Eugene Schoen (1880 – 1957) was an American architect and designer

Eugene Schoen (1880 – 1957) was an American architect and designer. He created high-quality Art Deco Furniture with heavy French influence. He was born and professionally active in New York. He was one of the few American born designers during the 20s and 30s to achieve success.

Education

He studied architecture, Columbia University, New York, to 1901; Akademie der bildenden KĆ¼nste, Vienna, under Otto Wagner and others. In Vienna, he met Secessionist architects Otto Wagner and Josef Hoffman, who was also the founder of the Wiener WerkstƤtte.

Biography

He set up his architecture practice in New York in 1905 and, after visiting the 1925 Paris ‘Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes.‘ He began offering interior design services. In 1931, he became a professor of interior architecture at New York University. He sold his own and imported textiles and furniture and Maurice Heaton’s glassware in the gallery he established.

For several interior schemes, he commissioned Heaton to execute large glass murals, the most impressive The Flight of Amelia Earhart Across the Atlantic in the 1932 interior of RKO Theatre in Rockefeller Center, New York, of which Schoen was the interior designer.

He designed the interiors of numerous apartments, banks, theatres, and department stores in Manhattan and elsewhere, including Dunhill’s interior at Rockefeller Center and Dunhill’s earlier store. His furniture was rendered in neoclassical forms with exotic wood veneers in an odd amalgamation of various contemporary European styles. Some of his furniture, such as the Chinese-influenced pieces for the apartment of lawyer Henry Root Stem in New York, was produced by Schmieg, Hungate, and Kotzian. From the late 1920s, his son Lee was a member of the practice.  

Rare Pull-up Chair by Eugene Schoen United States c. 1934
Rare Pull-up Chair by Eugene Schoen United States c. 1934

Style

Perhaps because his clientele was partial to luxurious French styles, Schoen did not draw upon his urban surroundings for inspiration. Instead, he looked to French furniture designers whose beautiful veneered furniture and costly, inlaid materials exemplified the Art Moderne style.

Eugene Schoen circa 1929 Monel metal, bronze, Bakelite, steel. 22 in. (55.9 cm) high, 25 1/2 in. (64.8 cm) diameter
Eugene Schoen circa 1929 Monel metal, bronze, Bakelite, steel. 22 in. (55.9 cm) high, 25 1/2 in. (64.8 cm) diameter

By the late 20s when modernism made its forays into the modern American home, Schoen was perfectly placed to capitalise on it. He was even able to display complete room settings in his gallery in 1928 when most of his colleagues were competing for space in department store exhibitions.

Depression

Most of the Schoen’s Art Deco’s works date after the end of the depression. It was at this time that only the wealthy could afford to buy them. Much of his furniture was promoted as one of a kind. In the late 1930s he produced avante-garde pieces made from nickel and glass, however he stopped making furniture at the end of World War 2.

Schoenā€™s table in the ladiesā€™ powder room in the RKO Roxy Theatre, circa 1932. Photograph by Fay S. Lincoln.
Schoenā€™s table in the ladiesā€™ powder room in the RKO Roxy Theatre, circa 1932. Photograph by Fay S. Lincoln.

Exhibitions

He designed a room setting at the 1928 ‘Exposition of Art in Industry at Macy’s’ at Macy’s department store in New York. Schoen’s included his show window, child’s nursery, and bedroom in the 1929 (XI) ‘The Architect and the Industrial Arts: An Exhibition of Contemporary American Design’ at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. His dining room was included in the Central Gallery of the 1935 ‘Contemporary American Industrial Art, 1934 at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. He designed an exhibition at New York State Building, 1933-34 Chicago Century of Progress He received a gold medal for crafts from Architectural League of New York for a building, entrance.

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Sources

Art Institute of Chicago. (2001). Shaping the modern: American decorative arts at The Art Institute of Chicago 1917-65.

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

Eugene Schoen (1880 – c.1957) – Genealogy. https://www.geni.com/people/Eugene-Schoen/6000000002188115553

Long, C. (2007). Paul T. Frankl and modern American design. Yale University Press. Retrieved from https://amzn.to/3I0iJ8K.

Miller, J. (2016). Miller’s Art Deco: Living with the art deco style. Mitchell Beazley. Retrieved from https://amzn.to/3p8bl2z.

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    Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni were not the first twentieth-century designers to consider the tractor seat in relation to sophisticated furniture production: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe used it for the Conchoidal chairs he conceived during the early 1940s. Read More →

  • Black Wire Chair by Oki Santo

    Black Wire Chair by Oki Santo

    Oki Santo designed this chair; it was a part of a series called Thin Black Lines. The series includes a chair and clothes rack intended to appear as sketches in the air or calligraphy symbols. Thin black lines like the traces of sketches drawn in the air made transparent surfaces and volumes appear, which we assigned practical functions. The outlines remained after simplifying paintings of plants and animals. Read More →

  • Konstantin Achkov (b.1973) and ‘tensegrity’ designed furniture

    Frame Chairs designed by Konstantin Achkov

    The form of the chairs is influenced by traditional frame construction, like that of the Eiffel tower. Specific sides form the base, where every element of the furniture puzzle is assembled only using puzzle joints without glue, nails, screws or bolts.Read More →

  • Patrizia Ranzo Italian architect and designer

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    Patrizia Ranzo is an Italian architect and designer. She was born and active in Naples. She studied architecture in Naples to 1981. Read More →

  • Paul Follot (1877 – 1941) French decorative artist and sculptor

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    His early graphic design reflected a fascination with mediaeval and Pre-Raphaelite art. He joined Julius Meier-shop Graefe’s La Maison Moderne in Paris in 1901. He met Maurice DufrĆ©ne and designed bronzes, jewellery, and fabrics.Read More →

