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.


Source: http://www.eero-aarnio.com/

Artist Review: Philippe Starck

Starck is a French product designer. His designs range from interior design to mass produced consumer goods. His work is full of creative ideas and playful sense of humor. They include table lamp such as Miss K, Miss Sissi, and Rosy. I also like his Bubble Club Armchair series, which is made out of polyethylene. It shows soft lines on the These furniture are perfect for furnishing communal spaces, waiting rooms and public places.

Bubble Club


Miss Sissi

Miss K

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Artist Review: Marcel Breuer

Born in Hungary, Breuer graduated from the German Bauhaus School. He eventually moved to the United States and taught at Harvard University. His design is inherited by the modern Bauhaus style. His work is light and elegant. It emphasizes the structure of pure form and tidiness. He designed the Wassily Chair (also known as Model B3 Chair), which is made with leather. Despite the fact that this chair is made with leather, it looks uncomfortable. However, I do like the shape and its clean lines.

Source: http://www.marcelbreuer.org/Biography.html

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Artist Review: Arne Jacobsen

Arne Jacobsen (1902-71) is known as one of the most famous Danish architects and designers. He attended the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture inCopenhagen. He made prototypes for furniture, textiles, wallpaper, silverware, and etc. He is remembered for developing the 'Danish Modern' style. Here are some of his most famous pieces..

Egg, 1958

Swan, 1958

Ant, 1952

His designs are simple and elegant, but what's most important is the effectiveness of the design. The simplicity and material used for the chairs is sufficient enough to form a sophisticated look. I'm most inspired by the curves of the chairs. There are no straight lines and that's what makes it innovative.

Source: http://www.arne-jacobsen.com/en/arne-jacobsen.aspx

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Artist Review: Verner Panton

When I first googled Verner Panton, he looks like a fisherman to me. Surprisingly, he is world's renowned Danish furniture and interior designer. Earlier in his life, he also worked in Arne Jacobsen's workshop. He created bright colors in his designs by using a variety of new materials, mostly plastics. The S-shaped Panton Chair(Panton Chair) is one of his most famous works. I am intrigued by the shape/curve of the chair. What's interesting is that the S-shaped Panton Chair not only looks extravagant , it was the first chair in the history of furniture design made entirely out of plastic.

Two-Level Seat, 1973

Monday, November 29, 2010

Artist Review: Charles and Ray Eames

Charles and Ray Eames are America's most famous architecture and furniture designers as well as husband and wife team. They were good at developing low-cost material as well as comfort and fine furniture (but when I looked up the prices of the furniture, they're not cheap at all... -_-) They also wrote books, shoot video, played photography, and designed toys. They're the leading mid-twentieth century designers. My personal favorites are the Lounge Chair & Ottoman and Organic Armchair.

Source: http://www.eamesgallery.com/

Friday, November 12, 2010

Artist Review: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was a German American architect. He believes pure and simple design is best for a building. The Barcelona Chair is one of his accomplishment. It was exclusively designed in 1929 for the German Pavilion, that country's entry for the International Exposition of 1929 and it was hosted by Barcelona, Spain. The chair defines modernism and was inspired by the folding chairs of ancient time. The chair was made of stainless steel and pigskin. It's simple, neutral, and comfortable. It is definitely the perfect bench for a minimal and modern interior.
Source: http://www.knoll.com/products/product.jsp?prod_id=577

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Artist Review: George Nelson

George Nelson is America's most influential architects, furniture designers, and product designer. We can say that he is one of the founding fathers of American modernism. Nelson studied architecture at Yale University and graduated in 1928. He had served as the furniture company Herman Miller's design director for 20 years in collaboration with Ray and Charles Eames, Harry Bertoia, Richard Schultz, Donald Knorr and Isamu Noguchi. His most famous works, the 'Marshmallow' sofa and the Ball Clock are as colorful as candy. Both designs are representative of the early works of pop style furniture.


Friday, November 5, 2010

Artist Review: Isamu Noguchi

Noguchi, was a Japanese American artist. He designed furniture that looks like sculpture and the materials used are handmade paper from Japan. The "Akari"series of paper lamps are his most famous works. The lamps are created by handmade paper and bamboo ribbing, supported by thin metal frame. The lamps give a blend of Japanese handcraft and modern look, which can be used in modern home space.

Source: http://www.noguchi.org/