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Design as art: masterpieces and most famous pieces of furniture

Time goes by, but there are things that remainnot for several decades. Today we will talk about 11 pieces of furniture that have become truly cult and legendary. And, of course, we will tell you in which museums you can contemplate. If you do not want to experiment especially and want to purchase furniture that was tested not only by experts but also by time, then you should pay attention to the cult objects of design from the list of the most popular things. And having bought these masterpieces, do not be surprised if besides their interior you will meet them not only in films, serials and glossy publications, but even in world museums of art and design. 1. Deckchair LC4 Price - 256 000 rubles. R. Manufacturer: Cassina Incredibly popular today, but not appreciated in due time, this piece of furniture has passed a long and thorny path to its success. It all began with the fact that in the distant 1928 the recognized master of architecture Le Corbusier first created a chaise lounge LC4. In fact, the authorship of the masterpiece belongs to the young assistant architect, 24-year-old Charlotte Perrian. But in those days the society was still subject to stereotypes, so no one could even admit that a fragile girl could create something like this, and even under her own name. Therefore, many of the work of Charlotte, her mentor Le Corbusier signed his name. Presented at the Paris exhibition in 1929, the LC4 chaise lounge began to be produced commercially only in 1965, because all this time no manufacturer wanted to take risks and take a new invention for production. But the company Cassina from Italy still ventured, and from the beginning of sales, the chaise longue became a bestseller, capturing the buyers not only with its graceful look, but also with a pony leather upholstery. By the way, the latter incredibly quickly became fashionable, and many furniture manufacturers took it into service. Chaise Longue LC4 and now flaunts in the Paris Museum of Modern Art, and behind all this success is worthy of admiration girl, Charlotte Perrian. 2. Panton Chair Price - 14 230 rubles. R. Manufacturer: Vitra The legendary Danish designer Werner Panton has become so thanks to his delightful creation of the Panton Chair. Designed in the early 50-ies of the XX century, it was the world's first solid plastic chair, which deservedly became a masterpiece and the heritage of world design. There are many rumors that the chair concept and the S-shape have been borrowed or even stolen from other workshops, but these are just conjectures, possibly based on envy. And to envy and the truth is what. The popularity of Panton has not subsided since 1967, after publication in the Danish magazine Mobilia, and to this day. Today it is represented in many world museums, including the Museum of Modern Art of New York, the London Design Museum, as well as the Danish Museum of Art and Design. And in 1995, Kate Moss even posed nude in a photo shoot, where they used the Panton Chair. By the way, this is one of the most forged furniture models in the world, and the only official manufacturer of the chair is Vitra. 3. Bubble Chair Price - 3 250 euros. R. Manufacturer: Adelta The famous Finnish furniture designer Eero Aarnio was one of the first to apply plastic when creating his works. His ball-shaped Ball chair became a cult and remains relevant even now, although it appeared in 1966. But today not only Ball is famous, but his equally successful modification is the Bubble Chair. If the first chair was impenetrable and rotated on a pedestal around its axis, the Bubble Chair, created from acrylic resin, is absolutely transparent and suspended from the ceiling by a chain. The light and airy chair seems to float in the middle of the room, embodying a departure from stereotypes, freedom of action and an unorthodox approach. Reminiscent of the soap bubble, it was for its time a revolutionary solution, and this is an indisputable fact. It can be seen in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the New York Museum of Modern Art, and the German Vitra Design Museum. The only licensed seat manufacturer is the Adelta factory. And if you meet him in a movie or even a cartoon series like "The Simpsons" - do not be surprised. 4. UP 5 chair Price - 428 075 rubles. R. Manufacturer: В & B Italia Legendary chair UP 5 with brightly expressed female forms, it's Donna, it's Big Mama appeared in 1969 by the efforts of the Italian artist and architect Gaetano Pesce. This project clearly traced the feminist idea, where the armchair symbolizes a woman, and the spherical pouf attached to it with a cord, personifies the chains that hold it back and do not allow it to break free. The technological highlight of Big Mama was the foam polyurethane filler, consisting of air for as much as 90% - at that time it was the latest technology, which literally opened a new page in the history of the design of upholstered furniture. Then the new chair came to the buyer flat in a vacuum package. When the package was opened, the filler reacted with air, and within an hour UP 5 found the necessary shapes. Apparently, this is so fascinating process that even Sean Connery at the peak of his popularity did not fail the opportunity to pose in an armchair from Gaetano Pesce. Donna can be found in the following museums: the Metropolitan Museum, the Pompidou Center in Paris, the Turin Museum of Modern Art and others. 