Monday, June 1, 2009

Post 4 - Kyande - Furniture Designs

Danny Lane

Danny Lane - 1955 -

American-born Danny Lane emerged and was widley renowned for his often dramtic designs in metal and glass. Lanes work crossed the boundries between fine arts, crafts and design.
His reputation which grew considerably in the 1980's - 1990's, was fully consolidated by a major commission from the Victoria and Albert Museum to install a spectacularly stacked glass balustrade in its new glass gallery on the stairs leading to the mezzanine floor.

Danny Lane is the leader of glass sculpture. From beginnings in the design and manufacture of glass furniture, his expertise in shaping and cutting objects transform the function of the domestic creations.

His work is inspired by using a technique of manipulation of space and light. On a large or small scale, Lane's work redefines architectural space.

Isamu Noguchi

1904 - 1988

Isamu Noguchi was a prominent Japanese American artist and landscape architect whose artistic career spanned six decades, from the 1920's onward. Known for his sculpture and public works, Noguchi also designed stage sets for various Martha Graham productions, and several mass-produced lamps and furniture peices, some of which are still manufactured and sold.

Made from solid hardwood and 19mm tempered glass, this iconic 1948 design by Isamu Noguchi is widely considered to be the perfect combination of sculptural style and practical function. It is perhaps the finest example of the beauty of simplicity.
The Noguchi table conceals nothing. Two simple, smoothly shaped peices interlock to form a tripod.

Noguchi's sculptural idiom gains full expression in this sofa, which clearly distinguishes itself from other designs of the same period. The sofa and ottoman seem almost like a greatly enlarged sculpture of flat, rounded river stones, yet at the same time, their slender organic forms are graceful and vigorous.

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