Tag Archive | Modern Design

Eye On Design: ergoErgo Seating!

ergoErgo Booth at ICFF
ergoErgo Booth at ICFF, 2017 (All Photos By Gail)

Ergonomic seating has been a hot ticket item for decades now; but the ways in which designs continue to evolve keeps the field exciting and on trend! At ICFF 2017 we fell in love with the ergoErgo office seating, not only for its funky and functional modern design, but for its availability in a spectrum of vibrant colors to please a range of personal tastes!

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The ergoErgo chair invites you to sit dynamically. Evolution designed us to walk and run, to chase prey across the plans, to stalk in the forest, to crouch around a campfire. But to sit rigidly in a chair for extended periods of time? Not so much. Our bodies were made to move! Traditional chairs make our muscles passive and weak by locking the body into a rigid position. Today’s worldwide epidemic of aching backs, sore shoulders, and stiff necks is caused in great part by poor by sitting. People slump and slouch on rigid chairs in offices and classrooms. Many think that they have to live with a ‘bad back,’ but often they just need to sit correctly.

ErgoErgo Signage

When you in on an ergoErgo chair, you shift through a whole range of large and small movements. Your breathing deepens. Your blood circulates freely. Your spine twists gently, bringing fluid to the inter-vertebral discs. The abdominal muscles keep the body upright and supple.

ErgoErgo Presentation

Replacing even your considered-to-be ergonomic office chair with ergoErgo not only strengthen your core, but  it will also awaken your mind. ErgoErgo is intelligent design that every body can benefit from.

ErgoErgo Multicolored

Available in three sizes to fit both kids and adults, ergoErgo has won both the Edison Award and the Good Design award! And best of all, it retails for around $100! Find out more about ergoErgo at This Link!

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Eye On Design: Daybed By New Tendency

Daybed By New Tendency
All Photos By Gail

When I first saw this minimal-yet-gorgeous modern Daybed, I thought I might choose it as a Pink Thing of the Day, but ultimately its functionality swayed me towards the week’s featured design post. Spotted as part of Chamber Boutique’s latest collection, Berlin-based design practice New Tendency has developed a daybed made from honed stainless steel and hand-selected, pure vegan tanned leather. I’m not sure if the cushion is available in other colors, but I think the pale pink looks just perfect against the silver-toned, brushed metal finish. You could build so many looks around this piece.

Daybed By New Tendency
DayBed Shown Here with Cannit Bin and Shelter

New Tendency applies modernist design principles onto the everyday contemporary objects. In Bauhaus tradition, they create products characterized by conceptual design, clean aesthetics and functional form, all handcrafted in Germany. The collection of furniture and accessories develops under the creative direction of Manuel Goller, and consists of original products developed with associate Sebastian Schonheit, as well as collaborations with selected designers and architects such as Clemens Tissi, and others.

Daybed By New Tendency

Eye On Design: Glass Armchair by Shiro Kuramata

Glass Armchair
Photographed By Gail in the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum

In the mid-to-late 20th century, an atmosphere of innovation and a desire to question the tenets of modernism led some designers to explore a variety of ways in which to shape space. American Architect and Designer Alexander Hayden Girard utilized color and pattern in textiles, particularly in this colorful abstract, or folk art-inspired work for Herman Miller.

Glass Armchair at Albertz Benda
Photographed at Albertz Benda Gallery with Robot Cabinet By Ettore Sottsass

By 1970, Japanese Architect and Interior Designer  Shiro Kuramata (1934 – 1991) was introducing alternative materials such as acrylic and industrial plate glass into his furniture. Utilizing a newly developed adhesive, Kuramata achieved material and visual minimalism with this Glass Armchair (1976). Flat planes of glass are bonded together along their edges, without mounts or screws, to create a functional chair that seems simultaneously visible and invisible. The transparent form invites users to question notions of materiality, utility and comfort.

