Modern Furniture

Use of Metal in Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Starting in 1909, an Italian company called Dalmine started manufacturing seamless steel tubes on commercial basis making it accessible and affordable to the common man. Back then the times known as the Bauhaus era, it was a different concept. Designers believed in creating furniture that is light, durable and not so tight on the pocket. Materials like molded ply were popular, the times were great for masses.

Then in 1914, a Japanese company Nippon Kokan Kabushiki (NKK) started manufacturing steel tubes, and by 1954 we had two manufacturing companies in Latin America. The period in between is filled with evolutions—in Europe, in 1920s, an entrepreneur lady Charlotte Perriand took the first step towards incorporating modern material in furniture. It was her passion that made her to transform her b’ful garret-style Parisian apartment into a workshop, and she started to design and build metal tubular furniture from chrome and aluminum for a “machine age interior”.

After about seven years, in 1927, she held a show at the Salon D’Automne. Her modern ideas and concepts were much admired; especially her rooftop bar design that drew much attention. After the show, Le Corbusier decided to hire her as a furniture designer for his Atelier. She designed furniture with human comfort in mind, some her popular designs being the slingback chair, the LC2 Grand Confort,, the LC2 Grand Confort and a chair for sleeping – B306 chaise lounge using tubular metal as supporting frame.

It was in 1926 that Mart Stam carried with him to a conference in Berlin a prototype of his model, the classic tubular metal Cantilever Chair. It inspired other furniture designers such as Mies Van der Rohe, Lilly Reich, Marcel Breuer, and Eileen Gray to devise their own cantilevers.

At the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933, there was an Exhibition displaying a large number of tubular steel furniture. Calling steel as a ‘natural’ material, the exhibition inspired using steel, it being steel age, inviting people to join in the modern times. The Chicago and Grand Rapids Co. of Michigan, began producing large quantities of tubular steel furniture soon later. Donald Deskey’s line of metal furniture was mass-produced around 1930 by the Ypsilanti Reed Furniture Co. A 1930 ad for the company pointed out that Ypsilanti Reed had pioneered steel furniture in America.

In the USA, by 1933 the Howell Co. of Geneva in Illinois began mass-producing tubular steel furniture, including the best-selling “Beta,” a chrome-plated, tubular steel and upholstered chair, as well as other innovative chair forms, such as the “S” chairs, with their bent metal frames, that were produced and sold in high volume throughout the 1930s. Gilbert Rohde was among the first American innovators who worked with bent metal to create innovative furniture designs.

The Second World War witnessed many changes in design, followed by manufacturing units moving to US from Europe. Charles and Ray Eames, a team of husband wife are credited with developing innovative metal designs during 1940’s and 1950’s for the Herman Miller Co.

Times have evolved since. Some original tubular designs for modern homes can be witnessed in the making of Marshmallow sofa, Wassily Chair & Eileen Grey Table.

 

Is Your Home Dressed To Impress? These Interior Design Tips Can Get Your Home Picture Perfect In No Time!

Are you interested in learning how to design your home? Well if you design the interior of your home then you are going to have the benefit of making it look the way you want it to, as opposed to hiring someone else to do it for you. Read on to learn more.

Think of the function of a room when you are designing it. For kid’s rooms, you want something more colorful and fun. Use more subdued colors in a library where serenity is the goal.

A good thing to aim for when designing a room is creating a mood. Decide on what type of mood you want to achieve when you are selecting decor items for your room. Softer, warm colors can help the room look cozy.

A good tip when you’re thinking of getting some interior designing done is to consult with a professional interior designer. Everyone thinks they can do everything themselves, which isn’t a bad quality, but professional interior designers have an eye for things that the average Joe doesn’t even think about.

One tip that you should follow is to use as many designs and patterns as you can. The intricacies of the patterns and textures will draw eyes to the pertinent details of your room. Creativity with textures and patterns is a great way to update the look of a room.

Use versatile furniture when you are decorating a room that is small. For example, try ottomans instead of sofas or chairs. This piece can increase the amount of seating in your room while providing a platform for feet. In order to utilize your small space, use items that can fulfill two purposes at once.

If you decide to use an interior designer, communicate your goals and budget to them. Professional designers often have ambitious plans. Sometimes those plans clash with the homeowner’s taste or their pocketbook. Don’t be timid. If what the interior designer suggests doesn’t fit your goals, tell them. You are the one who has to live with the designer’s choices.

Make sure you have all the storage space you need. You’ll never get a room that looks like it came out of a magazine if there’s clutter everywhere. Look for attractive containers covered in a fabric that matches the rest of the room. When you make storage a part of your design, it’s easy to make a room look fabulous.

Choose colors of the same hue. When you do this, even if the colors seem like they would not “match,” they are in the same color family. That makes them blend in a way that is pleasing to the eye. When you get color swatches from a store, check out the colors in the same position on each card. Those are the ones with similar hue values.

Take care when choosing colors for your interior-design project. You want a color scheme the works harmoniously together to create a balanced look. It is just as important to avoid incorporating too many colors that clash with each other as it is to avoid creating a bland, monotone and boring space.

If you have a small home, buy furniture that can serve multiple purposes. For instance, a storage ottoman can serve as a place to rest your legs as well as a place to stash magazines and knick-knacks. A futon can serve as seating and a bed for guests. Getting furniture that is versatile can keep your home looking uncluttered if you have a small space.

Lighting is an important element for any room. The whole mood of a room changes with sufficient lighting. Having bright lights in a room portrays a positive feeling. Therefore, they’re usually an excellent choice for your bathrooms and kitchens. So try to find a balance between bright lighting and dark colors to compliment them. Try suing dimmer lights in bedrooms and living rooms if you want a mood like that.

What is the function of the room you are planning to decorate? While you are planning the project, it is important to think about what the room will be used for. How many people will be using this room? For instance, if you are designing a family room, you will need quite a bit of seating.

Think about lighting. Lighting can not only help you to see things more clearly, but good lamps and lights can create a sense of drama and excitement in a space. Find out about different lights, from recessed spotlights to floor lamps, and experiment to see which suit your home the best.

As time goes on and as you learn more about interior design you should feel a bit more and more comfortable with making decisions that are going to impact the look of your home. Use the information that you learned here today and see what you can use for your home.

 

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