  • Cini Boeri Italian Furniture & Industrial Designer

    Cini Boeri foam furniture

    She worked as an interior and furniture designer in the studio of Marco Zanuso, Milan, 1952ā€”63. In 1963, she set up her studio, specializing in civil and interior architecture and industrial design. She was associated with ADI (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale). In 1979, she formed Cini Boeri Associati, Milan. Read More →

  • Pedro Miralles (1955 – 1993) Spanish architect and designer

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    In Madrid, he encountered people associated with postmodern culture, including architect Rafael Moneo, his university professor, and members of the Madrid movida movement, such as film director Pedro AlmodĆ³var and fashion designer Jess del Well.Read More →

  • Alf Sture (1915 – 2000) One of the Greats of Norwegian Furniture

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    Furniture, he said, should work as intended. Seating furniture must be adapted to anatomical requirements. Still, beyond this, they should in their form help to characterize an environment with security and warmth and often appeal to something familiar and dear.Read More →

  • Ɖcole de Nancy – Art Nouveau artisans and designers

    Main building of the EĢcole de Nancy

    Between 1890 and 1914, the Ɖcole de Nancy, or Nancy School, was a group of Art Nouveau artisans and designers based in Nancy, France. The furniture designer Louis Majorelle, the cabinet maker and glass artist Jacques GrĆ¼ber, the glass and furniture designer Ɖmile GallĆ©, and the Daum crystal factory were important contributors.Read More →

  • Ross Franklin Littell (1924 – 2000) American textile and furniture designer

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    Ross Franklin Littell (1924 – 2000) was an American textile and furniture designer known forRead More →

  • The Oscar Ottoman by Matthew Hilton

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    The Oscar Ottoman is created in the United Kingdom from environmentally friendly materials. The Oscar collection is huge in size but light in appearance, striking a nice mix between contemporary and heritage. It’s constructed with a European wooden frame, jute webbing, and hessian straps, and then covered with a blend of natural fibres, animal hair, and wool. The feet are composed of walnut dyed beech that has been turned. Hilton has developed a sculpture that is both reserved and humble by juxtaposing lengthy straight lines with delicate natural curves.Read More →

  • Grant Featherston (1922 – 1995) Australian Designer

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    He was born in Geelong, Victoria. In 1965, he married Mary Bronwyn Currey, an English-born interior designer, and the pair worked closely as interior designers for many decades. Between 1938-39, Featherston designed decorative-glass panels for Oliver-Davey Glass, Melbourne, and 1939-40 lighting for Newton and Gray, Melbourne. Read More →

  • Tias Eckhoff (1926 – 2016) Norwegian designer, metalworker, ceramicist

    Tias Eckhoff Designer featured image

    Tias Eckhoff (1926 – 2016) was a well-known industrial designer in Norway. His production was constrained, but many of his products have endured as timeless design classics. In addition to the design of RBM Ana, RBM Bella, and Low-back Bella, he was also responsible for the famous Maya cutlery and Glohane tableware, to name a few of the solid works that are well-established in Norwegian design history.Read More →

  • Le Corbusier Swiss born architect designer and theorist

    Le Corbusier black and white image

    Born Charles Ɖdouard Jeanneret, Swiss-born architect, designer and theorist, Le Corbusier was one of the most influential artistic figures in 20th-century architecture, publisher of the Esprit Nouveau Modernist newspaper in 1920, author of several influential books including Vers une architecture (1923), L’art dĆ©coratif d’aujourd’hui (1925) and Les 5 points d (CIAM). He also coined the principle that ‘a machine for living in’ was the modern home.Read More →

  • Marc Newsonā€™s Aluminum Chair for Knoll

    Marc Newson Chair for Knoll

    Honoring the cantilevered chairs of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the Newson Aluminum Chair, 90 years later, is a forward-looking expression that synthesizes simplicity, material and precision, in the Modernist tradition.Read More →

  • Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886 ā€“ 1969) German architect and designer

    Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe featured image

    Between 1905 and 1907, he worked as an apprentice to architect and furniture designer Bruno Paul in Berlin, where he studied wooden furniture design. He created furniture for all of his early homes, including the Werner residence.Read More →

  • Massimo Vignelli designer of subway maps to corporate logos

    Massimo Vignelli Italian Designer

    Massimo Vignelli and his wife Leila, an architect, were considered a husband and wife team credited with introducing restrained, European fashion and taste in America in the 1970s.Read More →

  • Ola Wihlborg Swedish industrial and product designer

    Ola Wihlborg iKea

    He took his first steps towards his career as a designer at Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, Sweden, where he studied furniture and product design. After graduating in 2004, he began working as a freelance designer.Read More →

  • Sven Markelius (1889 – 1972) – Swedish Architect, Textile Designer

    Sven Markelius Chairs

    Sven Markeilus (1889- 1972) was a Swedish Architect, Town Planner and textile designer born in Stockholm. He taught in Stockholm and at Yale University. In the 1950s, Markelius designed simple wooden furniture and printed fabrics with Astrid Sampe, produced by Nordiska in Stockholm.Read More →

  • AndrĆ© LurƧat (1894 – 1970) French Arhitect & Furniture Designer

    Andre Lurcat chairs

    He joined the CIAM (Congres Internationaux d’Architecture Moderne) as a founding member in 1928. Lurcat led the commission on urbanism. His furniture and architecture of the 1920s were geometrical forms influenced by Cubism. Thonet produced his furniture for the Ecole Karl-Marx, which resembled Marcel Breuer’s twisted metal tubular furniture.Read More →

  • Henri Lancel (1912 – 1976) French Decorator & Furniture Designer

    Henri Lancel Side Board

    Jean Dunand, Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, and Pierre Legrain of Groupe des Cinq were among his friends. He travelled to South America and Cuba between 1928 and 1930, working in exotic woods.Read More →

