A headless cow? A bench to sit on? Actually, it’s both! German-born artist Julia Lohmann (b.1977) investigates the contradictions in our relationship to animals using off-cuts of leather, and other meat-industry waste products in her design. The Waltraud Cow-Bench (2004) is an appropriately cow-shaped upholstered leather bench, a “bovine memento mori,” the designer calls it. Continue reading Eye On Design: Waltraud Cow Bench By Julia Lohmann
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.
If your home design theme includes bold pinks, you might feel compelled to add this fabulous Ruché Armchair by Ligne Roset to your living room right away. Ruché brings together the unusual and the traditional: the name refers to a sewing technique in which fabric is gathered or pleated, usually seen as a popular decoration on clothing.
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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.
One of my favorite contemporary furniture designers is Chris Schanck, and I always look forward to seeing his latest pieces when I attend The Salon Art + Design show each fall. Schanck’s work embraces the tension between dilapidation and opulence, asking us to find unconventional beauty in the imperfect. His contribution to this year’s fair was the Stuffed Shell Chair in a copper finish. Let’s take a closer look at this beauty.