Thursday, November 5, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Everybody will recognise the 'bentwood' chair. It's iconic shape is seen around the world. The No. 14 Chair was the result of experimentation in the bending of solid wood in the 1850s. The simple form allowed Thonet's goal of mass-production - 50 million were sold worldwide by 1930.
This chair is a design classic and is seen in rooms all around the world. Would you believe I saw one, or a very good copy, in my local 'op-shop' (second hand store) dressing room and asked if I could buy it. The lady told me, rather rudely, that it was not for sale and there were plenty of other chairs available (which were all of the pea green velour, nasty veneer or plastic variety). I didn't see the point in trying to explain the difference!
Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Cheap Artwork (hung with rental-safe double sided tape of course)
Another option I am desperate to try out (especially after seeing the amazing wallpaper options during M6) is a removable wall fabric idea. Find the instructions by googling 'Fabric as wallpaper' or check out the Apartment Therapy instructions here.
(From Domino Magazine)
(From Little Green Notebook)
Sunday, June 21, 2009
And my final sampleboard:
I thought I'd also share some of Richard's comments for anyone else's benefit. He said to include the title to presentations like these in the lower right corner, since work is typically found to the left or top (I had my title on the back). He alo said to consider the wider community for supplies, sponsorship and sewing.
Some of the main paint suppliers in Australia include:
British Paints: http://www.britishpaints.com.au/
Designer Paint Company: http://www.designerpaintco.com/
Porter's Original Paints: http://www.porterspaints.com.au/
Monday, June 8, 2009
The picture below shows some of the key architectural features from the Edwardian period. Although less detailed than Victorian rooms, Edwardian design still often featured a picture rail (the mouldings which run above the doors and windows), a dado or wainscot (moulding which rungs just below the hip level) and of course, cornices and skirting boards.
Image from Paint & Paper by David Oliver
Colours schemes of this era were also fresher; pastel tones and pearly greys were used extensively.
Here are some pictures of modern interpretations of the Edwardian style.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
image from: Desire to Inspire
Friday, May 29, 2009
Of the furniture and interior designers who began to make their talents visible in the 1960s, Warren Platner was among the less flamboyant. Nevertheless, he earned for himself an international reputation for elegant understatement and the steel wire furniture he designed for Knoll has become an icon of '60s modernism.
Born in Baltimore in 1919, Platner studied architecture at Cornell University and, following graduation in 1941, worked in the offices of legendary designers Eero Saarinen and I.M. Pei. He opened his own New Haven office in 1967, which quickly became a significant design studio, creating furniture, lighting and textiles, as well as residential and commercial interiors.Modernism became more expressive during the 1960s, reflecting a dramatic shift in cultural values. In Platner's words, "I felt there was room for the kind of decorative, gentle, graceful design that appeared in a period style like Louis XV." To pursue that concept, he focused on the design possibilities of steel wire and ultimately arrived at a collection of chairs, ottomans and tables that rest on a sculptural base of nickel-plated steel rods. Introduced by Knoll in 1966, the Platner collection has been in continuous production ever since.
Platner's architectural background enabled him to experiment in a number of design areas. Working in the office of architect Kevin Roche, Platner won acclaim for the interior design of the Ford Foundation headquarters (1967), using a muted color scheme to create warmth within the soaring steel, granite and glass building. Also notable, was his design of the Georg Jensen Design Center (1968), a showroom for high-end Scandinavian furniture and lighting. Platner's interior design for the glamorous Windows on the World Restaurant (1976) captured the public's notice perhaps more than any other project. Paul Goldberger, then architecture critic of The New York Times, described the lush interior, with its subdued pastels, fabric-covered walls and brass railings, as an example of "sensuous modernism."Platner also designed the interiors for Water Tower Place (1976), a vertical shopping mall in Chicago and, in 1986, directed interior renovation of the Pan Am Building lobby for its new owner, MetLife.
Still active in his firm, Platner Associates, he died in 2006 at the age of 86.Warren Platner received the Rome Prize in architecture in 1955 and in 1985 was inducted into Interior Design magazine's Hall of Fame.
Here are some of his pieces used in interiors:
Saturday, May 23, 2009
The chapters cover the following:
- Aesthetics (Colour, Lighting, Texture, Pattern)
- Sustainable Design
- Fibres & Yarns (Great for M8!)
- Fabric Structure (Wovens, Embroidered, Vinyl, Laces etc)
- Fabric Designs
- Colour Application (Colourfastness, Dyeing etc)
- Finishing & Treatment
- Fabric Applications
- Performance, Testing & Flaws
- The Fabric Industry (Designer's Sources, Fabric Manufacture, Role of fabric designers)
- Professional Practices (Fabric selection, specification, costs and budgets)
There's also lots of close-up's of fabric types, weaves and styles and a full glossary at the back of the book. The only complaint I have is some of the interior pictures seem a little too traditional, but that's just personal taste.
I thought I'd include some of the glossary definitions relating to fibres which I haven't seen in the Rhodec texts.
- Filament fibres are produced in a continuous form, which results in a smooth character e.g. silk.
- Staple fibres, such as cotton, wool, linen, are naturally produced not in a continuous form like silk, but in ‘cut’ lengths that vary from plant to plant, or animal to animal.
- Texturized, air-texturized or air-entangled yarns are synthetic filaments that have a mechanically achieved rough surface.
- Plied yarn consists of one or more strands of finished yarn twisted together.
- Bulk describes a yarn’s appearance of fullness with respect to its weight.
- Loft refers to a yarn’s springiness and resilience to its bulk when squeezed.
- Dimensional stability refers to a material’s ability to retain its shape and size after use or cleaning.
After all that work, it's nice to have a little eye candy of beautiful fabrics...
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The interiors are colourful, dramatic and creative while creating a feeling of comfort which comes from being in your own home. The various rooms and bars take on different characters from dark and moody to bright and cheerful.