Issue 44 - What's in this issue?
Prisoner of Love
I don’t know about you, but if feels like it’s been a hell of a slow start to 2019. Perhaps we weren’t feeling that optimistic about the coming year, in particular the next few months, and all the uncertainty that comes with living in the UK at the moment.
I know we’re concerned about how decisions will impact on our businesses as publishers and dealers, as the European marketplace has been very important to us over the years. We have established some great connections, and as you know, we do love to travel! There are a number of shows we’ll be attending over the next few months, from Brussels to Amsterdam, and hope it will all continue to be as effortless (and as much fun) as it’s been in previous years.
You’ll probably recognise these pieces – or at least one of them – but you may well know very little about the Swedish designer who created them all. Their classic look, and the fact that they are still so plentiful on the market, is proof of their high quality in design, comfort and function. The fabulous chairs and sofas of Arne Norell (1917-1971) are like the finest cashmere of the furniture world, made to live with for generations.
Norell began designing chairs in Sweden in the late 1940s – ‘The Thumb’ chair was designed for Gösta Westerberg – and started his own workshop in Stockholm in 1954 before moving to Småland in southern Sweden in 1958 to develop the company Möbel AB Arne Norell.
The Cocktail Hour
I first discovered Bernat Klein back in 2014, having been given some wonderful bolts of vintage textiles, mohair and tweeds still on their original card. Sadly, it was also the very same year that he had died.
I quickly realised that his eye for colour extended far beyond his textiles – and the way he could deconstruct colours from an image and conjure them up again in glorious art and design is captivating.
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Inspired by fashionable 1950s and ‘60s nightspots, with a touch of Deco glamour, the Winter Fair will present as its foyer display, The Cocktail Hour – showing visitors how to create a contemporary space for parties or a modern club room vibe. The Cocktail Hour will incorporate diverse seating, side tables, lighting and decoration of all periods for a fresh look, beautifully accessorised with 20th century cocktail sets and antique drinking paraphernalia. Bar carts and trolleys are still enormously popular, and stylish examples will feature alongside cock- tail cabinets, serving trays, champagne buckets and glassware. All the items on display come from exhibitors, and therefore available to buy.
The Votre Maison company was founded in 1949 by two men, Robert Guillerme and Jacques Chambron. The pieces of furniture designed by ‘Guillerme et Chambron’ are easily recognisable thanks to their distinctive functional designs and materials used: waxed oak, either lightened or dark- ened to the same few tones.
Thankfully the interiors world is undergoing a revolution. Design fans are screaming out for individuality and craving to be surrounded by objects with provenance and heritage regardless of period. This ‘Eclectic Living’ is about mixing up interior trends and combining your favourite objects to create a look that is so very personal. It’s a mix of antiques, Mid-century and vintage glamour held together with contemporary undertones.