  • Louis Sparre (1866 – 1964) Swedish furniture designer

    A pair of chairs designed by Louis Sparre

    He was born in Gravellona Lomellina, Italy. He was the son of Pehr Ambjƶrn Sparre af Sƶfdeborg (1828ā€“1921) and Teresita AdĆØle Josefa Gaetana Barbavara (1844ā€“1867). His father had served as head of the banknote printing company for the Sveriges Riksbank. He spent his early childhood with his mother at Villa Teresita in Gravellona while his father was often on business trips.Read More →

  • Alfredo Simonit (b.1937) – Italian furniture designer

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    Alfredo Simonit is an Italian designer. He was born in Romans d ‘Isonzo. Professionally active S. Giovanni al Natisone. Read More →

  • Gaetano Pesce (b.1939 ) Italian architect, designer and sculptor

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    He established an office in Padua, where he became a founding member of Gruppo N in 1959. He experimented with programmed art and collaborated with Gruppo Zero in Germany, Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel in Paris (then known as Motus), and Gruppo T in Milan. Read More →

  • Edward William Godwin (1833 – 1886) British architect & furniture designer

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    He was a city surveyor, architect, and civil engineer who worked for William Armstrong. In 1854 in Bristol, he established his practice with no notable commissions. Consequently, between 1857 and 1859, he lived in Ireland and worked with his engineer brother.Read More →

  • Marcello Minale (1938 – 2000) Italian designer

    Print early 1981 designed by Marcello Minale

    He worked as a designer at the Finnish advertising agency Taucker and as an art director at Mackkinointi Uiherjuuri. He was the design director at the Young and Rubicam advertising agency in London until 1964. He founded a design firm with Brian Tattersfield in 1964. Read More →

  • Relaunch of Magnus Olesen Series

    Relaunch of Magnus Olesen Series

    The 8000 series chair, designed by Magnus Olsen and first introduced in 1981, is a design classic that, in many people’s opinion, played a crucial role in defining furniture design in the 1980s.Read More →

  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828 – 1882) British painter and poet

    Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828 - 1882)

    Dante Gabriel Rossetti was a British painter and poet. He was born in London. He studied drawing with Cotman and, in 1848, with Holman Hunt. Read More →

  • Charlotte Perriand (1903 – 1999) French designer and architect

    Charlotte Perriand in the famous ā€œChaise longue basculante B 306,ā€ from 1929

    Charlotte Perriand (1903 – 1999) was a designer and architect from France. Perriand’s designs are most commonly associated with furniture created in the 1920s in collaboration with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. Still, her contribution to design was much more critical.Read More →

  • Grethe Meyer (1918 – 2008) Danish architect, & designer ofĀ furnitureĀ &Ā glassware

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    She worked on the editorial staff of The Building Manual from 1944 to 1955. She was a crucial figure in Borge Mogensen’s research on the standardisation of consumer product sizes, and she collaborated with him frequently. They created the Boligens Byggeskabe (BB) and resund cabinet-storage systems in 1957.Read More →

  • Alfons Bach (1904 – 1999) German Industrial Designer

    Alfons Bach Yellow Sofa

    In New York City, Bach planned the remodelling of Sach’s and the Seneca Textile Building. His work was shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in early contemporary industrial art shows. In Stamford, Connecticut, he created his own home in 1938. He oversaw the construction of the Ridgeway Center, one of the country’s earliest shopping malls. In the 1930s, Bach designed tubular steel furniture for the Lloyd Manufacturing Company. Until 1947, they continued to produce his works. These tubular objects are seen to constitute a link between Bauhaus and contemporary design. In 1959, he relocated to Florida. In Delray Beach, he designed the Palm Trail Plaza and the Palm Trail Yacht Club. In 1969, he was the curator of the United States display at the International Industrial Design Exhibition. He created designs for GE, Keystone Silver, Pacific Mills, and Bigelow-Samford. He was the American Designers Institute’s president.Read More →

  • Minimalist Faceted Voxel Chair By Karim Rashid

    The Voxel Chair is the perfect piece of architectural design for any space. Based on the Vertex Chair, a former Vondom piece. It presents a unique structural shape, angular and faceted, which can only be produced by injection moulding. Due to its smartly designed shape, its weight is distributed in a balanced way. Its lightweight body makes it easy to move and arrange.Read More →

  • Dansk International – Mid Century Scandinavian Design

    Dansk International - Design Firm

    Dansk quickly gained a reputation for well-designed dinnerware that embodied the sophisticated postwar Scandinavian aesthetic of combining artisan traditions with industrial production. Read More →

  • Ɠscar & Sergi Devesa Spanish industrial designers

    Oscar and Sergi Devesa featured image

    In 1987 Oscar and Sergi Devesa founded D&D Design to work together in product design for national and international companies such as Metalarte, Disform, Blauet, Supergrif, Oken, Grober, DessiĆØ, Grupo LĆ­neas TC, Seiak, Vibia, Bike-Romanes, Arkos Light, Forma 5, Ferfor and Exit Seating Barcelona.Read More →

  • Christopher Dresser (1834 – 1904) – British Industrial Designer

    Covered Soup Tureen and Ladle 1880 by Christopher Dresser

    Dresser was a one-of-a-kind designer in the nineteenth century. He is regarded as a forerunner of modern industrial design, creating simple, practical things for mass production when colleagues like William Morris and John Ruskin advocated a return to craft production based on the mediaeval guild model.Read More →

  • Flemming Lassen (1902 – 1984) Modernist Danish Designer

    Flemming Lassen was born on February 23, 1902, in Copenhagen, to a family of artists. His mother, Ingeborg Winding, was a painter, and his father, Hans Vilhelm Lassen, was a decorative painter. Before completing his study at the Technical School, he worked as a mason. Read More →

