Fresh Finds: Ole Wanscher, A.J. Donahue, Art Deco, 70's Chic + 60's Glam

. Sunday, August 7, 2011

A.J. Donahue was a 1942 Masters of Architecture graduate of Harvard University, under the tutelage of Marcel Breuer and Walter Gropius. He designed the Winnipeg Chair, during his tenure as Professor of Architecture at the University of Manitoba, producing each piece in his basement with the assistance of his students. There is much speculation that the Winnipeg Chair impressed a young George Mulhauser, so much so that it became the inspirational predecessor for Herman Miller's iconic Coconut Chair, which Mulhauser designed while working for George Nelson Associates.

Ole Wanscher teak settee and lounge chair, very rare model designed for Cado, featuring concave seat panels, sculpted armrests, and saber-flared legs. Elegant and refined, the lineage of this design can be traced to Wascher's earlier classically-influenced Colonial Chair for P. Jeppesen, and to the knock-down construction of his models for France & Son.

A fine and lyrical polished brass chandelier featuring 5 petal-shaped arms illuminating a central scultpure of brass flowers and leaves. Styled after a series of chandeliers designed by Paavo Tynell for both Taito Oy and Lightolier.

A pair of glamorous polished brass surrealist table lamps, featuring a sculpted organic palm motif. Reminiscent of the work of Serge Roche, Tommi Parzinger, and Maison Charles.

An impressive minimalist magazine rack from an unknown studio, featuring lacquered wood, chrome, and brushed brass. Signed with handpainted studio marks and dated Nov. 4 - 37.

A sleek and chic minimalist floor lamp from an unknown studio, featuring 3 pivoting chrome posts mounted on a solid marble base. Possibly Italian. Reminiscent of the works of Nanda Vigo produced by Arredoluce during the 1970s

All via Modern Love, with many more great finds to come.


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