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This month UK copyright law with regard to furniture and lighting finally comes into alignment with that of mainland Europe. This will greatly extend the protection given to designers and the licensed manufacturers of their works, which here in the UK have been especially vulnerable to the trade in inferior quality, lookalike products.

In addition to restoring the integrity of widely known and copied design classics such as those from Mies van der Rohe and Charles and Ray Eames, it is hoped the new protections will help incentivise ongoing investment into new design in the UK.

 

Barcelona Chair Mies van der Rohe Knoll

 

Barcelona chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Knoll

Lounge Chair Black Cherry Charles and Ray Eames Vitra

 

Eames Lounge chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra

 

Introduced last July with a transition period ending 28 January, the repeal of section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 means that copyright on industrially produced works of ‘artistic craftsmanship’ is now extended from 25 years after introduction to the market, to the lifetime of the designer plus 70 years.

The repeal follows long campaigning from manufacturers, designers, design writers and retailers. Issues raised included protection of creators’ royalties, European manufacturing jobs, consumers being misleadingly sold goods of wildly variable quality and of revenue that allows manufacturers to nurture new design and invest in innovative production.

 

Arco Lamp Achille Castiglioni Flos

Arco floor lamp by Achille Castiglioni for Flos

 

Wagenfeld bauhaus lamp TecholumenWagenfeld 24 table lamp by Wilhelm Wagenfeld for Tecnolumen

 

“For far too long the UK law allowed some furniture retailers to actively mislead their customers into buying unauthorised, unlicensed, poor quality ‘replicas’ or ‘copies’ of the authorised designs. Essentially they were selling fakes. The change in the law is good news for consumers who can be confident that they are now buying a high quality and long lasting asset. And it should lead to the growth and development of the UK furniture industry as more UK designers and manufacturers see the long term benefits of investing in high quality furniture design”. – Daniel Aram, Managing Director, Aram Designs Ltd

 

Bibendum armchair white Eileen Gray Aram Designs

 

Bibendum armchair by Eileen Gray for Aram Designs

E1027 side table chrome Eileen Gray Aram Designs

 

E1027 side table by Eileen Gray for Aram Designs

 

The extent of change brought about by the repeal remains to be seen, but the complete disappearance of ‘inspired-by’ furniture seems unlikely. Designers or licensees will be required to prove case-by-case that the work in dispute represents ‘artistic craftsmanship’ – a term without a statutory definition. Things to be judged will likely include the level of skill involved in the design and making of the original, as well as less easily measurable factors such as the artistic intention of the designer and the supposed public perception of a work.

Panton Chair Verner Panton Classic Red VitraPanton chair by Verner Panton for Vitra

 

However things unfold, Aram views the repeal as a welcome affirmation of the importance of intellectual property – a valuable piece of consumer protection and ultimately a healthy development for all sectors of the furniture industry.

 

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Zaha Hadid was an architect whose work intrigued and excited us throughout her career until her untimely death in March 2016. Of particular interest to us were her furniture and product designs and in 2004 she was one of a group of forty friends, family and collaborators who each designed a rug to celebrate our 40th anniversary. Hadid’s design features a fluid abstract form typical of her style, which is explored in the Serpentine Sackler Gallery’s current show ‘Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings’. The exhibition presents a range of work, from large-scale paintings to diary doodles, all dated from 1970 to the early 1990s. It offers an insight into the movements that inspired her and shows Hadid developing the artistic themes which heavily influenced her work: explosion, calligraphy, distortion and landscape.

Zaha Hadid Rug Aram Store 40th Anniversary CollectionZaha Hadid rug for Aram Designs

 

Metropolis 1988 Zaha Hadid Foundation‘Metropolis’, 1988; © Zaha Hadid Foundation

 

“I have always been interested in the concept of fragmentation and with the ideas of abstraction and explosion, de-constructing ideas of repetitiveness and mass production. My work first engaged with the early Russian avant-garde; in particular with the work of Kasimir Malevich – he was an early influence for me as a representative of the modern avant-garde intersection between art and design. Malevich discovered abstraction as an experimental principle that can propel creative work to previously unheard levels of invention; this abstract work allowed much greater levels of creativity.” – Zaha Hadid, 2007

 

Zaha Hadid notebook Zaha Hadid Foundation Image © 2016 Luke HayesZaha Hadid notebook; © Zaha Hadid Foundation. Image © 2016 Luke Hayes

 

Vision for Madrid Spain 1992 Zaha Hadid Foundation‘Vision for Madrid’, Spain, 1992; © Zaha Hadid Foundation

 

The majority of the paintings exhibited depict cityscapes broken into irregular elements. Extruded grids, geometric fragments and colourful organic forms twist and turn creating vibrant works that ebb and flow.

