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Welcome… Artek!

Friday, May 27th, 2016

We are very excited to have Artek join the TLS family! Artek was founded in 1935 by four young idealists: Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen, and Nils-Gustav Hahl. The business strategy of the company was “to sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of living by exhibitions and other educational means”. The founders of Artek advocated a new kind of environment for everyday life. They believed in a grand synthesis of the arts and wanted to make a difference in architecture and design as well as in town planning.

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Today Artek is renowned as being one of the most innovative contributors to modern design, creating new paths at the intersection of design, architecture and art. The Artek collection comprises furniture, lighting and accessories by the Nordic masters Alvar Aalto, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Tapio Wirkkala, Eero Aarnio and Yrjö Kukkapuro. Artek also works with various other leading international architects, designers and artists. Artek’s collection is based on the original idea of standards and systems, initiated by Alvar Aalto’s bent wood experiments that resulted in the L-leg system. The L-leg, a solid wood leg with a laminated part bent at 90°, was patented in 1933 and quickly became a standard component of Aalto’s furniture designs. The standard and system thinking makes the furniture range versatile and allows it to be customised for individual projects.

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Oki Sato on the NJP Light for Louis Poulson

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Architect and designer Oki Sato discusses the connections between Japanese and Scandinavian lighting, and talks about the design process behind the NJP light he designed for TLS favourite, Louis Poulson.

TLS Looks At…. Alexander Girard!

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Born in 1907 in New York City, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar American design, along with his close friends and colleagues George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames.

The primary focus of his wide-ranging oeuvre was textile design: as head of the textile division at the Herman Miller Company, Girard created numerous textile patterns and products reflecting his love of festive colours, patterns and textures. He favoured abstract and geometric forms in a variety of different colour constellations, typically featuring a cheerful palette.

His upholstery fabrics remain as timely and vital as ever with many of them still being sold today. Having originally studied architecture, Girard made a name for himself over his long career in the fields of furniture, exhibition and interior design as well as in the graphic arts.

On his extensive travels, he avidly collected textiles from all over the world, which provided him with a rich source of inspiration and ideas. Alexander Girard passed away in 1993, followed five years later by his wife Susan. She bequeathed the holdings of this collection to the Vitra Design Museum along with the contents of Girard’s studio (hundreds of drawings, prototypes and textile samples).

Beginning in 1971, Girard developed a series of screen printed graphics on fabric to add a touch of human warmth and emotion to office environments: the Environmental Enrichment Panels. For these designs, he showed a preference for abstract graphic patterns or figurative subjects based on such timeless themes as love, peace and freedom. With a multitude of diverse and inspiring motifs, these large wall panels were also frequently used in private interiors. Vitra’s re-edition of the Environmental Enrichment Panels, which come in various sizes based on the respective motif, comprises a number of high-quality screen printed art panels (100% linen). Mounted on a fibreboard spacer frame, they are easy to install and well suited as distinctive decorative elements in both living and working environments.

The collection is vibrant and fun, perfect to brighten up any room. You can shop the Alander Girard collection from Vitra here.

 

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Welcome… Louis Poulsen!

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

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We are very excited to introduce the latest brand to join The Lollipop Shoppe family,  Danish lighting brand Louis Poulson!

Louis Poulsen’s approach to architectural development began with its collaboration with one of the best known and respected light designers, Poul Henningsen. Together with Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen created a lighting and product philosophy summed up in the words function, comfort and ambience. This philosophy continues to this day to clearly influence the very simple and functional product design – with a focus on human well-being and perception of artificial light – which helps create unique lighting environments. Louis Poulsen’s approach to lighting lies in a very strict and uncompromising product philosophy grounded in simplicity. There must be no elements which do not serve a light related purpose. This results in products with a very simple and discreet design, ideally suited to all types of architecture, both new and old, across cultural styles. Louis Poulsen’s product designs are also admired for their unique quality and lasting appeal, with the result that projects remain contemporary year after year.

See the collection here!

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Introducing you to the CH22 and CH26, the latest release from Carl Hansen & Son.

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Carl Hansen & Son has recreated two of Hans J. Wegner’s early designs: the 1950 CH22 lounge chair, which bears the first actual model number from the first joint collection between the innovative designer and the Danish furniture manufacturer. Wegner’s debut collection featured iconic chairs that have achieved classic status the world over. It also inspired Wegner’s previously unknown CH26 chair design, which until today has never been produced.

Wegner designed the CH22 lounge chair in 1950 and presented it in August of the same year at the ‘Købestævnet’ exhibition in Denmark. Manufactured to Wegner’s exacting original specifications, the CH22 is a low armchair with a solid wood construction featuring Wegner’s characteristically shaped armrests and a paper-cord seat in what is known as an envelope weave.The chair’s refined joinery is evident in the finger-joined corners of the seat frame, with the forelegs locking into wooden wedges in a color contrasting that of the frame. The distinctive back shell in form-pressed veneer features oblong cover caps as a striking detail.

The CH22’s complex, intricately detailed construction may explain why the lounge chair has long been out of production. Today, while parts of the production process have been modernised, the chair is still manufactured as it was more than six decades ago – that is, with excellent hand craftsmanship, from assembly through the surface treatment and seat weaving.

Although the CH26 design also dates back to 1950, the chair had never before been produced, and no mockups existed. The CH26’s striking similarity to the CH22 is evident in the armrests and the characteristic, sweeping form of the armrest supports. Because Wegner intended for the CH26 to serve as a dining or desk chair, he gave serious consideration to the chair’s proportions and its height in relation to tables, adjusting the CH26’s frame and seat structure to enhance strength and stability.

The CH26 design has now finally come to life, manufactured in exact accordance with Wegner’s original, hand-drawn sketches, the only exception being two extra centimetres that have been added to the chair’s height to accommodate today’s higher tables and taller people.

Common to both the CH22 and CH26 are excellent ergonomics, a robust construction, and characteristically shaped elements, which result in a distinctive appearance that expresses the extent to which every detail has been thought through.

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