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By Alex
4/14/2014 11:00:00 AM  

 




 



Described by its designer as "Minimalism on four legs", the Hans J. Wegner CH88 chair made its first debut in 1955 at the international H55 Exhibition alongside works by the likes of Alvar Aalto. While one might have expected it to rapidly join the ranks of Wegner's other iconic chairs, the CH88's elegant form and stylistic versatility remained nearly forgotten for close to 60 years. Next month, in celebration of Wegner's 100th birthday, Carl Hansen & Son is about to change all this as it brings the CH88 out of prototype and into production for the very first time. 


 



CH88 Chair 2


 




CH88 Chair 4




 

While carefully maintaining the integrity of the original chair's design, Carl Hansen & Son has honored Wegner's obsession with comfort and ergonomics by updating the heights of the seat and backrest to account for today's taller population. They have also made slight adjustments to the seat shape to allow the chair to stack. Despite minor updates, the CH88 promises to be all Wegner, and even highlights his characteristic play with materiality, in its unusual fusion of organic wood and industrial steel. In sum, we think this old Danish Modern master's design has all the promise of an exciting new classic. Coming soon the a Switch Modern near you.


CH88 Chair 9




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By Alex
3/25/2014 12:25:00 PM  

 



david chipperfield


 

With projects spanning the globe, a recently bestowed knighthood, and an illustrious list of professional awards including the RIBA Stirling Prize 2007, the British born David Chipperfield can fairly be ranked among the great architects of our time.

Born in 1953, and raised on his father's farm in Devon, Chipperfield's love for architecture developed when he was just a schoolboy - an enduring fascination which would inspire his studies at the Kingston School of Art and later the Architectural Association of London. Following graduation in the late '70s, Chipperfield worked for such icons as Richard Rogers and Norman Foster, before founding his own firm in 1985. A critic of some of the more flamboyant architecture of his contemporaries, Chipperfield's work is often characterized by a more austere brand of modernism. 

Today, with over thirty years of practice under his belt, Chipperfield's portfolio ranges from the acclaimed reconstruction of Berlin's 19th century Neues Museum to more commercial endeavors such as his boutiques for Valentino. On a smaller more accessible note, Chipperfield has also applied his talent and thoughtful approach to products, as can be seen in his beautifully minimal lighting for FontanaArte and tableware for Alessi. We invite you to view the collections here.


 




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By Alex
3/14/2014 8:47:00 AM  

 

Dream Chair

 

Making its debut a little over a month ago, the Dream Chair is the result of a collaboration between renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando and the much respected 106-year-old Danish furniture brand Carl Hansen & Son. The partnership marks a new era for both parties; it is, for Ando, his first chair to go into production, and for Carl Hansen & Son, their first piece not designed by a Dane. 


 

Dream Chair 2

 

Born on a foundation of mutual respect, the company's tapping of the Pritzker Prize winning architect seemed an easy fit, with Japan standing as Carl Hansen & Son's largest export market and Ando a particular fan of Carl Hansen & Son's Hans J. Wegner line. However, the easy honeymoon ended when Carl Hansen's technicians first set eyes on Ando's design...


 

Dream Chair 3

 


Determined to utilize one simple material - plywood - Ando's large, complexly sculpted chair (bent along multiple axes) proved so challenging to create that the Dream Chair almost remained just that. In the end, more than a year of intensive study, prototyping and innovation yielded a breakthrough in what can be achieved in 3-d form-pressed plywood. The result - an ergonomic, sculptural chair that thoroughly lives up to its name. 

To view the variety of fabric and finish options available, swing by and visit us at switchmodern.com.





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By Alex
2/27/2014 5:00:00 PM  

 



POUL HENNINGSEN

 



Danish born Poul Henningsen earned a high-profile reputation as a social critic and journalist in 20th century Denmark. While Henningsen's strong views would go on to have far reaching effects on education, sexual emancipation and language usage in his native country, he is best known today for his innovative approach to lighting design.

Henningsen began his career as an architect at the end of WW I but as the years rolled on, his dissatisfaction with the quality of light from the new electric bulbs led him to shift his focus to lighting design. Driven by a desire to modulate and reduce glare to better simulate the gas-lit conditions of his childhood, Henningsen developed the PH series. This lighting series was unique not only for its multi-shaded forms but for the scientific analysis which determined each shade's size, shape and angle. By 1925, the PH collection had won first prize for modern lighting at the Paris Exposition of Decorative Arts - it was a win that would lead to a partnership between Henningsen and the lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen. Today, over a half century later, Louis Poulsen continues to cater to the ongoing demand for Poul Henningsen's lighting - a demand that stands as testament to the continued relevance and enduring legacy of his design genius. To view the entire PH line we invite you to swing by SwitchModern.com.





