Charles Rennie Mackintosh is one of the English protagonists in the design of the Twenties Century. After graduating from the School of Arts in Glasgow, he was commissioned by the editor Walter Blackie to design his Hill House at Helensburgh in Scotland.
The familiar profile of the Chaise Longue LC4, model B306, associated with high design by Le Corbusier, dates back to 1928. It has originated from a concept of functional and domestic furnishings (a “machine to live in”), the chaise longue LC4 gives excellent attention to ergonomics and flexibility, with an adjustable headrest and the liberty of positioning as liked the sitting on the base.
With this project, Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo created to experiment with the recently invented electric bulb. At the perfect time and place, new technology, science, and materials are sometimes happen to meet and successfully marry with an exciting and unusual idea of a designer, giving birth to new ingenious objects. It is how was created the Fortuny Moda floor lamp. The artist intuitively was exploring how to use indirect lighting to transform a scene and create new dimensions of light and shadow, increasing visual interest. Succeeding to reflect by using the inner side of the fabric, he could produce any atmosphere.
KARTELL is a beautiful Italian company, where at its heart were always merged innovation, design, and technology. Since its beginnings, the company has collaborated for over 70 years with big names in Architecture and Designs, such as Alessandro Mendini, Patricia Urquiola, Philippe Starck, Tokujin Yoshioka, Antonio Citterio, and more. From these unions were born many unique design objects, today available to the broad public.
The creation of the armchair Grand Confort LC2 was possible thanks to a powerful, although a short union, between Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand, that gave birth also to the Chair LC1 and the Chaise longue LC4.
This gracious chair was born when Ludwig Mies van der Rohe received the engagement to design the German fair pavilion for the International Exposition in Barcelona from 1929. To complement the vertical and horizontal lines of the building, covered with beautiful marble and had onyx walls, colorful glass, and chrome columns, Mies designed the chair Barcelona in a way to give an elevated and a not too solid structure to not interfere on the dynamics of the space.
In 1924, Caran d’Ache was a small factory producing pencils in Geneve, Switzerland. Today its name is associated with high-quality instruments for drawings and arts.
Its reputation is well-deserved and is based on the constant process of introducing to the market innovative products, among which is the “hero” of today’s story, the Fixpencil. It was designed in 1950, and it was an upgraded version of the original product released in 1929. Although it was similar form the technical point of view, it also incorporated significant improvements, among which a slim hexagonal body entirely made in black metal that carries inside the pressure mechanism with the press button on the top.
The beginning of the Seventies was a period of significant opportunities for the furniture designers thanks to the creation of new innovative materials.
Michael Ducaroy, Chief Design at the French company Ligne Roset, responded promptly with its audacious move and perfect timing and created the first sofa in the world made in polyurethane foam.
The armchair I FELTRI, made of wool felt, evokes a shaman throne in modern styles. Its base is made of polyester resin, while the upper body is soft and malleable, wraparound anyone who sits on it as a royal mantle.
The table lamp ATOLLO is one of the most famous pieces of Vico Magistretti. For this, he won the “Golden Compass” award in 1979 - which is an industrial design award originated in Italy in 1954 by the La Rinascente company from an original idea of Gio Ponti and Alberto Rosselli.