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Carlo Scarpa

Carlo Scarpa – Biography

Carlo Scarpa Venice (1906 – Sendai 1978) Carlo Scarpa grew up in Venice in the company of the artists and intellectuals he encountered at the Bi...Read More

Franco Albini

Franco Albini – Biography

Franco Albini (17 October 1905 – 1 November 1977) Albini read architecture at the Milan Polytechnic where he obtained his degree in 1929. After workin...Read More

North American Furniture Designers

Mid Century North American Furniture Designers

A Snapshot of Mid Century North American Furniture Designers

Superleggera Dining Chair

Superleggera, 699, Gio Ponti

The Superleggera is a super-stable chair, designed to be lifted up with just one finger.

Arne Jacobsen Grand Prix chair

Arne Jacobsen Grand Prix chair

What is it that makes the Grand Prix a favourite with collectors?

Compasso d'Oro award

What is the Compasso d’Oro award?

The Compasso d'Oro prize was instituted by the Rinascente company in 1954 and was initially an idea of Gio Ponti and Alberto Rosselli.

Paimio Chair by A. Aalto

The use of composite materials and plywood in furniture design

In the mid-fifties, the making of furniture began to take industrial form and so it became to look into the use oc composite materials in furniture de...Read More

Glass in architecture and design

A guide to the use of glass in architecture and design

The idea of using traditional materials with design as the intrinsic component in architecture has found a number of supporters in Italy.

Centre Pompidou-Metz

Thoughts on architecture and design

If the Morrisian idea of architecture as "everything that configures living space, apart from absolute desert" were still in vogue, it would be consid...Read More

Alfa Romeo Duetto

Italian design and it’s cinematic influence

We can all conjure up the memory of the red Alfa Romeo Duetto, the "cuttlefish", driven by a very young Dustin Hoffman in "The Graduate"

Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto – Biography

Alvar Aalto was an architect who after a short classicist period turned to functionalism.

Nordic Design Review

Your 8 Home Office Must Haves

If you are serious about working from home, you will only get so far by setting up camp on your kitchen table. We tell you the eight must haves you ne...Read More

Eames 670 Lounge Chair

Charles & Ray Eames furniture designs for Herman Miller

Listed below you will find what we feel are their key collaborations with Herman Miller Inc over the decades.

Cherner Armchair by Norman Cherner and Plycraft

Cherner Armchair by Norman Cherner and Plycraft

Anyone who owns a Cherner armchair knows the heart-opening feeling it gives you when you walk into a room. Hands down it is the sexiest plywood chair ...Read More

Paimio Chair by A. Aalto

Alvar Aalto Furniture Designs for Herman Miller

These listings are the original product features and design stories for the Herman Miller designs by Alvar Aalto.

The original herman Miller Aeron Chair
Heart Cone Chairs by Verner Panton

The Cone Chair and Heart Cone chair by Verner Panton

When the Cone Chair was first exhibited in the window of a furniture shop in New York, traffic police were called in.

Spanish Chair 2226 by Børge Mogensen

Spanish Chair 2226 by Børge Mogensen

Mogensen's name rarely crops up outside the world of collectors, designers and dealers and yet he is one of mid-century modern's most important propon...Read More

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