The most prolific model of Charles and Ray Eames' fiberglass chairs for Herman Miller, here's a look back at some of the most amazing Eames Rockers to ever appear at auction or online.
The first photo is of an Eames rocker with a prototype base made for a 1948 MoMA competition. The pink fiberglass shell is actually of later production. The original shell was a sideshell made of stamped metal (see it here on DesignBoom).
The second rocker is an extremely rare 1st production version, with the Eames' original criss-cross strut configuration to the base. The struts were reconfigured within months of the rocker's introduction, as it was discovered that the criss-cross portion of the base would painfully pinch the sitter's achilles tendon and heels. The later reconfiguration provided proper clearance.
For some time, the rocker was given as a gift to Herman Miller employees with newborns. The third rocker shows an original brass plate, bearing the baby's name and birthday.
The last rocker is upholstered in Alexander Girard's Checkerboard fabric.
Images via Architonic, Treadway, Wright, Christies, and Modern Love.
This is actually not an official video, but was a graduation project made by Timo Wilke for his Graphic Design Diploma.
Three Eileen Gray lots from Christie's Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge auction crushed the world record for the most expensive work of 20th Century Design at auction, previously held by a Carlo Mollino table, also sold by Christies. The "Dragon Chair" sold for $28.3 million, the sideboard for $5.25 million, and the "Satellite" Suspension lamp sold for $3.85 million.
What is of special note, the buyer for the Dragon Chair, was in fact the original dealer that sold YSL the chair in the 1970s.
Another notable finish was a custom made bar by Francois-Xavier Lalanne, realizing $3.56 million (originally estimated at $255,536 - $383,304).
Recession? What recession?
A Ghent apartment featuring an impressive collection of furniture from Eames, Kjaerholm, Aalto, Nakashima, Prouve, and more. The vintage B&B Bambole sofa in worn distressed leather is perfection.
Photos Frederik Vercruysse.
BOOMBOX from Ely Kim on Vimeo.
Ely is a graphic design student at Yale. His vimeo page is here and his own website is here. If this video is any indication of the atmosphere in Yale's design faculty, sign me up.
I love the shirt on day 15.
Again via swiss miss.
Via Swiss Miss.
Irving Harper was the creative force in the Nelson Office responsible for most of the clocks for Howard Miller, the Marshmallow sofa for Herman Miller, the Half-Nelson Lamp for Koch + Lowy, and many other 20th Century design icons. This rare interview by Matte Stephens for Design Sponge visits the Harpers at their amazing home, filled with other creative endeavors rarely seen, including some incredibly articulated paper sculptures.
Without a doubt, Irving Harper is one of the most important and underrated designers of the 20th Century. This interview delves deeper into the historical importance of the Nelson Office, with a first hand account from one of their shining stars.
Photos by Matte Stephens.
Listen to the podcast interview here.
The Tribe at the site of the 1939/1940 New York World's Fair which also hosted the 1964/1965 New York World's Fair. The iconic Unisphere looms prominently. A true classic of 90s hip-hop.
In 1967, French steel manufacturer Uginox approached 5 designers to help stimulate interest in the use of stainless steel in interior design. Selected were Francois Monnet, Francoise See, Jacques Charpentier, Michel Boyer, and Maria Pergay. The result was revolutionary, carving a new path in the Modern Movement.
Having designed for both Christian Dior and Pierre Cardin, Maria Pergay arguably became the most famous member of the group. Read this exclusive interview with her at Luxury Culture
The Barbican in London is celebrating Le Corbusier. Widely acclaimed as the most influential architect of the 20th Century, his radical ideas for reinventing modern living - from private villas to large-scale social housing - still resonate today.
The gentleman you see is Harry Bertoia's son, Val Bertoia.
Via Wooster Collective.
Favorite lots from the upcoming February 26 auction.
Set of 3 Jenny Holzer Survival Series LEDs.
An Eli Bornstein Structurist Relief.
Iconic image of Cindy Crawford by Herb Ritts.
Richard Prince Limited Edition Skateboard Decks by Supreme.
A Chuck Close tapestry depicting a portrait of Kate Moss.
See all the lots here.
From Phillips de Pury's sister site Phillipsartexpert, meet the artist duo Herakut, and collector Nathaniel Potter. Both are to offer properties in the upcoming Saturday@Phillips auction.
photos courtesy of Romanywg.
An awe-inspiring short film from Sotheby's PRIVATE VIEW.
Home by designer/architect Arjaan de Feyter.
via The Office for Word and Image
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Ocvirk Kus Danica
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