Ron Arad is an Israeli industrial designer, artist, and architectural designer. He is professionally active in the United Kingdom. Israeli-born Arad studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Art in 1971 before moving to London in 1973 to study at the Architectural Association’s School of Architecture. From 1974 to 1979, he was one of Britain’s most globally known and individual designers.
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.
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.
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.
The proportions of the M-Coffee Table are determined by Le Corbusier ‘s modular man and the Golden Section. This table is a study in scale; conceived as a basic rectangular mass hollowed out to create architectural details at key points. Steps are carved from one corner and on the other is a ‘space’ which creates a recess for books and art objects. An oculus was carved into the ‘ceiling’ of this ‘space,’ bringing illumination, like a miniature Pantheon, to its interior. The M-Coffee Table features steps for the display of items, a book niche, and removable glass components recessed on the surface of the table.
Walter Kantack was an American Lighting Designer born in Meriden, Connecticut. He completed his studies at the Pratt Institute in New York.
Kantack worked in the drafting room of the Edward F. Caldwell decorating firm in New York. In 1915 he began working at sterling Bronze as a designer. In 1917 he set up his design firm and became a specialist in custom lighting until 1932. He was the vice president of Architectural League of New York, honorary member of American Institute of Decorators, and member of the Hoover Delegation to the 1925 Paris ‘Exposition International des Arts Decorate des Industries Modernes.
The 1950’s house was a scientific triumph, designed in a laboratory and tested on inhabitants of all ages before being built for the masses. Never had homes been so thoroughly contemporary, with antiques and period styles entirely banished. Mid-Century Modern explores the interior decor of this seminal decade, concentrating on all aspects of a home’s decoration—walls, flooring, surfaces, lighting, and, of course, furniture.