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Webbings we like

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Aalto, Grabbe, Mathson, Risom: what do these four giants have in common? They all used webbing in some of their most famous designs. There is something both elegant and cheap to furniture using webbed canvas, and for a good reasons as often these designs were borne out of necessity.

Aalto is the precursor, with his Model 406 “Pension” Chair, designed in 1933 and a successor to the Model 41 armchair, with a higher back for comfort. But what makes this chair remarkable is the use of a cotton canvas webbing after many years of experimentation with laminated wood. The webbing offers smoother support and better airflow.

Alvar Aalto – Model 406 Chair – Artek

Bruno Mathsson successfully borrowed from Aalto the use of canvas webbing, which offered lightness and durability. Mathsson experimented with different woods and webbing materials from jute to paper. Further reading can be found here courtesy of Webvg.

Bruno Mathsson – Pernilla Chair

Jens Risom used webbing for his first collection for Knoll in the US. Wartime restrictions lead him to use webbing made out of parachute fabric and walnut. We particularly like the use of color in his designs.

Jens Risom – 654 W Side Chair – Knoll

 

Like Risom, Klaus Grabbe used military fabric due to wartime restrictions for his 1948 Chaise Longue. The thick exagerated section is very reminiscent of Risom’s chair, but made of plywood. Breuer is said to have inspired Grabbe, who also designed this other pretty striking reclining model .

Klaus Grabbe – Chaise Longue

Chaise longuee

Update: we ought to add this one, recently seen at RetroModern Design

Axel Larsson – Side Chair- Bodafors

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February 28, 2010 at 1:01 pm

From our 50s couch

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Assorted links of interest:

1. We are not usually fans of the craft/organic school of design, but we are nevertheless open to exceptions, such as the Tree Table by Carl Auböck.

2. Jean Royère “wave” lamp (does anybody know the real name?). UPDATE: it’s calledSerpentin” and featured in this auction.

3. Jean Prouvé, La Poetica dell’ Ogetto Tecnico (a Vitra exhibition at the Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio in Switzerland)

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February 25, 2010 at 3:25 am

The most expensive floor lamp ever?

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$ 185,925 – this is the price fetched at the 16 February Artcurial auction by an interior lamppost similar to the ones in La Cité Radieuse in Marseilles and Villa Shodan in Ahmedabad.

Overall the Artcurial sale that we mentioned in our earlier post, sold pretty well in the current context, with 80% of the lots sold (for the furniture) and several pieces going well well above the estimate. The lightings went for very high hammer prices, which seems justified given how unique they are.

A link to the catalog is here.

c

description

realized price

estimate

diff/high

euro

usd

low

high

1

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 meuble de rangement – circa 1960

€ 12,113

$16,457

€ 6,000

€ 8,000

51.4%

2

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 bibliotheque double – circa 1960

€ 7,650

$10,394

€ 6,000

€ 8,000

-4.4%

3

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 paire de commodes – circa 1955

€ 10,838

$14,725

€ 8,000

€ 10,000

8.4%

4

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 bureau – circa 1960

€ 5,100

$6,929

€ 4,000

€ 6,000

-15.0%

5

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 banquette basse – circa 1960

unsold

€ 6,000

€ 8,000

6

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 banquette basse – circa 1960

€ 7,650

$10,394

€ 6,000

€ 8,000

-4.4%

7

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 fauteuil club – circa 1960

€ 9,563

$12,992

€ 8,000

€ 10,000

-4.4%

8

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 table de salle a manger, grand modele – circa 1960

€ 47,628

$64,707

€ 40,000

€ 50,000

-4.7%

9

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 paire de chaises demontables – circa 1960

unsold

€ 6,000

€ 8,000

10

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 bibliotheque basse – circa 1960

€ 37,714

$51,239

€ 6,000

€ 8,000

371.4%

11

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 table eclairante de bibliotheque, petit modele – circa 1960table eclairante de bibliotheque, petit modele…

€ 46,389

$63,024

€ 25,000

€ 30,000

54.6%

37

le corbusier et pierre jeanneret (sous la direction de) (1887-1965) (1896-1967) borne declairage en beton – 1954

€ 14,026

$19,056

€ 12,000

€ 14,000

0.2%

38

le corbusier et pierre jeanneret (sous la direction de) (1887-1965) (1896-1967) borne declairage en beton – 1954

