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Minimal Desks circa 1950s

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The 1950s were a great period for desk design. Economic expansion and the rise of the tertiary sector perhaps explain that. There is still a lot of sobriety in the designs, as if reminiscent of the deprivations of the war. Only towards the end of the decade do we see more expansive lines.

Finn Juhl (1948)

Franco Albini, #80 desk (1949)

Jacques Adnet (1950)

Jean Prouvé – Standard desk (1950)

Charles and Ray Eames – ESU desk (1952)

Greta Magnusson Grossman (1952)

Pierre Paulin – (1953)

Hans Wegner (1954)

Jean Prouvé – Compas desk (1955)

Jules Wabbes (1955)

Franco Albini – stadera desk (1958)


Ico Parisi –  (1958)

Nana Ditzel (1960)

Virtual Exhibits

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We just discovered these great virtual exhibit visits from Jacksons’ Berlin antenna. Wish that they will add to the collection very soon.

If you have the occasion to visit Stockholm or Berlin pay a visit to their gallery. We have yet to visit the Berlin one – it had just opened the last time we had the pleasure to visit them on Sibyllegatan. Great space.

Bruno Mathsson Exhibition

Finn Juhl Exhibition

Finnish Design Exhibtion

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January 29, 2011 at 7:53 pm

From our 50’s couch

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1. A very interesting story on how Finnish design ends up in Tokyo and elsewhere in The ones that got away by Jonas Forth.

2. Our future one-stamp collection: ’2+3′ wallpaper by Ilmari and Annikki Tapiovaara in 1958 and ‘Paimio’ chair by Alvar Aalto in 1931-32 via wallpaper and chair « well centred.

3. The Boyd collection and Oscar Niemeyer’s Strick House via the North Elevation

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January 26, 2011 at 2:34 am

Rietveld’s Universe

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Only a couple of weeks left to visit the exhibition at the Centraal Museum Utrecht (via the always informative Abitare). We will not make it, but there is the catalog to console oneself.

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January 25, 2011 at 2:05 am

From our 50’s couch

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This must be the weather; more from our couch surfing:

1. Larry Weinberg at Interior Design on where are the midcentury Norwegian designers and on the geometry of circular chairs

2. Just opened at MOCA in Jacksonville “The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design

3. On the risk of shipping vintage furniture by Modern Findings: something we can relate to

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January 23, 2011 at 2:57 am


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Mies Van Der Rohe – MR10 (1927)


Gerrit Rietveld – Zig Zag chair (1932-34)

Hans Pieck (1946-1947)

Egon Eiermann – SE69 chair (1952)

Dorotheum-Tripod chair SE 69

Gio Ponti – Superleggera (1957)

Werner Panton – S chair (1965)

Shigeru Uchida – Rattan Chair (1974)

Ron Arad – Eight by One (1991)

Martin Van Severen – MVS chaise (2000)

Shigeru Ban – Carbon Fiber chair (2009)

“”I wanted to make a chair that is even lighter than the gio ponti’s superleggera – a chair so light that a child could pick it up with just his little finger.”