  • Hannes Wettstein (1958 – 2008) Swiss Furniture Designer

    He started to work for Cassina in 1994 with his Juno bed, and some more recent projects were presented in 2003. Since 1991 he also taught; he was a lecturer at the ETH of Zurich and taught at the Hochschule fur Gestaltung in Karlsruhe.Read More →

  • Jordi Veciana Spanish Industrial Designer

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    He worked for eleven years creating product, furniture, and store interiors, first at Vignelli Associates and then at Polo Ralph Lauren. In 1998, he returned to Spain and began working as a creative director for Grupo Inditex, developing new concepts for the Zara Group’s distinctive retail environments. In 2003, Veciana formed Castel Veciana Arquitectura in collaboration with architect Jordi Castel. He began working with Metalarte shortly after that.Read More →

  • Michael Thonet (1796 – 1871) German-Austrian cabinet maker

    Thonet Cantilever Chair

    Thonet was born just a few miles up the Rhine River from the workshop of renowned cabinetmaker David Roentgen. Count Metternich, Austria’s chancellor, invited him to Vienna in 1841 after seeing Thonet’s furniture on tour to Germany. He marketed his furniture to the imperial court and the nobility. Still, his main ambition was to reach a larger market with mass manufacture.Read More →

  • Martin Szekely (b.1956) French furniture designer

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    He started his career as a copper-plate engraver. In 1977ā€” 1978, he designed furniture, notably the Ar stool, and VIA sponsored many of his early works. His first major triumph was a 25-piece furniture collection for the Sauvagnat firm, which he displayed at the 1979 Salon du Meuble in Paris.Ā Read More →

  • Richard Schultz (1930 – 2021) American sculptor and furniture designer

    In 1951, he became a member of Knoll’s design development group. Initially, he collaborated on the wire Diamond sitting collection with Harry Bertoia. Schultz designed the Petal table in 1960, steel-wire lounge chairs in 1961, and outdoor Leisure Collection seating and tables in 1966 for Knoll. He designed a 1981 collection of outdoor furniture while pursuing his passion for the outdoors.Read More →

  • Tony Selmersheim (1871 – 1971) French architect and decorator

    Initially, he collaborated with architect Charles Plumet. Tony and Pierre Selmersheim worked together on furniture, furnishings, lighting, and the interior design of various structures.Read More →

  • Maurice Matet (b.1903) French Decorator and furniture designer

    Bedroom. Paris, circa 1927. Maurice Matet, designer

    eginning in 1923. He occasionally cooperated with Etienne Kohlmann and Dubard. He became a professor at the Ecole des Arts AppliquĆ©s in Paris in c1930. After WWII, he continued to design furniture, creating models in metal and glass and silver tableware, with radically Modern lines.Read More →

  • Gaston Eysselinck (1907 – 1953) Belgian architect and furniture designer

    Gaston Eysselinck

    Both his parents came from Ninove; father Eysselinck had ended up in Tienen as an employee at the railway company. Gaston Eysselinck was educated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, where he was taught by Geo Henderick, among others. Eysselinck was able to interpret foreign influences in a personal way in a short period. Read More →

  • James Evanson (b.1946) American furniture and lighting designer

    James Evanson stools

    James Evanson has been at the forefront of the “functional art” movement around the world. His work has travelled worldwide since his first exhibition in 1979 at the Art et Industrie Gallery in New York. For the Memphis Collection in Milan, new work was created just for the occasion. The “Lighthouse” lamps gained international acclaim and became an icon of the 1980s.Read More →

  • Wharton Esherick (1887 – 1970) American Sculptor and Furniture Designer

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    As a result, his sculptural furniture and furnishings are his most well-known works. For his leadership in designing non-traditional designs and supporting and inspiring artists/craftspeople by example, Esherick was dubbed the “dean of American artisans” by his peers during his lifetime. Esherick’s impact can still be apparent in contemporary artisans’ work, especially in the Studio Craft Movement.Read More →

  • Flavio Conti Italian architect and designer

    Flavio Conti

    Flavio Conti is an Italian architect and designer; born Legnago, Verona; active Milan.  He studiedRead More →

  • Hans & Lise Isbrand Danish furniture designers

    Hans and Lise Isbrand featured image

    Lise and Hans Isbrand have shown up at the SE shows multiple times with intriguing and experimental prototypes. Their work, on the other hand, tends to be more focused on ordinary life. As a result, they are responsible for various fascinating workplace furniture, inventive culinary utensils, and other items.Read More →

  • Matthew Hilton (b.1957) British furniture & product designer

    Matthew Hilton furniture

    Hilton graduated from Kingston Polytechnic in 1979 after attending Portsmouth College of Art and then Kingston Polytechnic. He worked as an industrial designer and model maker till 1984 after graduating.Read More →

  • Luigi Massoni (b.1930) Italian Industrial Designer

    After a period of training at the Collettivo di Architettura in Milan and his first professional experiences between 1953 and 1955, he began his design career by making the cocktail shaker (1957, with Carlo Mazzeri) and the Serie 5 containers, which are still in production, for AlessiRead More →

  • Bruno Mathsson (1907 – 1988) Swedish Designer & Architect

    Bruno Mathsson Swedish Designer & Architect

    Mathsson grew up in the town of VƤrnamo in Sweden’s Smland region, the son of a master cabinet maker. After a brief period of schooling, he began working in his father’s gallery.Read More →

  • Konstantin Grcic Unveils – CUP Chair For Plank | šŸ‡©šŸ‡Ŗ German Design

    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 →

  • Ini Archibong’s debut collection for SĆ© explores delicacy and strength

    The series, also known as Collection IV by the brand, was released over a two-year period. It is the Nigerian American designer’s first collaboration with SĆ© and his most extensive furniture collection to date.Read More →

  • Ronald-Cecil Sportes – French architect and designer

    Robert-Cecil Sportes featured image

    Ronald-Cecil Sportes is a French architect and designer. He was born Orleanville (Algeria) and professionally active in Paris. He studied at the Ecole des Arts Appliques et des Metiers d’Arts, Paris. Read More →

