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.


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.

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.


Monday, November 1, 2010

Artist Review: David Hockney

The Road to York through Sledmere, 1997

David Hockney is an English painter, stage designer, and printmaker. He is also an important contributor to the Pop art movement of the 1960s. One of his paintings, Celia With her Foot on a Chair, reminds me of Pablo Picasso's paintings. His paintings show forms and shapes. It is easy to see his brush strokes. I cannot stop looking at his painting, Interior With Lamps. I like how it's very detailed and clean.

Interior With Lamp, 2003