Hopmi Chair by Rietveld Discovered in 2008

Hopmi Chair by Rietveld

Hopmi Chair by Gerrit Rietveld

In 2008 this chair was donated as lose parts in a bag to the Centraal Museum of Utrecht, a Dutch museum with a large collection of Rietveld furniture. Although the design was known. It was believed this chair was never produced. Well until it was donated to the museum: It appeared a small Dutch manufacturer by the name of Hopmi had produced some pieces. Originally Hopmi produced locks for bikes, but in the prewar 30ies it ventured into furniture because of the economic depression. The chair can be taken apart and stored as a flatpack. Ikea avant la lettre.

Via Design Blog.

Update

Just to demonstrate how wonderfully small the world has become with Internet:

I searched a bit on Hopmi and it turned out that the factory made other parts for bikes as well. I found this shield:
Hopmi Shield in China Bicycle Museum

Found on a Dutch Blog reporting about a visit of the China Bicycle Museum in Beijing….

Via Chinablog.nl

Splatter Chair 1 by Richard Artschwager

Splatter Chair 1 by Richard Artschwager

Splatter Chair 1 by Richard Artschwacher

Found this piece at Designbooms article still life with chair – installations and manipulations of the undemanding object. It is part of the MoMa Collection.

Ben K. Mickus Relief Chair added to Cooper Hewitt Collection

Relief-Chair-by-Ben-K-Mickus
A long time ago we featured the Relief Chair by Ben K. Mickus.

Last year Cooper Hewitt added it to its permanent collection.

I revisited his site because I remembered it is exemplary with respect to public relations: For instance Bloggers who have mentioned the chair get a whole page (click “news” and “blogs” on his site):

Mickus-Projects-Press-Page-Bloggers

Exemplary in design and simplicity: The thumbnails are linked to a pdf of the article and the www link under the thums link to the actual article.

Fondly I saw the old layout of our site: For a long time we’ve used the WordPress default theme:

chair-blog-relief-chair

So you can see blogs do change their lay out. Also I’ve noticed I changed the title of the post and I see other things I don’t do anymore. Oh Nostalgia.

On the other hand I’d hoped to see Ben going on with designing some more chairs.

Note: in writing this post I got so annoyed with the load time of the posts and pages due to load time consuming social bookmarks that I’ve totally disabled them. Sorry lads and lasses!

Moody Series by Hanna Emelie Ernsting

Moody Bag 2011, photo courtesy of dezeen.com

The seating series “Moody” by the designer Hanna Emelie Ernsting follows the idea that “form follows moods” and consists of three pieces: Moody Couch, Moody Nest and Moody Bag.

Moody Couch kkaarrlls (limited edition) 2011

The origin of the concept is the observation that in the modern world people forget to relax and this is where the Moody series comes in, inviting the user to “express feelings and “let go”. This kind of letting go leaves traces, causing the product to change and adjust to the moods of its user by taking various shapes and forms – the product becomes ‘alive’.

Moody Nest 2010

Watch the Moody Nest in action following this link!

 

Articulated Skeleton on a Thonet Bentwood Chair

Portrait of an articulated skeleton on a Thonet bentwood chair
I was just searching the Commons on Flickr and saw this chair photo of ca 1900 from the collection of the Powerhouse Museum. Couldn’t wait till Halloween to share it with you:-)

Via Portrait of an articulated skeleton on a bentwood chair.

The Powerhouse Museum, located in Sidney says:

This collection of glass plate negatives was acquired by the Museum in the 1980s and appears to have been made by a Sydney based photographic studio from around 1880 through to 1920. The images are on both whole and half plate negatives and many of the larger images are of a high quality.