Iconic European Furniture Design
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Iconic European Furniture Design
Once upon a time at another forum, E. had started a really nifty thread (or was it a social group) having to do with Design. In this spirit, I'm starting this one (albeit a bit more narrow in scope) since I think there are great things that have been designed and are constantly being designed by Europeans around the world.

One of the reasons I've narrowed the scope of this thread to furniture is because most times it is something that people don't often think twice about and very much take for granted. The forms, functions and styles of furniture permeate our lives on many levels, from the physical comfort a piece of furniture offers to our weary bodies, to the aesthetic pleasure a piece offers our visual senses, to the statement a piece makes about our likes and in a broader sense who we are as individuals. A chair can be so much more than a chair sometimes.

So to this end, I'll start off the thread with two chairs that I find particularly appealing.

Philippe Starck: The Louis Ghost Chair:

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I love the Louis XIV Ghost Chair. I think it brilliant how some modern material such as acrylic got molded into something very recognisably "Period French" but having that space-age edge. I think this is one of the most brilliant pieces of furniture out there: form and function and a sense of historical playfulness using a most modern age material.


Ludwig Mies van der Rohe: The Barcelona Chair

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Not bad for something designed in 1929! Truly a classic piece. Iconic for its understated sleekness and timeless appeal. Although I'm usually not a fan of the modern I do love this piece. I think it's its simplicity yet its open and inviting nature that I like. There's nothing fancy nor pretentious about this piece. It looks like a solid piece of furniture yet there's something fine and delicate about it too.

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2013 Oct 07 19:17
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RE: Iconic European Furniture Design
Mies is the Man! (ask Musty or Violet to explain that one for you ;))

He, Corbu and a few others can be credited with rescuing us from the petit bourgeois fussiness and stuffiness of the late 19the Cen.

As for Starck's Ghost Chair (and its many imitators): looks cool, but must be a nightmare from a maintenance pov, especially if you choose to place it on the patio. Huh?

Mid-20th Century is my own favourite era when it comes to architecture and design. Simplicity, functionality, minimalism that is informal and comfortable rather than cold and clinical. thumbs up

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RE: Iconic European Furniture Design
Finnish bent plywood wizard Alvar Aalto:

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RE: Iconic European Furniture Design
Ilmari Tapiovaara's Domus armchair.

I love this thing and am happy to report from personal experience that it is much more comfortable than it looks. I've lived in the building Tapiovaara named it after, the Domus Academica in central Helsinki.

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RE: Iconic European Furniture Design
(2013 Oct 07 20:38)Eldritch Wrote:  Ilmari Tapiovaara's Domus armchair.

I love this thing and am happy to report from personal experience that it is much more comfortable than it looks. I've lived in the building Tapiovaara named it after, the Domus Academica in central Helsinki.

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Whoa! Nice choices, E. Smile

I especially love this last one.

This chair looks so comfortable though, despite the solid wood. It almost looks like it could be kid leather up against a person's hand, it looks that form-fitting and comfortable.

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RE: Iconic European Furniture Design
(2013 Oct 07 19:17)Aemma Wrote:  Once upon a time at another forum, E. had started a really nifty thread (or was it a social group) having to do with Design.

I think I posted stuff on Scottish designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh in the last place. So, here they are again.

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And of course, it wouldn't be complete without the ubiquitous Welsh dresser Smile

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RE: Iconic European Furniture Design
Anything by IKEA.
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RE: Iconic European Furniture Design
Tapio Wirkkala's X-frame table.

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Yours for a mere 15,800€ here! Big Grin

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RE: Iconic European Furniture Design
Mid-TwenCen designs by Giò Ponti. Understated, playful elegance. Bellissimo !! Big Grin

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RE: Iconic European Furniture Design
Well I'll keep up my Fenno-supremacist approach to iconic European furniture for just more post, so as to introduce you to Eero Aarnio's Ball Chair -- which is about as iconic in European mid-20th C -modern design as they come.

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The main drawback of the thing is, of course, the fact that it won't fit through most doorways. Big Grin

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