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* Design: Design Museum Collection App: Chairs

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Design: Design Museum Collection App: Chairs: “..a series of interviews with Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic about 59 objects from their collection for the Design Museum Collection App for iPad, which is available to download free from the app store here..This film features extracts about the developments in chair design over the last 150 years, from the first mass produced Thonet No. 14 chair in the 1850s to the use of tubular steel as a material for furniture in the B3 (Wassily) chair in the 1920s, all the way to creating the shapes of Jasper Morrison’s Air Chair using gas injection at the turn of this century..Download the Design Museum Collection App »..”..”[above image]..Wiggle Chair by Frank Gehry: Best known for his iconoclastic architecture in buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, Frank Gehry has also experimented with furniture design throughout his career. One of his Easy Edges chairs, the Wiggle, 1972, is composed of 60 layers of cardboard bonded and screwed together. Gehry transformed an everyday material – the corrugated cardboard from which his architectural models were made – into a solid sculptural form. ‘I began to play with it, to glue it together and to cut it into shapes with a hand saw and a pocket knife,’ he recalled..”  Article includes a video interview and some key excepts from the Design Museum’s app..

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* Design: Salone del Mobile Milan 2012: Dezeen Studio: Saturday at MOST

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 21 April 2012

Design: Salone del Mobile Milan 2012: Dezeen Studio: Saturday at MOST: ..From Faye Toogood of Studio Toogood waxing touchy-feely feel-good, to an interview with the editor-in-chief of the magnificent DOMUS, Joseph Grima, who talks about collaborative design, hacking, crowd-sourcing, open design and the “reflective” mood of this year’s mega-event, to a quick look through British design brand SCP’s offering..and, of course, more..

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* Design: Furniture Meets the Digital Age, by Steven Kurutz

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 29 March 2012

Design: Furniture Meets the Digital Age, by Steven Kurutz: “..As technology rapidly remakes most parts of our lives, the furniture industry remains largely slow-moving and low-tech. For many retailers, midcentury furniture designed 60 years ago still qualifies as “modern.”  Even so, in recent years a number of furniture designers have been struggling to adapt — in ways big and small, subtle and not so subtle — to new forms of technology and the proliferation of devices..”  A look at the present and future of furniture design and the impact of personal technology..

The article includes a very good 17 image slideshow, here.

image: The New York Times; article: Steven Kurutz, The New York Times

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A Taxonomy of Office Chairs – You’ll Never Look at Them the Same Way Again

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Office workers in Washington in 1924.  Vintage ergonomy?

image: Library of Congress, Prints and Photos Division/The New York Times

Alice Rawsthorn has written an enjoyable and very interesting article entitled “Taking a Zoological Approach to Chairs” in the Arts section of The New York Times, looking at the history of office chair design, from Charles Darwin’s design in the 1840s (yes, Charles Darwin, the Charles Darwin, was a furniture designer!) to contemporary, hyper-designed, creations, and reviewing the truly fascinating book “A Taxonomy of Office Chairs” by the American industrial designer and design researcher Jonathan Olivares.  Sitting pretty?

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