‘Homage to Verner Panton’ caught our attention; it’s a fluid painting that shows sketched Panton chairs repeated, skewed and over-lapping.

 

Zaha Hadid Homage to Verner Panton‘Homage to Verner Panton’, 1990; © Zaha Hadid Foundation

 

Verner Panton Panton Chair Red Black and White Aram StorePanton chairs by Verner Panton for Vitra

 

‘Confetti ‘The Peak’’ and three other paintings are reimagined as kinetic visuals in a virtual reality experience commissioned by the Serpentine. Hadid’s works could not be better suited to this treatment, which enables the viewer to step inside her futuristic worlds.

 

Zaha Hadid, Installation viewLeft: Confetti ‘The Peak’, Hong Kong, China 1982/1983; © Zaha Hadid Foundation. Image © 2016 Hugo Glendinning

The exhibition runs until 12 February 2017.

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Aram Store Winter Sale 2016

The Aram Store Winter Sale will start online on Boxing Day, Monday 26 December. The Store in Drury Lane will be closed from 6pm on Friday 23 December until 10am on Thursday 29 December. Click here for more info on our Christmas opening hours. There will be 15% off all new orders.

Flou at Aram Store - Winter Sale Offer 2016

PLUS… Purchase any new Flou bedframe and get a Flou mattress at half price during the Sale period (offer does not apply to ex-display beds). View a wide range of Flou products and try out the mattresses in our dedicated Flou showroom.

From Saturday 31 December there will be up to 65% off selected ex-display items of furniture. As always, these are sold as seen on a first-come-first-served basis and are only available in store from this date.

Here is a small selection of these ex-display items – as always, there will be many more available in store:

Ex-display furniture - Aram Store Winter Sale 2016

Left: PK61 coffee table in white marble by Poul Kjaerholm for Fritz Hansen – was £2,619 sale price £1,571. Centre: Nuvola Rossa shelving in black lacquered beech by Vico Magistretti for Cassina – was £3,012 sale price £1,054. Right: JH8 Palette side table in mixed materials by Jaime Hayon for &Tradition – was £995 sale price £597

Essay Table - Aram Store Winter Sale 2016

Essay dining table in oak by Cecilie Manz for Fritz Hansen – was £4,509 sale price £2,695

Ex-display items - Aram Store Winter Sale 2016

Left: DAR chair in cream polypropylene by Charles & Ray Eames for Vitra – was £335 sale price £168. Right: PK22 chair in Elegance black leather by Poul Kjaerholm for Fritz Hansen – was £3,686 sale price £2,495

Ex-display items - Aram Store Winter Sale 2016

Left: CH445 chair in turquoise fabric by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son – was £3,472 sale price £1,995. Right: Egg chair in brick red fabric by Arne jacobsen for Fritz Hansen – was £5,127 sale price £2,995

In the meantime, we would like to wish all of our customers, partners and friends a very happy and peaceful Christmas, and a safe and prosperous New Year.

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It’s that time of year again when we review the past twelve months and start to look beyond Christmas to spring, and the fresh start it offers. With this in mind Ruth Aram, our Retail Director, has selected some of her favourite new designs of 2016, some of which are already in-store, with others eagerly anticipated for arrival in the New Year.

 

Pli side tables Victoria Wilmotte ClassiCon Aram Store

ClassiCon’s Pli side table by Victoria Wilmotte

“The exquisite Pli table is like a sparkling jewel that can sit quite happily next to most lounge chairs adding a touch of glamour and colour to its surroundings.” – Ruth Aram

The table’s base is constructed from folded, polished stainless steel with a high-gloss INOX-SPECTRAL® tint, which process of application results in a shimmering finish. The oval table top is made of crystal glass and colour lacquer.

On display in-store and online here.

