Eero Saarinen Furniture: The Grasshopper Chair

Among the best-considered names in Mid Century Modern, Eero Saarinen will have always a privileged place. A perfectionist, hard worker, and creative genius that made giant contributions both in architecture and interior design. Today let’s take a look at one of the earliest works of the creator of the Womb Chair.

The Grasshopper Chair was designed by Saarinen in 1946. It was commissioned by Florence Knoll, her longtime friend and colleague. That would be the first of many successful collaborations.

The Grasshopper Chair is a lounge chair, designed in the most simplified and efficient way. With a fabric upholstered seat and a laminated birch frame, it got its name due to the frame resemblance with the little insect. Graceful and agile, the Grasshopper Chair offers a very simplified look for a comfortable relaxing time. As usual with lounge chairs, an optional Ottoman is available.

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Design notes from the Barcelona Chair: Art Works

One of the greatest ways of creating extraordinary spaces is through art works. Art, in any manifestation may bring us not only a pleasant visual experience, but an enlighten of our mind and soul. That is good enough to keep some form of art in our place, but we can’t forget that art is a form of investment, too. Art pieces tend to be valuable and there are several markets where you can invest and trade fine pieces in very lucrative terms.

So, if you are thinking in some art investing, is really important to observe some practices to guarantee the best experience and preservation of your pieces. You should to provide the room with the proper structure to host, maintain and keep your art in good conditions, it doesn’t matter the type of art you own (paints, sculpture, antiques).

You should always think of controlling the humidity of the room as first priority. Of course, cleaning and decluttering is a daily must.

 Finally, an overall design centered in showing your art as the focal point of the room is essential.

Artistic value is achieved by artistic merits, and that is the challenge of the artist. But if you want a room with artistic value, it must have great art pieces inside, and your part consists in take good care of it.

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Design notes from the Barcelona Chair: Home Improvements in 2021

The pandemic in 2020 really affected the way we live in our very daily routines. Quarantines, lockdowns, and transit restrictions made our stay in our home and reconfigure our way of life. This reality brought some natural consequences for our homes and décor. There are three trends this 2021 that have to do with the pandemic reality we’re living in now.

WFH: Your new office

First, the Home Office space is consolidated in hour houses as a central element. This doesn’t mean actually big renovations, but some adjustments in the open concept so popular nowadays. In a place with children and pets, some privacy and noise-canceling are required to work properly, and a plane-open living room/dining room space doesn’t give you the minimal structure. Cabins? space separators?

Everything is connected, more than ever

Two, the rise of 5G technology open the door for what they call in recent years: “the internet of things” IoT. It means basically a hyperconnected home where you can, through your smartphone and computer, control a great number of options: Open/Close doors; turning on/off lights, kitchen appliances, blinds, among others.

Kitchen islands Vs. Dining Rooms

Third is the fading of the dining room. The dining room is losing relevancy against other spaces. First, it has to do with the macro trend of the open concept house. With an open house, there is less incentive to use a specific space, when you can gather around the very kitchen. Second, the rise of the kitchen island has a lot to do, too. Third, the formality of living rooms goes against the trend of multi-use spaces, driven by the rise of the Home Office.

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The Jason Statham Saga: A Shell Chair and a Cool Actor

Jason Statham, the British actor of very successful blockbuster films, like the Fast and Furious and The Transporter sagas, and another smashing hits like The Expendables may show in the screen the image of a very though, rude cold guy, but it happens to be otherwise in reality.

With the passing of years, and with a careful planning of its financial resources, Jason Statham has managed to buy, restore and sell some real state opportunities that came along in the way. Recently , he just sold the house he used to live with his wife, Rosie Huntington, after a conscious Mid Century Modern driven restoration. The final price was 19.95 m USD. Considering he acquired it in 10.6 m USD ten years ago, we all may agree that that business was pretty successful and the restoration process was a success.

But the Jason Statham chronicles in the world of furniture and design are quite interesting, and in this time we will only refer that the star of the new netflix series Shadow and Bone is obsessed with Mid Century Modern and Scandinavian Design and personally he supervises or even execute the furniture set ups in its properties.

Recently, in his IG account he took a shoot seated in one of his favorite chairs. And guess which it is? a Hans Wegner Shell Chair. That confirm us that Jason is a very well versed guy in the design team, just like anyone who get to know the work of its creator, Hans Wegner.

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Design notes from the Barcelona Chair: Adrian Pearsall

 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe with its Barcelona Chair, Hans Wegner with its Shell Chair, Eero Saarinen with its Tulip Chair…There are all great influences in the world of furniture and Mid Century Modern Design. But let’s find out about other voices less known in the world of modern furniture.

Adrian Pearsall, an American furniture designer, was born in Trumansburg, New York, in 1925. He was one of the earliest influences in American Modernism and introduced some interesting models, like the low sofa gondolas and some unique side tables and dining tables.

Pearsall served in the Navy from 1942 to 1950. After that, he went to the Illinois University, where he graduated in Architectural Engineering. Two years after that, he founded Craft Associates and started his career in the field of furniture. He passed away in 2011, but his legacy is still alive and its models are still popular.

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Hans Wegner’s Chairs: The Swivel Chair

As we all know now, Working From Home, WFH,  is the new reality for many people around the world. The lockdowns and restrictions of transit come and go, and even though we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, is very probably that lots of people stays in their homes, even in a definitive way.

In interior design, the home office is the answer to the request of WFH. For most of the people, a home office means a little spot on your place, with a desk, a chair, and maybe a storage facility. And the chair is a central element of your home workstation.

