Tag Archives: 1930s

reconsidering 1930s design style


I recently suggested to a young couple in their early 30s to consider accessorizing the apartment I designed for them with a 1930s design style. They looked puzzled and I realized that we had a very different view of what … Continue reading

refreshing Jean Prouvé’s timeless pieces

Known as one of the most important designers of the 20th century, Jean ProuvĂ© was instrumental in forging the path of modern design in France in the 1920s when the notion of “modernism” was closer to an aristocratic ideal of … Continue reading

a curva(licious) finn

When we think of Scandinavian design, we often think of the Danes or Swedes.  Even I fall into this trap.  But let’s not forget the extraordinary Finns.  Famed Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was the early 20th century … Continue reading

put on a happy face!

What modernist aficionado doesn’t love Florence Knoll’s three-seater bench of 1954 or George Nelson’s platform bench of 1946?  But as a designer sometimes preoccupied with mid-century design, you want something with a little more punch, with a little oomph. In … Continue reading

You better believe it!

With summer here and people crossing the oceans as if it isn’t a big deal, it occurred to me to dedicate this post to a way of transportation almost forgotten and its link to one of the most recognizable icons of  American architecture anywhere. The 1930s … Continue reading