Glass Armchair
Photographed in the Met Breuer (September 2017)

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Eye On Design: Chariot Mobile Table

Chariot Mobile Table
All Photos By Gail

What kitchen or dining area would fail to make a  statement with something like this in the room? The Chariot Rullebord (2012) is a mobile table/trolley  consisting of three simple elements joined together: wheels, trays and structure. The wheels, which in common carts are usually small, are brought to the extreme size, becoming the iconic element of the project.  This fantastic piece, shown here in its eye-grabbing  bright Red finish, is designed by Copenhagen-based firm Gamfratesi and manufactured from lacquered MDF board, metal and rubber by Casamania in Milan, Italy.

Chariot Mobile Table

Photographed in the Designmuseum in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Eye On Design: Raymond Loewy, Lawn Chef Portable Grill

Lawn Chef Portable Grill
Photos By Gail

This week we are introducing a new, reoccurring feature, Eye on Design, with  American Industrial Design Legend Raymond Loewy (1893 – 1986). Loewy was a French-born American industrial designer who achieved fame for the magnitude of his design efforts across a variety of industries.

Among Loewy’s designs were the Shell, Exxon, TWA and the former BP logos, the Greyhound Scenicruiser bus, Coca-Cola vending machines, the Lucky Strike package, Coldspot refrigerators, the Studebaker Avanti and Champion, and the Air Force One livery. He loved using rare and usually forgotten materials like Elgiloy Hastelloy C-4 and he was heavily criticized for it. He was involved with numerous railroad designs, including the Pennsylvania Railroad GG1 and S-1 locomotives, the color scheme and Eagle motif for the first streamliners of the Missouri Pacific Railroad and a number of lesser known color scheme and car interior designs for other railroads. Raymond Loewy’s career spanned seven decades.

Loewy’s popular design for the Lawn Chef Portable Grill revolutionized outdoor cooking and greatly enhanced the leisure time of the American family of the 1950s.

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Raymond Loewy’s Lawn Chef Portable Grill (1950) was photographed at MOMA in NYC, where it is on currently view on the 3rd Floor, in the Architecture and Design Lobby.

Vivian Beer’s Anchored Candy Chair

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All Photos By Gail

Vivian Beer’s Anchored Candy Chair may remind you of a stiletto-heeled shoe, or perhaps the sleek styling of a sports car.

By fusing such gendered images, Beer highlights both the obvious differences and the more subtle overlap between masculine and feminine consumer forms.

Tuffet Seat

The red Tuffet seat is the first in a new series inspired by the pieces of industrial scrap metal left over from laser cutting. Beer replicated the cut out look of these fragments on a computer, adapting a pattern from a screen by the Art Deco metalsmith Edgar Brandt (1880 – 1960).

Anchored Candy Chair

Like many women in the historical section of the Pathmakers exhibit, Beer studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, which continues to be a center for creative innovation across all disciplines.

Anchored Candy Chair

Since receiving her MFA in 2004, Beer has become well known for her use of industrial materials such as steel and concrete to create sensuously curved seating.

Anchored Candy Chair Detail

Vivian Beers Anchored Candy Chair is part of the Exhibit Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today, at the Museum of Arts and Design, Located at 2 Columbus Circle, NYC, Through September 30th, 2015.

Paul T. Frankl, Skyscraper Step-Table

Skyscraper Step Table

Skyscraper Step Table, 1927 (Photo By Gail)

The magazine Good Furniture commented in 1927 that Paul T. Frankl (1886 – 1958), “has developed one feature that is absolutely unique. This is the now somewhat celebrated skyscraper type of furniture, which is as American and as New Yorkish as Fifth Avenue itself.” Indeed, what could be more American and modern than furniture based on the uniquely American contribution to architecture – The skyscraper. Frankl was creating furniture of this type by 1925, thereby making him one of the first modern designers of American decorative arts.

Photographed in the Brooklyn Museum.