Sunday, January 30, 2011

Eclectic Chairs

The Mad Hatters Tea Party

 A look back at some design classics.

The Chiavari chair

  • Designed by Gaetano Descalzi in 1807.
  • The Chiavari chair is named after the coastal Italian town of Chiavari from which the design of the chair originates.
  • The chair is light, elegant, yet solid,  and was originally made from cherrywood. Today the Chiavari chairs come in a variety of materials and finishes, from lightweight bamboo and beech wood to sturdier bronze and steel.
  • Chiavari chairs are actually a type of chair known as a balloon-backed chairs. The design was based on the Louis XV panel-back side chair – without the back upholstery

CH24 wishbone chair

  • Designed by the Danish designer Hans Wegner in 1949.
  • Inspired by classical portraits of Danish merchants sitting in Ming chairs.
  • Hans Wegner was part of the modernist school with an emphises on functionality.
  • The wishbone chair is made of hardwood, ash or beach and natural cord caning.
  • Made in Denmark by Carl Hansen & Son
  • Available from The Conran Shop and at

CH07 lounge

  • Designed by the Danish furniture designer Hans Wegner in 1963.
  • Wegner was part of the modernist design movement.
  • Made from pressed plywood and upolstery.
  • Made in Denmark by Carl Hansen & Son.
  • Available from and The Lost Weekend, Blackrock village, Dublin.

 Saarinen tulip side chair - white


  • Designed by Eero Saarinen in 1956
  • He designed the 1956 Tulip chair in terms of its setting, rather than a particular shape. "In any design problem, one should seek the solution in terms of the next largest thing." he said. "If the problem is a chair, then its solution must be found in the way it relates to the room..." In the Tulip, Saarinen realized his ideal of formal unity: "Every significant piece of furniture has a holistic structure."
  • Part of the American post war design movement.
  • Made from aluminum (base), fiberglass and upholstery.
  • Made in the USA by Knoll.
  • $1,150.00 from and the Conran Shop.

Eames molded dining chair - dcw

  • Design by Charles & Ray Eames in 1946.
  • Made from molded plywood, metal or wood legs.
  • Designed to comfortably fit the body.
  • Made by Herman Miller
  • "Who would say that pleasure is not useful?" -Charles Eames
  • Available from the Conran Shop and

A Look at the present!

 Emeco kong side chair

  • Design Philippe Starck, 2002
  • Thermal treated aluminum
  • Made in USA by Emeco

 No 14 Bistro Chair 

  • Although the bistro chair has been around since 1859 this is a newly updated design with its red finish. 

    Available from the Conran Shop.

Basel chair

Oversized Wing Chair 
  • Conde deep buttoned wing chair
  • The chair to grace a stately home with swarovski crystal buttoning and 160cm high
  • Made in Barcelona, Spain. by Dentro Home

    Boca do Lobo Tiffany Stool
  • Designed by Artesãos de Boca do Lobo
  • Manufacured in Rio de Tinto in Portugal by Boca do Lobo
  • Wood: Solid oak or mahogany
  • Finish: Natural with a protective coat, high gloss varnish,or a dark wood stain.
  • Price: $1,440.00

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Electric Birdcage London

I am loving the style of this English nightclub. For all of you who loved the interior style of the Ivy Bar in Sydney I'm sure you will should also like the Electric Birdcage in London.

Style Club Dublin

The Style Club is a hairdressers on Southwilliam Street in Dublin City. It is a funky 80's inspired studio. The designer behind the interiors is Garry Cohen.

The brief for Style Club was to deliver a completely new “concept salon” which would push the boundaries of design. It is a space, which will be staffed and patronized by those, prepared to set trends and dare the status quo of hair styling. This is not a place for the timid. It takes Punk, Anima, New Wave, Memphis and Classical Designs and mixes a potent 21st century cocktail. The design is not minimal. Less is not more in this space-more is more and very entertaining. Colors collide that should never go together, and yet somehow they work. Everywhere you turn is a new experience, you just want to sit down and have the stylist create your own personal style. check out more of Garrys work on his website

Portobello Market

On a recent trip to London to see some friends I went to Portobello Market. I just couldn't get over it, it is just brilliant definitly worth a trip I could spend hours and hours just wandering around looking at all the nick knacks. It is a great place to pick up odd bits to finish off a room, you can find all sorts from old war memorabilia, old china cups and saucers, pictures, old advertisements and even old boxing gloves.

One shop I particularly liked was Chloe and Alberry. They specialise in door handles, cabinet fittings, hooks and mirrors. I found some amazing handles to finish off a set of drawers I was redoing. Below are examples of some of their handles and hooks.
Images retreived from

Sculptures by the Sea

On my year away travelling I lived in an apartment looking out at Tamarama Beach in Sydney. Most amazing view, it is one beach away from the famous Bondi beach and the walk between the two is spectacular. Every year artists and sculpturers display there work along this walk. The exhibition is called Sculptures by the sea.

Rue Magazine

Check out this cool new online magazine they have some amazing images and great design ideas.

The new issue comes out this day next week and I for one can't wait.