At the moment I’m reading an awesome book called “Design of the 20th Century”, and I have found it really encouraging.
One of the issues I have regarding “design” is (only one!) how to think outside the box.
I have a bit of a fixation at the moment with light fittings, and am seriously thinking about design, materials and techniques.
And of course my ability to execute all this!
Perusing this book has I think given me a small breakthrough.
I was looking at pieces of functional furniture that looks so similar to others, but have actually be executed in different ways using different materials.
I enclosed some pictures for future reference…
I love the chaise longue, never owned one but it’s on the wish list….
The one I would really like to own is of course the chaise longue, Model No. B306 Chaise Longue.Charlotte Perriand is one of my design hero’s, she collaborated with Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret at the Le Corbusier studio.(pg 554)
Upon reading this wonderful book I had a light bulb moment. This chaise longue is not by any means the only one ever made, let me show you the wonderful array of chair and chaise designs that I have uncovered.
I will attempt to do a timeline for you to follow, with pictures
Eillen Gray – Transat chair for Galerie Jean Desert 1925-26 [ pg 297]
Kaare Klint – Model No. 4699 deck chair for Rud Rasmussen, 1933 [pg 385]
Bruno Mathsson – Pernilla chaise longue for Karl Mathsson, c. 1934 [pg 455]
Gabriele Mucchi – Genni armchair for Crespi Emilio Pina 1935 [pg 497]
Alvar Aalto – Model No. 43 chaise longue for Artek 1936 – Organic Design [pg 531]
Franco Albini Model No. PS16 rocking chaise for Carlo Poggi 1956 [pg 30]
Oliver Mourgue – Dijinn seating for Airborne International, 1965 [pg 496]
Cini Mariani Boeri – Bobo chair for Arflex, 1967 [pg 121]
Toshiyuki Kita – wink chair for cassina, 1980 [pg 382]
Josep Llusca – Faventia chaise longue for Oken 1992 [pg 424]
Pierre Paulin – Model No. 577 Tongue chaise for Artifort, 1967 [pg 547]
This is adorable, I can just imagine relaxing listening to some music with a vino in hand, bliss.
Now the idea of this blog is not to sell you any products, but perhaps to encourage you and myself about the concept of design and as George Nelson say’s, “design is a manifestation of the capacity of the human spirit to transcend it’s limits. [1957 Nelson G. The Problems of design]
And perhaps the most significant reason for diversity in design, however, is the general belief that, despite authority and success of particular design solutions, there is always a better way to doing things. [Introduction, pg 8 2005 Fiell P. & Fiell C.]
I am going to put this on my wall, so looking at it might just give me courage to carry on.
RESEARCH & AIDED COURSE WORK
Design and the 20th Century
Fiell P. & Fiell C.]
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