mid century modern

Chair Design Hot Seat of the Day – ‘Lady’ by Marco Zanuso

It has been a while, but I do have a beautiful piece for you to gaze upon today. ‘Lady’ was originally designed in 1951 for Italian furniture design company Arflex, but she seduced me with her peacock feather pattern from the Poliform website.

What I love about good design is that it never really dates. This could have been created in any decade since the 50’s but what I think gives it away as a ‘mid century modern‘ piece, is those telltale curves and angled legs. It is timeless, comforting, and potentially humble, depending on the finish you’d choose. That silky, almost iridescent green and blue peacock pattern is anything but humble, and would create an amazing statement chair in a mysterious room.

Be sure to have a look at more pictures and info on the spec sheet.

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Mid Century Modern – A poster overview.

One of my assignments last semester was to do a poster on a particular era in interior design. Like Donald Draper to a blonde I gravitated to Mid Century Modern.  I love love love this part of design history for so many reasons. A couple of which I will discuss today. More will most likely come later. 

1. It was the incorporation of Scandinavian influences into Western industrialisation, and the progression of the Art Deco movement into a new thing.  I find the history of design so fascinating. 

2. It was a pivotal turning point for interior design as a profession. (Ah, that’s good. Now I get to do this!)

3. I love a good rounded corner.

4. Just watch a few seasons of Mad Men to see all it’s visual poetry in motion. 

This lovely poster I made really doesn’t do this magnificent era any justice, I just picked a few of my favourite bits about it and represented that in 2D. There is so much more in depth and interesting information about how these trends came about, the history and progression of design in this time, and the key designers that made it happen.  People like Charles and Ray Eames carved out an innovative path with their designs and other creative work, which continues to influence designers and interiors. 

This is in no way a full representation of my appreciation for Mid Century Modern and all it entails. But it is a token of my respect and love for a flippin’ amazing timeframe! 

 

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