women designers

Eileen Gray – Transat Chair

April 7, 2013

Eileen Gray – Transat Chair

 

Superb modern chair by Eileen Gray, featured in a Guardian list this this week. It’s the Transat Chair (1925-30).

“The Transat chair is from the late 1920s, when Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand were forging in tubular steel assertive icons of the machine age.

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Mystery paper sculptures left in Edinburgh libraries & museums

November 30, 2011

Mystery paper sculptures left in Edinburgh libraries & museums

A mystery sculptor (all that’s known is that she is female) has been leaving these sculptures made from book pages in libraries and museums across Edinburgh. When the sculptures numbered ten she stopped, leaving this inscription in a guestbook: “In support of Libraries, Books, Words and Ideas… a tiny gesture in support of the special places.” As a mysterious public art piece it has fascinated many in Edinburgh.

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Update: Eileen Gray’s e-1027 house as of summer 2009

September 14, 2009

Update: Eileen Gray’s e-1027 house as of summer 2009

See a previous post for more information on this famous modernist house by Irish architect and designer Eileen Gray. There has been a lot of concern about the house’s survival, but as these recent photos by my Danish internet friend Vibeke Jakobsen show, it’s safely undergoing restoration.

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Gabriella Crespi

April 6, 2009

Gabriella Crespi

A quasi-surreal or space age ‘Polished Steel Coffee Table’ by Italian architect and designer Gabriella Crespi looks like a metal crystal formation of some kind.

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Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

March 24, 2009

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

Ada Lovelace Day is an international blogging event instituted to draw attention to women who excel in the area of technology. Who is Ada Lovelace? From here:

Ada Lovelace was one of the world’s first computer programmers, and one of the first people to see computers as more than just a machine for doing sums.

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Charlotte Perriand

March 9, 2009

Charlotte Perriand

The French designer and architect  Charlotte Perriand (1903 – 1999) produced some very beautiful furniture and buildings, but she is probably not as well known as she should be, even despite the comprehensive retrospective show of her work at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2005.

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The Japanese live comfortably in tiny spaces. Could we?

February 24, 2009

The Japanese live comfortably in tiny spaces. Could we?

In the western world, 750 sq ft apartments can seem really small, even for just two people. The excerpt below is from an interesting article by Nold Egenter, a Swiss architectural anthropologist, on the cultural influences that allow the Japanese to live comfortably in what North Americans would consider small spaces.

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