“… there is no need whatever of a woman architect. No one wants her, no one yearns for her and there is no special line in architecture to which she is better adapted than a man . [The woman architect] has exactly the same work to do as a man. When a woman enters the profession she will be met kindly and will be welcome but not as a woman, only as an architect.” ~ Louise Blanchard Bethune
In a predominantly masculine profession, Louise Blanchard Bethune proved that she could hold her own. It was also clear that Louise felt that there was no need to distinguish women and men architects from each other. She felt that they did the same job, and therefore required no special treatment.
“Good design is good business.” -Florence Knoll
Known in familiar circles simply as “Shu”, Florence Schust Knoll was a memorable figure in mid- century modern design. She has had a profound influence on more than 50 years of buildings’ interiors.
Knoll graduated from the Kingswood School before studying at the famous Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She also received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Armour Institute, which is now the Illinois Institute of Technology. Following this, Florence Knoll briefly worked with many leaders of the Bauhaus movement, including Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, and Wallace K. Harrison.
In the 1940’s, while working for Wallace K. Harrison in New York , Shu met a well known furniture company owner named Hans Knoll. She convinced Hans that, even in America’s wartime economy, she could help bring in business to his company by expanding into interior design and working with architects. He asked her to design an office for Secretary of War, Henry L. Stimson, along with many other jobs to follow. In 1946, Shu and Hans married and formed Knoll Associates, Inc.
Shu is famous for her “total design” philosophy. As the director of the Knoll Planning Unit, she revolutionized interior space planning. Her approach was to embrace everything about a space. This included:
Congrats to “Miss Ann”, our $250 Gift Card Award Winner. If you’d like to win as well, simply send us your photos with Paradigm Gallery products and a review, and we’ll pick the winner with the best design skills. Living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, have fun with it.
Below are images from Miss Ann’s gorgeous living room. In the photo, you’ll find our Pavillion Chair and Knoll Sofa.
“I had a wonderful experience with Paradigm Gallery. Their customer service is outstanding. I placed a custom order and Paradigm Gallery’s staff kept me apprised of my order status on a regular basis. The furniture quality is excellent. I’ve seen (and sat on) many reproduction Knoll pieces – most of them don’t even come close to the originals in quality. Paradigm Gallery’s furniture is outstanding – from the high-grade leather to the steel and chrome. These pieces are reproduced so close to the originals that only the owner will know they aren’t the “real McCoy.” It’s rare to find companies these days that strive to provide exemplary customer service and a phenomenal product. Kudos to the team at Paradigm Gallery!”
Northern New Jersey
As we start enjoy Spring and even Summer like weather across the country, we’re also refreshing things by adding new products. So, for the next 30 days, stay glued to our blog as we introduce 30 new modern furniture items to the Paradigm Gallery collection.
Today’s addition: The Day Dining Chair
Fitting for Spring, the Day Dining Chair has a wonderfully soft microfiber covering, in gorgeous floral print. Supporting the seat are high quality chrome legs. Only $395 for a Set of 2. Can’t beat that.
As it stands, Paradigm Gallery has over 2000 unique products in multiple color options, sizes, etc. But, as we’re focusing on expanding our product line, we would love to get you guys involved.
What products would YOU like to see on Paradigm Gallery. Accessories, outdoor, more dining?
The future of our collection is in your hands.