The Art Deco movement of the 1920s left an indelible mark on the world of design, epitomizing the perfect balance between modernity and timeless aesthetics. This Chinoise Dressing Table (1927) is a collaborative masterpiece from the partnership of Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann (one of the most important figures in the Art Deco movement.) and Jean Dunand (the most important lacquer artist of the Art Deco period) which stands as a testament to their exceptional talent. Recently auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York City, this extraordinary Chinoise Dressing Table shines as a treasured reminder of an opulent past. Continue reading Eye On Design: Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Jean Dunand Chinoise Dressing Table
The Speed Desk, designed by the visionary French architect and designer Patrick Naggar, embodies a seamless blend of simplicity, streamlined design, and exquisite craftsmanship. With meticulous attention to detail, this desk stands as a testament to Naggar’s mastery of form and function. The desk’s silver-over-resin surface, adorned with a vibrant red varnish, exudes a captivating radiance, while its aluminum legs, with their elegantly rounded feet, make this desk a true work of art that elevates any space it graces. Continue reading Eye On Design: Patrick Naggar’s Speed Desk
The Vespa 400 is a rear-engined micro car, produced by ACMA (Ateliers de construction de motocycles et accessoires) from 1957 to 1961. The 400s were built in France under license from Piaggo Group, Italy, the famous maker of millions of Vespa motor scooters.
If you think this voluptuous chair and round ottoman (tethered by a thin back chord) resemble a woman giving birth, you are on to something. The chair that made Gaetano Pesce famous in 1969 (reissued in 1994), Up 5 is largely characteristic of the designer’s unique philosophy, imbuing personality into his designs through unconventional materials.
You’ve seen the ‘otherworldly’ furniture designs of Chris Schanck in this space before, and I’m sure you’ll agree that they never fails to turn heads. Whether you’re already a fan or on the cusp of becoming one, get ready to be dazzled by many more of Schank’s maverick designs in the coming months as we showcase selections from Off World, the artist’s current and long-running exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan. Among the numerous stand-out pieces in Off World is this wildly successful experiment with a bold Pomegranate red color, as seen on the above console, which is part of the designer’s Grotto series. Continue reading Eye On Design: Pomegranate Grotto Console By Chris Schanck