€ 12,750

$17,323

€ 12,000

€ 14,000

-8.9%

39

le corbusier 1887-1965 reverbere dinterieur – 1952

€ 136,848

$185,925

€ 120,000

€ 140,000

-2.3%

66

le corbusier 1887-1965 luminaire lc vii – 1954

€ 32,757

$44,504

€ 10,000

€ 12,000

173.0%

67

le corbusier 1887-1965 luminaire lc vii – 1954

€ 35,235

$47,871

€ 10,000

€ 12,000

193.6%

68

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 canape et trois fauteuils club – circa 1955

€ 40,192

$54,606

€ 25,000

€ 30,000

34.0%

69

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 paire de chauffeuses basses – circa 1960

€ 47,627

$64,707

€ 30,000

€ 40,000

19.1%

71

pierre jeanneretpierre jeanneret 1896-1967 banc trois places – circa 1955banc trois places – circa 1955

€ 6,376

$8,662

€ 5,000

€ 6,000

6.3%

72

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 banc trois places – circa 1955banc trois places – circa 1955

€ 6,376

$8,662

€ 5,000

€ 6,000

6.3%

73

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 paire de fauteuils bas cannes – circa 1955paire de fauteuils bas cannes – circa 1955

€ 9,563

$12,992

€ 8,000

€ 10,000

-4.4%

74

pierre jeanneret (1896-1967) paire de fauteuils bas cannes – circa 1955

€ 9,563

$12,992

€ 8,000

€ 10,000

-4.4%

77

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 bureau courbe a rangement integre – circa 1955

€ 29,039

$39,453

€ 25,000

€ 30,000

-3.2%

78

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 fauteuil public pour la haute cour – circa 1955

€ 26,561

$36,086

€ 3,500

€ 4,000

564.0%

79

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 lit demontable a sangles – circa 1955

unsold

€ 8,000

€ 10,000

80

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 paire de fauteuils bas cannes, demontables – circa 1955

€ 15,301

$20,788

€ 12,000

€ 15,000

2.0%

81

le corbusier et pierre jeanneret (sous la direction de) (1887-1965) (1896-1967) deux volets verticaux profiles en aile davion – cir…

€ 50,105

$68,074

€ 30,000

€ 40,000

25.3%

82

pierre jeanneret (1896-1967) table a dessin – circa 1960

unsold

€ 60,000

€ 80,000

83

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 paire de chauffeuses basses a dossier pliant – circa 1960

unsold

€ 25,000

€ 30,000

84

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 lampadaire – circa 1955

€ 46,388

$63,024

€ 8,000

€ 10,000

363.9%

85

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 lampadaire – circa 1955

€ 42,670

$57,973

€ 8,000

€ 10,000

326.7%

86

pierre jeanneret (1896-1967) table de travail pour sculpteur – circa 1955

€ 56,301

$76,492

€ 30,000

€ 40,000

40.8%

87

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 table de salle manger – circa 1960

unsold

€ 12,000

€ 15,000

88

pierre jeanneret 1896-1967 six chaises tapissees – circa 1955

unsold

€ 15,000

€ 20,000

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February 22, 2010 at 3:49 am

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Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier furniture in Chandigarh

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Artcurial, 16 February 2010: Chandigarh Project 2 – Le Corbusier – Jeanneret

Before you bid, check this post by arZan on Corbusier’s (sic) Stolen Legacy from Chandigarh

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February 13, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Aalto shrine

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An unlikely place where to find one of the most important collections of Aalto furniture in North America (don’t miss the building either).

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February 9, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Jeanne Rymer, Collector

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Another catch up session: an interesting article courtesy of Antiques via Modern Magazine on Jeanne Rymer, former UD professor. For once a “regular Jane” (sorry: could not resist) collector. A refreshing change from gazillionaires who overpay for their art. We wish we had been able to see the exhibit of her collection.

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February 8, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Kem Weber and the Rise of Modern Design in Southern California

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Alright, we only saw it this week: a very good article on Kem Weber one of America’s early modernists in last May’s Antiques (HT to Modern Magazine). If you like his designs, Wright Now has a nice pair of lounge chair on sale (click on image below).

Airline chair

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Lounge chair

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February 8, 2010 at 3:44 am

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