Daily Archives 16th November 2014

POST’MEMPHIS

Many of the original members of the Memphis group went on to form their own

SUCCESSFUL COMPANIES, WHILE POST DESIGN CONTINUES TO KEEP THE MEMPHIS SPIRIT ALIVE.

By the time Memphis disbanded in 1988, the original members had become major players within the design industry and many went on to form their own companies. Ettore Sottsass and his Sottsass Associati company completed a number of private houses in locations as far-flung as Singapore and Hawaii. He also continued to work with great success on smaller-scale, more personal projects. Michele De Lucchi, meanwhile, adopted a more modest and rational style. Focusing on industrial design and architecture, De Lucchi went on to run the multi-award-winning company AMDL.

Michael Graves, whose ambitious and highly stylized aesthetic made him on...

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INTERSECTION OF MOULDINGS Raking moulds

Where two mouldings of unequal width intersect on one plane then the junction is a bevelled mitre as distinct from a true mitre of 45° (see Mitre, scribed and scarf joints, Chapter 20); but where two mouldings of equal width intersect then the mitre lines on each must be the same length, therefore the angles must be equal, or, as commonly stated, the mitre must halve the overall angle. Figure 351:4 shows the correct mitre line of two pieces of equal width meeting at an angle, and the dotted lines the effect of unequal angled cuts, where the cut (A) is longer than the cut in the opposite member. This halving of the overall angle is not possible in raking moulds in cornices, pediments, etc. as the side or return mould must have a right-

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15 Best Ideas for Creating A One-of-A-Kind Kids Bedroom

How does your kids bedroom look like? Is it comfortable enough to stay in? Well, a good kids bedroom has to be comfortable so that the kids would spend much of their time there, allowing them to relax and rest. Yet, your kids would have their own idea on howRead More

MEMPHIS AND ALCHIMIA

THE GROUP OF DESIGNERS WHO FORMED MEMPHIS IN 1980 BUILT

on the iDEas of mendini’s studio alcHiMia, to define postmodernism in furniture design.

SUPER LAMP

Designed by Martine Bedin, this moulded plastic light stands on four rubber wheels, so it can move around. The six naked light bulbs all screw into different coloured sockets.

1981. H:35.5cm (14in); W:61cm (24in); D:18cm (7in). MAP

IN APRIL 1981, A MOTLEY GROUP of designers by the name of Memphis showed their work to the public for the very first time. The exhibition, held in a small showroom in Milan at a time when most of the world’s furniture industry was in the city for the annual Salone del Mobile, was a sensation...

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PROPORTIONAL REDUCTION AND ENLARGEMENT

The principles of reduction and enlargement are based on the properties of a triangle in which there is a progressive diminution from base-line to apex (the proportionate division of

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lines described on p. 365 is founded on this principle). Any line, therefore, drawn parallel to the base of a triangle (351:1) will form another triangle either smaller or larger, of similar angles and therefore of similar shape. If a series of lines are drawn from points on the base of a triangle (351 :2A) to the apex they will cut any other parallel line (351:2B) in exactly the same proportion...

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ELEMENTS OF STYLE

While designers had largely tired of using plastic during the 1970s and 1980s, the material did return to popularity in the 1990s as increasingly sophisticated techniques lor moulding were developed. High-pressure injection-moulding enabled greater precision ol forms and prompted a spate ol sculptural designs similar to those seen in the revolutionary 1960s.

Humour

As designers’ interest in structure and engineering waned during the 1980s, an increasingly mischievous streak entered lurniture design. While Postmodern designers ol the 1980s olten made esoteric jokes – as in the table above, printed with an 18th-century table design – there was a growing seam ol softer humour in the 1990s that olten incorporated anthropomorphism.

Detail of glass dining table Minimalism

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Entasis

Tapered shafts or columns with straight sides give the optical illusion of curving inwards, therefore classical architecture gave a slight outward swelling (entasis) to counteract the tendency, and to convey an impression of the weight-bearing function of the column. Various methods are used of which 349 gives one of the simplest and most satisfactory, for the curve must be subtle or the effect becomes exaggerated. The height of the column AB is first drawn, also the top EF and bottom diameters CD. Semicircles with centres A and

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radii AC and BE are then drawn, and perpendiculars erected from the smaller semicircle to cut the larger semicircle at 3...

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POST-1970 FURNITURE

Little Beaver armchair and ottoman Both these pieces are made of laminated cardboard. Designed by Frank Gehry for Vitra, they form part of his “Experimental Edges” series, which exploited the expressive qualities of corrugated cardboard. This example is marked with a brass tag showing it to be No.54 out of the 100 made. 1987. Chair: H:81cm (32in); W:85cm (331/iin); D:96.5cm (38in). SDR

Delo-Lindo table A witty twist on an existing form, designers Delo-Lindo have incorporated two canvas magazine bags into the corner of their coffee table.

AS EARLY AS 1966, ROBERT VENTURI, an American architect and theorist, aired the ideas that would eventually become known as Postmodernism...

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Stylish Warmth and Gracious Dining room Design Idea with Inviting Atmosphere

Stylish Warmth and Gracious Dining room Design Idea with Unique Furnishing Today, the furniture designers are creating modern dinning tables with highly polished hardwood. The beauty and interest comes from the grain of the wood an not any added embellishmentRead More

Great Innovative Modern House Decoration Ideas with Sliding Door

Modern Simple and Sophisticated Home Design Ideas with Sliding Door Designed by Carre, Barcelona Furniture Company from Spain, presents the latest designs of house decoration ideas in modern and minimalist ideas. With the touch of excellent, this modern designRead More