Posts Tagged ‘modernist’
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.
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.
Not far from Havana, this is the fishing village where Hemingway kept his boat during the decades he lived in Cuba. A local told me this house belongs to a fisherman. You periodically see this era of modernism in Cuba, but this one was especially well-preserved. The dramatic star on the front door is great (click to get a closer look) and look at the mural at right.
My sister, an emergency pediatric doctor, can’t watch House M.D. because she says the medicine is either wrong or stupidly farfetched, and I feel the same way about the decor. What is all that pricey midcentury modern design doing in a hospital? Wouldn’t those little Eileen Gray side tables in the corridor be stolen in about five minutes?