This gorgeous Danish modern rocker was designed by Holger Georg Jensen for Tønder Møbelværk in 1958. This piece is known as Model 97, and these surface occasionally, but this particular piece is a bit special as it retains its colorful original candy striped wool upholstery. There is not much
This type of chair was a build project for America's Boy Scouts since the 1930s, though they didn't design it. It's been referred to as a Camping Chair, a Bog Chair, an X-Chair, a Stargazer Chair, a Viking Chair, an African Chair—no one can agree on where the design first came from or what it ought be called.
Very rarely do people buy office chairs simply for the look of them—this type of seating belongs more to the office supplies department than it does furniture design. "Office chairs look like machines. They always look slightly aggressive. It's a bit like car design these days... [the chairs are] overtly
If you own your home, it may make sense for you to invest in kitting it out with solar power. But for the millions of folks who rent, it's not possible to go green in this way. That will change if SolarGaps, a system of solar-panel-laden Venetian blinds, work as
The Nebraska-based folks behind Levrack had a problem that those of you with shops will recognize. "Our shop was in need of a storage solution," they write. "Every type of shelving that we tried seemed to add to the clutter, and take up much needed wall space." You've undoubtedly seen
Kent Welsh runs Griffin Modern Furniture & Design, a custom production shop based in West Des Moines, Iowa. I was struck by the unique aesthetic of his pieces: The form factors are Mid Century Modern-ish, but the aesthetic is a cross between steampunk and military, with a dash of Cold-War-era
I was surprised to hear who was collaborating with the furniture company Bernhardt Design this year for their ICFF booth display, which is also perhaps precisely what intrigued me about it. On the first day of the fair, Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia, singer-songwriter Tift Merritt, and finally NFL linebacker-turned-Brooklyn Nine-Nine star
This armchair was designed by Fredrik Kayser for Vatne Lenestolfabrik. It's timeless, bridging the gap between modern and traditional aesthetics. Crafted in solid Brazilian rosewood, this chair wears its original button tufted leather cushions.
My tool cabinet is the final project for Semester 1 of The Hand Tool School. It combines every bit of knowledge crammed into one project. The cabinet is overengineered for sure, just so that I could fit every single joint from the semester into it. It took me a long
Wine cellars are classy and a convenient way to store bulk wine out of sight. In contrast, if you have 16 bottles of wine stashed all over your kitchen, you look like a raging alcoholic. If you've got a taste for the vino and can't afford to have a wine
I was at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this past weekend with a guest, and we ended up in one of the 20th century galleries that I almost never visit. On display among the paintings were four 20th century chairs (from the left). The "Zig Zag" chair by Gerrit Rietveld
German manufacturer Movisi (pronounced "move easy") has created a lightweight and modular furniture system called Grow. The system is based around a single component that the user can attach to others via tool-free connectors; they can then build them out, like Legos, into seating, storage or room-dividing units. The
There are enough "floating shelf" designs floating around the internet to make a whole separate Pinterestesque website dedicated to them and their unstable storage promises. Raketa's Circulum shelf offers top-down storage with few of the standard flaws. Hanging shelves are prone to a few flaws: the swinging effect that can
As we saw with Geek Chic's beautiful tables for playing Dungeons & Dragons on, designing furniture for geeks is a good business model. Now we see that this furniture designer/builder on Etsy is addressing another segment within the geek market: Collectors of Star Wars figurines. The creator uses hardwoods like
This elegant teak framed club chair was designed by Bertil Fridhagen for Bröderna Andersson in the 1960s. Sophisticated teak banding runs from the arms to the back of this lounge chair. The upholstery you see is not original, by the way; we had the chair recovered with new
This is oddly compelling. A Japanese TV show has a regular segment where they assemble a group of artists, ranging in age from children to the elderly, in a circle around an object. They each then draw the object from their perspective and in their unique sketching style. In this
We actually found this particular piece stuffed into the attic of a dilapidated barn in the Danish countryside. It was covered in a layer of ashy dust that was so thick we had no idea what kind of wood was underneath. After some heavy cleaning, the original color came back
The Presto Frame meets all the requirements for today's online mattress buyer. The bed frame comes in a box that is less than four feet long. It features just five parts—two side rails and three cross rails—that weigh less than 60 pounds and snap together without tools. It adjusts from full to queen to California king to king size.
