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#5 – Arne Jacobsen: Danish Influenced Modern Furniture

Posted by Lynne van den Berg On September 14th

Jacobsen Swan Chairs in Wales, photo courtesy of Flicker user artq55

 

Arne Jacobsen was a Danish architect and designer, born in 1902. His appreciation for the clean, simplistic elegance of the modern design furniture movement was evident from the start. As a child, He was raised in a Victorian style, lavishly decorated home, and the wallpaper in his bedroom was patterned with various colors. As a child, Jacobsen made the decision to paint over all of the wallpaper so that the entire room was pure white.

Jacobsen exemplified the “Danish Modern” style. He was one of Denmark’s most influential 20th century architects and designers. His buildings and furniture designs both illustrated a combination of…

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2008 Design Trends Reviewed: Part 2

Posted by Lynne van den Berg On December 16th

Every year, just like GQ names a “Sexiest Man Alive”, and Motor Trend names its’ “Car of the Year, Pantone, a leading color authority named “Blue Iris” as its’ “Color of the Year” for 2008.

As 2008 comes to a close, we noticed that “Blue Iris” didn’t really take off as much as other colors, especially in interior design.

In fact, 2008 seems to have been the year of Green, from a color and environmental movement. Everywhere we turned, greens, ranging from lime to olive green popped up all over the place. Just walk into Crate and Barrel and you’ll see what we mean.

One of the recent “Color of the Year” winners, Cerulean, which won in 2000 made a guest appearance in “The Devil Wears Prada”, so Pantone’s picks definitely do shape fashion, design, and the mainstream.

Check out how Meryl Streep lets Anne Hathaway know about the importance of fashion in conjunction with Cerulean:

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However, we Blue Iris did impact Paradigm Gallery in one major way: The Egg Chair. Our Egg Chair had always been a very popular modern classic piece. Typically, our top selling Egg Chair color is black or red. But, this year, Cobalt Blue came to the forefront as our most popular color Egg Chair color of 2008. Cobalt Blue is very similar to Iris Blue, so maybe the Pantone folks were onto something.

What colors stood out to you this year? Did Iris Blue play a part in your design?