Mid-Century Modern Objects

03.11.09

The Best of Bond & Bowery

Lounge Chair & Ottoman by Vatne Mobler Dealer Janus Home describes this Norwegian piece as “one of the most comfortable lounge chairs ever produced” and I can’t see a reason...

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15.10.09

Bolle Bottles by Tapio Wirkkala for Venini

This series, designed by Tapio Wirkkala [the guy had a mug as impressive as his work] in 1968, employs the “Incalmo” technique wherein two different types of glass, worked separately,...

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13.10.09

Danish Modern Rockers

The hardware isn’t as hidden as I’d like, and information is notably absent on the listing, but this is one of the more original modern rockers I’ve seen. The reserve...

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10.10.09

Eames House Photos by George Chen

Speaking of the Eames House, photographer George Chen captured the essence of its Mondrianesque exterior during a visit last week. See the set of photos.

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27.09.09

The Eames House in LIFE Magazine, 1950

The announcement that Google Books now houses in its digital archives over 1,860 issues of LIFE magazine sent me immediately to the search box on a quest for mid-century related articles. The first result was this piece on the Eames House published on September 11, 1950, just five years after Charles and Ray made their indelible mark on American design with their popular furniture.

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25.09.09

Braun SK 6 by Dieter Rams

Michael Dent has posted some beautiful shots of a beautiful machine: Dieter Rams’ SK 6 phonograph and radio for Braun. See also: Dieter Rams and Cold War Modern at the V&A : Dieter Rams Group on Flickr

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04.09.09

Rock’n-Rest Lounge Chair by Gimson & Slater, UK

Auction ending in 2 days: a rare “Rock’n-Rest”, highback lounge chair, designed in Norway and produced by the Gimson & Slater Ltd, United Kingdom. Adjustable rocking seat and back can...

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26.08.09

Desks by Peter Løvig Nielsen

More lovely Løvig desks at eBay below, but probably none as fantastic as this one: Rosewood Corner Desk at Two Columbia Road in London. ... More info at Decopedia , who assigns it to Peter Løvig Nielsen.

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23.08.09

Eames Demetrios Presents Charles and Ray Eames at TED

Eames Demetrios’ talk is a bit stilted and the content is overwhelming but I think this video demonstrates that there was much more to Charles and Ray Eames than furniture, and even more important, there was much more to their design than style . ... Because they practiced design in the purest sense: they solved the problem through innovation and relentless testing.

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09.08.09

Konditori Valand, Stockholm

Tiny, resolute German-born cafe owner Magdalena Åström is very much aware of the fact that Konditori Valand, in Stockholm’s “Surbrunnsgatan”, is a national treasure. Her Swedish husband Stellan designed the interior himself in 1954, and absolutely nothing has been changed since then: the dark beautiful “Royal Boards” covering the walls, well used tables and chairs made of teak, a unique black stonefloor imported directly from Italy.

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04.08.09

Alexander Girard Lettering at The Compound Restaurant

After years of admiring photographs of his work and acquiring books and pillows , I finally got to visit two of his physical masterpieces in the flesh: The Compound Restaurant and the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. Girard deserves a much deeper article than I have time to write, but I'll just start with the fact that he truly mastered multiple disciplines, from lettering to illustration to objects to interiors to exhibition design , all in a signature style that was warm and human and perfectly imperfect.

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13.07.09

Cheese Tray with Ceramic Tile and Jars

Callooh Callay on Etsy boasts a huge stock of interesting vintage goods. On the “Sold” (sadly) list is this fantastic tray with a white ceramic tile, two white ceramic jars for jam or chutney, wooden lids, a stainless steel knife, and a plastic spoon.

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