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#4 – Eero Saarinen: Curling Up in Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Posted by Lynne van den Berg On August 31st

Saarinen Womb Chair in Gropius House, Lincoln, Massachusettes

Have you ever wanted a chair you felt you could just “curl up in”? Florence Knoll Bassett, of Knoll® Associates, made this precise request to Eero Saarinen in 1948, leading him to design the “Womb Chair” and Ottoman. This, among other designs by Saarinen, became somewhat of a…

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Le Corbusier Hotel Marseille

Posted by Lynne van den Berg On August 26th

Le Corbusier Hotel, Marseille Photo Courtesy of HotelsWeLove.com

One rainy afternoon I came across a fabulous website, Hotels We Love.  The following is a small excerpt from their “about us” to share the passion that drives them towards more amazing discoveries.  “Hotels we love are personal, creative and inspiring, with that special quality the Dane’s describe as hygge. Hygge loosely translates as ‘cosy’, but it’s more than that, it suggests a sense of well-being, a moment in time when people and space fall into place and create a warm, special kind of ambiance. A kind of bonhomie applied to space.”

These talented videographers have captured a unique view of Le Corbusier’s La Cite Radieuse, or Radiant City.   Please follow this link and take the time to enjoy  the short video.  This hotel is on my bucket list.  As the artists who created this story and video would ask, “are you a Le Corbusier tragic?”  I know I am, if you are too, please leave a short comment below.


Wonderful video of the Hotel Le Corbusier

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Mies van der Rohe Chocolate Cake Day Bed created by Leandro Erlich


In your journey through the world of modern furniture, you may have heard about the “Barcelona X Chair”. This famous mid-century design was created by Mies van der Rohe. Born in Germany on March 27, 1886, Ludwieg Mies van der Rohe was an avant garde supporter and creator of modern art and architecture. He is known today as one of the leading and most influential exponents of the refined glass-and-steel architecture of the mid-20th-century.

Mies was famous for his use of…

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