  • Donald Deskey (1894 – 1989) an American industrial, furniture and interior designer

    Donald Deskey three-panel-screen

    Donald Deskey was an American industrial, furniture, and interior designer. He was born in Blue Earth, Minnesota. He was professionally active in New York. He may have lacked the European sophistication and architectural training of his friend Paul Frankl. However, he created a uniquely American modern style that combined streamlining with French Art Deco taste.Read More →

  • Leolux LX Armchair of High Comfort

    Leolux LXR10 featured image

    and comfortable armchair. The walnut or oak wooden plywood shell, upholstered in fabric or leather, is the focal point. Customization is also possible with the aluminium swivel base. For that ultimate touch, this can be completed in polished aluminium or an Epoxy colour.Read More →

  • Bern Chandley Australian Furniture Designer ā™”

    Bern Chandley featured image

    Windsor chairs feature incredibly robust construction that allows them to withstand years of abuse. Numerous original chairs date back approximately 300 years. All Windsor chairs have sturdy hand-carved seats with round tenons on all parts. The mortices, which are drilled through the seat and then reamed at 6 degrees, match the leg tenons’ taper of 6 degrees. A wedge is hammered into the top of the leg after it is cemented in place, creating a solid and durable joint.Read More →

  • The Sofa: A Brief History šŸ“–

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    The Sofa is without a doubt the most noticeable piece of furniture in the living room, and its reign as the centrepiece has long been unchallenged. This furniture standard may appear to have been around for a long time, yet it was once just a notion in someone’s head before it gained popularity and international recognition. Read More →

  • Shimmer Side Table designed by Patricia Urquiola

    Shimmer Side Table designed by Patricia Urquiola

    The superb iridescent multichromatic finish, a characteristic of the Shimmer line, was achieved by enhanced processing procedures, a deteriorating shaded silvering mix, and the magnificent iridescent multichromatic finish.Read More →

  • PLUMY sofa by Annie HiĆ©ronimus āšœļø

    Plumy Sofa by Annie HieĢronimus featured image

    The Plumy line was inspired by the 1980s and is a revival of the famous model that first debuted over 35 years ago. Plumy’s enveloping design is the ultimate of comfort and relaxation, made entirely of bonded blocks of polyether and Bultex polyurethane foams of various densities.Read More →

  • Luca Erba (b. 1984) Italian Designer & Architect

    Luca Erba furniture featured image

    He creates projects spanning architecture to decor, interior design, and bespoke collections using thorough territorial, material, and formal research as the cornerstones of his creative process.Read More →

  • Echoes Chaise Longue by Christophe Pillet

    Echoes Chaise Longue by Christophe Pillet

    The Echoes S.H. chaise longue expresses a different stylistic interpretation by combining metal framework with cowhide: a traditional, eye-catching combination that, thanks to the ergonomic curves of the seat and backrest, also provides the utmost in comfort.Read More →

  • Grogan Sofa for Moroso by Patricia Urquiola

    Grogan Sofa for Moroso by Patricia Urquiola

    The name and inspiration for Moroso’s Gogan sofa come from Japanese culture. The shape of the sofa is reminiscent of flat stones moulded by natural elements that safeguard and adorn river and lake borders. Solid, yet not so smooth that they may be stacked on top of one another.Read More →

  • Johan Rohde (1856 – 1935) Danish Architect, Metalworker & Designer

    Cosmos pattern waste bowl (1915) designed by Johan Rohde

    He was born in Randers, where he graduated from grammar school in 1875 and studied medicine before turning to art and painting. In 1882, he enrolled in the Academy after studying privately with Wenzel Torne.Read More →

  • Jamie Hayon Spanish artist and designer

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    In subsequent solo exhibits and shows at major galleries, and design and art fairs all over the globe, Jaime further established his vision. His large consumer base has spanned numerous functions and media, including domestic furniture for B.D., following the establishment of Hayon Studio in 2001. Barcelona, Cassina, Fritz Hansen, & Tradition, and Magis; Parachilna, Metalarte and Swarovski lighting fixtures; and sophisticated Bisazza, LladrĆ³ and Baccarat objects.Read More →

  • RenĆ© Prou (1913 – 1991) French Interior & Furniture Designer

    Armchair by Rene Prou featured image

    In 1908, he developed his first piece for the GouffĆ© furniture company in Paris. He later rose to the position of chief designer. He designed the council chamber of the Comptoir d’Escompte in Paris and the apartment of the French ambassador in Paraguay in 1912, earning him the title of “first designer of the goĆ»t moderne.”Read More →

  • Lisa Krohn (b.1963) American Industrial Designer

    Longhorn Table by by Lisa Krohn

    Lisa Krohn studied three-dimensional form with Rowena Reed Kostello, New York, between 1985 and 1986. From 1985 to 1985, she studied art history and visual arts at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. From 1988 to 1988, she was a student at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.Read More →

  • Michel Dufet (1888 – 1985) French interior designer & writer

    Tubular nickel-plated metal seats designed by Michel Dufet featured image

    He attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris to study painting and architecture. In 1913, he founded the MAM (Mobilier Artistique Moderne) decorating workshop at 3 Avenue de l’OpĆ©ra in Paris, producing modern furniture, wallpaper, fabrics, and lighting.Read More →

  • Gabriel Englinger (1898 – 1983) French artist, decorator, furniture designer

    Savonerie carpet made by designer Gabriel Englinger

    He worked in the Galeries Lafayette department store’s La Maitrise design workshop from 1922 to 1928. At the same time, he worked for Cornille as a designer and furniture builder. Studio Abran created a 1928 boudoir and a 1929 work cabinet and smoking stand, among other ensembles. Read More →

