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Plain, Simple, Useful. The America folding metal chair

By On August 7, 2014

Once upon a time there was a chair, a plain, simple, useful and inexpensive chair, which appeared in cupboards and sheds all over the nation. The Conran Shop’s America chair was not… Read More


Lina Bo Bardi’s Bowl Chair by Arper

By On April 1, 2014

I might not have seen the Bowl Chair before January this year but something about it made me instantly think that it was a classic design. The shape and concept of the… Read More


Barber Osgerby for Bodleian Library // #LDF13

By On October 7, 2013

Something rather special just happened and I don’t know how many people realise it. The world famous (indeed it is) Bodleian Libraries in Oxford have just announced the winner of the chair… Read More


Thonet 214 Bentwood Chair

By On September 19, 2013

Let me start by saying that, despite popular demand, Thonet is not pronounced ‘Tho-nay’ as it might be if Michael Thonet were French however the German-Austrian cabinet maker pronounced his name as… Read More


Alvar Aalto 403 Hallway Armchair for Artek

By On September 2, 2013

I’m very familiar with the work of Alvar Aalto but when I first saw the 403 Hallway Armchair I was sure that it was a product made by the Finnish manufacturer Artek… Read More


Why Terence Conran loves the Karuselli chair

By On August 26, 2013

Almost three years ago I was invited along to the launch of the Conran Classics collection, a series of 54 (later became 63) products which the Conran family added to a hall… Read More


Karimoku New Standard: four years on

By On August 21, 2013

Back in April during the Milan Furniture Fair I was introduced to a product collection that I hadn’t discovered until this point. Japanese furniture makers Karimoku, known for making furniture over the… Read More


Why I’ll never buy a Tolix replica

By On August 6, 2013

What’s the point of blogging about design if you don’t put a stake in the ground and say what really interests you and what you really think about something? After all, I’m… Read More


How to weave a PK22 wicker chair

By On July 5, 2013

Following on from last year’s moving window display, Skandium called in big guns Fritz Hansen to create a PK22 chair in wicker for passers-by to watch and discover why it comes with… Read More

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Kevi chair by Jørgen Rasmussen

By On June 20, 2013

In my constant quest to record design classics, learning more about them as I do, I make my way towards the Kevi chair which has been on the list for some time… Read More


Zig-Zag chair, 1934

By On June 10, 2013

Not all chairs make it in to the hall of fame category that is being classed as a ‘design classic’ but the Zig-Zag chair has stood its ground in this category more… Read More


How to make a CH24 Wishbone chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen

By On June 22, 2012

“EVERY PIECE COMES WITH A STORY – AND A HISTORY OF CRAFTSMANSHIP” Hans J. Wegner designed the CH24 back in 1949, inspired by antique Chinese “emperor’s chairs”. European chair making traditions and… Read More

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Florinda chairs by DePadova

By On February 16, 2012

Monica Förster has created some fantastic contemporary products for companies such as Modus, Poltrona Frau, Cappellini and De Padova. Based in Stockholm her work has a strong sense of pure form mixed… Read More

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Bend Seating

By On September 7, 2011

Bend Seating was founded by Gaurav Nanda, a designer and entrepreneur. Gaurav always loved to create. As a kid growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Gaurav would find himself building something,… Read More

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Jon Harrison’s ash kitchen chair

By On August 1, 2011

There are often interesting looking objects around the office, from chairs, to lamps, to tables and sometimes large mattresses make their way in to the reception. Something that caught my eye was… Read More


How to make a Fritz Hansen’s Series 7 chair

By On May 24, 2011

I have posted about chairs many times over but it is the defining moment for most designers… to try their hand to such a challenging object. It is not as simple as… Read More


Air chair by Jasper Morrison

By On May 11, 2011

When asked why he had selected the Air chair for the Design Museum’s 25/25 exhibition a few years back, Dieter Rams replied “I like it. Plain and simple.” In these few precise… Read More


Jens Risom by Benchmark and Rocket

By On April 18, 2011

One of the first designers to bring the traditional Scandinavian values of function and craftsmanship to the United States was designer Jens Risom. As part of a new vanguard that helped establish… Read More


Poul Kjærholm’s PK22™

By On April 8, 2011

Poul Kjærholm was a trained carpenter who continued his studies at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts. He had a particular interest in different construction materials; especially steel which he considered… Read More


Constructing Eames

By On April 5, 2011

I heart handmade. There, I said it. Well, not a big surprise really after appearing on the Etsy blog a few months back. So, on my usual browse of the Etsy blog… Read More