Mid-Century Modern Furniture Then and Now - Paradigm Gallery Blog

Archive for the ‘uncategorized’ Category

Womb Chair Mystique

Posted by Noah On July 24th

What is more comfortable than a Womb Chair? Cradling you in a curved cloud of support, all stress and daily inconveniences melt away. The Womb Chair was designed by Eero Saarinen, while working for Knoll & Associates, when Florence Knoll placed a request for a chair that she could sink down into and enjoy a good book. In 1948, Saarinen completed Knoll’s request which she later dubbed “the curling chair”.

Conflicting stories about the origin of the name Womb Chair have been widely documented. Eero Saarinen stated that “its unofficial name is the Womb Chair because it was designed on the theory that a great number of people have never really felt comfortable and secure since they left the womb.” However, many people believe that this statement was made in jest. Christina Blake Oliver of interior design firm Oliver Interiors shared another possible origin with sZinteriors. Oliver says that her mother and father were close friend’s of the Saarinen’s. When her mother was enormously pregnant, she happened to be sitting in an early design of the chair when Saarinen was struck by the unlikely name Womb Chair. Despite the mystery shrouding the name, we can all agree that it certainly reflects many of the distinct characteristics of such a comfortable chair.

The distinct shape of the Womb Chair is the harvest of Saarinen’s numerous experiments using round pod-like seats in furniture design. One of his main goals of the design was to allow people to relax in several distinctive, yet comfortable positions. The Womb Chair exceeded all expectations for a comfortable chair and resulted in a modern chair perfectly suited for the increasingly relaxed modern society.

For more information on a top quality reproduction of this one-of-a-kind modern iconic chair, including available colors and pricing, please click here.

Eero Saarinen in his iconic design.

Eero Saarinen in his iconic design.




Charles Correa: India’s greatest architect – The Guardian

Posted by Lynne van den Berg On May 13th

See on Scoop.itMid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture

The Guardian
Charles Correa: India’s greatest architect
The Guardian
Correa defined modern architecture in India, moving on from the monuments that Le Corbusier created in Chandigarh and Ahmedabad in the early years after independence.

ParadigmGallery‘s insight:

His 1950’s American architecture education was dominated by steel and glass…"it’s OK but you didn’t feel any passion."

Indian architect and urban planner known for adapting Modernist tenets to local climates and building styles. In the realm of urban planning, he is particularly noted for his sensitivity to the needs of the urban poor and for his use of traditional methods and materials.

Correa has taught in many universities, both in India and abroad, including MIT and Harvard University (both in Cambridge, Massachusetts) and the University of London. His many awards include the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture from the Royal Institute of British Architects; the Praemium Imperiale prize for architecture (1994), awarded by the Japan Art Association; and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (1998).

See on www.guardian.co.uk

See on Scoop.itToday’s Modern Architects and Architecture

Tod Williams and Billie Tsien join the Rubble Club, as The Museum of Modern Art tears down their nice bit of modern art.

ParadigmGallery‘s insight:

This story was first reported in the NY Times yesterday and is creating an uproar and understandably so…. "American Folk Art Museum opened on West 53d Street in Manhattan in 2001 it was hailed as a harbinger of hope for the city after the Sept. 11 attacks and praised for its bold architecture..   the building’s design did not fit their plans because the opaque facade is not in keeping with the glass aesthetic of the rest of the museum.  http://nyti.ms/16QxweH


What do you think?

See on www.treehugger.com

See on Scoop.itMid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture

Social housing project Kiel by Renaat Braem – We paid a visit to the most controversial project of Belgium’s leading post-war architect.

ParadigmGallery‘s insight:


Wonderful read, beautiful pictures…a sweet nod to the past and the faded beauty of the present….


Braem was one of Belgium’s most prominent architects in the early 1950s and designed or co-designed more than 50 houses and buildings. He was the only Belgian ever to work as an assistant to the great Swiss architect Le Corbusier, who had a big influence on his work.


Braem’s design and purpose with this project are thoughtful, quirky, creative and innovative. At the time this was also a socio/political statement….Braem took this opportunity to realise his ideas about a collective living as a total architecture. Braem experimented with the implant of the buildings, with a maximum of sunlight, space, air and communal outdoor area in mind. These elements also had an important social meaning to him: the communal ground symbolizes the collective dimension of a liberated way of living and just like Le Corbusier he chose to build on ‘pilotis’ to create more freedom to move around and to create a nice view on nature…..


Wonderful read, beautiful pictures…a sweet nod to the past and the faded beauty of the present….

See on allitemsloaded.com

See on Scoop.itRaw and Real Interior Design

The Unplanned Designers’ Loft in Brooklyn — We like this twist on the family photo. With an aim to beginning another era of their lives, Brooklyn designers Loren Daye and Jesse Rowe wanted to m…

ParadigmGallery‘s insight:

 I think Loren and Jesse found a beautiful balance between the raw/industrial vibe and a clean modern artsy look. I often see too much "cool" clutter, but not here…."<3"

In their words…"“Our space is a random, circumstantial and accumulative amalgam and collection of personal history and travel,” Daye says. “So much love and attention goes into my work that home becomes a leftover respite, very rarely a design exercise in its unplanned melange.” Perhaps they wanted "unplanned" but their instincts were spot on in their choices to cluster the art but to allow wide, white, textural spaces. The bookshelf, room divider is also a wonderful and useful design element.  Read the story it is full of explanations and ideas, especially the clever technique utilized on the floors…..

