Works of Controversy: The Government of India vs. Wright

. Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Apparently the Indian government is making all attempts to stop Wright's March 31st auction, and  to recover the Pierre Jeanneret furniture formerly from the city of Chandigarh.  In the 1950's the Chandigarh government commissioned Le Corbusier to design the city as a monument to modernity. Le Corbusier's cousin, Pierre Jeanneret, was hired to design the furniture.

By the 1980's the Chandigarth government considered the furniture as junk, and was sold to the public "for peanuts" at government auctions. Some of the furniture was purchased by a number of wise European 20th Century art dealers, restored, and then offered at auction houses worldwide. As a result, the market for Jeanneret furniture expanded significantly, and value grew dramatically (eg. the chair pictured above has been estimated at 15,000 - 20,000 USD).

The problem: now that the furniture is valuable, the Indian government is attempting to claim ownership of the pieces.

Click here to read the full story from Wright.

Watch: Hans Wegner + the Origins of the Flag Halyard Chair

. Tuesday, March 29, 2011

via inform interior's facebook.

Spaces: The Home of Elin Kling + Gustaf Törlings: Stockholm


The home of fashion designer Elin Kling and creative director Gustaf Törlings.

"The style is some sort of bohemian chic," says Elin, "but we never really talked about what kind of furniture we have, it has become natural. I get much inspiration from fashion and home decor world."

Complimenting their decor are some fine pieces of mid-century modernism, including a set of Hans Wegner wishbone chairs, Aldo Tura nesting tables with vintage accessories by Hermes, and a Danish leather sofa inherited from Gustaf's grandmother.

They also share a great love story, read it at residence (though you may have to use Google Translate).

Icons: Happy Birthday Mies

. Monday, March 28, 2011

On Monday (March 28), The Mies van der Rohe Society celebrates the 125th anniversary of the master's birth.

Daily Dose: Spring Fever


A beautiful space that I wish I new more about. Filled with vinatge Eames, Nelson, Jacobsen, and Saarinen. Via amsterdammodern, photographer/project uncredited. If you know, please leave a comment.

Fresh Finds: Eero Saarinen, YSL, Christian Dior, + More


Influenced by the works of Ib Kofod-Larsen and Hans Olsen, this fine pair of modernist lounge chairs feature sculpted frames, wrap-around backrests, floating seat panels, and soft leather upholstery.

Not signed, designer not known.

An elegant architectural bench influenced by the works of Harvey Probber. Finished in brushed brass,

Not signed, designer is not known.

A fine Eero Saarinen executive chair for Knoll Associates.  Originally designed in 1957, this fluid and sculptural form is a descendant of earlier forms developed over a decade earlier, in collaboration with Charles Eames for MoMA's Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition.

Featuring a one-piece wide-arching and flexible fiberglass backrest, recalliing Saarinen's Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent eyeglasses. 1970's. Deadstock.

Vintage Christian Dior eyeglasses. 1970's. Deadstock.

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

Little Dragon x PS22: Twice

. Saturday, March 26, 2011

Little Dragon and PS22 team up for a rendition of Twice (original version here).

Via modern love's tumblr and little dragon's facebook. Read more and see another performance at PS22's blog.

Listen: Oh Land: Lean


Spaces: The home of Laura + Diego Garcia: New York

. Thursday, March 24, 2011

The beautiful home of fashion designer Laura and her husband singer songwriter Diego Garcia. A bright light space, infused with touches of 20th Century Modernist Glam, including chrome lounge chiars by Milo Baughman, a coffee table and leather stools by Karl Springer, and a sofa by George Nelson.  In the dining room is a classic arrangement of a George Nelson Bubble Lamp, Eero Saarinen dining table and Harry Bertoia wire chairs.   Spotted in the dressing room is a pair of Richard Prince skateboard decks for Supreme.

This space is part of the Garcia's continuing love story, read it at Vogue. Photos by Claiborne Swanson Frank,

Icons: Philip Johnson


at his masterpiece Glass House. Photographer unknown.

Girls Making Gun Sounds


For more well designed absurdity check out Girls Making Gun Sounds.

Via the world's best ever.

Watch: Black Lights

. Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A short film by from Gabriel Brault Tardif, produced by Triptyqu3.

Music by Sigur Ros.

More beautiful imagery from the impeccably curated how to make a baby elephant float.

Favorite Picks: Phillips de Pury: Design: London


Exquisite and rare works of 20th Century Design will be offered in Phillips de Pury's Design auction, on April 7th in London. These are my favorite picks:

A monumental polished brass chandelier by Paavo Tynell.

A rare polished bronze lamp by Jacques Quinet.

A pair of Tour Eiffel screens, and a Bouquet wall lamp, both by Jacques Adnet.

A rare Charlotte Perriand freeform desk.

A rare Poul Kjaerholm folding screen in Oregon Pine.

A Jean-Pierre Vitrac adjustable table lamp.

A chrome and plastic Raymond Fernand bedroom set.

A very rare painted papier-mâché mirror, and a velvet and walnut lounge chair, both by Gio Ponti.

A pair of Venini blown-glass pendant lamps.

Spiraling wall sconces by Gino Sarfatti.

And a perspex and marble floor lamp by Angelo Lelli.

See the full preview at Phillips de Pury.

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