Mushrooms, oysters, Tongues, and tulips are some of the iconic shapes French designer Pierre Paulin (1927–2009) was best known for creating. Having trained under Parisian designer Marcel Gascion, Paulin was influenced by the Scandinavian aesthetic as well as American pre-fabricated designs by Charles and Ray Eames, and Florence Knoll. Continue reading Eye On Design: Multimo Sofa By Pierre Paulin
This visually arresting, deep-teal hued Gothic sofa by Kimbel and Cabus (circa 1875) presents a paradox. The angled arms and legs meet to suggest adjustability or flexibility, but the strong mortise-and-tenon joints that secure the legs and rails render motion impossible.
By creatively inverting German architect Edwin poplar’s angled rear chair leg, the firm created a surprisingly forward-looking sofa design.
Photographed in the Brooklyn Museum as Part of the Exhibit Modern Gothic: The Inventive Furniture of Kimbel and Cabus, 1863–82, on View Through February 13th, 2022.
François Arnal (1924 – 2012) was a multidisciplinary French artist who was primarily known as a painter and sculptor. In 1968 he set up Atelier A (Workshop A) to publicize the works of furniture designers. I recently popped into art furniture gallery Demisch Denant on West 12th Street and was thrilled to find that they had two of Arnal’s most iconic peices on display! Let’s take a closer look.
Christian Germanaz is a French industrial designer and maker of furniture who studied, and still works, in Paris. Created in 1982, his Comedia Chair is comprised of foam over a metal frame construction, with a seasonal/interchangeable slipcover in bright red. The chair’s dimensions are 29 inches tall by 35 inches deep by 40 inches wide.
We understand that it sits as comfortably as you would expect by the look of the sumptuous, multitudes of pleats and folds in the chair’s slipcover. Comparisons to the appearance of the wrinkly puppy known as the Shar Pei are not unwarranted.
Perfect for curling up with a good book, or your iPad!
Photographed at Demisch Danant, Located at 30 West 12th Street in the West Village, NYC.
We honestly felt like we had stumbled upon a real life version Pee-Wee’s Playhouse when we entered design store / art gallery Leroy’s Place, and immediately encountered this monumentally enchanting (and Pink) Lazy Throne by artist Jacques Duffourc. A New Orleans native whose specialties include set design and puppeteering, Duffourc works primarily in recycled and found materials, and has a signature skill of transforming everyday materials into extraordinary works of art.
The chair has a wood structure, and is then sculpted using a unique method of building with contact cement and cardboard.
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The American film actress Jayne Mansfield, one of the leading blonde sex symbols of the 50s and 60s, starred in several popular Hollywood movies that emphasized her platinum-blonde hair, hourglass figure and cleavage-revealing costumes. Although her film career was short-lived, Jayne had several box-office successes and won one of two golden globe awards nominations for the The Girl Can’t Help It.
Ottiu designers translated Mansfield’s sexiness and beauty into modern furniture design, creating the Jayne Curved Armchair. Upholstered in cotton velvet with a pinewood structured supported by a brushed brass base, this mid-century modern armchair blends comfort with elegant curved lines. The Jayne Curved Armchair will be the ultimate eye-catching piece of your décor.
The Jayne armchair retails for 2790€ (approximately $3325).
J. Pierpont Morgan amassed large holdings of medieval art and seventeenth-and-eighteenth-century French decorative art from the collection of interior decorator Georges Hoentschel. Grasping the collection’s importance to artists and designers, Morgan immediately donated many decorative works to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Even the financier may not have fully realized what an impact his gift would have. It led to a new wing, which opened in 1910, and the creation of The Met’s Decorative Arts department, which was the first of its kind in an American museum.
Several chairs from the Hoentschel collection have distinguished provenances, including this Neoclassical Armchair (1788) by Georges Jacob, who was one of the most important joiners (a person who constructs the wooden components of a building, such as stairs, doors, and door and window frames) of the late eighteenth century. The seat was made for the gaming room at the Chateau de Saint Cloud, a summer residence of the French royal family.
Photographed as Part of the Exhibit, Making the Met at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.