History of design

Eclisse and Atollo: the two iconic lamps by Vico Magistretti

This year marks the centenary of the birth of Vico Magistretti, one of the most important architects and designers in the history of Italian design. Vico Magistretti, in his career, has won the Compasso D'Oro three times: the first in 1967 with the Eclisse lamp by Artemide, the second in 1979 with the Maralunga sofa by Cassina and the third, in the same year, for the Oluce Atollo lamp. And ...

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Design seats inspired by vintage school chairs

Functionality and comfort were the most important features for furnishing in the industrial era, particularly in factories, schools but also in theaters and restaurants. The chairs in particular had to be cheap but also practical and comfortable. Iron chairs with wooden seat and back became the standard, not very different from the school chairs we know. The shape has remained similar over time ...

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The story behind the chair that inspired Cassina’s “Hommage á Pierre Jeanneret” collection

You know that I like to talk about design icons and today I want to tell you the story of a series of furnishings that have long been "forgotten" but that today have been re-launched by the Italian brand Cassina. This year Cassina has in fact presented a re-edition of a series of furnishings (the 053 Capitol Complex chair, the 051 Capitol Complex office chair, 053 Capitol Complex padded chair ...

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Zanotta’s Quaderna series: a timeless icon

I don't know if it's just my impression but in the last few months I have seen the Zanotta Quaderna series of furniture been used in many interior styling projects. Among the latest styling in which I saw this furniture and which I also published here on the blog, there is the one by Lotta Agaton that you can see here and the styling by Kravitz & Dorazio for the new Jotun catalog (see ...

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In Japan there is a boutique hotel dedicated to Finn Juhl

I have recently discovered (how did I miss this news?) that in Japan, in Hakuba - Nagano, the House of Finn Juhl Hotel Hakuba. was opened. It is a boutique hotel entirely furnished with pieces created by Finn Juhl, one of the leading Danish architects and designers and considered one of the "founding fathers" of the Nordic style. Hakuba in Nagano is a ski resort, surrounded by mountains as ...

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