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The Women and Cats of Art Nouveau

The Women and Cats of Art Nouveau Artists (Kindle)

By Melanie Paquette-widmann A collection of prints from Art Nouveau artists with women and cats as the subjects of these prints.Artists include: Jules Chéret • 1836 to 1932Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec • 1864 – 1901Eugène Grasset • 1844 to 1917Alfons Mucha • 1860 – 1939Théophile Steinlen • 1859 – 1923Louis Rhead

Rethinking Sitting by Peter Opsvik

Rethinking Sitting by Peter Opsvik (Paperback)

Humans have lived physically active lives for millions of years. On the other hand, industrialisation has bred passivity and a growing predominance of the sitting posture for an increasing number of people in recent decades. Chairs and furniture for seating have increasingly become common items in the office, institutions, and

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Hochschule für Gestaltung

Ulm, Hochschule für Gestaltung post WW2 Design Academy

After WWII, Ulm, Hochschule für Gestaltung, a forward-thinking West German institution, was closely associated with a more scientific, logical, and productive design approach. It shifted away from the traditional reliance on existing notions of the innovative individual designer’s dominance and towards a problem-solving approach to design that included the use of multidisciplinary expertise.

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Anthropometrics a systematic study of human measurement

Anthropometrics is a systematic study of human measurement that was increasingly used by designers dealing with design issues involving human movement in the decades following WWII. Their implementation of a more analytical and methodical approach to design problems had a lot in common with the techniques studied at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm from the mid-1950s to the 1960s, as well as the Design Methods trend.

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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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Andrew Fairclough Illustrations

Total Control, illustration by Andrew Fairclough

Andrew Fairclough is an Australian illustrator, designer and art director based in Los Angeles. KINDRED STUDIO Illustration. Design. Art Direction. Forged with Heart & Hands. Sydney AU / Los Angeles CA After a misspent youth completing a Business Degree, Andrew moved on to designing skate and snowboard graphics between bouts

Posters

Pelikan Poster by Herbert Leupin

The poster has established itself as an integral part of modern marketing and has acquired the status of a typical Swiss quality product just like the one it was intended to sell. A good example is the poster designed in 1952 by Herbert Leupin (1916–1999) for the Pelikan fountain pen company. Showing an eponymous bird with a pen in its beak and a wing ink, it’s done with very little text. The message is simple: the bird is a brand name. Anyone looking to buy a fountain pen.

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Hans Gugelot (1920 – 1965) began his career in engineering (1940–2) and architecture (1940–6) in Switzerland and was closely associated with the radical Hochschüle für Gestaltung (HfG) in UlmRead More →

Hochschule für Gestaltung

After WWII, Ulm, Hochschule für Gestaltung, a forward-thinking West German institution, was closely associated with a more scientific, logical, and productive design approach. It shifted away from the traditional reliance on existing notions of the innovative individual designer’s dominance and towards a problem-solving approach to design that included the use of multidisciplinary expertise. Read More →

Vitruvian Man - featured image

Anthropometrics is a systematic study of human measurement that was increasingly used by designers dealing with design issues involving human movement in the decades following WWII. Their implementation of a more analytical and methodical approach to design problems had a lot in common with the techniques studied at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm from the mid-1950s to the 1960s, as well as the Design Methods trend.Read More →

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Antonio Citterio is known for his design and craftsmanship, especially in the fields of product and interior design. He has also grown into the architectural domain in the last two decades, with achievements in both public and private architecture.Read More →

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Ajeto Glassworks – Czech Republic. Borek Spek, a renowned Czech designer, and Petr Novotny, a talented young glassblower, formed this glass company in 1989 Read More →

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ABS (acrylontrile‐butadiene‐styrene) was one of a slew of modern plastics that appeared in the aftermath of World War II. ABS sheets may be injection moulded, blow moulded, thermoformed, or vacuum-formed to create solid content.Read More →

