Category Archives: Furniture of Necessity

500 Years is a Decent Run

 

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You Cannot Design Your Way Out of Your Own Time

“An artist who could not stop himself, (Hans) Wegner was busting with ideas he had to express. Although a functionalist, he was not a rational dogmatist like many of Kaare Klint’s students. His furnishings were always created with the greatest … Continue reading

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The Brides Have Hit Glass

For the last six months, my teaching schedule has been light – I’ve had to cancel a bunch of trips to assist with some serious medical issues in my immediate family. As an odd result, I’ve had a luxurious amount … Continue reading

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45-second Furniture

My youngest daughter, Katy, has been taking art classes at the Cincinnati Art Academy this summer, so I have been duplicating some of her interesting exercises while she’s in bed or not watching. Last week, her instructor made them engage … Continue reading

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A Platform, a Box or Both

“Nearly all articles of free-standing furniture are variations on two basic shapes: a platform or a box.” — John Gloag, “A Social History of Furniture Design: From B.C. 1300 to A.D. 1960” (Crown). One caveat, Mr. Gloag. Some pieces of … Continue reading

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As Natural as a Yale Lock

If ordinary applied art has a personal stamp, this means that it is incomplete. The artist has not gotten past his mistakes or arrived at the typical solution that is just as ordinary and natural in form as a Yale … Continue reading

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Harmless Christmas Pamphlet, 1927

“By making this chair five times as expensive, three times as heavy, half as comfortable, and as quarter as beautiful, an architect can very well win himself a name.” — Poul Henningsen (1894-1967), Danish author, architect and critic, in Kritisk … Continue reading

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