Grete Jalk: To boldly go where no chair has gone before....

. Sunday, November 29, 2009

This Grete Jalk armchair was designed in 1963 for the renowned Danish company France & Son.

In 2009, this chair journeyed where no chair had gone before.... literally.

8 HD cameras, no special effects.

Via Toshiba.

Modern Love 20th Century 6: Round One is now open for bids


20th Century 6 is the 6th annual online auction of design and decorative arts to benefit cancer research. A portion of every winning bid in this sale will be donated to the cause. Held in support of the Canadian Cancer Society, every item sold will help generate vital funding for promoting educational materials on prevention, and help fund emotional support programs for those living with cancer during all phases of their illness, from diagnosis through treatment and surgery, and well into recovery.

The 1st round of items are now listed on eBay.
The 2nd round comes December 2.
All item listings will close December 9.

Items currently active include this Stig Lindberg Leaf Bowl, an early Eames Rosewood Lounge + Ottoman, a Paolo Venini Inciso Vase, and a set of 4 Borge Mogensen Dining Chairs.

To see all items that are currently open for bidding, click here.

The see the complete online catalog of all items being offered, click here.

Via Modern Love.

Behind the Scenes: Daria Werbowy by Max Abadian

. Saturday, November 28, 2009

A behind the scenes look at Daria Werbowy's cover and editorial shoot for Flare 30th anniversary issue (September 2009).

The oversized bunny ear motif has become a surprising trend in fashion as of late, first conceived by Marc Jacobs and debuted at his Louis Vuitton show during Paris fashion week in March. He explains its genesis:

"There's a girl who works for us, Lucy, she's on the design team, and Adrian, one of the boys, was tying a little bit of fabric around and it reminded me of bunny. We were thinking of all these different things like can-can dancers, and I saw this piece of fabric wrapped around Lucy's head and said, 'Bunny ears, that's what we need to finish this look.' So we made all these radzimir bunny ears and that's how it happened. I like the kind of Playboy, French coquette aspect to it."

Photography by Max Abadian, who studied at Dawson’s Institute of Photography.

Via Flare.

Spaces: Steven Ehrlich Architects: Boxenbaum Residence


The home of Chuck and Kharlene Boxenbaum by Steven Ehrlich Architects.

"Situated on a sloping corner lot across from an elementary school, the
Boxenbaum House orients itself away from two perimeter streets towards rear and side outdoor spaces and gardens for privacy and serenity. The home's principle function, other than the primary residence of a couple with grown children, is to create a gallery for the work of noted artist Kharlene Boxenbaum. To do this, the design maximizes large wall expanses bathed in ambient light an ideal environment for showcasing art.

The home is furnished with a nice collection of iconic modern design: Hans Wegner Wishbone dining chairs; a pair of Eames lounge chairs, and a classic arrangement of Florence Knoll marble tables; Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona chairs, coffee table, and daybed; with a Frank Gehry Wigglestool as a sculptural element.

Via Blue Ant Studio.

Spaces: Watch Katy Rodriguez's Richard Neutra House Tour

. Thursday, November 26, 2009

Click here to watch Ressurection Vintage co-founder and fashion designer Katy Rodriguez take you on a tour of her home, the Sinay House by Richard Neutra, which she shares with her boyfriend, skateboard legend Tony Alva.

To furnish this architectural icon, Katy and Tony have assembled a premium furniture collection, including an array of Charlotte Perriand stools, a Luther Conover lounge chair, a George Nakashima dining table, Isamu Noguchi Akari lamps, a rare steel leg George Nelson bench, patio chairs and chaises by Hendrick Van Keppel and Taylor Green, and an assortment of Architectural Pottery. Other notable pieces include artwork by Mark Gonzales and Raymond Pettibon, and a beautiful vintage Goyard trunk.

The 1st photo from Lisa Eisner for Vanity Fair. The 2nd photo is of Ressurection's Los Angeles showroom, with furniture by Jean Prouvé.

Via FashionAir

La PhotoCabine

. Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Click the photo for much fun.

...a.k.a. The Photo Booth, designed by Rafael Gonzalves.

Spaces: Steven Sclaroff: Pomeranc Residence


A look inside the home of hotelier Jason Pomeranc, discovered via Studio Annetta's post admiring the amazing python and onyx firplace. This richly decorated interior is by Steven Sclaroff, who provided a luxurious international mix of 20th Century design, including: matching Arne Jacobsen Swan Chairs, a rare pair of Olaf von Bohr Medusa Lamps, coffee tables by Warren Platner and Paul Evans, a rare Ray Komai desk chair, Carl Aubock occasional table, a Milo Baughman lounge chair, and vintage Cassina Leather dining chairs by Mario Bellini.