Hans Wegner, the creator behind classics like the Shell Chair, or the Ox Chair, made its bet on the subject of work chairs quite early in the mids of 1950s. The Swivel Chair was designed in 1955, as an answer to a plea of Eigill Snorrason, a Danish doctor that criticized the lack of ergonomics in the furniture design, while he attended a Danish Trade Show.

With a 4 wheel chromed tubular frame, a vegetal leather rounded seat and combined with a rounded wood low backrest, the Swivel Chair exhibits a very peculiar mix of materials, not very common in the work of  the Danish master. The signature mark is nevertheless in the backrest, with the characteristic sculptured shapes of Wegner’s work.

Jason Statham, the famous British actor, was recently portrayed by Architectural Digest, in its cozy and sober house of Malibu. He is obsessed with Danish furniture, and its home office has a Swivel Chair as one of the finest items. Actually, he seated there in the article’s main picture. One more fine example of how trendy is the creator of the Shell Chair, Hans Wegner.

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The Shell Chair: Part of the Mid Century Modern Legacy

As it usually happens, the Hans Wegner’s Shell Chair is often cited as one of the definitive symbols of Modern furniture. This time is the turn of the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, through its web My Modern Met. In a very recent article dedicated to the phenomena of Mid Century Modern, the Hans Wegner’s Shell Chair is mentioned as one of the finest examples of how Scandinavian design turned into a big influence in Mid Century Modern.

The structure of the Shell Chair, made of “pure and honest” materials is highly praised in the article. Mid Century Modern style pieces, like the Hans Wegner’s Shell Chair, show their love for wood thanks to the influence of Scandinavian style and their mastering of wood. And certainly, that’s the story of Hans Wegner, one of the most respected artisans in the XXth century, with an unmatched talent to create sculptured chairs.

Rethinking the chair, every designer of Mid Century Modern style tried to take back the idea of a chair and built it again from scratch to leave only the essentials. That’s the reason why so many original models of chairs were born during the 1950s to 1970s period. One of these fine examples is the Shell Chair, with its characteristic winged seat and its smiling face.

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The Womb Chair, the Ultimate Reading Chair

In a very recent review from living etc, the Eero Saarinen’s Womb Chair is signaled as one of the 31 best chairs for reading nowadays. Not bad for a chair designed when John F. Kennedy was still President of the United States, right?

The Womb Chair is reviewed in the blog under the subtitle Honour a Mid Century Scheme. Among the other models selected, we have the Eames Lounge Chair (Obviously), a Jacobsen’sEgg Chair, and more contempo pieces, like chaise longs.

The purpose of a reading room, or just a special place for family, is mainly a room of relaxing available for everybody in the house. It can be as large and complex as you imagine, but as cozy and warm as you need.

The Womb Chair, thanks to its undetachable Ottoman, and perfect design,  capable to give that “fun” moment both indoor as outdoor , is your perfect company to that reading sessions.

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Flamboyant Chairs: The Spun Chair

From the mind of Thomas Heatherwick, a great British designer, comes the Spun Chair. A flamboyant chair, only at fist sight. Looking like an sculptured empty vessel, the Spun chair is really a mobile relaxing chair.

Once you sit in, you may lean from side to side or rotate around, without falling. The Spun Chair is fun, but is functional, too. Originally released in 2005. Heatherwick tried to solve the question if one completely round and rotationally symmetrical object make a comfortable chair? The success of this flamboyant chair seems to answer the question.

Originally created with the same materials of timpani drums (those big drums used in symphonic  orchestras), the Spun is now made from polypropylene, and it has many replicas around the world. A chair to have fun and give your life a twist.

Thomas Heatherwick is a very famous designer and it has stunning achievements, like the design of the UK Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo of 2010, just like did Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the International Exposition of Barcelona in 1928, with the German Pavilion and the Barcelona Chair.

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Design Trends: What’s off this 2021

Interior design is a great washing machine…Some trends get so popular, so trendy, so hot….That they just get dirty by overuse and lack of criterial. With time and the view from Interior Designers, these trends are renewed and released again to wear, just like clean, pristine clothes. But that requires time to complete the washing cycle. Let’s take a look to what is considered dirty, OFF now.

Mirrored Furniture

There is not half measures with Mirrored furniture. People love it or hate it, but for now, designers hate it the most. Lucite is a better alternative. Mirrored furniture had a short revival by grandmilenials, but it fell in disgrace quickly. Maybe is related to the very inconveniences of excessive mirrors, it doesn’t matter the particular style and time we are. 

Pale Monochromatic spaces

After so many years of Scandinavian imperialism,  it looks like the neutral color trend has gone too far for so long. Bold monochromatic choices are welcomed. Grey and beige are really hard to die dudes, and enhancing them with pints of color (grey + blue) is an alternative.

Concrete

It looked terrific in the 1990s and they were all over the place: Homes, Airports, Malls, Hospitals. Concrete floors were extremely popular due to its versatility and its easy maintenance. Today we’ve seen enough of this trend and maybe is time for concrete to rest for a while.

Subway Tile

Another overexposed material. Subway tile, supposedly used for the first time in the NYC sub, became highly popular in the 1990s, and it still is. Indeed it became a classic for cafes, bistros, bakeries, and so on. The new trends are all about color and life, so there is not space for that boring (now) white walls.

Marble and granite

Staining or etching is a permanent risk with  marble and that makes it sometimes undesirable, especially in kitchens where it turns to be inevitable. Faux marble imitations are doing great (porcelain, plastic fiber), is less expensive and it reaches almost the same heights of beauty.

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