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?
Guests sleep under the warm glow of Panton's Ball Lamp (1969) and a blanket in his iconic Design Geometri (1960) textile.
A wallhanging in the Verner Panton Suite.
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I was thinking about Eero Saarinen when I stumbled across a
post by Gwendolyn from October of last year about the architect’s 1962 TWA
terminal at JFK Airport. I thought the pictures and sentiment were so beautiful
they're worth resharing. Here’s what she said: “It is the most beautiful building
I've ever been in, and when you are wrapped in its swooping, elegant curves,
you experience the incredible genius of Saarinen.” (Smaller examples of
Saarinen’s genius are now 15% off during the Knoll Sale. Click here to learn more about this lengendary architect and see his work.)
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It's been 10 years since Philippe Starck designed the Louis Ghost Chair, and yet, this transparent marvel continues to shock, amuse and amaze those who see it for the first time. For those of us who've loved it for a decade, the honeymoon isn't over. (Although, I would suggest that Starck design a Ghost in glow-in-the-dark plastic so I'll stop tripping over it at night.)
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Above: Gorilla Biscuits is featured on page 7 of our August catalog.
As the owner of Stereotype Design – a New York City-based graphic design studio that develops projects for commercial, cultural and corporate clients – Mike Joyce is postering the walls of modern homes with music history. By branding bands with new personas, his Swissted Poster Project is both renewing public interest in seminal music acts and documenting the roots of today's most pervasive genre: indie rock.
"The project has a fiendishly simple premise: Joyce combs through flyers of old-school punk, hardcore, and indie rock shows, retains the vital info, and uses that text to create Swiss Modernist-style posters that often incorporate geometric patterns," says Reyan Ali of the The Village Voice. Joyce says his posters reflect "his love of punk rock and Swiss Modernism, two movements that have (almost) nothing to do with one another." And while this may be true on the surface, judging by his overwhelming success, perhaps it's in their relative obscurity that commonality exists.
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Olivetti: Innovation & Identity is currently at the Denver Art Museum.
Here are just a few exhibitions happening around the country. From 100 years of chairs in Florida to a celebration of George Nelson at Cranbrook to “House & Home” in Washington, D.C., there is richness to enjoy everywhere.
Denver Art Museum
What is Modern?
Olivetti: Innovation & Identity
Tampa Museum of Art
A Hundred Years - A Hundred Chairs: Masterworks from the Vitra Design Museum
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A daredevil puts on a show in Thonet's classic chair.
This week we celebrate Michael Thonet, who was born on July 2, 1796. The inventor of one of the most important innovations in bent wood furniture making, Thonet patented a process of bending under heat several layers of wood veneer glued together and laminated – and used the new material to create curved back-rails and legs on chairs, contoured headboards and scrolled arms for sofas. This process eliminated the need for expensive and time-consuming hand-carved joints, and Thonet’s iconic 1859 chair has been in production for more than 150 years.
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In 1956, Irving Harper was working at George Nelson’s design firm when the two of them were approached by a Long Island company that had invented self-skinned injected plastic cushions. The inventors believed that the plastic discs could be produced inexpensively and saw the potential for creating something interesting with them. Harper and Nelson were intrigued and spent a weekend designing possible ways to use the discs. A model of a sofa was made (using checkers arranged on a small frame), which led to the design of the Marshmallow Sofa (above). Unfortunately, the plastic discs were not inexpensive to produce after all, and the Long Island company could not deliver the product they’d promised.
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