Trending 2020 - Back to the Mid-Century
Own a space filled with aesthetically pleasing items - a belief that most of us shared or a goal to be achieved in life. In recent years, an increasing number of small lifestyle stores are established with the aspirations of sharing decorative art like tiny daily accessories and utensils with love and aesthetics.
Mid-century modern furniture has always been evolving; Some keep traditional techniques with new materials, some sculpted with traditional mediums from scratch with more efficient techniques.
“All about art and traditions"
Take a look at the following, and explore their value by immersing yourself into the world of functional art.
One of Muuto’s iconic items is The Wooden Dots while the new artful icon - Ceramics launched in 2019. Glaze on top reacts differently under light, as well as a surprise gift when unboxing such incredible pieces.
Wondering if the younger you have ever tried earthenware claying? Similar to hand claying, (1) clay liquid is poured into moulds; (2) formed at 1000°C after being polished with a wet sponge. And (3) kiln again at 1100°C after dyeing in a water-based solution.
Taking a deep respect in East and West artisan skills, Formakami is a series of lamps inspired by the share of paper lanterns among rich and poor back then in Asia. Crafted with ivory white rice paper and paper cord, Formakami is formed with fine details and passion for showmanship.
Danish mid-century design duo - Hvidt & Mølgaard are renowned for their precise versatile pieces over the years. With their superior technical skills in cabinetry traditional craftsmanship, countless timeless furniture were crafted with solid wood, paper cord in 1956. Thanks to their forward thinking, beautifully crafted functional arts in classical craftsmanship are becoming more affordable for everyone.
Inspired by Greek columns and Roman architecture, Epic table is made in Italy. Solely crafted in travertine stone, showmanship of natural veins will eventually patinate throughout years with new details every single day.
Crafted from Kunis Breccia stone - which was used on limited scale by ancient Egyptians, such monumental design is renowned in warm hues with natural veins and mineral fragments. Back in the days that functional arts were made of one single material.
Neoplasticism - abstract with only vertical and horizontal lines in black, white and primary colours; Distinct Side table comes from Japanese minimalism, with only acrylic stone as the sole element for its complex structures. A highly durable piece in contrast to the sense of luxurious, minimalism of the composition have been accentuated. Available in sole Travertine as well.
CH24 Wishbone Chair by Wegner Like Klint - taking archetype from cuture, 1930s Wegner studied the Ming dynasty one in lesson and came up with this iconic chair last for years. Combining back and armrest into one with more than 100 steps, Y-shaped is developed for the sake of comfortable support.
Still known as the ideal chair in Danish functional art industry.
Designed in 1933 - back to the start of mid-century, Alvar Aalto crafted the most cherished, elemental functional art ever in history of design - Stool 60. Stackable piece with only solid wood and nails, produced with 42 steps in Finland A-Factory millions times, Stool 60 is literally a must have item for everyone. (Sometimes, you may sort out a 4-legged one, Stool E60 - the cousin of Stool 60.)
Back to basics, their value as a functional art cannot be defined by a simple or single clue, but to appreciate and share their stories behind the scenes. Put it in another way, bring you back to the good-old-days, and get back to the simplicity.
Stay tuned for the next blog post for more trends in 2020.
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