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Alvar Aalto (1898-1976), a Finnish architect and builder, designed nearly one hundred single-family houses over the course of his fifty-year career. Aalto’s work, which included furniture and glassware, had a distinct style that combined modernism and traditional vernacular architecture. Alvar Aalto Houses, now available in paperback, features twenty-six of Aalto’sRead More →

In the Pink - Dorothy Draper

Has there ever been an American decorator as famous as Dorothy Draper? Like Martha Stewart, Draper was a preacher and teacher whose how-to books and Good Housekeeping columns provided middle-class homemakers with affordable ideas for making their homes more functional and comfortable. Thanks to her originality as a stylist andRead More →

Joseph Albers: Interaction. Josef Albers (1888–1976) was a 20th-century modernist who was best known for his Homages to the Square (painted 1950–76) and The Interaction of Color, published by Yale University Press in 1963. He was an exceptional teacher, artist, painter, and colour theorist.Read More →

The Women and Cats of Art Nouveau

By Melanie Paquette-widmann A collection of prints from Art Nouveau artists with women and cats as the subjects of these prints.Artists include: Jules Chéret • 1836 to 1932Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec • 1864 – 1901Eugène Grasset • 1844 to 1917Alfons Mucha • 1860 – 1939Théophile Steinlen • 1859 – 1923Louis RheadRead More →

Rethinking Sitting by Peter Opsvik

Humans have lived physically active lives for millions of years. On the other hand, industrialisation has bred passivity and a growing predominance of the sitting posture for an increasing number of people in recent decades. Chairs and furniture for seating have increasingly become common items in the office, institutions, andRead More →

Jasper Morrison Hard Life

How did so much beauty and imagination appear in daily rural life articles in Portugal? How did these objects’ shapes so deftly combine need and formal perfection? This book examines the impact that centuries of trial and error, individual craftsmanship, and an instinct to cut out the important with theRead More →

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The Stool comes in three sizes. It is made of Hinoki (Japanese cypress). The Stools require self-assembly with glue. The glue is not provided. Instructions are included.Read More →

CUP Chair For Plank

For travellers, the benefits of plastic shell suitcases have come to be appreciated. They are extremely light and flexible, yet powerful and good looking. Suitcases made of thin vacuum-formed plastic sheets have completely transformed the product category. As a designer of the furniture, Konstantin Grcic was surprised by this ingenuity and the suitability of the modern chair covers for production and performance. Read More →

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The Alexa Dining Chair are as elegant as they are comfortable. Made of the highest quality moulded plastic, this chair is perfect for sitting at your dining table or sitting in a cafe style, making it a winner for both residential and commercial customers. With their sleek and modern design, these chairs are ideal for a modern environment.Read More →

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Patricia Urquiola called this collection Vimini because it means wicker in Italian and sounds like Bimini, an island. They used only the right amount of outdoor wicker with a rougher wooden frame. The design is well known that when you get close, it stirs your memory and makes you feel at home. That’s what it was, more or less—the object of memory.Read More →

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In 1951, Isamu Noguchi visited the town of Gifu, Japan, known for its manufacture of lanterns and parasols made from mulberry bark paper and bamboo. Noguchi designed the first of his lamps to be produced by the traditional construction methods of Gifu. He referred to these works as Akari, aRead More →

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The Forms Stackable Stool features a lovely circle seat with a convenient stacking capability. Solid wood frame and plywood wood veneer seat.Read More →

Driftwood Debra Bernier

When most of us pass by an old piece of wood on the ground, we don’t look at it twice. After all, it’s just a stick, right? But for Canadian artist, Debra Bernier, the grooves, pits, and breaks in a piece of driftwood are tiny works of art, created by nature, and they’re inspirational jumping-off points for her earthy, magical artwork.Read More →

Hover is a minimalist stool created by Toronto-based designer Tom Chung. Hover is a contemporary take on the mechanics’ stool. Designed for co-working spaces or cafe’s where one might need personal short-term storage space. The tray provides a surface for your bag, without having to place it on the floor or hanger.Read More →