I particularly like the dresser with the oddly shaped mirror.
I can’t find a price for the designs, I assume they will be priced to order and could set you back quite a bit.
Furniture designer Lila Jang pushes the boundaries of design to the limit with her unusual creations. The piece I have chosen today is a sofa which literally climbs the wall! Created in 2008 for the Parcours Saint-Germain exhibition in Paris, the “Canape” sofa is half on the floor and half up the wall – perfect for a tiny room!
Lila’s other designs follow the same obscure format as the “Canape” and almost look melted. Her approach to furniture design is like nothing I’ve seen before, I can’t even find her official site so if anyone does give me a holla.
What a fine morning campers! The sun has got his hat on and everyone seems to have a spring in their step. In keeping with this great summer weather, (or what little us Brits have) is this rather exciting Design of the Day.
Created by london based designer Chris Duffy and his team, the Swing Table is just the perfect piece of furniture of inject life and fun into meal times. The table is made in a four-poster bed style, allowing the GEO light above to be suspended in air. But this isn’t even the best part, the chairs are attached to the top of the frame with wires so they too are suspended like swings! What fun! This dining table is my dream, and not to mention a doddle to vacuum under.
The Swing Table in available in bespoke colours and finishes and is 220cm high, 235cm long and 135cm deep. It takes roughly 8-12 weeks to arrive and will cost you a whopping £4995. Who said eclectic was cheap?
British artist Richard Woods, teamed up with designer Sebastian Wrong to create a collection of statement furniture for manufacturer Established & Sons, as part of a series of collaboration in 2007.
The bold grain print is one of Woods’ signature designs which I believe makes the furniture designed by Wrong, look almost animated and not real. WrongWoods designs are a nostalgic representation of mid-century utilitarian furniture and would certainly makes a bold statement in any part of the home.
The collection includes a chest of drawers, a long low credenza, a small night table and a wall unit.You visit nest.co.uk to buy ony of WrongWoods’ designs but it’s not cheap so be prepared!