european design

Compasso d'Oro award

What is the Compasso d’Oro award?

The Compasso d'Oro prize was instituted by the Rinascente company in 1954 a...

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 compon...

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 i...

Spanish Chair 2226 by Børge Mogensen

Spanish Chair 2226 by Børge Mogensen

Mogensen's name rarely crops up outside the world of collectors, designers ...

Corona Chair EJ5 Poul Volther

Corona Chair EJ5 Poul Volther

Poul Volther's design for the Corona Chair is said to be so inspired by the...

Ball Chair by Eero Aarnio

Ball Chair by Eerio Aarnio

Eeerio Aarnio’s Ball Chair came into being with the same intensity as the U...

Big Tulip Armchair F545 - Pierre Paulin, Artifort

Big Tulip Armchair F545 – Pierre Paulin, Artifort

Pierre Paulin always thought in three dimensions. He originally trained as ...

Seagull Chairs by Arne Jacobson

Seagull Chairs by Arne Jacobson

With the Seagull Chair, Arne Jacobsen conjured up a chair that inspire pass...

Garden Egg Chair by Ghyczy

The Garden Egg Chair by Peter Ghyczy

The Garden Egg Chair by Ghyczy is often highlighted as a typical example of...

Omkstak Stacking Chair

OMKSTAK Stacking Chair

OMKSTAK Stacking Chair. The classic chair with a design based on a military...

Bauhaus Wassily Chair Marcel Breuer

THE WASSILY CHAIR (B3) by Marcel Breuer

The Model B3 (Wassily Chair) was one of the earliest products to emerge fro...

Paimio Chair by A. Aalto

The Paimio Sanatorium Chair

Whichever Paimio chair you prefer, you cannot help but marvel at Aalto’s sc...

G Plan 6250R Easy Chair Review

The G Plan 6250R Easy Chair

Just have to look at the Chesterfield-style and wingback points and imagine...

Grete Jalk GJ Chair Review

GJ Chair by Grete Jalk and Poul Jeppesen

With the GJ Chair, Grete Jalk took the early plywood experiments of the Eam...

Djinn Chair in 2001 a Space Odyssey Chair History

The Djinn chair and Kubrick’s 2001: a Space Odyssey

Twenty-four year old Olivier Mourgue's organic chairs, inspired by Islamic ...

Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair History

Arne Jacobsen and the ‘Egg Chair’

Jacobsen perfected the sculpting of the Egg and Swan in his garage, working...

Nordic Design Review

Nordic Design comes of age

Nordic design was without doubt the epitome of post-war good taste. Find ou...

Synthesis 56 Typist Chair History

The Synthesis 45 Typist Chair

Like the much-coveted lipstick red typewriter launched with Olivetti on Val...

Gehry Wiggle Chair History

The Wiggle Side Chair by Frank Gehry

Lovingly carved from a redundant pile of corrugated cardboard he used for b...

History of the Falcon Chair by Sigurd Resell

Falcon Chair by Sigurd Resell & Vatne Lenestolfabrikk

When designer Sigurd Resell's Falcon Chair first rolled off the production ...

History of UP5 Donna by Gaetano Pesce

UP5 Donna by Gaetano Pesce

Dressed in bold colours or a Bridget Riley stripe, Pesce's Donna celebrated...

History of the Mogen Koch Safari Chair

Mogen Koch’s Safari Chair

Mogens S. Koch, the son of the Danish designer of the same name, remembers ...