Category Archives: History Lesson

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History Lesson: I.M. Pei

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Ieoh Ming Pei, more commonly known as I.M. Pei, was a Chinese-American architect who moved to the United States in 1935 to study architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Once arriving Pei was so discouraged by the teaching style of his professors and intimidated by the skill levels of his peers that he decided to […]

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History Lesson: The Wright Way

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We wanted to take some time to recognize one of the greatest American architects to ever live, Frank Lloyd Wright. You might have heard of him before, but not everyone knows he was, and continues to be, one of the most important American architects. Born in Richland, Wisconsin in 1867, and dying in 1959 at […]

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Marcel Breuer Cesca Chair – 1928

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Marcel Breuer Cesca Chair – 1928 Did you know? “Marcel Breuer designed and built the chair Cesca Chair in 1928 working with the steel tubes with the intention of creating a session that would ensure both comfort and elegance. The use of tubular steel was quite widespread during those years and other designers such as Mart […]

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History Lessson: 1188 Chair

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Source “The 1188 Chair (1968) was Milo Baughman’s favorite chair and the one with which he chose to furnish the home of business partner and friend Thayer Coggin. Given that the Coggin family could have picked any dining chair in their company’s inventory, the 1188 is something special indeed. Baughman and Coggin met in 1953 […]

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History Lesson: Serge Mouille Lamp

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Source Serge Mouille (1922 – 1988) was a French industrial designer and goldsmith. He is best known for his light fixture designs. Source “Serge Mouille made each of his lamps by hand and never used machine technology to maximize production numbers.” Source “A Serge Mouille lamp is as much a work of art as it […]

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History Lesson: Eames Lounger & Ottoman

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  Eames Lounger & Ottoman from Design Within Reach “Charles and Ray Eames made the lounge chair and ottoman as a gift for their friend Billy Wilder, the director of “Some Like It Hot” and “Sunset Blvd.” When we began manufacturing the set in 1956, we maintained as much of the hand-craftsmanship as was possible […]

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History Lesson: French Bergere Chairs

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“Other than baguettes, berets, and Brigitte Bardot, few things are more classically French than bergères. Popularized in Louis XV–era salons, these cushy armchairs survived the revolution, adapting easily to the changing fashions of the Directoire and Empire periods. Today they remain as in vogue as ever. And for good reason—with their plush upholstery and regal […]

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History Lesson: Louis Ghost Chair

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Louis Ghost Chair “Who else but Philippe Starck would dare mess with a king? Reinventing the classic Louis XVI armchair for Kartell, the playful Louis Ghost Armchair (2002) is a postmodern triumph of technical innovation and historical style. Translating the varied lines and formal geometry of its predecessor into a single form of translucent injection-molded […]

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History Lesson: Wishbone Chair

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Wishbone Chair  “The Wishbone Chair is perhaps Wegner’s most celebrated work. A light, attractive and comfortable dining chair with the characteristic Y-shaped back. The chair is a triumph of craftsmanship with a simple design and clean lines. Despite the chair’s straightforward appearance it takes more than 100 steps to make one. Amongst other things, the […]

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History Lesson: Emeco Navy Chair

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Emeco Navy Chair The Original 1006 Navy Chair     During World War 2, the U.S. government gave Wilton Carlyle Dinges, the founder of Emeco (the Electrical Machine and Equipment Company) a difficult task: make a chair that can withstand water, salt air, and sailors. The U.S. government wanted the chair to be light-weight and strong, […]

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