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Eye On Design: Verner Panton’s Heart Cone Chair

Heart Cone Chair
All Photos By Gail

In Verner Panton’s Notes on Color, the Danish designer stated:

“In Kindergarten, one learns to love and use colors. Later on, at school and in life, one learns something called taste. For most people, this means limiting their use of colors.”

Heart Cone Chair

The design career of Verner Panton (19261998) reached its first peak toward the end of the 1950s. With a furniture series based on simple geometric shapes, Panton anticipated elements of Pop Art, while also emulating the elegance of Scandinavian Modernism in the execution of the bases.

Heart Cone Chair

The most famous designs from this series are the Cone Chair and the Heart Cone Chair (1959). The Heart Cone Chair takes its name from its heart-shaped silhouette. The extended wings of the backrest are reminiscent of Mickey Mouse ears, but can also be interpreted as a contemporary development of the classic wingback chair.

Heart Cone Chair

Photographed at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in NYC.

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Eye On Design: Ben Hur Chair By Jean Paul Gaultier

Ben Hur Chair By Jean Paul Gaultier
All Photos By Gail

While he is mainly known as a true icon of the fashion world, designer Jean Paul Gaultier has also spent more then two decades invested with furniture manufacturing. In collaboration with French furniture-maker, Roche Bobois, Gaultier has launched his “sexy and bedroom inspired” furniture collection, and the Roman chariot-inspired Ben Hur armchair belongs to this collection.

Ben Hur Chair By Jean Paul Gaultier

The Ben Hur armchair — which looks just like a Modern, Barrel-Design Club Chair when viewed from a straight ahead angle– has an aluminum structure and stylish velvet upholstering that is available in four colors: red (shown here) yellow, blue and green. Like almost every piece from the designer’s collection, this chair has wheels, because Gaultier has made his furniture on the idea of extra mobility. The objective is that people wanting to be able to move each item from one room to another.

Ben Hur Chair By Jean Paul Gaultier Left Front

Also, it’s a lot fun, and will certainly make a bold personal statement about its owner is any room of the home.

Ben Hur Chair By Jean Paul Gaultier

Suggested Retail Price: $6,500 each. Available from Roche Bobois and other fine retailers.

Ben Hur Chair By Jean Paul Gaultier

Photographed at the ICFF 2018 at Javits Center, NYC.

Eye On Design: Charlotte Perriand’s Revolving Armchair Circa 1928

Revolving Armchair
All Photos By Gail

In this design, partly inspired by an office swivel chair, Charlotte Perriand softened the rigidity of the tubular, chrome-plated frame with a stuff cushion resting on coil springs. Because the frame and the upholstery required considerable handwork, the chair was relatively expensive and manufactured in limited numbers. Perriand used such chairs in her own Paris apartment.

Revolving Armchair
This View More Closely Shows the Chair’s Curved Back Detailing

Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Photos From DIFFA’s 20th Annual Dining By Design!

DIFFA Fight Installation
All Photos By Gail

For this week’s Eye on Design, we are presenting a fabulous visual recap of the 20th annual Dining By Design event, sponsored by Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA).

DIFFA Signage
Event Signage Outside Pier 92, Where the Event Takes Place

Held in tandem with the Architectural Digest Design Show, Dining By Design showcases imaginative, one-of-a-kind tabletop design in a series of dazzling dining installations by internationally renowned and local talent. Items in each dining tableau, as well as one-of-a-kind original artworks, are part of a silent auction fundraiser, in which everyone can participate. As DIFFA National’s largest fundraiser, Dining By Design raises nearly a million dollars annually, with proceeds going towards grants to organizations combating HIV/AIDS.

DIFFA Signage

Please enjoy photos of a few of our favorite installations!

White Room Installation

White Room by The New School at Parsons School of Design: Meal is constructed of found materials from each borough of New York City, allowing the projected materials costs to be donated back to HIV/AIDS activism. Unified in one color, the assemblage serves as an analogy for the many New Yorkers affected by HIV/AIDS. Built by a community to give back to a community.

White Room Detail
White Room Detail

The New York Times

The New York Times Designed by Liaigre, with Douglas Little.

The New York Times

The New York Times Detail

Pratt Interior Design Movers and Shakers
Pratt Interior Design: Movers and Shakers

M Moser Associates Installation featuring the Vondom Adan Planter

M Moser Associates Installation featuring the Vondom Adan Planter (seen here as the Table Base) by Italian architect and designer Teresa Sapey, which was a featured item up for bid in the silent.

Love By Silver Lining

Interior Design Produced By Silver Lining (Love Table).

