Isamu Noguchi

How to begin a story about a man who had affections for various artistic disciplines? Isamu Noguchi was a sculptor, set designer, painter, furniture designer, landscape architect… His oeuvre was so wide and diverse. We find his work from those miniature ones, like lamps, to gigantic ones, like parks. Where did this diversity come from? …

Poul Kjaerholm

Poul Kjaerholm is an essential figure in the history of twentieth century design. His is a chapter of dualism: between craftsmanship and industry, art and engineering, nature and man. Yet through his exceptional work, these distinct elements are united into one. In his preferred use of steel over wood, Kjaerholm stood alone among his Danish …

Charlotte Perriand

The Foundation Louis Vuitton is currently holding an exhibition dedicated to Charlotte Perriand: “a free woman, pioneer of modernity, a leading figure of the XX century design, who contributed to the definition of a new art de vivre.” Marking twenty years since the passing of the architect and designer, the exhibition is a tribute to …

Finn Juhl

Finn Juhl was the father of Danish Modern, notable modernist architect and furniture designer. Initially receiving strong backlash for his early designs like the Pelican chair, Juhl went on to become a prominent international figure of the twentieth century. The story of the pioneer of Danish design is synonymous with that of modernism. What started …

George Nelson

After more than 50 years of work and experience in the field of design and architecture, George Nelson was justifiably called “the designer of modern design“. He claimed that the career of every successful artist consisted of deadlocks, when a creative blockage and inspiration shortage occurred. Undoubtedly, that was the sign to start researching, reading …

Ettore Sottsass

Ettore Sottsass was an Italian architect and designer active during the second half of the twentieth century. Sottsass is known primarily in association with Memphis, the radical design group he founded in the eighties. However, his lengthy and fruitful career brought forth much more than his brief stint with Memphis, though it remains a defining …

Gaetano Pesce

Gaetano Pesce began his career in the sixties, and ever since, it has been an eclectic mélange of styles, techniques and interpretations. It would be hard to define in a chronological manner: an order doesn’t exist. For a New York exhibition titled “Age of Contaminations” which provides a retrospective of Pesce’s work from 1968 – …

Harry Bertoia

Knoll historian Brian Lutz said “Bertoia’s paintings were better than his sculptures. And his sculptures were better than his furniture. And his furniture was absolutely brilliant.”  Printmaker, jeweler, furniture designer and sculptor, Harry Bertoia was a master of many mediums. However, his greatest passion in life was metal. A recurring theme in his furniture and …

Tom Dixon

Self-taught British designer Tom Dixon rose to fame with his innovative welded designs made from salvaged steel in the eighties. Ever since, he has been a leading figure in the design industry, focusing mainly on furniture and lighting. Recognizable for his unconventionality, Tom Dixon strives to surprise. Receiving an OBE for his services to British …

Eileen Gray

The most recent attempts to shed light on an often overlooked, but greatly important pioneer of the Modern movement have brought Eileen Gray back to the spotlight. A 2014 documentary “Gray Matters” tastefully focuses on the career and legacy of the architect and designer. The 2015 film “The Price of Desire” dramatizes her private life …