Photos by Timothy Kolk.

Via Studio Annetta.

Icons: Françoise Hardy on her Eames Lounge Chair

. Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Two 20th Century style icons. From Knight Cat, a superb vintage photo of Françoise Hardy, relaxing and strumming on her lounge chair by Charles + Ray Eames .

The early Eames rosewood lounge and ottoman shown in the following photos is being offered next week in Modern Love's 6th annual auction to benefit cancer research and support programs.

Watch: Phillip Van: And She Stares Longingly At What She Has Lost


And She Stares Longingly At What She Has Lost by Phillip Van is one part of a five-part exquisite corpseproject launched by Little Minx partnered with RSA Films. In addition to Van, four other directors—Chris Nelson, Malik Hassan Sayeed, Josh Miller, and Laurent Briet—responded to the last line of text of the previous director’s script.

From an interview posted on Shorts, Van is asked: The emotional wallop of “She Stares” gets a huge assist from the music—the song ‘Come Wander With Me’, which is from an episode of The Twilight Zone. The song is built so perfectly into the film—was the song a starting point for the film, or something that you discovered later?

PV: The song was very much a starting point for the narrative. The narrative ideas and characters complement yet also contrast and reconfigure the lyrics.

I first found the song, sung by Bonnie Beecher in an original Episode of the Twilight Zone and I was so taken by it that I couldn’t think of much else for a while. When this project arose, I felt the elements that the guidelines required I incorporate would work well with the images and narrative the song had conjured in my mind.

Watch + Listen: xiao ming Chen: Lady + Bird's See me Fall


A beautifully shot short film by xiao ming Chen, starring model Anjaylia Chan. As he explains on his vimeo page:

"I used a Canon MK2 w/ Hasselblad Carl Zeiss Lens to do the shoot.... the soft focus are all real with no post effect. I did put a glass in front of the lens for some shots to get the blur/flare/distort. I used 50mm & 80mm of the hasselblad carl zeiss lens for the shoot from my 120 hasselblad camera. You can just easily to get one in ebay."

Impressive work.

Visit Lady & Bird.

My Parents Were Awesome

. Monday, November 23, 2009

The blog My Parents Were Awesome is truly heartwarming collection of user-submitted vintage photos.

Via Swiss Miss.

Oscar Niemeyer: the Stairwell as Sculpture


Sublime Brazilian stairwells. The first from Oscar Niemeyer' 1987 Latin America Memorial Concert Hall in São Paolo. The second from his 1962 Ministry of Foreign Affairs Brasilia.

More great photos from Julian Weyer's Flikr stream.

Via You Have Been Here Sometime, via MidCentury Modernist.

Spotlight: Eva Zeisel


DWR's Design Notes has a great feature on the work and life of the 103-year-young master ceramic artist Eva Zeisel.

Click here for the article.

The collection shown in the photos is being offered next week in Modern Love's 6th annual auction to benefit cancer research and support programs.

Via SeeSaw Designs.

Update: SteveMinne sent a link to this slideshow commemorating her birthday.

Creative Spaces: The Studio of Alvar Aalto


Apartment Therapy takes a look inside Alvar Aalto's design office, a nice follow up to the earlier feature on his home.

"Like his home, the Atelier facade is nearly windowless and quite plain. The majority of windows are on the rear and sides of the building where they can take full advantage of the limited (in winter) Finnish sunlight.

Upon entrance, the building is home to the office of the Alvar Aalto Foundation, the Alvar Aalto Academy and the Alvar Aalto Museum Architectural Heritage. The foundation maintains both the home at Riihitie 20 and this studio building. The majority of the space that is open for touring is the second floor office and meeting space.

The office include a large group drafting room, a small private conference room and a large studio space that was the private office Alvar Aalto."

Click here to see the full feature.

Spaces: Sara Giese (Henning Larsen Architects): Copenhagen

. Sunday, November 22, 2009

The home of architect Sara Giese, of Copenhagen based Henning Larsen Architects. From what I can gather of the Danish description, this great light-filled space was a huge renovation project of her former family home. Complimenting her interior are great pieces of 20th Century design, including Arne Jacobsen sconces, floor lamp and a few teak 3107 chairs (with a pair of stacked seats used as a decorative object); a Poul Henningsen pendant lamp; a fine pair of Peter Hvidt Ax lounge chairs; and a Charles + Ray Eames Dowel-base Armchair and Hang-it-all. The contemporary ball pendants above the counters I believe are by Tom Dixon, and add a nice graphic touch.

Photos by Pernille Kaalund of Hey Home.

Via Bolig.

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