3/26/11

SPRING FEVER

The super moon came and went, the spring equinox pounced and daylight savings flipped forward the clock which must mean that Spring is in the house.

Longer days + warmer temps bring on that spring cleaning fever. Maybe a touch of YELLOW can brighten your lingering winter doldrums. Check out a few of our more brightly colored pieces:





















A few rooms with a hint of yellow for fresh springy inspiration.












We are currently in Amsterdam shopping for exciting vintage design, which unfortantely means the warehouse location is CLOSED from March 26 - April 3. You can always visit our retail space with Mohawk General Store if you are really missing us and jonesing for gorgeous design while we're away.

Looking forward to bringing back some exciting and fresh finds to share!

3/25/11

Thonet



In 1830 Michael Thonet experiments with bending steamed wood to create furniture. Thonet and his sons then begin to produce innovative bentwood furniture, which became known for being practical, inexpensive and refined.

 

The impact of Thonet was extraordinary and far reaching. Thonet affected the business of furniture, the avant-garde art establishment, and the design process of many products, from his own day to the present. Thonet developed the mass production techniques of bentwood furniture, but was not the only one to employ them. Soon after his original patents expired, plenty of imitators emerged. In the 1890's over 50 bentwood furniture makers were in business, however none were able to challenge Thonet's dominance of innovation. As far as production numbers, his #14 bistro chair remains one of the most produced chairs in history...still being produced today by Gebrüder Thonet. 
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The development of bent and laminated wood veneers was one of those significant innovations of the 20th century, that made it possible to construct furniture using fewer pieces and allowing designers to obtain greater visual unity and fluidity.

Thonet patented a process of bending under heat several layers of wood veneer glued together and laminated—and used the new material to create curved back-rails and legs on chairs, contoured headboards for beds and scrolled arms for sofas.

By 1900, the curvilinear furniture made possible by Thonet's techniques were widely produced by furniture manufacturers in the U.S., where the process was exploited to for mass production of simple, inexpensive chairs and tables.

Thonet also developed a method of bending solid wood and his bent solid and laminated beech chairs with woven cane seats and backs remain among the most successful industrial designed products of all time. Josef Hoffmann, Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos, all of whom designed for Thonet, made use of his bentwood techniques to create classic chair designs still produced or copied today. Le Corbusier later used Thonet furniture in his Pavilion de l'Esprit Nouveau at the 1925 Paris Exhibition.

The chairs presently designed by Gebruder Thonet have been in continuous production for over 100 years and are made in much the same manner as their 19th century predecessor. Using the process of steaming and bending wood to create pieces that are light yet strong with graceful fluid lines.

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A few of the rarer and more unusual examples of Thonet pieces incorporating the bent metal construction and bent ply made popular by Bauhaus and modernist designers at the turn of the century are available currently, including:










3/9/11

WAREHOUSE OPEN

We are officially re-opening after receiving our latest container in February. Our warehouse is OVERFLOWING with gems from Amsterdam!

We are still in the process of updating our website but here are a selection of some of the great pieces that have JUST LANDED:







Schedule an appointment by EMAILING us and come visit the warehouse and have first dibs on all our new inventory! See you there.

OPEN THIS WEEK BY APPOINTMENT - OPEN SAT 11-3

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Amsterdam Modern and Mohawk General Store store are featured in the April issue of Dwell Magazine. Thank you to Miyoko Ohtake for the great story and Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao for the fantastic photos of our Silver Lake location.

Thank you all for coming by and for all your hard work. It looks great! To view more of the slideshow visit this link HERE.

3/1/11

G-Plan & Kofod Larsen





G-Plan was a range of furniture in the United Kingdom, produced by E Gomme Ltd of High Wycombe.

In 1943, during World War II, furniture was part of rationing in the United Kingdom; the Board of Trade set up the Utility scheme which limited costs and the types of furniture on sale. A small number of simple designs were available in oak or mahogany. This scheme ended in December 1952. This, combined with the Festival of Britain led to a pent-up demand for more modern furniture.

In 1953, Donald Gomme, the designer at E Gomme, decided to produce a range of modern furniture for the entire house which could be bought piece by piece according to budgets. Advertising was part of the plan from the beginning. The name was coined by Doris Gundry of the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency, and the furniture was advertised in magazines and in cinemas direct to the public. Designs were available for several years so people could collect them slowly. All furniture was marked with the distinctive brand mark.

The success of G-Plan led to E Gomme becoming one of the UK's largest furniture manufacturers, with profits increasing sixfold between 1952 and 1958 when it was floated.

Another part of the direct marketing was the showrooms where the public could see the furniture. There were small centres over the country, and "The G-Plan Gallery" in Vogue House, St George Street, Hanover Square in London.

Donald Gomme left the company in 1958, perhaps the peak of the company's success. In the early 1960s the government introduced restrictions on hire purchase (the most common method of purchasing furniture), and in response to competition from Danish furniture the company introduced a Danish Modern range (designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen), which made the rest of the range seem dated, and Gomme lost their market-leading position, though they continued to be a major manufacturer making innovative designs with a very well-known brand name. (via)









The most highly sought after designer who worked for G-Plan was Ib Kofod Larsen who designed the G-Plan Danish range in the early to mid-sixties. Kofod Larsen pieces are fairly rare as they were significantly more expensive than other G-Plan furniture.


Our current available G-Plan selection can be viewed HERE.













We also have some outstanding and rare pieces from lb Kofod Larsen available HERE.