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Cheers and Chairs for 2013

Posted by Lynne van den Berg On December 31st

Four Blue Chairs


I love chairs, all different kinds of chairs. It was the “Four Blue Chairs” that punctuated the turn in the road that led to being an e-tailor of chairs.  My personal collection has a sweet 70’s Thonet rocker, a pair of well worn and loved Siesta chairs by Ingmar Relling, an antique rocker from West Virginia, a pair of Otto Gerdau beechwood chairs, mid-century wrought iron chairs, and a handful of other mid mo chairs that have come along for the ride!

Mies ven der Rohe is often quoted for saying, “A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. ” and since he designed both I take him at his word. The chair is the ultimate example of form and function…..

So friends, CHEERS and CHAIRS and a Happy 2013 !




25 Technologies Every Smart City Should Have – Mashable

Posted by Lynne van den Berg On December 26th

See on Scoop.itGiving Some Love to the City

25 Technologies Every Smart City Should Have
You think cities are crowded now? By 2030, more than 5 billion people will live in urban settings. But before we get to that kind of population density, we have to optimize our cities.

ParadigmGallery‘s insight:

There are some pretty innovative and creative ideas coming together for a smarter city of the future…."apps and well-implemented technology can help cash-strapped governments save money and, be more efficient"….check it out….

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See on Scoop.itRelevant Modern Architects and Architecture

ParadigmGallery‘s insight:

Tadao Ando’s work has been called “critical regionalsim” by Fransesco Dal Co.   In an interview with Architectural Record (http://archrecord.construction.com/people/interviews/archives/0205Ando.asp)   the architect said when asked about his approach,

” You cannot simply put something new into a place. You have to absorb what you see around you, what exists on the land, and then use that knowledge along with contemporary thinking to interpret what you see.” Ando goes on to comment on the strong connection between Japanese traditional architecture and it’s harmonious connection to nature….that unseperable relationship between the inside and the outside of a building.


I will end with this line from his book Conversations With Students…Ando is best known for crafting serenely austere structures that fuse Japanese building traditions with Western modernism. His minimalist masterworks-geometric forms clad in silky-smooth exposed concrete-are suffused with natural light and set in perfect harmony with the landscape…..


“Light is the origin of all beings. Light gives, with each moment, new form to being and new interrelationships to things, and architecture condenses light to it’s most concise being. The creation of space in architecture is simply the condensation and purification of the power of light.” Tadao Ando

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Eileen Gray – The Story of a Self Made Female Designer

Posted by Lynne van den Berg On December 12th

“(Our furniture is) suited to our existence, in proportion to our rooms and in accordance with our aspirations and feelings.” -Eileen Gray

Eileen GrayUnlike most of the other women who made an impact on early 20th century design, Irish-born Eileen Gray did not have the advantage of working with a powerful male mentor. As a woman, Eileen Gray was also denied access to the supportive networks from which her male contemporaries benefited.

Even facing such challenges, Eileen Gray distinguished herself and is now regarded as one of the most important furniture designers and architects of the early 20th century. In addition, she has been one of the most influential women in these fields. Her distinctive design style has inspired both modernism and “Art Deco”.

Eileen Gray initially sought after a career in drawing and painting. When she was 20 years old, she attended classes at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. After several years, and moves to Paris, Ireland, then back to London, Gray found that her drawing and painting courses were becoming less satisfying. She took an interest in lacquer work after coming across a lacquer repair shop in Soho.

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Architecture was my way of expressing my ideals:…

Posted by Lynne van den Berg On December 5th

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Architecture was my way of expressing my ideals: to be simple, to create a world equal to everyone, to look at people with optimism, that everyone has a gift. I don’t want anything but general…

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