See on remodelista.com

Victor-Raul Garcia Artist:Abstract Modernism

Posted by jwvanden On February 14th

VRG in studio   Abstract Modernist painter Victor Raul Garcia creates images which sync with their  surroundings. They are not the juxtaposed images of a still life in a kitchen, or a landscape in a foyer, but rather a living component of interior design. Abstract art finds a way to mirror our emotions in a way that realism can only do in very specific instances. Garcia was kind enough to grant Paradigm Gallery a deeper look into his creative process and what his work means to him. In a time in our societal progression when craftsmanship and artistry are taking a backseat to affordability and convenience, divergent perspectives are even more valuable.

Like the elegant simplicity of straight lines and ergonomics, the subtlety of curved steel and sensual leather, mid century modern furnishings are historically and aesthetically the perfect pairing for abstract art. So much of modern design at its very core provokes deep thought; thought beyond the simple nodding of one’s head in appreciation of a visage. Garcia’s body of work has inspired us, and we hope that his words can also inspire you.

Paradigm: How do you interact with a piece as it begins to take form?

VRG: Creating art is an emotional experience. I look at art as a sort of “Tango”: an interpretive dance where you (and your canvas) express to one another your needs, wants and desires, through movement, color, texture and strokes. Such an intimate interlude is this. Filled with a dopamine “release”, emotional synergy and physical exertion. It can only be experienced and not explained.



“American Rose” 2’x4′ acrylic and poster paint on wood New York (2011)


Paradigm: What is the creative process for you?

VRG: A week prior to my studio time, I gather as much visual data as I can source. From ripping pages out of fashion and interior design magazines, to photographing vignettes at flower markets and textile showrooms, anything and everything that captures my eye’s attention goes into this reference library. Then based on my mood, I select several different images and try to create an ‘offspring’ of their combined attributes.



“Lago” 4′ x 4′ acrylic,oil and enamel on wood New York (2009)


Paradigm: If you could pick one of your pieces to be discovered 150 years from now, which would it be?

VRG: That piece would definitely be “Soho.”  It evokes intrigue without intimidation; it satisfies all of the senses; and though open to interpretation by each viewer, the general reaction to it, I think, would be that of having just glimpsed into the intricate layers of a particular human being without having actually met them.



“Soho”, 4′ X 4′ mixed media on wood, New York (2008)


Paradigm: Do you find that selling your works affects the integrity of your final products? Has becoming more successful in your career had an effect on your work?

VRG: I take pride in the fact that I give every piece I make, whether large or small, sold or not sold, expensive or inexpensive, praised or not praised, the same amount of attention as any other. I am a humble man and would never let success change who I truly am. But the one thing that success has changed about my work is that it has made me strive to challenge myself and raise the bar constantly, to never become stagnant or complacent. Reinvention and versatility are key.



“Lavender Field” 4′ x 4′ acrylic,enamel and wood stain on wood, New York (2012)


Paradigm: If you are away from the studio for an extended period of time, what is it that you miss most about your craft?

VRG: The creative outlet that allows me to make perfect sense out of all the chaos in my mind.


You can follow VRG on Facebook and at his website Victor-Raul Garcia

Please take a minute to share with us your thoughts about art in your life and impressions and thoughts that crossed your mind while reading and viewing VRG’s work.


“Untitled 47″ 48″ X 48” acrylic and wood stain on wood, New York (2012)


“Untitlted LM” 36″ x 36″ acrylic,tempera and textile paint on wood, New York (2012)



Untiltled December (2012)


“Piel de Culebra” 45″x 45″ acrylic,enamel and wood stain on wood, New York (2012)



 jwvanden is a freelance journalist, blogger, and chef, specializing in sushi ….he can be contacted at The Chronic Masticator


See on Scoop.itRaw and Real Interior Design

An abandoned cement factory that dates from the first period of the industrialization of Barcelona was transformed into a workspace and residence for Spanish Architect Ricardo Bofill. Discover the unique elements of The Cement Factory now @ Yatzer!

ParadigmGallery‘s insight:

"There is nothing as good as an aged bottle of wine; and in this case the aged bottle of wine is a project which was completed in 1975, but is still worth mentioning!" So begins this great piece by Marcia Argyriades. 

I came upon this photo previously but did not see the entire extent of the project, and the glorious details of the renovation and reinterpretation of the factory.  The language of the story and the images the words create are architectural poetry describing the initial reactions to the raw discovery by Bofill. " A compendium of surrealist elements; paradoxical stairs that climbed to nowhere, the absurdity of certain elements that hung over voids, compelling but useless spaces of strange proportion but magical because of their tension and disproportion."


“to be an architect means to understand space, to understand space organized by man, to decipher the spontaneous movements and behavior of people, and to detect the needs of change that they might unconsciously express. It is essential to track down these issues if we want to contribute with our personal work to the history of architecture.” Ricardo Bofill

See on www.yatzer.com

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….

See on mashable.com

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

See on thegildedowl.com

Architecture was my way of expressing my ideals:…

Posted by Lynne van den Berg On December 5th

See on Scoop.itMid-Century Modern Architects and Architecture

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…

See on christianvivanco.tumblr.com