coffee table | gio ponti | giordano chiesa | c. 1955 | click > enlarge
Wright, a Chicago-based auction house specializing in modern design and One King’s Lane, an online flash-sale destination collaborate to create a Tastemaker Tag Sale comprised of nearly 150 objects, ranging from vintage furniture to artwork. Richard Wright, the founder of Wright, has vetted each piece for quality and beauty, using the same standards applied to Wright auction. Featuring works from the 20th and 21st century, Richard Wright’s Tastemaker Tag Sale offers exceptional designs for beginning buyers and seasoned collectors alike, making great design accessible like never before. [ Tastemaker flash sale Friday 16 November starting at 8am PT ]
lounge chair | warren platner | knoll | 1960s
Look for iconic vintage furnishings by George Nakashima, Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi and Gio Ponti, as well as extraordinary new designs by celebrated contemporary designers such as Ron Gilad and Tanya Aguinga. Cult classics by Mies van der Rohe and Warren Platner mingle with one-of-a-kind pieces by renowned 21st century designers such as Martino Gamper.
shell boxes | marguerite stix | c. 1960
coffee table no. 2 | ron gilad | 2009
Since 2000 [ Wright ] has sold nearly 40,000 lots across the spectrum of 20th and 21st century design. They have pioneered whole fields of collecting and transformed the market for modern design. Their dedication to design drives what they do and who they are.
Launched in 2009, today, [ One Kings Lane ] is the leading home and lifestyle shopping destination, offering the best of top-brand, vintage and designer items at exceptional values. In only three years, the company has grown to 3 million registered users, with a staff of almost 300 employees.
poltrana di proust | alesandro mendini | 1978 | click > enlarge
april is furniture month in europe. on 26 april phillips de pury auctions designed objects [ details ] a week earlier is the milano furniture fair [ salone del mobile 2012 ]
tugenhat mr 150/3 | mies van der rohe | 1929-31
lamp no 2251 | max ingrand | fontana arte | 1961
auction begins: 26 april 4pm | london
viewing: 19 > 26 april 2012
venue: phillip de pury | howick place, london SW1P 1BB
inquiries: 44 20 7318 40 23 | designlondon at phillipsdepury dot com
good design is as little design as possible
Dieter Rams (born May 20, 1932 in Wiesbaden) is a German industrial designer closely associated with the consumer products company Braun and the Functionalist school of industrial design.
In 1993 I asked Dieter to speak to the Architecture & Design Society at the Art Institute of Chicago. The society recently had a name change: “design” had been added. We joked ( ahem ) at the time that the real estate economy was so bad that the Architecture Society needed new members. We needed a credible and passionate design icon to speak to this group. Dieter became the first designer to speak under the society’s new name.
What I remember that night and again recently while watching the Objectified movie was Dieter’s 10 design principles. Honestly, I can’t tell you for sure that these are the same principles. Hoping Dieter will set the story straight.
I think I like the earlier stuff better. Maybe it was the materials or maybe it was so different than the pack at the time. The first Braun product I remember making a design connect to me was an electric razor. Much of Dieter’s work has long seemed more connected to brutalism than minimalism. Let’s say beautifully, brutally, minimal.
* Good design is innovative
* Good design makes a product useful
* Good design is aesthetic
* Good design helps us to understand a product
* Good design is unobtrusive
* Good design is honest
* Good design is durable
* Good design is consequent to the last detail
* Good design is concerned with the environment
* Good design is as little design as possible
victoria and albert museum
dieter rams flickr
new: a bit late