XII Triennale 1960 - Entrance Hall

It is referred to as the world’s most important cultural exhibit. The 1960 Triennale was the 12th to be held since 1930, and was created around the themes, “Home and School.” It was held during the middle to the “Cold War, and nations from both sides of the ‘Iron Curtain’Read More →

Associazione-per-il-Disegno-Industriale

The Association of Industrial Design (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale) (ADI) Since 1956, has brought together designers, companies, researchers, teachers, critics, journalists around the themes of Italian industrial design. It is the lead organisation of the development of industrial design as a cultural and economic phenomenon in Italy. What isRead More →

Daybed Ole Wanscher

Ole Wanscher was a Danish architect, furniture designer, and writer. In 1944, studied Bygningsteknisk Skole; subsequently, architecture, Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi, Copenhagen. He set up his own office in 1928. He designed furniture showing high standards of woodworking and cabinetmaking and worked for several furniture firms in Copenhagen. Pair ofRead More →

Flavio Conti

Flavio Conti is an Italian architect and designer; born Legnago, Verona; active Milan.  He studied architecture, Politecnico di Milano to 1968. Conti began his professional career in 1969. From 1969, was an editor at journal Arredamento-Interni. From 1970, was editor and, from 1972, director of his magazine; from 1973, was professor,Read More →

Smaland Glassware Museum

Well crafted and masterfully designed glassworks have become one of Swedish design’s most recognisable and sought-after products. Since World War II, both in terms of design and production, Orrefors Kosta Boda and numerous other speciality glassmakers have gained Sweden a worldwide reputation for quality and sophistication. But, despite the fameRead More →

slipware pottery

Slipware is pottery known by its primary decorating method in which slip is added before firing by dipping, painting or splashing on the leather-hard clay body surface. Slip is an aqueous clay body suspension that is a combination of clays and other minerals, such as quartz, feldspar, and mica. ARead More →

Angelo Testa

Angelo Testa was an American fabric designer. He studied at the Institute of Design, Chicago, to 1945. As well as being a fabric designer, he was a painter and sculptor. He designed the 1941 Little Man abstract floral fabric, widely published and hailed as a new direction in textile design.Read More →

William John Blenko (1854-1926) was British glassmaker. He completed his apprenticeship in a London bottle factory at the age of 10 and studied French and chemistry at night school. In 1890, he introduced Norman slab-type stained glass for a Norfolk church. Several Setbacks He settled in Kokomo, Indiana, but returnedRead More →

Hans Poelzig was a German architect and designer, he was born in Berlin. Between 1888-95, studied Technische Hochschule, Berlin Charlottenburg and Technische Hocschule, Berlin, under Karl Schäffer. Between 1899-1916, he worked in his own office in Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland) and, 1900-16, taught at the Kunst- und Kunstgewerbeschule (after 1911,Read More →

Rene Kieffer French Book Binder

René Kieffer was a French bookbinder and publisher; active Paris. He studied Ecole Estienne, Paris, in 1889. He was a gilder at the Chambolle-Duru bindery for ten years. In 1903, set up his workshop at 99 boulevard St-Germain, Paris. Later he moved to 41 rue St-Andre-des-Arts and finally, in 1910,Read More →

Frechet Brothers three chairs

Andre Frechet (1875-1973) and Paul Frechet were French decorators and furniture designers. They were born in Chalons-sur-Mame; and active in Paris. Working together and individually from 1906, the Frechet brothers’ furniture designs were produced by various firms including Jacquemin freres in Strasbourg, E. Verot, and Charles Jean-selme; 1909-11. Andre wasRead More →

Johnson Chou, a graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, was employed during his internship and in the mid-nineties at several architectural firms; however, he deviated briefly from his professional direction to pursue the visual arts. He co-founded Archive Inc in 1996. Gallery & Art Library in theRead More →

Perttu Mentula was a Finnish architect and interior, exhibition, product, graphic, and furniture designer. Career Summary Between 1958-60, studied Taideteollinen Korkeakoulu, Helsinki. 1958-60, he was active as an interior and product designer in the offices of Antti Nurmesniemi and Timo Sarpaneva, and of Toivo Korkonen and Reino Lamminsoila, all Helsinki;Read More →

Shimmer Table and Chair

The Shimmer Chair creation was a result of a joint partnership between the University of Western Australia and the Forest Products Commission of the Government of Western Australia undertaken by the Advanced Timber Concepts Research Centre (ATC). ATC’s overall goal is to establish outstanding practises in the area of environmentalRead More →

MONI Shelves

After gaining international acclaim for her work with Enric Miralles, Carme Pinós set up her studio in 1991. She has worked on various projects since then, ranging from urban refurbishments and public works to the design of furniture. At the same time the Barcelona architecture has developed her brand and reputationRead More →

Linoleum Floor Covering

Frederick Walton invented linoleum in Britain in 1860. Walton coated flax cloth with a combination of gum, cork dust, resin and linseed oil in search of a cheap floor covering. An amalgamation of the Latin Linum (‘flax’) and oleum (‘oil’) formed the word linoleum. ‘Floor Cloth’ was created by applying an oil-based paint toRead More →

Ro is the result of a close, two-year relationship between the Republic of Fritz Hansen and Jamie Hayon. Fritz Hansen intended the design brief for Jamie Hayon to build a comfortable seat for one person. Jaime Hayon drew a series of sketches with this in mind, which formed the startRead More →

Jamie Hayon header

Jaime Hayon, a Spanish artist and designer, was born in Madrid in 1974. In the ‘Mediterranean Digital Baroque’ and ‘Mon Cirque’ installations, he first totally revealed his artistic vision. In the sense of contemporary design culture, these collections placed Jaime at the forefront of a new wave that blurred theRead More →

Costume Jewellery

Costume jewellery has always been a popular gift; it becomes more popular in difficult economic times.   The better-known makers offer better quality. “Gold” that comes off on the skin or with a fingernail is painted, and “crystal” that shatter at a touch is glass, and not very good quality. InRead More →

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Background The Arts and Craft movement took place at the end of the 19th century it connected many outstanding creative talents across Europe and North America. It responded to the dehumanising trends of industrialisation by rediscovering the dignity of labour in workshops, influenced by an idealised vision of the MiddleRead More →