Tuesday, October 28, 2014

George Nelson and His Creative 'Zaps'

Can you recall a time your creative juices were running low and as soon as you stop trying to think about it… ZAP!  There’s the answer!

George Nelson saw these creative zaps as “when the solitary individual finds he is connected with a reality he never dreamed of.”  He was confident enough in his personal ‘zaps’ to build a prolific design career.  Still regarded as a forerunner of systems furniture, his designs can be found in homes and offices around the world.

 Our reproduction of George Nelson's Platform Bench uses the original dimensions created in 1948.  Its versatility allows it to be used as either a low table or additional seating in practically any setting. 

Come check it out along with everything else we have to offer in either our Chicago or Bellingham Showrooms!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Le Corbusier's 'Active Mode' LC1 Basculant Chair

“A house is a machine for living in.”

Le Corbusier declared these words and clearly based them around his designs.  He created his chairs in 3 different styles: active mode, comfort mode and relaxation mode, all depending on the setting and type of activity for which they were intended.  His first ‘active mode’ chair, the LC1 Basculant Chair, was originally intended as an office chair and had become useful in a wide range of other settings since its inception in 1928. 

Our LC1 Basculant Chair Reproduction still provides the reclining back that Le Corbusier originally designed to offer support in a variety of angles, so anyone sitting in it can find their most comfortable position.  We make our reproduction in a polished stainless steel frame, the more durable option than the original frame made from mild steel and chrome plating, and offer our chair in 15 leather color options. 

Come check out our LC1 Basculant Chair Reproduction in one of our showrooms near you!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hans Wegner: Master Carpenter and Leading Designer

As a trained Master Carpenter, Hans Wegner prided his furniture creations on their meticulous craftsmanship using his carpentry skills.  His designs of the 1950s and 60s are what have made him one of the driving forces behind the Scandinavian Modern movement and his furniture creations are still relevant today.

Our reproduction of Wegner’s JH Lounge Chair fits perfectly in an office or living rooms setting.  Our dimensions honor the exact dimensions of the original with a level of comfort that would make Wegner proud.  We use a hardwood seat frame, polished stainless steel base and a variety of our Scandinavian leather options.

Come check it out in our Chicago or Bellingham showroom!

"The Intimacy of the Natural World" by Sharon Kingston

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Perfect Balance of Beauty and Strength

Mies van der Rohe appreciated the perfect balance of beauty and strength and applied this to his designs, like the Brno Chair.   The obvious elegance of this chair is his ideal that ‘less is more,’ a concept many designers still use.  To add functionality to his already elegant chair, he slightly curved the front legs of the sled base, resulting in only four points that touch the floor and maximizing the amount of weight this chair could hold-- and he was certainly not a small man!

Of all the beautiful designs of that era, we recognize the strength of his Brno chair design is what has made it a useful chair in the years since, and in a wide array of settings from dining tables to waiting rooms to executive offices.  Unlike most reproducers of this chair, we honor the exact dimensions of his original design since it is both the beauty and the strength that make this chair simply perfect.   
Come check out our Brno Chair Reproduction in either our Chicago or Bellingham Showroom!

Painting: "Learning to Bloom" by Sharon Kingston