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DESIGNING WOMEN: ASTRID SAMPE

DESIGNING WOMEN: ASTRID SAMPE

One of the aspects that put the modern in mid century modern, is that it was the first era of design in which the glass ceiling had cracked enough to allow women to assume leading roles. Obvious examples include Ray Eames, Grete Jalk and Florence Knoll. Another prominent example is Astrid Sampe, who in 1937 started a chamber of textile for Nordiska Kompaniet, and led it until 1971, when it...

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NORWEGIAN WOOD

You might have noticed that my blogging is a bit heavy on the Swedish side of things. It has a simple explanation: I’m Swedish. But I would also like to add some depth to the idea of Scandinavian modern design. In America, the phrase Danish modern, is a bit of a catch all for Scandinavian design. Of course, nobody can argue against the fact that Danish furniture designers are some...

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EYES WITHOUT A FACE

Last week we wrote about Einar Nerman, and his classic design for Solstickan, which has grown beyond it’s original product design purpose to be the star of a whole host of products. An almost equally popular design is Olle Eksells eyes for Mazetti’s cocoa products. As simple as they are haunting, these eyes are to be found in almost any design conscious home in Sweden. Eksell’s design was created in...

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A MAN AND HIS CIRCULAR HOUSE

I sincerely hope you caught the Houzz feature on Julian and Desiree from Mid Century Møbler, and their amazing circular house. This post will be about another interesting house, without corners or straight lines. To understand the story of Villa Spies, you have to first understand who Simon Spies was. The Danish tycoon didn’t invent pacakge holidays, but in many ways his name came to be synonymous with the practice...

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