Along with George Nelson, Charles and Ray Eames, Jens Risom and Hans Wegner, Isamu Noguchi is one of the great designers of mid-century modern furniture. And now the Herman Miller Collection has introduced a re-edition of his classics: the 1949 Rudder Table.
Named for it’s characteristic wood support, which is reminiscent of a ship’s rudder, the table is made of walnut, ebony or white ash and features chrome legs. It joins other recently re-issued or updated classic designs from the Herman Miller archive that help form the backbone to “The Herman Miller Collection,” a carefully curated group of furnishings. www.hermanmiller.com
When it comes to furniture design, you either lean Italian or you lean Danish (or you possibly lean American Shaker or mid-century modern; who knows?). While I usually love all things Italian (down to those wicked cool Piaggio scooters), I prefer products from names such as Arne Vodder, Jens Risom, Poul Henningsen, Arne Jacobsen, et al. Another giant of Danish furniture design that I love is Hans J. Wegner, the man who brought the world such icons as the Wishbone Chair, the Valet Chair, the Sawbuck Chair, the Elbow Chair, the Wing Chair, the…well you get the drift. Wegner was the man.
Well the man Wegner also designed the CH33 in 1957, but it was so rare you could only find it at auctions. Not anymore. The designer’s long-time collaborator, Denmark-based Carl Hansen & Son, launched the CH33 at the international furniture fair in Cologne earlier this year, and it’s now available in stores. The chair comes in lye-treated or oil-treated beech and oak, or in new painted versions that include white, grey, pale blue, orange, and black—the original palette of Wegner colors. It’s also available with and without upholstery in fabric or leather (my favorite).
We here at the Q don’t traffic in lazy stereotypes (well maybe sometimes). We like to think that we have an open mind about a myriad of issues. Some of them we never think about. But leave it to dwell magazine to give us the heads up on one of them: the stereotype of interior design being the woman’s domain (literally and figuratively). The editors “recognize that a home benefits just as much from a man’s touch. Saying goodbye to the Barcalounger and hello to Hans Wegner‘s 1953 Valet chair, we celebrate the refined taste of the man’s take on interiors.” We haven’t gotten that far in the issue yet, but apparently the modern-day modernist’s bible offers up several features about men behaving tastefully. Here’s a sample from magazine’s press release:
* Going inside the home of Bill Thompson, we show readers the modern version of the man-cave.
* A Q+A with interior designer Kyle Schuneman about his new book The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces gives readers further reading material from a masculine point of view.
Here are some shots from dwell’s spread on Thompson’s home. Photos by Zen Sekizawa via dwell magazine.
Italy and Germany’s place in design is undisputed, but what country has a stronger case than Denmark as the place for good design? Witness the names: Hans Wegner (Shell Chair), Arne Jacobsen (Ant Chair or Egg Chair), or Poul Henningsen (PH5 pendant), and many others. It’s in this tradition that we bring you the Knife Magnets and AquaStar watering can by Danish power house Eva Solo. The easy-to-install magnets are encapsulated in stainless steel with a non-skid rubber front, while the watering can exudes characteristic Danish simplicity in plastic and chrome plastic. It looks so good there’s a slight chance you might be in danger of over-watering your lilies. www.evasolo.com.