The early May opening of Collective Design in Manhattan always feels like the official kickoff to several weeks worth of design events attached to NYCxDesign, New York's extended alternative to Milan Design Week. Often a presentation of objects demonstrating both style and concept, Collective Design brings together works of designers
This piece is a a bit of an oddity for us, since we don't tend to find a lot of these around Denmark. It's a Danish modern smoking table/ashtray, crafted from teak with patinated brass legs. A copper bowl rests in the center, designed to be removable for easy cleaning.
Last week there was a post on Kaare Klint's mid century modern Safari Chair and how it was based on campaign furniture. The post also mentions Christopher Schwarz, who actually wrote a book, "Campaign Furniture," that shows you how to build some designs yourself. Although this style of furniture,
AERIA Luxury Interiors is the VIP completion division of VT San Antonio Aerospace, Inc., an affiliate of ST Aerospace. We specialize in the design, manufacture, installation & certification of private VIP interiors for Boeing and Airbus aircraft. AERIA's highly personalized, luxury interior environments are found in aircraft owned and operated
The form factor of chandeliers has grown ever bulkier since its first iteration. What started out as a simple overhead platform to hold candles has steadily grown more ornate, gaudier and heavier. The addition of incandescent bulbs and glass diffusers has eliminated the form-follows-function elegance of the original design. Now
The original medieval overhead candle holder is a brilliant piece of "form follows function." We're thrilled to announce we've uncovered original documentation, and even sketches, of a design meeting from the Middle Ages concerning the development of this object. Industrial designers Marcus Chandelier and Phil Ips worked as lighting designers
Furniture dimensions don't come out of the air. They come out of heavy research that, thankfully, a lot of people have already done for us and written books on; if you're a designer, you ought have a copy of one of these books (see bottom of this entry). While these reference bibles of human dimensions haven't yet been updated to account for us supersized Americans, they still provide a good jumping-off point for determining rough dimensions, angles and heights.
In the last MCM Furniture Design History post, we mentioned that Kaare Klint founded the furniture design department at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1924 and influenced the next generation of Danish furniture designers. The designer in this week's MCM Pick of the Week, Kai Kristiansen, is
This small, two door teak credenza was designed by Kai Kristiansen for Feldballes Møbelfabrik in the 1960s. Originally, this piece would most likely have been paired with a modular wall unit. These are typically found in small flats in and around city centers like Copenhagen, being used as hallway or
After I finished building a pedestal table based on the Hancock Shaker Table, I thought I'd try a finishing system I hadn't used before. I went with the 3-part oil-and-wax finish made by Masterpiece Wood Finish. Here I'll share my experience with it. Deciding if This Finish is Right for
Dauphin seeks an entry level (December 2016 graduate or May 2017 graduate) Interior Designer who has a passion for furniture to join the design team in Boonton, NJ. The ideal individual should be well versed in Interior Design, but have a passion for 3D environment modeling and rendering. This
As far as themes go, "DESIGN is...?" might be as open-ended as they come. If the vast majority of the 650 young designers exhibiting in SaloneSatellite 2017 are any indication, design is stuff you put in your house, with few deviations from furniture and lighting at the far end of
Here we'll go into Mid Century Mobler's MCM Pick of the Week, Kaare Klint's Safari Chair. An early example of flatpack furniture, this chair, designed in the peacetime between two world wars, has its roots in military campaigns. The DesignerKaare Klint is known as the father of the Danish Modern
I have been researching what type of furniture the Average Joe, early American had in their home. These pieces were built to fulfill a need and not to show off status. Oftentimes they were built quickly, in between other projects necessary to survive like fences to keep livestock in, a
This Safari Chair is one of the first pieces of Danish modern design from one of the masters of the era, Kaare Klint. Rud Rasmussen's factory is still in business in the Norrebro neighborhood of Copenhagen and still crafts these chairs in the same way they have since the 1930s.
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