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Artzybasheff was born in Kharkov as son of the writer Mikhail Artsybashev. He is said to have fought as a White Russian. In 1919 he arrived in New York City, where he worked in an engraving shop.
Boy Scout Utility Modern. Ed Ruscha’s own typeface.
Red, yellow, blue – and of course black – are the colours that Oliver Byrne employs for the figures and diagrams in his most unusual 1847 edition of Euclid, published by William Pickering and printed by Chiswick Press, and which prompt the surprised reader to think of Mondrian.
The famous Danish interior architect, Poul Cadovius, was in the fifties looking for a furnishing system witch would give a maximum of comfort, underline the personal atmosphere of the interior, was easy to assembly, offer a lot of combination possibilities and made the living space larger. He invented the “Royal” shelving system which enabled flexible furnishing using endless combinations of a limited set of standard elements.
Canopic jars were used by the Ancient Egyptians during the mummification process to store and preserve the viscera of their owner for the afterlife. The jars were four in number, each charged with the safekeeping of particular human organs: the stomach, intestines, lungs, and liver.
Achille Castiglioni was a renowned Italian industrial designer. He was often inspired by everyday things and made use of ordinary materials.
Jørgen Clevin. Danish all-around-man. An inspiration to everyone from my generation.
Hubert Duprat is a French artist known for his unusual work, an artistic intersection between caddisfly larvae and gold, opal, turquoise, and other precious stones.
John Fischetti was an editorial cartoonist for the New York Herald-Tribune and the Chicago Daily News.
Poul Henningsen was born in 1894 in Ordrup, Denmark and became Denmark’s first expert in lighting theory.
The Jaguar E-Type (UK) or XK-E (US) is a British automobile manufactured by Jaguar between 1961 and 1974. Its combination of good looks, high performance, and competitive pricing established the marque as an icon of 1960s motoring.
Kanchev, Stefan Kirov — applied graphic artist, honored with the Bulgarian State title “National artist” in 1971.
One of the best Polish poster artists. Harold Pinter apparently had only admiration for him.
René Lalique. Glass designer, renowned for his creations of perfume bottles, vases, jewelry, chandeliers, clocks and automobile hood ornaments.
Ole Mathiesen can be described as a gift from Denmark to the watch lovers of the world. A purveyor of elegant Danish watches, the Ole Mathiesen brand was founded in 1845 by Captain J.P. Christensen and the watch crafter Carl Matthaei.
Serge Mouille was a French industrial designer and goldsmith. He is best known for his light fixture designs.
Nest is a New York based magazine, self described as a “unique shelter magazine,” or “quarterly of interiors” which featured nontraditional architecture, landscaping, and interior design. Focusing on spaces people lived in as opposed to the modern or antique interiors of beauty like the rest of interior design magazines. Nest almost never used templates or had regular features, it pushed the envelope of the magazine publishing world. It was published quarterly from 1997 until winter 2003-04, for a total of 26 issues.Next
Frank H. Netter was an artist, physician, and most notably, a leading medical illustrator.
Omersa and Company is known throughout the world for its collection of handmade leather animal footstools and desk top accessories - the Omersa Collection. The first leather pig was made in England in 1927 and sold through Liberty’s of London, where they can still be found today.
The Pen Duick yachts are ocean racing yachts from the 1960s and 1970s. They were built for French yachtsman Éric Tabarly, and he had a hand in each design.
Gio Ponti’s Livia chair. What a simple beauty.
Louis Poulsen lamp. Danish design genius.
Conférence Armchair by Jean Prouvé
Grasshopper chairs by Eero Saarinen.
Super black is a surface treatment developed at the National Physical Laboratory in the United Kingdom. It reflects much less light than the darkest conventional matte black paints available previously. Conventional black paint reflects about 2.5% of the incident light. Super black absorbs approximately 99.6% of light at normal incidence, and only 0.4% is reflected. At other angles of incidence, super black is even more effective. At an angle of 45°, super black reflects 1/25 as much as black paint.
Oliviero Toscani was so good, so simple, so provocative, so blunt. Just like a man should be.
Hans Wegner was a Danish furniture designer who contributed to the international popularity of mid-century Danish design.