Biographies

Finn Juhl: Denmark’s Finest Master Craftsman

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Inspired by the works of Danish Modernist Erik Gunnar Asplund, young Finn Juhl, at the age of eighteen, enrolled at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, to …

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5 Rooms That Will Make You Fall For Joseph-André Motte

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  t Joseph-André Motte was amongst the most influential post-war French designers (including Pierre Guariche, René Jean Caillette, Antoine Philippon, Alain Richard, Michel Mortier Pierre Paulin and Jacqueline Lecoq) and promoted …

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Borge Mogensen, The Frontrunner of Ergonomic Design

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The well known furniture school of the Kongilige Danske Kunstakademi (Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts) produced many famous alumni. One of them was Borge Mogensen, best known for his …

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Arne Jacobsen’s Holistic Architectural And Design Approach

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Arne Jacobsen, The Aarhus City Hall via ArchDaily   Arne Jacobsen, the Swan Chair via Scandinaviancollectors Arne Jacobsen, the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen via Wallpaper  Arne Jacobsen, SAS Royal Hotel  Arne Jacobsen, …

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Anshen and Allen, The Duo That Put Joseph Eichler On The Map

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While studying at the University of Pennsylvania, both Bob Anshen and Steve Allen received a travelling fellowship to study in San Francisco after graduating. This is how their relationship began …

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Poul Kjaerholm

Poul Kjaerholm

The PK 24 Lounge Chair, manufactured by Fritz Hansen in Denmark, 1965. Made of stainless steel, cane and leather. The PK  25 Chair, manufactured by Fritz Hansen in Denmark, 1951. Mad of …

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Eero Saarinen

Eero Saarinen was Born in Finland in 1910 and moved with his family to America in 1923. From 1929 to 1930 he studied sculpture at the Academie de la Grande …

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Charles Eames Biography

Charles Eames founded his first firm in 1930 after attending the Washington University School of Architecture from 1924 to 1926. At the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he studied and …

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John Lautner

John Lautner was born in Michigan, in 1911. Before founding his studio in Los Angeles, in 1940, Lautner worked with Frank Lloyd Wright, who employed him in 1933. During his career, Lautner built …

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Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright was born in 1867 in Wisconsin and became the most influential and revolutionary architect from the last century. After his studies at the University of Wisconsin, Frank Lloyd Wright …

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Raymond Kappe

After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley in 1951 and completing a two year apprenticeship under Carl Maston, in 1954, Kappe established his private practice in Brentwood, California, designing numerous …

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Raphael Soriano

Raphael Soriano was born in Greece(Rhodes), in 1907 and emigrated to the United States in 1924. In 1934 Soriano became an architect after studying at the University of Southern California. For a while he …

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Pierre Koenig

Born in San Francisco in 1925, Pierre Koenig received his B. Arch. from the Southern California University in 1953. Raphael Soriano was one of Pierre Koenig’s teachers: from whom he clearly got inspiration for many …

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Craig Ellwood

Craig Ellwood was born in 1922 in a small town in Texas and moved to Los Angeles with his family, as a child. Mostly self-taught, Ellwood received his education through evening courses …

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A. Quincy Jones

A. Quincy Jones, also known as “Quincy”, was born in 1913 in Kansas(Missouri) but moved to Southern California on a young age. In 1936 he received his B. Arch. from the …

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Biography: Greta Magnusson Grossman

The Swedish designer Greta Magnusson Grossman had a very prolific 40 years long career between Europe and North America achieving fame in industrial design, interior design and architecture. In the …

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Biography: Poul Kjaerholm

It has been a while since I wrote about a designer as I did here. So today I want share with you some facts about a very interesting Danish artist …

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Italian Mid-Century Design’s Protagonists: Achille Castiglioni

  Has been a while since I posted a biography but, as promised, in addition to Finn Juhl and George Nelson here there’s another master of the Mid-Century design: Achille Castiglioni.   Yes, this …

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George Nelson: The Origin of a Doozy Success Part 3

Today I’ll share with you the third and last part of  this 3 posts series about one of the most important American Mid-Century designers: George Nelson. If you didn’t read the Part …

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George Nelson: The Origin of a Doozy Success Part 1

After the first ‘People in Design’ biography about Finn Juhl and The Beginning of the Danish Modern Design, today I want to share what I learnt about another protagonist of …

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