01 MAR 2016
New Futures Collection Preview Thursday, 17 March
Join us to preview 'New Futures', our upcoming collection.
The preview event will be held at the gallery
Thursday 17 March 6.30 - 8.30pm 15 Williamson Ave, Ponsonby
All pieces from the collection will also be available online from 10am on Friday, March 18.
The American perspective on modernism continues to fascinate us. Post war America heralded a new spirit of optimism and confidence. As living standards and wealth rose rapidly, the future seemed certain and the way forward clear. The modern home was influenced by a wave of migrant European creatives and talented Americans, all eager to share ideas and create a bold new world together. It was a time of certainty and confident creative expression reflected in a consumer culture eager to embrace the future.
In the 1950s and 60s, American designers like Adrian Pearsall, Charles and Ray Eames and George Mulhauser introduced exciting new looks into the home, with daring, exaggerated curves and a lightness of form. The memorable designs were paired with luxurious materials like walnut and marble. These works have remained current and highly desirable, however vintage originals are rare to find in New Zealand.
The collection also highlights the exuberant colours and textures of the new, contemporary design that emerged in the post war era. These elements feature strongly in office and dining furniture produced by Herman Miller, high end lighting from Laurel and a pair of chrome chairs influenced by west coast designer Milo Baughman.
The prominent American designs are teamed with equally adventurous pieces from the UK and Scandinavia. Highlights include a plush, 1970s upholstered chrome chair and ottoman from Swedish maker Dux and a 1960s executive desk in leather and exotic wengewood by Gordon Russell. These will sit comfortably beside the store's trademark selection of iconic Scandinavian sideboards in teak and rosewood.
Huge thanks to Whitespace Gallery for loaning us the sculptures featured in these photographs by artist Hanna Shim.
Styling by Emma Eagle and Caroline Moore, Photography by Dan Eagle
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