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Eye On Design: Mid-century Modern Ikebana Vessels

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Photos By Gail

In the practice of Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement, selecting a vessel is an important step in design and informs the meaning of the composition. In Ikebana there are also designated vessels for seasonal compositions with corresponding lighter and darker color palettes as well as design elements that help shape the artist’s choice of flowers and plants.

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Eye On Design: Mid-Century Armchairs by Paola Buffa

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Paolo Buffa (19031970) was an Italian architect and designer best known for his designs of mid-century furniture. Characterized by a melding of tradition and modernity, he used a combination of low-profile, rectilinear, and hardwood forms to produce his most classic pieces. This pair of Rose-colored Velvet Upholstered Armchairs from the 1960s are examples of his dedication to  superior craftsmanship.

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Eye On Design: Model No. 41 Lounge Chair By Alvar Alto

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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.

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Eye On Design: Lobmeyr Sputnik Cylinder Chandelier

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Famous for his striking interpretations in the design of crystal chandeliers, Hans Harald Rath assumed control of Austrian brand J &L Lobmeyr in the late thirties.  He was the fourth generation family member to manage the company, now known as Lobmeyr. Rath’s starburst designs evoke a celestial theme that were greeted by an ovation when they were first revealed in 1966.

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Five-Sided Television Set

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Story and All Photos By Gail  Worley

When you think of the concept of Retrofuturism –an exploration of past visions of the future — this five-sided, console Television set might fit in perfectly.

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