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Artichoke’s six art deco survivors

From the pages of Artichoke 39, six classic and enduring design objects from the 1930s, that are still in production today.

Barcelona chair from Knoll

The Barcelona, one of the most famous Bauhaus chairs, was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (and partner Lilly Reich) for the International Exposition of 1929 in Barcelona. dedece.com

Alvar Aalto Stool 60

Designed in 1932–33 by Finnish designer Alvar Alto for Artek, this stool, made with Alto’s patented bending technology, has proved democratic, natural and timeless. anibou.com.au

Anglepoise lamp

British designer George Carwardine invented a spring mechanism that allows balanced adjustment of this lamp at any angle. The first Anglepoise lamp was released in 1934. corporateculture.com.au

Eileen Gray folding screen

This gently curving, high-gloss lacquered screen was designed in 1930 by Ireland’s Eileen Gray, a pioneering female designer whose works have stood the test of time. anibou.com.au

Tolix Model A chair

Xavier Pauchard, a French pioneer of galvanization, designed this chair in 1934. It is lightweight and hard-wearing thanks to its sheet metal construction. thonet.com.au

Cité armchair

Designed by French designer Jean Prouvé in 1930, the Cité chair has been re-interpreted by Vitra and G-Star Raw in collaboration with the Prouvé family, using contemporary colours, textiles and details. spacefurniture.com.au



Published online: 1 Jun 2012


Artichoke, June 2012

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