Saturday, May 7, 2011

Artist Review: Chul An Kwak

Korean designer Chul An Kwak aims to inject furniture with dynamic emotion in his 'r.n.i' series of work.
The series is based after images of running horses that motivated him to create furniture. I really like the sweeping forms of the furnitures. It looks like as though the pieces are going to walk away from the viewers.


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Arist Review: Garry Knox Bennett

Bennett is an American artist and furniture maker. He is known for making whimsical and unconventional uses of materials. What I like about his work is that I can see different characteristics and personalities in each of his furnitures. Garry's work is represented in many private collections as well as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Mint Museum of Art+Design, NC, Museum of Art and Design, NY.


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Artist Review: Gord Peteran

Gordon Peteran is an abstract furniture maker and sculptor. He is known for making products that are between furniture design and sculpture. I find his works witty and conceptually intriguing. His furnitures seem to be nonfunctional: The table doesnt seem to hold objects and the chairs are not made for sitting.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Artist Review: Matthias Pliessnig

Matthias Pliessnig is a furniture designer. His works focus on using steamed bend wood. I find his work helpful in providing me ideas with constructing bend wood forms. He got his inspiration from boatbuilding techniques, particularly steam bending of wood strips around a mold, and classic modernist furniture.


Friday, April 15, 2011

Artist Review: Wendell Castle

Wendell Castle is an American furniture artist. I learned about him from a friend of mine who is currently studying Industrial Design at RIT. His works are often organic and whimsical. And his works are crafted from hardwoods, plastics, veneers, and metals. In 1962-1969, he taught at RIT, School for American Craftsment, in Rochester. Here are his 10 "adopted rules of thumb" that i think are applicable in any artistic pursuit:

1. If you are in love with an idea, you are no judge of its beauty or value.
2. It is difficult to see the whole picture when you are inside the frame.
3. After learning the tricks of the trade, don't think you know the trade.
4. We see and apprehend what we already know.
5. The dog that stays on the porch will find no bones.
6. Never state a problem to yourself in the terms it was brought to you.
7. If it's offbeat or surprising then it's probably useful.
8. If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not find it.
9. Don't get too serious.
10. (And my personal favourite...) If you hit the bullseye everytime, then the target is probably too near.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Artist Review: Hans J Wegner

The "Peacock" chair(1947) was inspired by the traditional "Windsor" chair.

Wegner is one of the most prolific designers in Denmark. His design shows its own uniqueness and focuses on practical and comfortable. His works are not only beautiful and elegant but also durable. He is best known for his chairs. Here are some of my favorites design:


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Artist Review: Eero Aarnio

Eero Aarnio, Finnish, is one of my favorite furniture designers. Aarnio is well known for his plastic and fiberglass furniture designs in the 1960s. He is among few of the masters still alive today. His style is lively and he uses vivid colors in most of his furniture designs. I like the Ball Chair, which is a hollow sphere on a stand and open on one side to allow a person to sit in it. His other works also include candy chair (Pastil Chair)and Tomato Chair. These chairs also present pop style furniture. If you ever get a chance to take a look at his website, he has some more interesting designs.