Before 2002, when anyone mentioned the word Lucite, the only things that came to mind were stripper heels or a tacky ’80s bachelor pad. But then Philippe Starck put his madman/genius spin on a 19th-century icon, creating the Louis XV Ghost Armchair for Kartell. It became an instant classic, and the reason we all decided a little injection-molded polycarbonate wasn’t such a bad idea after all, as long as it was used in moderation.
As cheeky as it is elegant, Suzan Fellman’s Orphee is a postmodern parlor chair with an Alice in Wonderland vibe.
Not so long ago you may have seen the Solair chair – the summer classic that decorated North American motels and patios – tossed in to the garbage. It was available in vibrant colours with a moulded plastic seat on bent removable steel legs. It was so bright, so ’70’s and so dated. That’s all changed.
My husband and I found out about this Danish furniture company nearly a decade ago when we lived in Pittsburgh and bought one of their beds from a shop there. We have since replaced the original mattress once but we still have the frame, which we brought from Pittsburgh to Washington DC and then to Tel Aviv where we live now. We like it so much we also purchased two sofa-beds for our place when we got here. Innovation is distributed globally, and we found a dealer in Israel via the Innovation website.
Now, this to me is all sorts of amazing. Not only is at an homage the iconic Villa Savoye by one of my favorite Modernist architects, Le Corbusier, it is also the product of two of Israel’s very own designers. Made from wood veneer plate with steel legs, the Savoye Table is the creation of dag-designlab‘s Liran Elbaz and Tal Mor.
I see a trend coming and it looks like Art Deco…
Chrysler Building NYC
The spire of the Chrysler Building is typically Art Deco which is also known as Sky Scraper Style. This alluring style was inspired by the optimism of post WWI design and is noted for its sleek, even lines. Modern in nature, Art Deco stands apart from today’s minimalist style and is noted not only for its beauty but also for its comfort. This style was first popular in Europe in the 1920’s and later in the United States.
Last month when I was walking around Jaffa, I discovered The New Gallery after my curiosity led me through a beautiful old archway and then a covered alley. The gallery was right in front of me as I came out the other side, and the classic mid-20th century modern furniture behind their big glass display wall told me I would want to see what else was inside. This place is really on top of their game—elegant arrangements of perfect vintage pieces, accessories, original contemporary art, and thoughtfully selected books and magazines. The building’s domes and arches, typical of old Jaffa, are a real nice compliment to its contents.