Paco Rabanne presented his first fashion collection in 1966. It was entitled 12 Dresses in Unwearable Materials and included garments made from links of plastic fastened with metal hoops. Rabanne had proven that fabric, needle and thread were not altogether necessary to clothing design, and he quickly gained fame for his defiance of tradition.
Ready-to-wear Dress Circa 1966: Silver and Black Plastic Discs, Metal Hoops. Photographed in the Museum at FIT in Manhattan.
Donald Deskey (1894 – 1989) creator of the interiors at Radio City Music Hall, is a towering figure of modern design. This Art Deco Lamp (circa 1927) is a response to the upward thrust of the New York City skyline. Its boxy proportion echo a tall, narrow building, while on the two side panels, rectilinear puzzle-like patterns similarly evoke compressed architectural forms.
The use of frosted glass in different textures activates the lamp’s surface, even as it diffuses the emitted light, and its compactness attests to Deskey’s awareness that he was typically designing for small domestic interiors.
Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
Polart creates fun, Baroque-inspired furniture, producing it in mold-injected polymer and vinyl upholstery and in a choice of six, super-saturated monochromatic looks. We spotted the Tête à Tête conversational chair at the ICFF this year and let out an audible squeal for its soft and seductive Pinkness. The chair is appropriate for indoor or outdoor use!
Tête à Tête Chaise (Detail)
Photographed at the ICFF 2017 at Javits Center in NYC!
Spotted at ICFF 2017: What could be more perfectly predestined for this blog than a Pink Skull Chair! Swoon! What makes this design even more special is that it is the second appearance on The Gig of a Flocked Skull! Manufactured by Polart, the company uses a special technique to electrostatically adhere the flock to its products, resulting in a texture that is soft like velvet to the touch. Appropriately, the collection (which includes other designs) is known as Flockart.
The Calavera Chair is the first piece of a collection inspired by Mexico’s heritage and its most recognized holiday, Dia de los Muertos, the holiday to honor the dead. Calavera, which translates in English as a human skull, is a the ideal name for the chair depicted as a giant skull and decorated with ornate details — such as the crown which serves as the chair’s back support — to represent Dia de los Muertos. Calavera is constructed of polyurethane, steel and a choice of fabric.
A Soft Cush for Your Tush
The Calavera Chair design is the first collaboration with a furniture company for designer Dirk Vermeire, whose background as an artist is rooted in his Flemish culture. His works have been presented at high profile art shows across the globe, including Art Basel. Vermeire currently resides between Ghent, Belgium, and Marbella, Spain, where his Plexiglas studio is located.
The Flockart collection will be produced in both indoor and outdoor options and will be available in the brand’s 20 signature bold colors and durable materials. The Calavera Chair is priced to retail at $719 for the outdoor version and $599 for interior designs.
Mushrooms, oysters, tongues, and tulips are some of the iconic shapes French designer Pierre Paulin (1927 – 2009) was best known for creating. Having trained under Parisian designer Marcel Gascion, Paulin was influenced by the Scandinavian aesthetic as well as American pre-fabricated designs by Charles and Ray Eames and Florence Knoll.
Inspired to develop his own brand of accessible luxury, Paulin began designing and manufacturing seats made of molded wood lined with foam padding and fashioned with a stretch elastic jersey fabric for Thonet-France. Paulin’s forward-looking, innovative designs for affordable chairs, divans, and sofas in an array of bright and vivid colors, most notably the Mushroom, Tongue and Ribbon chair, among others, can be found in contemporary art and design collections around the world.
Tongue Chairs and Ribbon Chair (Rear)
Paulin designed his Ribbon Chair (model 582) in 1966, for manufacture in 1967 by Artifort in the Netherlands. It involves a tubular steel frame, latex foam, stretch fabric and a painted wood base.
Primarily known as a painter and architect, Roberto Matta (1911 – 2002) designed his Malitte Lounge Furniture in 1966. This colorful collection of polyurethane foam shapes (manufactured by Gavina, Italy) could be stacked into a rectangular wall or used as individual pieces of seating. The round, center piece serves as a table. The design is playful and flexible, Its interlocking organic shapes reflect Mattas training as an architect in his native Chile, as well as his Surrealist painting practice, which developed after his move to Paris.