  • Sergio Asti (1926 – 2021) Italian Designer and Architect

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    Asti was born in the city of Milan. In 1956, he founded his design firm after graduating from the Polytechnic University of Milan with a degree in architecture. He was one of the founding members of the Associazione per il Disegno Industriale in the same year.Read More →

  • Mattia Bonetti (b. 1953) Swiss furniture designer

    Barbare Chair, 1981 by Mattia Monetti

    Bonetti worked as a stylist and photographer before becoming a furniture designer. He began creating furniture in 1979. Every piece he creates starts with a freehand sketch that is subsequently constructed. Read More →

  • Finn Juhl (1912 – 1989) influential Danish Designer

    Finn Juhl interior

    Finn Juhl was one of the most influential Danish designers of the 20th century and closely associated with the Danish Modern concept. Juhl was widely known for his furniture design and product design, with a lesser but excellent reputation for architecture and interior design.Read More →

  • Favela Armchair by the Campana Brothers

    Favela Armchair

    They began designing products together in 1983, using waste, wood scraps, cardboard, rope, and other materials.Read More →

  • Muffy VanderBear Portrait Chair

    Muffy VanderBear Portrait Chair

    Barbara Isenberg of New York inspected store inventories of soft toys in the mid-1970s and found them deficient. Isenberg wanted a teddy bear for her small kid that had the same quality, charm, and cozy textures as the ones she remembered from her youth. Read More →

  • Red Ball Rocking Horse by Creative Playthings

    Red Ball Rocking Horse - Eames Style

    This rocking “horse” was provided by Creative Playthings, an expensive educational toymaker, in the 1960s. This toy reduces the rocking horse to its bare essentials in a design that mimics Modernism, a prominent aesthetic in the mid-twentieth century. Read More →

  • Paulistano Chair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha

    Paulistano Chair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha

    A “pudding chair” that is comfortable to sit in and is flexible in all directions, including laterally. When designing this chair, the architect had that in mind. Read More →

  • OMK Design and Rodney Kinsman RDI

    Rodney Kinsman featured image

    OMK Design is a British design group. It was established in 1966 by Rodney Kinsman, Jerzy Olejnik, Bryan Morrison. They all trained at the London Central School of Arts and Crafts. The group produced its furniture, including its 1969 T5 chair.Read More →

  • Gae Aulenti (1927 – 2012) Italian architect and designer

    Gae Aulenti featured image

    Gaetana Aulenti (Gae, as she was known, is pronounced similarly to “guy”) was born in Palazzolo dello Stella (Friuli) and studied architecture at the Milan School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University, graduating in 1954 as one of two women in a class of 20.Read More →

  • Edward Wormley (1907 – 1995) American furniture designer

    Edward Wormley Sofa

    He worked as a designer for Dunbar Furniture of Indiana in New York from 1931 to 1941, improving the company’s variety of wood and upholstered furniture to appeal to a wide range of interests.Read More →

  • Russel Wright (1904 – 1976) American Industrial Designer

    Russel Wright featured image

    Wright’s design philosophy was based on the idea that the table was the heart of the home. He developed everything from tableware to larger furniture, architecture to landscaping, all of which promote comfortable, informal living.Read More →

  • Edwin Luytens (1869 – 1944) British Architect and Designer

    Edwin Lutyens featured image

    In 1887, he joined the firm George and Peto, where he met Herbert Baker, later becoming a colleague in New Delhi. Richard Norman Shaw and Philip Webb influenced him.Read More →

  • Hans Hollein (1934 – 2014) Austrian architect and designer

    Hans Hollein featured image

    Hollein was born in Vienna and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in 1956. He studied in Clemens Holzmeister’s master class. He studied at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1959 and subsequently at the University of California, Berkeley. Read More →

  • GĆ©rard Dalmon (b. 1944) French furniture designer

    GeĢrard Dalmon featured image

    he opened Galerie NĆ©otu in Paris, and then in 1990, he opened Galerie NĆ©otu in New York.Read More →

  • Charles Ashbee (1863 – 1942) British furniture & Jewellery Designer

    Charles Robert Ashbee featured image

    His design philosophy also played a role in reconciling the principles of honesty of construction and appropriate use of materials with mechanised production. Read More →

  • Paolo Pallucco (b. 1952) Italian architect, furniture designer & Manufacturer

    Paolo Pallucco Tankette table featured image

    He was born and active in Lissone. He founded Pallucco an awarding winning design firm.Read More →

  • Massimo Morozzi (b. 1941) Italian architect and designer

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    He created Archizoom Associati in 1968 with Andrea Branzi, Gilberto Corretti, and Paolo Deganello, which developed industrial and architectural designs and urban planning and was a notable Italian architecture practice until 1972. Read More →

  • Jacques Hitier (1917 – 1999) French furniture designer

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  • Jean-Charles Moreaux (1889 – 1956) French architect, painter, designer

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    His first pieces of furniture were shown at the Salon d’Automne in 1924. He prefered poetic living spaces and believed that people deserved better than Corbusier’s “living machines.” Read More →

  • Sebastian Bergne (b. 1966) – English / Italian industrial designer

    Lampshade 1 by Sebastian Bergne

    The phrase ‘less is more’ perfectly encapsulates the core of these works, the quality of which can only be attained by a proper understanding of form.Read More →

  • A Chair Inspired by French Ruelle

    Chair Inspired by French Reulle

    In French La Ruelle means little street – a tiny enclave of intimacy, friendliness and marketplace variety. Read More →

  • Peter Raacke (b.1928) German metalworker and designer

    Peter Raacke metalworker

    Hessische Metallwerke commissioned Raacke to produce metal cutlery, kitchen equipment, and cookware, most notably his “Mono-a” line (v-33), with silverware available in stainless steel and sterling silver.Read More →

  • Campana Brothers and their sensational creations

    Sushi Sofa by Campana Brothers

    Campana Brothers and their sensational creations, astonishing inventions have favoured design and home dĆ©cor magazines.Read More →