Love By Silver Lining Detail

Moss Covered Table Installation

It is unfortunate that what turns out to be my best set of photos is of an installation whose designer and associated details I somehow neglected to take note of.

Moss Covered Table

Antique mirror place settings are embedded in a natural moss-covered table surface for ‘Green’ Dining at its finest — very cool!

Reaction

Perkins and Will with Steelcase and Other Sponsors: (Re)action

One in 8 people living with HVI do not know it. The Pulley system symbolizes the human effort needed to promote awareness and prevention. Illumination is achieved through action. Active participation in the fight for prevention and cure is key for enlightenment.

Reaction
(Re)action, Detail

Cappellini Designed by Giulio Cappellini and Antonio Facco

Installation by Cappellini, Designed by Giulio Cappellini and Antonio Facco.

Cappellini Detail

Ed Granger

This showcase by Twyla featured original abstract paintings by Architect-turned-Artist Edward Granger. Mystify, (2017 ) seen above, left, was part of the auction as well.

Mystify By Ed Granger

These elegant yet comfy-looking low banquets were custom made for the installation.

Desert at Dusk lush Landscapes by Ovando

Beautiful flora including succulents, cacti and air plants were expertly arranged into pieces of living art for an entire wall of this dining space, Desert at Dusk Lush Landscapes by Ovando  (donated by Ovando and Rockwell Group). Landscapes are designed in elegant 10”x10” black plate glass boxes.
Desert at Dusk lush Landscapes by Ovando

Here’s a better look at the really fantastic desert garden wall. All plants were available to own via the silent auction.

Poltrona Frau

Furnishings by Poltrona Frau are features in this showcase designed by Benjamin Noriega Ortiz, with LASVIT Lighting and Orley Shabahang carpets.

Poltrona Frau

Here are separate, but more detailed shots of the left and the right sides of this installation. I really love the Rooster mural!

Poltrona Frau

Anteriors

Design featuring Anteriors inspired furnishings.

Anteriors Bottle Detail
Anteriors Detail Shot

Fight

Fight Club Logo-inspired Design by Gensler, featuring Knoll Furniture with assistance from contract furnishings company EvensonBest.

Gensler and Knoll with Evenson BestRoche Bobois By Gensler Full

Known for its sofas and sectionals, French designer furniture company Roche Bobois provided the  vibrantly-colored cushioned seating that covers the walls of this dining installation, created by Gensler.

Roche Bobois By Gensler

What an original, wildly imaginative design approach!

Roche Bobois By Gensler

Projection of Ocean on Scrim

The immersive, 360-degree scrim over the table features a kinetic projection of ocean waves, so that you can feel like you’re dining at the beach! Excellent!

DIFFA Signage

Find out more about DIFFA and its sponsored events, at Diffa Dot Org!

Eye On Design: Stylaire Kitchen Stepladder

Stylaire Kitchen Stepladder
All Photos By Gail

Utility meets design is this Stylaire Kitchen Stepladder (circa 1950) designed and manufactured by Cosco Home and Office Products. I photographed this piece in the visible storage rooms at the Brooklyn Museum because t reminded me of one just like this that we had in our house when I was growing up (60s – 70s). Also, Raleigh Bat Removal is often called for cleaning services. While bats in the attic themselves do not possess a particularly strong odor, their waste, in the form of guano and urine, is extremely pungent. The dates vary between mid-April to early June for the beginning of the and mid to late August for the end of the maternity season. In many states, including Texas, it is illegal to kill bats in buildings. Call The Critter Squad Inc. today for Sugar Land TX bat exclusion services.

Nostalgia! Part chair, part step stool, this design was inspired midcentury by the traditional library step-chair, and is still manufactured by Cosco today.

Stylaire Kitchen Stepladder

Vivian Beer’s Anchored Candy Chair

Anchored Candy Chair 1
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 Beer’s 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.

Sansa Chair in Red By Cheick Diallo

Sansa Chair
All Photos By Gail

The Sansa Chair, an inventive deconstruction of the chair form, is among the original creations that have established Cheick Diallo (b 1960 in Mali, West Africa), as one of Africa’s leading contemporary designers.

Sansa Chair Front
Sansa Chair Front View (2012)

Built from steel and nylon material by artisans from Bamakos at Diallo’s direction, the half-reclining Sansa chair seems to sit midway between a European notion of the chair as a leisure object and a West African idea of the chair as a support for displaying a person of status.

Sansa Chair Rear
Sansa Chair Rear View

I think it is simply stunning!

Part of the Brooklyn Museum’s Arts of Africa Collection, this chair is on view in the Double Take: African Innovations Installation, East Gallery, 1st Floor (Through July 2016).