Posts Tagged ‘furniture’
When humans apply this much care to designing things, it makes me almost teary. This chair is a life-raft on a tidal wave of mass-produced cynicism. The person who made this chair was doing something so careful it’s almost spiritual.
The designer is German architect Hans Luckhardt (1890-1954), well known for designing steel tube chairs in the 1920s and 30s.
India has the best inventory of vintage and antique furniture—both institutional and domestic—I’ve ever seen. Especially deco and moderne (bench above) not to mention traditional Indian wooden furniture of various vintages.
As discussed in this earlier post, in the early part of the 20th century the British administration in India hired architect Edward Lutyens to design the new city of New Delhi, and over the decades that he worked in India he brought Georgian, deco and moderne styles with him.
Can anyone identify this chair? Years ago, thinking I would ask a furniture making friend to reproduce it, I took its measurements but then did nothing with them. I’m passing them along in case anyone else would like to try. The chair is extremely sturdy, with no creaking or movement even though I bought it for $20 from a junkyard where it had sat semi-outdoors through a wet Vancouver winter as the “smoking chair”—that’s how the salesman described it, as in: “you’re taking away our smoking chair.” There are many low, armless, midcentury modern wooden chairs in existence but I like this one more than most.
This is the Cuban villa where Hemingway lived from 1939-1960 and wrote many of his best known novels. It sits high in the town of San Francisco de Paula about half an hour outside Havana, and from the patio you can actually see Havana in the distance, hence the name Finca Vigía or “Lookout Farm.” The villa was discovered by Hemingway’s wife at the time, Martha Gelhorn, who was seeking somewhere spacious for the two of them to live.