214 posts categorized "Designers"
February 20, 2013
February 13, 2013
I’ve always been a little obsessed with Verner Panton’s Living Tower (nicknamed “Pantower,” above), and today, what would have been his 86th birthday, seems like a great time to take a look at it. Panton’s work brings a bit of play to the midcentury modern milieu and this “living wall” epitomizes that. Hip and versatile, it evokes swinging ’60s parties where beautiful people lounge languidly, while stacked vertically, sipping classic cocktails. (Either that or a cat tree.) According to the Vitra Design Museum, Panton was envisioning a “new form of communal living.” Introduced in 1969, it was made by Herman Miller briefly before Fritz Hansen took over production in 1970. Difficult and unwieldy to create, though, only a handful were made and the Danish master’s Pantower was out of production by 1975. Learn more about Panton – and see more of his bright and brilliant work – here.
February 11, 2013
“The key thing is seeing everything grow, setting out with a small sketch and seeing the whole and details spring to life,” said Arne Jacobsen. “It is the act of creation itself, and it is equally exhilarating whether one is working on a teaspoon or a national bank.” The midcentury Danish master sprang to life himself 111 years ago today and we salute him. From the Ant Chair to the Swan, Egg and SAS Royal Copenhagen Hotel itself (as well as the hotel’s coordinating teaspoon, pictured above), Jacobsen’s contribution to the modernist milieu is unparalleled. Learn more about him here.
January 18, 2013
Happy birthday Philippe Starck!
Known as a designer who approaches design in a subversive, intelligent and always interesting way, his objects surprise and delight even as they transgress boundaries and subvert expectations.
In 2012, Starck brought us the Broom Chair, perhaps one of the most passionate design stories of modern time. "Imagine a guy who takes a humble broom and starts to clean the workshop, and with this dust he makes new magic," says Starck of his famed Broom Chair.
Today we celebrate this inspiring designer. Cheers, Philippe. We know you are doing something fabulous for your birthday!
December 20, 2012
Miles on the Milo Recliner.
If DWR had a mascot, it would most certainly be Miles, who has appeared in our catalogs as well as on our blog and facebook page. He is also a regular at our photoshoots. Here are a few of our favorite photos of DWR’s favorite dog.
On location in Armonk, New York. House in background was designed by Arthur Witthoefft in 1957. Read more about the house here. Keep reading to see MORE PHOTOS.
December 12, 2012
December 10, 2012
Today is your last chance to save 15% on the Eames® Lounge Chair, which will be handcrafted to pithy piano music by a man wearing all white, alongside a magically appearing ottoman, as this 1956 video shows. Okay, maybe not. But you will receive it within two weeks, like all DWR in-stock items. Shop the entire Herman Miller Sale until midnight tonight.
December 06, 2012
The above chair – recently introduced in a lightly padded, upholstered version – would likely not exist if it wasn’t for Charles and Ray Eames’ flagrant disregard for landlords. The famous LCW was an eventual evolution of experiments the couple did in their first apartment as newlyweds. Their first place (which happened to be designed to Richard Neutra) was on Strathmore Avenue in Westwood, a suburb of Los Angeles. They took the liberty of turning it into a workshop.
December 02, 2012
“When we launched BassamFellows in 2003, our whole thing was oiled teak and oxidized brass, but we were surrounded by bright plastics,” Craig Bassam told design writer Mandi Keighran last February. “We were this odd thing, this very natural thing. Craft wasn’t a word used much back then.”
November 29, 2012
Jens Risom's Block Island Retreat by Gary Nadeau for Dwell from gary nadeau on Vimeo.
Step inside Jens Risom's Block Island home in this beautiful video from Dwell. “There’s something peaceful about the island," says Risom. "It is a unique feeling that you’re there. Not that it’s yours but you’re using it.” Learn more about this iconic designer, his thoughts on prefab and the simple summers he and his family enjoyed (and still enjoy) on the island.
November 21, 2012
At last week's Yale symposium about George Nelson, one message was clear: You have to read George. In other words, George the writer trumps George the architect, George the designer and George the teacher, combined.
For two days, scholars, design nerds, editors and Murray Moss (there is no label to define him) talked about the legacy of this American icon. Known mainly for his furniture and design work for Herman Miller, Nelson also wrote and edited for Architectural Forum, Fortune, Pencil Points, Life and McCall's, and co-authored the bestselling Tomorrow's House with Henry Wright.
Finn Juhl's gold and purple sofa designed in 1957, shown with a coffee table he designed for professor Alf Ross in 1948. Ross was a Danish lawyer, legal philosopher and the author of Guilt, Responsibility and Punishment in which he wrote about "morality's capacity to guide human behavior." Which brings me to the question of the built-in vase in this coffee table. Are we to see the flowers as imprisoned in the tabletop and, if so, what pray tell was their crime?
November 12, 2012
Eva Zeisel would have turned 106 tomorrow, and even though we lost this talented designer last year, the world still celebrates Eva. A new e-book "Eva Zeisel: A Soviet Prison Memoir" will be presented tomorrow by PEN American Center, A Public Space magazine and Strand Book Store. The event will include a reading of Eva's prison memoirs and audio recordings of Eva herself. Admission is $12.
When: November 13, 7:30PM
Where: Strand Book Store, in the Rare Book Room, 828 Broadway (at 12th Street), NYC
October 27, 2012
Photo courtesy of johnmjohansen.com
The masterful architect and last surviving member of the Harvard Five passed away yesterday at the age of 96. Earlier this week, we wrote about Johansen's Goodyear House, which is for sale in Darien, Conn. The passionate comments and hundreds of facebook "likes" we received on this post were heartwarming and a testament to the power of great design. Johansen's work, while at times controversial, is outstanding for its bravery and intelligence. We thank Mr. Johansen for sharing his vision with the world. Our thoughts are with his family as we remember this extraordinary man. You can read more about him in today's New York Times.
October 24, 2012
Charlotte Perriand was born on this day in 1903. The French architect and designer would go on to become one of the pioneering forces in modern design, collaborating with Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Jean Prouve on furniture, interiors and exhibitions. “Design is about responding to the gestures of the human being,” said Perriand, who believed that better design helps create a better society.
Charlotte Perriand on the Chaise Longue (1928), which she designed with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. Image courtesy of Design Museum.
October 22, 2012
October 18, 2012
Perhaps one of the most amazing things about the National Design Awards is the trophy. The amount of thought, innovation, creativity – and the fact that it takes six to eight hours to complete one – is an award-winning effort. Beginning in 2011 and again this year, Corning, Inc. as part of the Corning Museum’s GlassLab initiative, has designed, sculpted and hand-polished each trophy.
October 05, 2012
DWR is proud to bring you a very special crossword puzzle, written for everyone who is passionate about design. Click on the puzzle for a larger image or click here for a printable PDF. This puzzle will also appear in the October 7 issue of T Design (see page 60) in The New York Times.
Keep reading for hints and answers.
The Verner Panton suite at Hotel Alexandra in Copenhagen is labeled “a sight for sore eyes” in the hotel’s literature. The description then goes on to refer to the designer as “Verner Pant,” which they've assured me they will change. In the meantime, what do you think of the room? Is it the suite of your wildest dreams?
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