Tuesday, May 5, 2009

DESIGNER: Marc Newson

Marc Newson originally tried laminating the fibreglass to for the shape of the Lockheed. He eventually shaped the chair from home made fibreglass with hundred of aluminium panels attached through the use of a wooden mallet beating little pieces of rivets. Basically made of a sheet of metal with 1800 rivets. It is said to be “loosely, very loosely” simply styled to the chaise longue he had seen in French paintings. This limited addition of 500 pieces was first presented in an exhibition at Roslyn Oxley Gallery in Sydney in 1986.

Early in 2006 the Lockheed Lounge went for was auctioned off for  $968000 setting a record of the highest selling piece of furniture by a living designer; the chair is continually breaking it’s own record with another auction selling another copy for 1.6 million.

He has gone on to create more chairs, household objects, watches, a bicycle, a recording studio, interiors of private and commercial jets and the list goes on. What is notice with his work is that he commonly goes back to the hourglass shape, expressed in the works of his pod drawers, embryos and orgone lounges. With clients based through Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, Marc Newson is somewhat history in the making.







DESIGNER: Charles Eames

Charles Eames worked along side his wife Ray who were married in 1941 contributing to design in many aspects, through industrial design, furniture, art, graphic, film and architecture creating new and mind blowing designs within society, it is said that Charles Eames was dismissed from washington university for having ideas that "were too modern" as said by one of his professors. He meet his first wife at the Washingting University and left to open his own Architecture Practice. Meeting his second wife and marrying Ray Eames they both went to create many different and new designs independently until manufactures pick them up and produced there work extensively.

The Lounge Chair was released in 1956 which also came with an ottoman which was made with ply wood shells. Originally made from Brazilian rosewood veneers with 5 layers of ply wood, through the years the number of ply wood varied but is now made of 7 layers of wooden veneer glued together and shaped under heat and pressure. Other materials that are used are aluminum and leather upholstery manufactured by Herman Miller Company, Zeeland, Micchigan, 1956 which now can be seen in the philadephia Museum of Art.  Over 53 years later this product is still widely popular and seen as modern piece throughout society.




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