Design Classics

Halloween – Louis Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck

On this the night of Halloween when the ghosts and ghouls abound and our quiet suburban streets echo to the sounds of “Trick or Treat”…

One chair should take their pride of place at the head of the All Hallows Day feastPhilippe Starck’s iconic Ghost chair.

Louis Ghost chair by Philippe Starck (image by Kartell)

Louis Ghost chair by Philippe Starck (image by Kartell)

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Arne Jacobsen – Legendary Danish Designer & Architect

 The legendary Danish designer and architect Arne Jacobsen is famous for some truly inspiring design classics. He is seen as one of the pioneers of “modern functionalism” and for developing the “Danish Modern style” (part of the mid-20th century Danish design movement) along with other pioneers like Finn Juhl.

Arne Jacobsen (1902 - 1971)

He was really passionate about the idea that great design & architecture was all about integration. He has many firsts to his name but the creation of the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen stands as the first true Designer Hotel. From his work on the project, not only do we get the iconic architecture but some true design classics, not least the Swan & Egg chairs. Continue reading

War & Peace – The Evolution of the Emeco Navy Chair

I have a confession – I love to visit my local Corporate Culture showroom. It is a chance to marvel at truly inspiring furniture design. They have room after room of magic, and the brilliant curators (as I call the staff) can tell you all you want to know about each beautiful piece. This time I was captivated by one of my all time favourite chairs – the Emeco 1006 (pronounced “ten-oh-six”) or better known as the Navy chair.

The Famous Emeco 1006 (aka the Navy Chair)

If chairs were the ancient Greek city states, then the Navy chair would surely be Sparta. It was born for a life at war. Built for function, not beauty. The stories that surround it are legendary. And its place in the list of design classics is as well deserved as the heroic status of the Spartans after the Battle of Thermopylae. Continue reading