Alvar Aalto’s bentwood furniture designs were among the many ground breaking utilitarian items to emerge from the Bauhaus school designers. The Model 41 Bentwood Lounge Chair (1931 – 32), designed for Aalto’s Paimio Sanatorium, demonstrates the radical possibilities of bentwood in its graceful, scrolling form, devoid of right angles and sharp geometry.
This Image. All Others Photos By Gail
With the cancellation of all of this year’s many annual art and design shows, it’s been challenging to continually source beautiful things to feature in this weekly column. Fortunately, the design stores appear to have reopened, as I discovered quite by accident when I walked past Caligaris and was sucked in off the street after catching a glimpse of this beauty in the window.
Meet the Coco Lounge Chair, upholstered in a stunning Jubilee Pink velvet rose print; the product of a collaboration between Calligaris and Italian fashion brand Blumarine, by designer Anna Molinari. The Rose is one of Molinari’s most popular motifs. This version of the Coco chair was launched during 2019 Design Week.
In addition to the red-on-pink, and pink-on-pink rose print, the chair is also available upholstered with black roses on a grey background, with the tubular frame available in a variety of metallic finishes, to suit your taste and decor. This chair has a retail price point of $1,563. You can see more photos of all textile designs and finishes Here.
Calligaris is Located at 220 East 57th Street in New York City.
Combining visually appealing modern design aesthetics with Ergonomics, the well-tried wooden bead mat is the godfather of the o432 Lounge Chair from furniture designer Jean-Frederic Fesseler. Flexible wooden beads make up the seat and backrest, which have an effect similar to that of acupressure and are meant to relax and stimulate.
The color combinations of its limited edition series are designed by Ruprecht Dreher, a master student of Joseph Beuys. The o432 Lounge Chair was also awarded a prestigious international Interior Innovation Award.
Photographed at ICFF 2018 At Javits Center, NYC.
Grant Wood designed this Lounge Chair and Ottoman in 1938 for his own living room. Henry R. Lubben, a Cedar Rapids furniture maker, manufactured the design in a variety of fabrics, with or without tasseled fringe, and sold it in department stores throughthe Midwest as the Grant Wood Lounge Chair.
In 1939, Riverdale Fabrics commissioned Wood to create a textile for them based on his 1932 painting Spring Plowing (textile design seen framed, top image). Wood died before this design went into production and the fabric was never made.
Photographed as Part of the Exhibit, Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables, on View Through June 10th, 2018 at The Whitney Museum of American Art in the Meatpacking District, NYC.
This beautiful, modern flower-shaped lounge chair, Gramophone, is designed by Velichko Velikov, a broad and expressive design in subtle pinks and peaches. Understated with its soft colors, yet glamorous in its nature-inspired style.
Whereas most chairs follow the basic rule of three separate components – seat, backrest and armrests, Gramophone is an all in one piece. Connected to a sturdy chrome spiral base, all three interconnect in a circular, flower petal effect, or, as its name suggests, the speaker of a vintage gramophone.