Scandinavian design, noted for its simplicity and functionality, is a popular contemporary style. Said to have emerged in the 1950’s, it is possible it was influenced by earlier work.
Take the Blue Chair, for example, a classic by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen. Designed for his wife in 1929 and now in MOMA’s collection, it has characteristics similar to newer pieces.
In 1983, a limited edition was released by Adelta. I had seen the original chair in a book of classic furniture and fallen in love with it but never thought about owing one. Some years later, on a very lucky day, I stumbled across two in a resale shop. They had just been brought in by a designer who was redoing a client’s office and didn’t think they would go with her proposed new style. I could hardly contain my excitement and snapped them up as soon as the shop owner gave me a price. I didn’t even bother to bicker because I was sure I was getting a very good deal!
The chair’s dark teal color, with its gold accents outlined in dark green, easily mixes with a variety of colors and could fit in with any number of decorating styles. Isn’t that what we look for in classic design no matter what the medium?
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