PRODUCT DESIGN INSPIRATION
PRODUCT DESIGN INSPIRATION
The Bauhaus and modern styles from the mid-20th century appeared respectively after the First and Second World Wars. The lack of financial and material resources forced designers to adapt new technologies and production techniques in order to create useful products meant for a large public. These difficult times forced the development of new yet simple furniture designs that became timeless. The wars and unsettled global economies created an environment in which these simple and timeless furniture designs flourished thanks to their natural beauty. These designs, full of history, remind us of our past and remain prominent in society today: TV shows like Mad Men made the style popular; a Lubriderm commercial presented “Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen”; a Stella Artois commercial featured the “Tulip Chair by Eero Saarinen”; and animated versions of Modern mid-century furniture play a part in The Incredibles from Pixar Studios.
The Eames Armchairs probably have had the most TV appearances: the long chair and ottoman from Frasier; the CNN interview between Wolf Blitzer and President Jimmy Carter; guests’ armchairs on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; in the video clip “Countdown” by Beyoncé; and the show Archer by FX. A couple of years ago, it was even possible to put an “Eames” postage stamp on your mail. We have provided furniture to Hollywood blockbusters such as Lucky Number Slevin, shot in Montreal, Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and an upcoming Kevin Spacey movie.
The Bauhaus movement was at the forefront of mid-century design technique and theory. Architects from that time were visionaries who created furniture as continuations of their art. “Shape must follow purpose” and “less is more” were born from Bauhaus design principles emphasizing clean corners and pure lines, with materials such as polished steel and leather. Marcel Breuer had the idea to manufacture furniture in metallic tubes by examining his bicycles’ handlebars. According to him, these materials were as comfortable as the traditional fillings, but were lighter, cheaper, and more hygienic.
During the mid-century modern period, designers constructed the look of the future. Materials like glass fiber, curved plywood, die-cast aluminum alloy, acrylics, and plastics (then only considered as industrial backs) were transformed into unconventional home furniture with organic shapes. The goal was to build several inexpensive products, meant for businesses or homes, with original styles and pure lines. The most popular designs are still important today and are shared by American and Scandinavian designers of that time.
Not only do we offer exceptional decor brands and home accessories, but we also know a great deal about the manufacturing process of our furniture and lamps. Most of our inventory is ready to ship. We seldom depend on exterior providers.
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