Since today marks the beginning of Women’s National History Month I thought I would write about a woman in design history. To say that I was never a history buff would be a massive understatement! Being dyslexic memorizing dates, names and battles were not my strong suit, to say the least. That all changed when I was able to connect a medium I found interesting to history – architecture and furniture. I will forever be indebted to my amazing History of Styles 1 & 2
Luckily enough for
The expression “what goes around comes around” is one that not only applies to home decor but defines it in many ways. Furniture design has evolved over the decades to answer the needs of the people during the times in which they live. And while it is forward thinking it often looks to the past for inspiration.
I was reminded of this when I opened the email from Jonathan Alder. His retro meets palm beach or palm springs meet glam is a favorite of mine, his pieces have a wonderful sense of joy to them.
Gorgeous isn’t it? Jonathan Adler’s website describes the pieces as
“An elemental exploration of mixed metals, Wiener WerkstÃ¤tte austerity, and futuristic
To give you a little bit of background Weiner Werkstatte was a company of designers,
Josef Hoffman was the artistic director and one of the most prolific designers of the Weiner Werkstatte. He used many mediums one of which was metal. This tea service below is one of his works.
I can see the
This image is from the New York School of Interior Design.
Do you see the similarities in the base, obviously the metal, and the smooth rounded shape? Would you ever know from looking at these pictures that these
I think another reason this image of the tea infuser stuck in my head was because of the extraordinary talent and perseverance Marianne Brandt had to have had to be able to overcome the obstacles for women of her time.
So to celebrate Women’s History month and remember a pioneer in interior design. I thought I would geek out a little( or a lot depending on your perspective) and write a little about a very talented woman in design history.
Marianne Liebe was born on October 1,
The Bauhaus had a very interesting history and one that included both Marcel Breuer and Mies van der Rohe amongst many others. It is definitely worth exploring, but not one I will get too far into. To sum it up the Bauhaus after several false starts and names really
It was Laszlo Moholy-Nagy’s recommendation that Brandt study industrial design in the metal atelier, they had only accepted men previously. Brandt approached her work from a functionalist perspective, function over form. The simple and clean lines of her her work reflected the modernist influence of her mentor. Though she created an amazing quantity of everyday items, including ashtrays, teapots and coffee sets, her lamp designs were outstanding, particularly the Wilhelm