The Mexican “Hans J. Wegner” Folding Chair

Today I will share with you a charming old story about how a rustic version of Wegner’s famous folding chair, the JH512, made its way to Mexico. As you may recall, the “JH512 Folding Chair” designed by Hans J. Wegner and made by Johannes Hansen was presented along with “The …

Amazing resemblance between two chair designs

The Chamela chair was developed and manufactured in Mexico for several years from 1974 and sold through LOGADO, S.A. a top contemporary furniture design shop when Po Shun was living there. http://www.poshunleong.com/seat2014_1.html With a minimum of natural materials, a great deal of comfort came from the seat sling. The Mexico …

20th-century furniture design value – Part # 1

 The past decade has seen a significant rise in the value of 20th-century design, with vintage furniture pieces achieving record prices at auctions. Buying design objects and furniture at auction has become an event on par with a Modern and Contemporary Art auction in London or New York, etc. Today, …

Building up an icon (mass produced) – Part #15

In my previous post about this series I introduced the terms “Scandinavian Design” (which includes Denmark, Norway, Sweden Finland) and “Danish Modern”. Today, the subject will be “Swedish Modern”. This term first became current in the 1930’s when modern Swedish design was becoming increasingly well known in Europe and …

Brazilian Modernism: Furniture Design in Brazil – Part #2

continues from Part # 1 Considered one of the founding fathers of Brazilian design, Sergio Rodrigues, is still producing some of his best known designs. The roots of Rodrigues’ work lies in his use of traditional raw materials such as jacaranda, eucalyptus, peroba and imbuia woods to create icons of …

Brazilian Modernism: Furniture Design in Brazil – Part #1

When Le Corbusier visited Rio de Janeiro for the first time in 1929, his impression was that Brazil was a fascinating country but rather provincial. Although he gave a few lectures, these were reserved for a privileged, highly educated circle that was able to follow his talks in French. Lucio …

Building up an icon (mass produced) – Part #14

The term “Scandinavian Design” (which includes Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland) originated from the show “Design in Scandinavia” that toured the US and Canada from 1954 to 1957. Promoting the “Scandinavian way of living”, it exhibited various works by Nordic designers and established the meaning of the term that continues …

Building up an icon (mass produced) – Part #13

Vitra was founded in 1950 by Willi and Erika Fehlbaum in Weil am Rhein, Germany as a shop-fitting company. Business flourished when in 1957 Herman Miller Inc.* assigned Vitra the license to produce and sell the products of Charles Ray Eames and George Nelson in Germany and Switzerland. The …

Building up an icon (mass produced) – Part #12

The Hille furniture company was established in 1906 in London by Salamon Hille, a Russian emigrant, to renovate and reproduce 18th century furniture. By the 1930’s the company had already an international reputation, supplying products all over the world. Then in 1948, the MoMa in New York held the “International …

Building up an icon (mass produced) – Part #11

Italian furniture manufacturer Arflex was founded in 1947 (a division of the Pirelli Corporation otherwise known for rubber tire manufacturing). The company’s initial purpose was to develop materials for the furniture industry, notably polyurethane foam and Pirelli webbing. By 1948, Pirelli commissioned Marco Zanuso, one of the very first Italian …