5. Sofa Togo Price on request. R. Manufacturer: Ligne Roset Thanks to the talent of the French designer Michel Dyukara, this extravagant sofa began its history back in 1973 and became a real hit, turning the idea of ​​people about how a sofa should look. It was a look into the future, and in 2013, Ligne Roset employees celebrated 40 years since the start of Togo, which is still one of the most popular pieces of furniture. It is sold in many parts of the world, and the number of shades of the sofa exceeds 900 names! The appearance of the sofa is very much like a good-natured shar pei, and all the folds are sewn exclusively by hand. Over 40 years of sales, about 1,200,000 copies have been sold, and Togo Ligne Roset can be found in the interiors of rock stars, businessmen, diplomats and even the favorite hotel of the Hollywood rich. 6. Armchair Vermelha Price - 6 000 euros. R. Producer: Edra Sometimes the best projects are born from the most absurd accidents. So it happened with the Brazilian designers, the brothers Umberto and Fernando Campana. At that time, they collaborated with the Edra brand, and the idea of ​​creating a Vermelha chair came when one of the brothers casually threw a string of twine on the table. The production of just one specimen takes about 45 hours of manual labor and more than half a kilometer of rope. It's not for you to tie mittens, but the price, respectively, is different. And if there is no possibility to order Vermelha home, they can always be admired in such places as the Parisian Center Georges Pompidou, the International Design Museum in Munich, the Belem Cultural Center in Lisbon and, of course, the New York Museum of Modern Art, where, it seems, there are everything. 7. Kitchen workshop B2 Price on request. R. Manufacturer: Bulthaup For the first time kitchen-workshop B2 from a German company was released in 2008. Presented at an exhibition in Milan, she won the audience with her exquisite style and incredible practicality. And at the end of the event, Bulthaup received the honorary title of "Kitchen Producer of the Year". But the design awards did not end there, and two years later they won gold in their homeland in the contest "German Design 2010" (for Germans, even one hit on the list of nominees for this event is already a great achievement). Strict, but refined lines, stylish colors and incredible ergonomics B2 allowed Bulthaup to get recognition both at home and abroad, in the most fashionable city in the world. 8. Eames Lounge Chair Price - from 3,290 euros. R. Manufacturer: Herman Miller, Vitra Did you really think that our current list will do without such brilliant designers as Charles and Ray Eames? When this married couple in 1956 created a comfortable seat for their faithful friend, director of the comic comedy "In Jazz Only Girls", they could not even imagine what a sensation their work would cause. Today Eames Lounge Chair is not just a masterpiece, it is an icon of style and a symbol of world design of the 20th century. Unrealistically luxurious and stylish armchair causes a desire to relax on it at its sole sight. Maybe that's why many consider it one of the most comfortable pieces of furniture in the history of design. The Eames themselves wanted to make the Lounge Chair look like an old baseball glove. And you can meet this creation in many world museums, including, how do you think, which one? Yes, yes, it's the same New York Museum of Modern Art. But if you are not going to the Big Apple the other day, then you can admire the creation of Eames in the films "Iron Man" and "Tron: Heritage", as well as in such TV series as Friends and Doctor House. 9. Floor lamp Arco Price - 2 352 euros. R. Manufacturer: Flos If you are interested in design, then certainly met the name of Aquila Castiglioni. But if you still do not recognize it, then get acquainted with the legendary Italian architect and designer, who, with his brother, invented, no less, the most recognizable and famous in the world Arco floor lamp. The prototype for this model was a regular street lamp, but, apparently, it was domesticated, during which it underwent cardinal changes. Despite the appearance, the design of the lamp is very reliable and is kept from falling by a heavy base of marble, the approximate mass of which is as much as 70 kilograms. Interestingly, for more than 50 years of existence, the design of the Arco floor lamp has not changed or upgraded. If you watched "Iron Man" or James Bond films, you might have noticed Castiglioni's work in the frame. But if you still want to admire the Arco floor lamp in the museum, you probably already know where you can find it. 10. Kitchen Igloo Price on request. R. Manufacturer: Strato The company Strato, which is now the producer of the famous and one of the most expensive cuisines in the world, appeared relatively recently - in 1987. Its founder Marco Gorini himself loves to cook, and is also known as a true gourmet. His first works he presented in 1990 at the iSaloni exhibition in Milan, and since then every new work from Strato is considered an inimitable work of art. Kitchen Igloo appeared in 1995, immediately became an icon of style, subduing everyone with its elegance and minimalism. It is noteworthy that the production and processing of materials for furniture is done manually, which gives the creators complete control over the process and the possibility of 100% quality control. And if you want to admire the Strato kitchens in the museum, you can already start booking tickets to New York. 11. Sofa Mah Jong Price on request. R. Producer: Roche Bobois Perhaps it is the most recognizable subject of the French company Roche Bobois. For the first time Mah Jong appeared more than thirty years ago, but until now the modular structure of the sofa allows you to move its parts and create original images at least every day. The components of this piece of furniture are sewn by hand, and for all the time there are 11 variants of the sofa. Above the upholstery for Mah Jong, such fashion houses as Kenzo and Missoni had time to work, but in honor of the 50th anniversary of Roche Bobois, the company asked Jean Paul Gaultier himself to contribute to the history of this sofa and "dress it up" to his taste. After that, upholstery appeared in the form of tattoos, vests and even a fictitious currency. Want to see a miracle transformer called Mah Jong with your own eyes? Then you should definitely go to Paris and look into the Museum of Applied Arts. pinterest.com

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