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Design Classics: Arne Jacobsen’s Egg Chair

4th March 2020
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A look at the egg chair by Danish designer Arne Jacobsen with Kate Watson-Smyth and Heals. A design classic shown here in tan leather which sits perfectly with pale wood furniture and pink plaster walls. #eggchair #arnejacobsen #madaboutthehouse

After yesterday’s mini guide to mid-century modern (which was coincidental) I have today teamed up with Heals to talk to you a little more about the design classics. The store, whose hashtag before hashtags were a thing, is  Where Design Lives, is one of the biggest bricks and mortar retailers of these iconic (and I…

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Design Classics: The Roberts Radio

24th October 2018
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My Grandmother had one, and so, possibly, did yours. The Roberts transistor radio, with its leather case, was the classic radio of the Sixties. It was designed by Leslie Bidmead, who went into a business partnership with Harry Roberts in 1932. The RT1 was, according to company lore, based on the shape of Mrs Bidmead’s…

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Design Classics #45: Barber Wilsons Taps

27th March 2013
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This classic tap is designed by Barber Wilsons This classic tap is found in homes up and down the country. It even has a place in at least one of the Royal Palaces, as the company, which was founded in 1905, holds a royal warrant to supply kitchen taps and bathroom mixers to HM the…

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Design Classics #44: Safari Chair

13th March 2013
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This chair was inspired by a picture in a travel guide to Africa and has been a design classic since it first appeared in 1933. Kaare Klint was inspired by a British Officer’s chair he had seen in a travel guide for Africa. Apparently, he particularly liked the picture in which the author of the…

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Design Classics #43: Artek Stool

27th February 2013
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Created in 1933 by the Finnish designer Alvar Aalto, this quintessentially functional piece of furniture celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. The simple stool, which has become a design classic, is recognisable by its distinctive bent legs and round seat. This style would eventually become the feature of all Aalto furniture. There is also a…

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Design Classics #42: Ernest Race BA3 Chair

4th December 2012
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Ernest Race was one of Britain’s most successful and inventive furniture designers.  This chair was one of his first productions for his company Race Furniture and was first exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum’s morale-boosting exhibition ‘Britain Can Make It’  in 1946. The chair, which has been re-issued from the archives, has now returned to…

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Design Classics #41: Eileen Gray Side Table E1027

20th November 2012
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Named after Eileen Gray’s summer house in Maison en Bord de Mer at Roquebrune Cap Martin, which she built for herself and her collaborator Jean Badovici, the name E1027 is in code. E is for Eileen, 10 for Jean (J is the 10th letter of the alphabet), 2 for B(adovici) and 7 for G(ray). This simple height…

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Design Classics #40: Florence Knoll Sofa

13th November 2012
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As a pioneer of the Knoll Planning Unit, Florence Knoll created what she modestly referred to as the “fill-in pieces that no one else wants to do.” She referred to her own line of lounge seating as the equivalent of “meat and potatoes,”  adding, “I needed the piece of furniture for a job and it wasn’t there, so I designed…

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Design Classics: #39: Marcel Breuer’s Wassily Chair

30th October 2012
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So today’s question is: What is the link between that chair and this bicycle? The answer is that Marcel Breuer was a keen cyclist. He had an Adler bicycle which he particularly admired for its functional design. An apprentice at the Bauhaus school in Germany, he graduated in 1924 and headed for Paris, but returned…

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Design Classics #38: Diamond Chair

23rd October 2012
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  Harry Bertoia did not take a conventional route into the world of furniture design. Unlike many of his contemporaries who trained first as architects (Arne Jacobsen and Eero Saarinen to name but two) Bertoia had a metal workshop and also designed jewellery. He even made the wedding rings of Charles and Ray Eames, designers…

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