  • Enzo Frateili (1914 – 1993) Italian Designer

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    Enzo Frateili was an Italian designer born in Rome and active in Milan. Frateili began his professional career in 1955. In the early 50s, he worked at Stile Industrial; in 1962 he was the Italian correspondent to the journal form. His books included Archiektur und Komfort (1967) and Design e CiviltĆ  della Machina (1969). The Instituto di Architettura e Urbanistica published his paper on the theoretical and methodological aspects of problem-solving, UniversitĆ” di Trieste. In 1963, he led a seminar, Hochschule fĆ¼r Gestaltung, Ulm. Read More →

  • Bruno Paul (1874 – 1968) German architect, cabinetmaker, designer, and teacher

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    Bruno Paul (1874 – 1968) was a German architect, cabinetmaker, designer, and teacher. He was born in Seifhennersdorf. He studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule, Dresden, from 1886 and painting at the Akademie fur Kunst, Munich, under Paul Hocker and Wilhelm von Diez, from 1894. Read More →

  • Henry Van de Velde (1863 – 1957) Belgian artist, architect, interior designer

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    Henry van de Velde was a Belgian architect, industrial designer, painter and art critic. He worked in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.Read More →

  • Gijs Bakker – Dutch sculptor & jewellery, furniture & lighting designer.

    Stovepipe Necklace by Gijs Bakker

    Gijs Bakker is a jeweller, sculptor, furniture designer, and, to a lesser extent, industrial designer who studied gold and silversmithing at the Amsterdam Art Academy. READ MORERead More →

  • Vernon Panton (1926 – 1998) Danish Architect & Designer

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    Vernon Panton (1926 – 1998) Danish Architect & Designer. He was a master at transforming flowing forms into gorgeous plastic masterpieces. READ MORERead More →

  • Ross Lovegrove ( b.1958) British Furniture and Product Designer

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    Lovegrove is a versatile designer who regularly draws inspiration from nature’s range of forms, as evidenced by his gently curved Lloyd Loom chaises longues, which combine sensuality and ergonomics.Read More →

  • Hans J. Wegner Danish Furniture Designer

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    Organic Functionality, a modernist school emphasising Functionality, is a term used to define his style. With contributions by Poul Henningsen, Alvar Aalto, and Arne Jacobsen, this school of thought originated predominantly in Scandinavian countries.Read More →

  • Shiro Kuramata (1934 – 1991) Japanese furniture and interior designer

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    He has created almost 300 stores and restaurants since 1965. Despite designing furniture for Aoshima and Ishimaru, he is best known for his 1970 Furniture in Irregular Forms collection for Fijiko. Cappellini International Interiors’ 1970 wavy 18-drawer chests garnered him accolades while exhibiting his odd and surreal sense of humour.Read More →

  • Red and Blue Armchair by Gerrit Rietveld

    Red and Blue Armchair by Gerrit Rietveld

    The Red and Blue Chair’s visual impact has ensured that it will always be a staple image in any history of twentieth-century design. It has become a metaphor for the Modern Movement along with the Schrƶder home.Read More →

  • Pucci De Rossi (1947 – 2013) Italian furniture designer and artist

    Virgule by Pucci De Rossi

    Pucci de Rossi was an Italian designer born in Verona and trained with American sculptor H.B. Walker. Pucci de Rossi (1947-2013) is an unusual designer and artist. Jewellery, furniture, sculpture, painting: his works, visually striking and functional, refer to Arte Povera and the neo-baroque work of the Memphis studio. Read More →

  • Joseph-AndrĆ© Motte (1925 – 2013) French Furniture & Interior Designer

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    Joseph-AndrĆ© Motte ranks as the most influential and innovative figures of post-war French design. Two careers Furniture & Interior Designer.Read More →

  • Charles Eames (1907 – 1978) American designer, filmmaker and architect

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    Charles Eames and his Wife, Ray best known for their contributions to architecture and furniture design, industrial design. READ MORERead More →

  • Gustav Stickley (1858 – 1942) American furniture designer

    Armchair, 1907 - 1913 designed by Gustav Stickley

    His German name, Stoeckel, was anglicised to Stickley by his Ć©migrĆ© parents. In Pennsylvania, he worked in his uncle’s chair manufacturing with his brothers. Stickley brothers Gustav, Charles, Albert, Leopold, and John George all worked in the furniture industry.Read More →

  • Christian Germanaz ( b. 1940 ) french industrial designer

    Half and Half Chair

    Germanaz designed the Half and Half seat (1964), it was manufactured by Airborne in 1968. This consisted of two identical plastic shapes clamped together to form a bench.Read More →

  • Marco Zanuso Sr. (1916 – 2001) Italian architect and designer

    Grillo folding telephone in blue by marco Zanuso

    Marco Zanuso Sr. was an Italian architect and designer. He was born in Milan. He studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, to 1939. Read More →

  • Marcel Breuer (1902 – 1981) Hungarian architect and industrial designer

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    He attended the Vienna Akademie der bildenden KĆ¼nste in 1920 and the Bauhaus in Weimar from 1920 to 1924. In 1920, he moved to Vienna, intending to become a painter and sculptor. However, he left the Akademie der bildenden Kunste because he was displeased with it, and he enrolled at the Bauhaus in Weimar, where he became one of its most well-known students.Ā Read More →

  • Naoto Fukasawa ( b.1956) Japanese product designer

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    Fukasawa is well-known for his designs and design theories, endowed with a quiet strength that represents people’s dreams and expectations. Conveying them using such terms as “design dissolving in behaviour”, “centre of consciousness”, “normality”, “outline”, and “archetype”, he continues to put these philosophies into practice in his designs.Read More →

