The more I think I know how to design a room, the less I realize I really do. There is so much amazing design in the world. It leaves me so inspired and wanting more more more. For myself and for my home.
Over the past few weeks I have been learning a lot about the history of chairs. I even started a favorites chair history entry. Maybe one day I’ll finish it. There’s so much to learn about your favorite vintage chair(s)! You might notice that the Pierre Jeanneret chair shows up in a lot of these images. The history of Jeanneret and his cousin Le Corbusier and the Indian city they built from the ground up, Chandigarh, is amazing. What’s remarkable about his chairs (and all the furniture he designed for the city) is people in India didn’t know what they had and began tossing them out in the rubbish. In the 90s, collectors from Paris swooped in and now the chairs go for $30-60,000! Insanity. Since discovering this chair for my chair blog, I’ve seen it everywhere! I don’ know if it’s the red car self-fulfilling prophecy or I’m just tapped into the design subconscious and know this chair is a winner. I’m going to go with the latter… wink wink.
I’m also a fan of the Roly Poly chair, designed by Faye Toogood while she was pregnant. I read an article saying people like this type of furniture because the world is pretty much garbage right now and these childlike pieces inspire whimsy and hope in all of us. I don’t know if I agree, but I sure do love the shape of it. It’s actually a fairly large chair if you see someone sitting in it. Google it.
And Pierre Paulin and his “groovy” ribbon chairs for Artifort from the 60s (Pierre is pictured above in black and white with one of his chairs). “A chair should be more than simply functional. It should be friendly, fun and colorful.” Pierre studied stone carving and clay modeling at the Ecole Camondo in Paris in the early fifties where he began designing furniture for Thonet. In 1958, he became the designer for Artifort where he created a series of sculptural chairs with an inner structure of steel tubing, covered in foam and fabric. That could be me, ya’ll! All I need to do is get started on my lamps! You might also know Pierre’s pumpkin chairs/sofas.
I’m so in love with chairs I might have to hang them on my walls (as seen in the room above. I definitely lack space in my apartment to truly hoard)! Anyway, more shape things, more sculpture, and more fun. That’s what I need in my life!