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Designers you should know

By Helle Tjaberg  – 

There are a large number of great product and furniture designers that influence our daily lives and our homes.

There are a large number of great product and furniture designers that influence our daily lives and our homes. But it is not always easy to know who they are; therefore we will introduce you to some of them on this blog. Though some are no longer among us, and some still are – they all have this in common; they are creators of lasting iconic design. We start with four exciting names from four different countries.

1. Arne Jacoben (1902 - 1971)

This Danish architect and designer might possibly be the best-known name within the Scandinavian Design movement. At the core of this movement was the wish that all people should be able to furnish their homes with functional, simple and innovative designs. Even though you might not know his name or face, I guarantee that you have seen his design such as The Egg, The Swan and the Seven-series of chairs. Jacobsen has also put his name on tableware, lamps, textiles and much more. We love him because his designs are as fresh and modern today as they were in the 50s and 60s. They are perfect for the PURE NORDIC interiors, but blend easily into a number of styles. Read more about him here: arne-jacobsen.com

Oak White Nights

The Egg-chair epitomizes PURE NORDIC design; a restrained organic shape
paired with uncompromising functionality. Produced by Fritz Hansen.
The flooring is BOEN Oak White Nights, Castle Plank.
Series 7 chairs by Arne Jacobsen

A classic. The Seven-series of chairs is as popular as ever, and comes in a range of colours and finishes.
Find your favourite depending on your style.

Eero Saarinen

2. Eero Saarinen (1910 - 1961)

Eero Saarinen was of Finnish descent, but grew up in the United States of America. Unlike other Nordic designers his approach towards design was more sculptural; he had a fondness for organic shapes and appealing proportions. He challenged the norm, which you can clearly see in furniture such as the Tulip-chair and his table collections. His individual and playful design is perfect for the URBAN CONTRAST interior. Read more here: www.knoll.com/designer/Eero-Saarinen

Oak Yellowstone solid plank

With the Tulip-chair Saarinen set out to solve what he saw as an ugly unrestful world
underneath chairs and tables. The result has become a design icon, which works well
also with other chairs, as seen here in an URBAN CONTRAST interior.
The floor is BOEN Yellowstone Solid Plank.

Womb Chair Tom Dixon

With the chair Womb wanted to create a chair that enveloped you and made you feel safe, thus the telling name.
The simplicity of the chairs organic shape will suit a myriad of styles depending on the colour of the textile.
The manufacturer is Knoll.

Charles and Ray Eames

3. Charles (1907-1978 and Ray Eames (1912 - 1988)

This American couple (Rays real name was Bernice) were pioneers within new design technology in the post WWII-years, and they worked with materials such as fibreglass, plastics and plywood. Today they are first and foremost know for design classics such as the rocking chair RAR, their Lounge Chair and last but not least the Plastic Armchair DAR, all which are manufactured by Vitra. Much of their design is URBAN CONTRAST, but the plastic chairs transcend all styles, and might even have become most popular among MODERN RUSTIC devotees. Charles Eames sums up their design philosophy in this great quote: “The role of the designer is that of a very good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.” Read more here: http://eamesdesigns.com

Oak Shabby Cream Castle Plank Modern Rustic style eames chair

Interesting meeting between nostalgia and modern life are typical of the MODERN RUSTIC
style, the plastic chair DAR is a perfect contrast.
The flooring is BOEN Oak Shabby Cream, Castle Plank.

The Lounge Chair challenges the traditional and is a design icon perfect for the URBAN CONTRAST interior.

Tom Dixon

4. Tom Dixon (1959)

Tom Dixon is a British self-taught designer, who established his own brand in 2002, after having worked for major brands such as Cappellini and Habitat – he was creative director for Habitat for several years. He taught himself welding while he was touring with a band, and has a special affinity for strong materials; his first designs were made of recycled scaffolding. Today he is perhaps most known and loved for his lamp collections, but has also launched a great accessories line. Read more here: http://www.tomdixon.net/eu/heritage

Oak Sand Castle plank Classic Elegance

The bowl Bash Vessel is placed on a CLASSIC ELEGANT table –the bowl
is made of brass and shaped by hand, which makes every pieceunique.
The floor is BOEN Oak Sand.

The lamp Etch Web is a jewel in this room; Tom Dixon experimented with mathematics
and geometry to create a shadow play pendant light. Perfect for the
URBAN CONTRAST or the CLASSIC ELEGANT interior. The wall colour is 4625 Nordisk hav by Jotun.

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