Season's greetings to one and all, this issue brings the heart back home with the Classics. Doyenne of Insurance Winnie Tay shares her life lessons and try some gift wrapping tips in our Dark & Decadent section. Joyeux Noelle~!
THE HOME Timeless Treasures Classic furniture pieces that have withstood evolving trends in the home. Arne Jacobsen designed the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen and for its busy lobby, he created the Egg Chair and Footstool. With this design he was able to explore new materials that allowed the flexibility of shapes and fluid curves as well as single moulded shells. The chair affords privacy in public spaces with its unique shape. The authentic Egg Chair is sleek, contoured and flawless with a base that has four prongs. The craftsmanship of an Egg Chair is impeccable. There are no folds, no creases, and no wrinkles. There are no joins or stitching on the front of the chair, except on the seat pad. www.fritzhansen.com CURATED BY SHARMINI M.RETHINASAMY The Knoll Barcelona® Chair is one of the most imitated designs of all time. It was designed by Mies van der Rohe, the last director of the Bauhaus before the Nazis closed the school and he fled to America, and was intended to provide a comfortable break for the King of Spain as he visited the German Pavilion at the International Exposition of 1929. One of the most recognised objects of the last century and an icon of the modern movement, the Barcelona Chair exudes simple elegance that epitomises Mies van der Rohe’s most famous maxim – “less is more”. The chair is largely hand-made with cushions made from 148 separate pieces of leather and a chromed stainless steel frame, hand-buffed to a mirror finish. www.knoll.com TM | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 28
THE HOME Swiss-born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, best known by his adopted name Le Corbusier, was highly influential as an architect and designer where his masterpieces injected a clear sense of space and structure with underlying simplicity. He espouses the same ideals in his furniture designs which are spare, minimal yet efficient, and offering supreme comfort. He devised the Le Corbusier sofa, coupling tubular chrome frames with soft leather upholstery. The Le Corbusier pieces reverse the standard structures of sofas and chairs by having frames that are externalised. With thick, resilient pillows resting within the steel frames, the idea was to offer all the comfort of a padded surface while applying elegant minimalism. www.cassina.com Achille Castiglioni’s mantra as a lecturer to his students was, “Start from scratch. Stick to common sense. Know your goals and means.” He paid heed to his own advice and, together with his brother Pier Giacomo, designed the Arco Floor Lamp. The Arco provides overhead lighting without the use of ceiling suspension, and a polished shade extending nearly seven feet provides light to a dining table or sofa. The lamp weighs in at hefty 78 pounds and is difficult to move; hence the strategically placed hole in the base to accommodate a broom handle. The lamp achieved iconic status when it appeared on screen alongside Sean Connery in Diamonds Are Forever and in The Italian Job (apropos). www.flos.com Isamu Noguchi joined a curved, wood base with a freeform glass top and created a perfect balance of art and design. He designed this for A. Conger Goodyear, the President of the Museum of Modern Art in 1939. He considered this iconic coffee table his only furniture success after six decades of creative work. The Herman Miller company recruited Noguchi to create the Noguchi table which became one of Herman Miller’s most iconic and successful designs. Production ceased in 1973, and the piece became an instant collectible. Herman Miller reissued it in 1980 in a limited edition of about 480 tables. The table was reintroduced againin 1984 for the ‘Herman Miller Classics’ line, and has been in production ever since. www.hermanmiller.com 29 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 | TM