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By Alex
2/24/2014 3:13:00 PM  

 

 

As many of you may be aware, Switch Modern spent much of 2013 in the throes of moving to a new showroom. Over the five month process there were ups, there were downs and of course, what move / renovation / redesign would be complete without a healthy dose of drama? Today we are all settled in and our tireless founders, Doug and Roy, have carved out a little time to take you on a tour. We hope you love the improved new digs as much as we do and if you are in the Atlanta area, please stop by and say hello. 670 14th Street, Atlanta, Georgia 

 

Movie by Anna and Spencer Cinema




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By Alex
2/2/2014 7:06:00 PM  


Grantorino


This January, Switch Modern's Grantorino modular sofa was awarded one of the design world's highest-ranking honors by the prestigious Wallpaper* magazine. Victorious in the category of Best domestic design, 'Grantorino' is the brainchild of Paris based designer Jean-Marie Massaud, for the Italian company Poltrona Frau. The meticulously upholstered sofa takes its inspiration from the saddlery industry, boasting a hand cut leather shell which wraps the sofa from a slim armrest on one side to a brilliant storage trunk on the other. But enough of our verbal descriptions... let's let Grantorino take a little victory twirl while we all enjoy the view.


Grantorino
Grantorino

Grantorino
Grantorino

 

While 2014 finds the crown situated firmly on Grantorino, it should be noted that this modular sofa comes from a long line of previously crowned siblings (all designed by the dream team that is Jean-Marie Massaud for Poltrona Frau). Past crownees include Switch Modern's Kennedee sofa and Archibald small armchair (Wallpaper* design Award winners in 2007 and 2010 respectively).




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By Alex
1/15/2014 7:31:00 AM  

Eileen Gray

Born into an aristocratic family in County Wexford Ireland in 1878, Eileen Gray would become one of the most celebrated creatives of her time. Cultured yet shy, she began her arts education at the Slade School of Fine Art in London and continued her studies following a move to Paris in 1902. It was there that Gray developed a passion for practicing the art of lacquer. It was also there, set within the rich artistic climate of Paris, that Eileen Gray's 70 year career would play out.

In 1919, just after WWI, Gray's first interior commission was met with accolades for her lacquer work, fine furniture and luxurious take on 'modern' living. Encouraged by the response, Gray opened the chic Galerie Jean Désert in 1922, and designed a furniture set for display at the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs - impressing, among others, Le Corbusier.

By the mid to late 1920s, Gray's first architectural project, house E 1027, marked a permanent shift in focus towards architecture. This period also marked an aesthetic shift from her more luxurious Art Déco roots to an increasingly modern sensibility. Clean lines, industrial materials and a stringency for function became the name of the game, as her work in cutting edge chrome and tubular steel produced such modern icons as the 1926 Non Conformist Armchair, the 1927 E 1027 Table, and the 1929 Bibendum Chair.

The late 1930s found an increasingly reclusive Gray slipping from the public eye and it would be thirty years before a feature in Domus magazine would spur the renaissance of appreciation and demand for her work that continues to this day. As a woman practicing in a profoundly male dominated field in the early part of the 20th century, Gray's position among the most elite architects and designers of her time underscores the strength of talent and importance of vision behind this uniquely independent woman and her work.

To view Switch Modern's collection of Eileen Gray's furnishings visit us at SwtichModern.com.




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By Alex
12/30/2013 12:17:00 PM  

 





 


Architect and designer Omer Arbel speaks on the humble beginnings of his successful design and manufacturing house - Bocci - and how the challenges he faced early on shaped the way he works today. Enjoy!

We invite you to swing by SwitchModern.com where you can view the 14 series suspension lamps, highlighted in the video, along with more of Omer Arbel's designs for Bocci.

Video: 14-UNCUT by Bocci via Vimeo.



 




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By Alex
12/16/2013 6:10:00 AM  



Gio Ponti


Born in Milan in 1891, Gio Ponti went on to become one of the most influential Italian architects of the 20th century. While formally trained as an architect, Ponti was equal parts designer and artist - often creating the art, furnishings and interior schemes for the structures he designed. From forks to chandeliers, pottery to skyscrapers - Ponti's goal was to merge these distinct creative fields into a seamless whole - creating a place where beauty and function become one. Prolific to say the least, Ponti played an equally important roll as the editor of Domus and Stile magazines (1928-1979) establishing him as perhaps the leading voice in the art, architecture and design conversation for the better part of half a century. 

We invite you to view Switch Modern's collection of Mr. Ponti's work at SwtichModern.com. We hope you love it as much as we do!





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By Alex
11/27/2013 4:57:00 AM  






Cloverleaf at the "Heimtextil" in Frankfurt (9171). © Panton Design, Basel 


The product of a true design visionary, the Cloverleaf was created by famed Danish designer Verner Panton for the Cologne Furniture Fair (1970). With only five versions ever made, the forward thinking design of this modular sofa was but a flash in the illustrious designer's career. That is until recently, when Prada spotted the nearly forgotten gem and contacted Danish manufacturer Verpan to bring the Cloverleaf back to life. In the brief period that has ensued, velvety green Cloverleafs have been popping up in Prada stores across the globe. The charms of this tête-à-tête gone-wild have not stopped there, as the Cloverleaf has recently taken up residence in prestigious museums, offices and most recently, our very own Switch Modern showroom. And so today, we invite you to be wooed by a nearly half century old design that was truly ahead of its time. Enjoy!





Cloverleaf at Prada, London (circa 2012). 





Cloverleaf at Prada, Paris (circa 2012).










Cloverleaf at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark (circa 2013).








Cloverleaf in action at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark (circa 2013).





To learn more about Verner Panton and his Cloverleaf, click through to SwitchModern.com. As for those of you in the neighborhood, we invite you to come and experience the Cloverleaf first hand at our new Switch Modern showroom - 670 14th Street, Atlanta Georgia. We hope to see you there!

 




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