Jun. 24

 

DESIGNER WHO’S WHO: Wendell Castle

by Lynn Byrne

The Molar chair by Wendell Castle used in a room in Miami designed by Doug Meyer Interior

Wendell Castle’s Triad Chair, fiberglass with silver leaf, in the Grand Staircase designed by John Eason in the 2014 Kips Bay Showhouse

So who is Wendell Castle and why should you know him?

Wendell Castle, photographed by Ben Hoffman

“To me an organic form has the most exciting possibilities. An organic form is not so clearly understood in one glance”~ Wendell Castle.

Wendell Castle  often is said to be the founder of  the American Studio Furniture movement.  He himself doesn’t take the title and claims that his work in furniture began with a 1958 road trip to rural Pennsylvania where he dropped in unannounced on another legendary furniture designer Wharton Esherick.  Castle was so inspired  by the handcrafted furniture created by Esherick, that he returned to his home in Kansas and started to make furniture himself.  Today Wendell Castle’s furniture is found in the collections of museums throughout the world.

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May. 24

 

RIGHT NOW: Alexander Girard Pop Up

by Lynn Byrne

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Alexander Girard Pop Up Shop by Herman Miller, photograph from Lonny

Last February I wrote about America’s first “happy decorator”, Alexander Girard.  Right now, you get some Girard for you own home at a pop-up shop of his designs offered by Herman Miller in Manhattan’s meatpacking district.  Pillows, throws, fabric and furniture, designed by Girard, are all available.

But hurry up!   The shop pops down on May 28.

May. 01

 

RIGHT NOW: Florence Broadhurst

by Lynn Byrne

Florence Broadhurst's iconic cranes pattern, available as bedding at Surya

 

Florence Broadhurst bedding by Surya

I have already told you about Florence Broadhurst’s highly controversial life.  She once lived under an entirely different name, she regularly lied about the details of her life and she died in the hands of a violent murderer, among other juicy tidbits. 

Some question whether she actually designed anything at all.  I think that while others may have executed her ideas, the designs issued under her name stemmed from her vision.  I draw this conclusion because her company  fell apart after her murder–without her direction, the business could not be sustained.

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Apr. 14

 

NEW DISCOVERY: Spotting Style at the Spring 2014 High Point Market

by Lynn Byrne

This could be the start of my next home office

Smitten with this dining table by Bolier

If I was one of High Point Market’s designated Style Spotters (I am not), I would have been able to drop my calling card all over this under-the radar showroom.  And this is not a sponsored post.  

The company, Bolier, has showrooms in London, Paris, New York (at the New York Design Center)  and High Point, with representation in 4 continents.  Boiler  offers  furniture inspired by the best classical forms, reinterpreted by a select group of designers in a fresh, modernistic way.  They only use the finest materials.

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Apr. 03

 

DESIGNER WHO’S WHO: Eero Aarnio

by Lynn Byrne

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Eero Aarnio Bubble Chair

Eero Aarnio Bubble Chair

Eero Aarnio Bubble Chair

Who is Eero Aarnio and why you should know him.

Eero Aarnio  (b. 1932) is a Finnish designer whose signature piece is the Bubble Chair, designed in 1968. He has said it is his favorite creation but interestingly the hanging Bubble chair came about by accident.  Like many designers in the 1960′s, Aarnio was keen to work in plastic.  When he was designing the Bubble Chair he said, “I wanted to have light inside it,”  deciding that acrylic was the only “suitable material.” When he couldn’t make a clear pedestal to match the seat he decided to hang the chair instead.  He explained that the acrylic used to make the chair “is heated and blown into shape like a soap bubble”, thus the name.

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