  • Franca Stagi (1937 – 2008) Italian industrial designer and architect

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    Her most famous piece was the 1967 Dondolo rocking chair made by Elco of Venice and became an Italian design classic. Read More →

  • Sam Maloof (1916 – 2009) American furniture designer and maker

    Sam Maloof Rocker 1980

    Sam Maloof, whose simple, elegant wooden furniture he designed and handmade, made him a central figure in the American post-war craft movement. Read More →

  • Bruce J. Talbert (1838 – 1881) British architect and designer

    Drawing-Room Cabinet, 1871-1872, designed by Bruce James Talbert

    Bruce J. Talbert (1838-1881) was a British architect and designer. He was born in Dundee, Scotland. He was apprenticed to cabinet-carver Millar and subsequently to Charles Edwards, an architect in Dundee, who worked on the Corn Exchange Hall. Read More →

  • Douglas Kelley ( b.1928 ) American Industrial Designer

    T Chair designed by Douglas Kelley

    Douglas Kelley (born 1928) is an American industrial designer best known for creating the T-chair and the Elna Lotus sewing machine.Read More →

  • Sofa, Borge Mogensen, 1945

    BĆørge Mogensen Spoke Back Sofa 1945, Fabric 1963

    This sofa’s straightforward execution and regular silhouette reflect characteristics that were considered essential for advanced design at the time. Nonetheless, the turned spindles, stretchers, and exquisite details owe a lot to Borge Mogensen’s use of the lexicon of traditional furniture formsā€”especially American Shaker and English Windsorā€”in his wRead More →

  • Jules-Emile Leleu (1883 – 1961) French sculptor and designer

    Set of 6 French Art Deco Chairs by Jules Leleu, 1920s

    Jules-Emile Leleu was a French sculptor and designer. He was born in Boulognc-sur-Mer. He studied at the AcadĆ©mie des Beaux-Arts, Boulogne-sur-Mer,under ThĆ©ophile Deman; private academy, Brussels. The Ecole Jean Goujon, Paris, under Secame and Ecole des Arts Appliques, Paris. Read More →

  • AndrĆ© Groult (1884 – 1967) French interior designer and furniture designer

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    AndrĆ© Groult (1884 – 1967) was a French interior designer and furniture designer who contributed to the Art Deco movement. Curving and organic shapes, as well as vibrant materials, characterised his work. As a result, his art has been described as a blend of tradition and modernism.Read More →

  • BĆørge Mogensen (1914 – 1972) Danish furniture designer

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    BĆørge Mogensen (1914 – 1972) was a Danish furniture designer. 1936-38, studied KunsthĆ„ndvƦrkerskolen, Copenhagen, and 1938-42, furniture, Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi, Copenhagen, under Kaare Klint. Read More →

  • The P40 articulated lounge chair

    P40 articulated lounge chair

    Osvaldo Borsani Armchair (P40) 1955, articulated chaise longue. The rubber-armed chair was a sophisticated ‘machine for sitting’ that could it was claimed, assume 486 positions.Read More →

  • David Palterer (b. 1949) Israeli designer

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    David Palterer is an Israeli designer born in Haifa. He is professionally active in Florence.Read More →

  • Peter Shire (b.1947) American artist and designer

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    Shire was invited to join Ettore Sottsass’s Memphis project in 1981. He produced quirky, geometrically oriented furniture in Pop Art huRead More →

  • William Gray Purcell (1880 – 1964) American architect and furniture designer

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    William Gray Purcell was an American architect and furniture designer. He was active in Minneapolis and Philadelphia.Read More →

  • Michele De Lucchi (b.1951) Italian architect and designer

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    At the Universita di Firenze, he experimented with new forms of art and film. In 1973, he created the Cavart group alongside Piero Brombin, Pier Paola Bortolami, Boris Pastrovicchio, and Valerio Tridenti, which was active in Architettura Radicale, filmmaking, written works, and happenings. Read More →

  • Jasper Morrison (1959 – ) British Designer quirky, understated furniture

    Jasper Morrison Cork Furniture

    Morrison produced quirky, satiric, understated furniture. His 1986 South Kensington flat was widely published in design magazines. He designed 1988Ā Door handles I and II, and a 1989 range of aluminium handles produced by FSB in Germany.Ā Read More →

  • John Mascheroni (1932- ) American furniture and industrial designer

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    John Mascheroni is an American furniture and industrial designer. He studied at the Pratt Insitute in Brooklyn New York. He opened his own design office and furniture factory in New York. Mascheroni designed furniture for manufactures in High Point, North Carolina. From 1990, his furniture designs were produced by Swaim and, from 1991, others by Jeffco.Read More →

  • Elbert Green Hubbard (1856 – 1915) American furniture designer

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    Elbert Green Hubbard (1856 – 1915) was an American furniture designer. Hubbard met William Morris in 1894 and the following year inspired by Morris’s Kelmscott Press, founded the Raycroft Press’ East Aurora, near Buffalo, New York. He was the founder of the Roycrofters, an Arts and Crafts community; he organized workshops, lectured, and wrote as a highly effective champion of the Arts and Crafts philosophy.Read More →

  • Francis H. Bacon (1856 – 1940) American Furniture and Interior Designer

    Francis H Bacon Chair

    He was a designer for furniture maker Herter Brothers, commissioned by the company to furnish the New York William H. Vanderbilt House, 1881-83.Read More →

  • Eugenio Quarti (1867 – 1931) Italian furniture designer

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    Eugenio Quarto (1867 – 1931) was an Italian furniture designer who was born near Bergamo. He was professionally based in Milan.Read More →

  • Enzo Mari (1932 -2020) Italian modernist, industrial designer

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    Graduating Table Bowls In 1956, he became interested in design, particularly books and children’s games. In 1957, he began working for Danese, for whom some of his designs and ideas for games and puzzles, including the 1957 wooden child’s puzzle, were realised.Read More →

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