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Max Ernst Haefeli (1901-1976) – Swiss architect and designer

Max Ernst Haefeli (1901-1976) was a Swiss architect and designer born in Zurich. He worked in the Otto Bartning studio in Berlin between 1923-24.

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Hannah Ryggen (1894 – 1970) Swedish textile designer

Hannah Ryggen (1894 – 1970) was a textile designer and teacher from Sweden. She was born in Malmö and worked professionally in Norway.

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John Ruskin (1819 – 1900) British social critic and writer.

John Ruskin (1819 – 1900) was a British social critic and writer. His influential books The Seven Lamps of Architecture (1849) and The Stones of Venice (1851—53) show his interest in architecture, particularly the Gothic style.

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Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann (1879 – 1933) French designer and decorator

Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann (1879 – 1933) was a French designer who was born and lived in Paris. n 1907, he took over his father’s house painting company in Paris. He first exhibited his work in 1911, with architect Charles Plumet and couturier Jacques Doucet, Frantz Jourdain, and Tony Selmersheim.

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Ernst Riegel (1871 – 1939) a German metalsmith

Ernst Riegel 1871 – 1939) was a metalsmith from Germany. He was active in Munich, Darmstadt, and Cologne after being born in Münnerstadt.

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Jacob Prytz (1886 – 1962) Norwegian metalworker and designer

Jacob Prytz (1886 – 1962) was a metalworker and designer from Norway. He was born and raised in Oslo, where he also worked.

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Totem French Design Collaborative

Totem was a Lyons-based French design collective. Cabinetmakers Jacques Bonnet, Frédérich du Chayla, Vincent Lemarchand, and Claire Olives founded Totem in 1980. Their furnishings straddled the line between art and function.

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Louis Majorelle (1859 – 1926) French Designer and cabinetmaker

Majorelle took over the family cabinetmaking and ceramics business in Nancy in 1879. In the late 1880s, he began designing Modern furniture. Working in the Art Nouveau style, Majorelle was the most dynamic practitioner of the School of Nancy. By mechanising his factory, he produced significant quantities of highly decorated commercial furniture and more elaborate pieces using expensive materials such as mahogany, burr walnut, and ormolu.

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Bruno Pollack (1902 – 1985) – Austrian furniture designer

Pollack invented a tubular steel stacking chair, model RP7, which was manufactured from c1932 and revolutionised auditorium seating with its stacking concept. Cox, a British furniture maker, was embroiled in a legal battle with rival Pel in 1934 over the Rp6 stacking chair, which Pel had bought the rights from Pollack.

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A Century of Progress International Exposition – Chicago 1933 – 1934

A Century of Progress International Exposition, also known as the World’s Fair in Chicago, was a World’s Fair held from 1933 to 1934 in Chicago, Illinois, the United States. Registered under the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the fair celebrated the centennial anniversary of the city. Technological progress was the

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A journey through 60 years of graphic design in 3500 designs

The History of Graphic Design. Vol. 2, 1960–Today By Jens Müller Graphic design has distilled the spirit of each era through the tumultuous passing of time, with its vibrant, elegant fusion of image and concept. From minimalist packaging to vibrant advertisements, clever environmental graphics to elegant interfaces, graphic design is

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Museum of Arts and Design - NY Beth Lipman: Collective Elegy Through April 4, 2021 Beth Lipman has been transforming glass, metal, clay, film, and images into powerful statements. They highlight death, temporality, identification, and excess for over twenty years. The exhibition puts a decade of work together and is

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Resplendent Trogon Bird

Beautiful hand drawn birds from the nineteenth century

These beautiful hand-drawn birds were taken from two books by Mary and Elizabeth Kirby; Beautiful Birds in Far-off Lands and Birds of Gay Plumage. 

Illustrator Charlotte Edey creates soft yet bold dream-like worlds

Charlotte Edey is a British printing, textile and embroidery artist & illustrator. Her interdisciplinary discovery of the intersections of identity and the spiritual reveals the symbolism and myth within her work. Womxn’s experience of colour is centred in her commentary on the politics of space.

Posters

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Paris: May 1968 Posters of the Student Revolt

In the turbulent days of May 1968 in Paris, a group of artists calling themselves the Atelier Populaire created posters that were vital in spreading the call to unite student and workers.  The propaganda of the French revolt was fed by immediate pressures.  The day by day events – the disruption of classes at Nanterre University led by Daniel Cohn-Bendit, the supporting student demonstrations in Paris, the police invasion of the Sorbonne and its occupation by students, the barricades, and the government’s reaction and referendum…

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Resplendent Trogon Bird

Beautiful hand drawn birds from the nineteenth century

These beautiful hand-drawn birds were taken from two books by Mary and Elizabeth Kirby; Beautiful Birds in Far-off Lands and Birds of Gay Plumage. 

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Retreat: The Modern House in Nature

The most forward-looking spaces designed for rustic living in the twenty-first century. Across the globe, architects are creating innovative houses for country living, reimagining the way we escape into the natural world. Some combine industrial materials like metal and concrete with traditional wood.

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Adrian Frutiger – Typographer – creator of most widely used fonts.

Adrian Frutiger was a Swiss graphic designer and typographer.  Frutiger created some of the most widely used fonts of the 20th century, and they can be seen daily in airports on street signs and in subway stations.  He was the creator of many internationally known and loved fonts such as

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Keith Haring (1958-1990) art that danced

Keith Haring was best known for his graffiti-like painting, initially on the black paper used to cover discontinued billboard advertisements in the New York subway. After after a feverish 1980’s style career of surging popular success and grudging critical attention, Haring died of AIDS in 1991 at the age of 31.

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Create Your Own Calm

Journaling Exercises for Everyday Anxieties | Goop

Artist and writer Meera Lee Patel shares a journaling prompt from her new book, Create Your Own Calm, plus advice for picking up an art habit and moving through a creative block.

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Max Ernst Haefeli (1901-1976) was a Swiss architect and designer born in Zurich. He worked in the Otto Bartning studio in Berlin between 1923-24.Read More →

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Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann (1879 – 1933) was a French designer who was born and lived in Paris. n 1907, he took over his father’s house painting company in Paris. He first exhibited his work in 1911, with architect Charles Plumet and couturier Jacques Doucet, Frantz Jourdain, and Tony Selmersheim.Read More →

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Paul Tuttle (1918 – 2002) was an American designer best known for his furniture designs and his work in interior design and architecture. Tuttle had no formal design education and instead drew inspiration from his own life and the mentorship of well-known artists like Alvin Lustig, Welton Becket, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Tuttle worked as a furniture designer for over 50 years, producing a body of work that included mass-produced and custom-made pieces.Read More →

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Majorelle took over the family cabinetmaking and ceramics business in Nancy in 1879. In the late 1880s, he began designing Modern furniture. Working in the Art Nouveau style, Majorelle was the most dynamic practitioner of the School of Nancy. By mechanising his factory, he produced significant quantities of highly decorated commercial furniture and more elaborate pieces using expensive materials such as mahogany, burr walnut, and ormolu. Read More →