A couple of months ago we all shared in the celebration of Vera Lynn’s 100th birthday. She became a national treasure during the war. Her heart felt songs brought hope and joy to the military at home and abroad as well as civilians in Britain pondering the fate of their loved ones on stationed overseas.
She retained her enormous popularity with records, on radio and in concerts and eventually fronted her own television shows, airing initially in 1969. By that time, she was a true matriarchal English icon, loved, respected and admired.
In her programmes, she sang alongside or sat upon a high bar stool. This was also an international icon of modern furniture design, created by Harry Bertoia in 1952 and still manufactured today by Knoll International. Continue reading →
Once in a blue moon, a really good piece of furniture design hits you in the face. It’s even more rarely that you come across a truly great piece of design. The “CH22” lounge chair designed by Hans Wegner is one of these “greats.”
Back in 1950, when the chair was originally designed, Hans Wegner was already established as both a renowned furniture designer and a master cabinet maker and craftsman in wood. He had started to work with Arne Jacobsen in 1938, designing furniture for the City Hall in Aarhus and during the 1940s, he also worked with many other leading Danish architects and manufacturers. He set out to create a Continue reading →
We were excited this week to learn that Unesco have granted World Heritage status to seventeen buildings designed by the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. This re-opened a long standing, but never concluding, debate about which of Le Corbusier’s sites is our favourite. Unite d’habitation. Upturned concrete boat housing a gym, check, ushering in modern apartment living with onsite services, check, on stilts! Continue reading →
It’s that time of year when the summer fetes are in full swing. There are plenty of country fairs, vintage car and traction engine rallies, agricultural shows, garden parties and even the occasional gun dog scurry. And we love them all. Even if the rains pouring down and the wind is reaching gale force, we still manage to turn up but if its hot and sunny, then were out in droves.
All these events have at least one thing in common and that is a sense of history. It’s not just our identification with a bygone age (a simpler life full of craftsmanship, neighbourliness, local produce, home made cakes Continue reading →
Well, to be more precise, Richard Neutra’s furniture designs can now be seen for the very first time in Britain here at the Home.
Neutra was born in Vienna in 1892 and studied engineering and art as well as architecture and became an excellent draughtsman. This skill stood him in good stead when he emigrated to America in 1923. He initially worked for Frank Lloyd Wright but as work in the Wisconsin office began to dry up, Neutra continued his journey west and settled in Los Angeles just as Hollywood Continue reading →