 

Maki extending table Bartoli Design Kristalia Aram Store

Kristalia’s Maki extendable table by Bartoli Design

“The Maki extending table promises to be a very useful addition to our table range. The top made from the latest super material, Fenix, is soft to the touch, extremely hard wearing and scratch resistant – and the practical design allows for the leaves to be stored within the table.” – Ruth Aram

The long-standing partnership between Kristalia and Bartoli Design has resulted in real best sellers such as the Sushi and Nori tables. Now it’s time for Maki: a table also inspired by the idea of sheer simplicity, with a typically oriental appeal and leg profiles with pleasantly rounded, rather than sharp, corners.

Due in-store shortly. Online here.

 

Superloon light Jasper Morrison Flos Aram Store

Flos’ Superloon floor lamp by Jasper Morrison

“After a long gestation the Superloon has at last made it into production. Its striking design makes a powerful statement wherever placed and the intensity of light can illuminate even the largest, darkest space. As a bonus, the chrome version disc, when flipped over doubles as a mirror – genius.” – Ruth Aram

Superloon is a prime example of Jasper Morrison’s ‘super normal’ aesthetic, it feels unusual and yet makes perfect sense. It has a “special kind of normality”, as Morrison would say. A ring of LEDs create a moon-like glow by projecting light sideways into the edge of a translucent white disc, which sits on a gyroscopic axis allowing the light to be directed as you please. Superloon also allows you to control the light’s intensity and its temperature – from ‘warm’ to ‘very warm’.

Due in-store early 2017. Contact us for further details.

 

Swoon armchair Space Copenhagen Fredericia Aram Store

Fredericia’s Swoon armchair by Space Copenhagen

“I first saw the Swoon chair at the Stockholm Furniture & Light fair in February and was attracted by its organic curves and comfort. It’s nice to add a stylish new lounge chair to our range that is produced by a lesser known but excellent Danish manufacturer.” – Ruth Aram

Fredericia say: “Space Copenhagen designed Swoon to fill the gap between a conventional lounge chair and a typical armchair – for use in lounge areas as well as private homes. The organic, yet structured design holds the seated body and provides an instant feeling of relaxation while offering excellent back support.”

Due in-store early 2017. Contact us for further details.

 

Solid table lamp Terence Woodgate Aram Store

Terence Woodgate’s Solid table lamp

“You get a lot of light for your money with the Solid table lamp and it’s good to support a British designed and produced product. Marble is still very much in vogue and the brightness level (dimmable) is excellent.” – Ruth Aram

A cylindrical base crafted from solid, fine-grain Italian Carrara marble, topped with a hand-blown opal glass shade to provide a soft, diffused light. The table light features an integrated, state-of-the-art dimmable LED.

On display in-store and online here.

 

Tense Material table MDF Italia Aram Store

MDF Italia’s Tense Material table by Piergiorgio Cazzaniga and Michele Cazzaniga

“The white Tense table is minimal and understated, often melting into the background, whereas the new Tense Material wood and brass versions make bold statements that demand attention. This appeals to a new type of customer, which is good news for us.” – Ruth Aram

MDF Italia has used wood, brass and stone to dress-up one of its bestsellers, the Tense table. The three materials have a long history of use in furniture making and yet feel highly contemporary in this minimal form.

On display in-store and online here.

Tense Material tables MDF Italia Aram Store

Image credits: ClassiCon, Kristalia, Flos, Fredericia, Terence Woodgate and MDF Italia.

 

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Mid-century Modern Designers Charles & Ray Eames

Have you ever wondered about the mysterious acronyms with which furniture by mid-century masters Charles and Ray Eames is named? Well, wonder no more as we explain it in full. Usually made up of three letters, the names describe the main elements of the furniture and encompass aspects such as the height or shape, the style or type, and the material or style of its frame. The Eames’ put this principle into practice with their earliest designs – the DCW and the LCW, which stand for Dining Chair Wood base and Lounge Chair Wood base, swiftly followed by the option for a Metal base: the DCM and LCM.

DCM LCW Charles & Ray Eames Vitra Aram Store

The DCM chair (left) in black stained ash plywood and the LCW (right) in red stained ash plywood

The most well-known of their designs came in 1950 – the Plastic Chair collection – and provided a plethora of acronyms. But all were based on the same principle:

DSR Dining (height) Side (chair) Rod (base)
DSW Dining (height) Side (chair) Wood (base)
DAR Dining (height) Arm (chair) Rod (base)
DAW Dining (height) Arm (chair) Wood (base)
DSX Dining (height) Side (chair) X-base
DSS Dining (height) Side (chair) Stacking (base)
RAR Rocking (height) Arm (chair) Rod (base)
PSCC Pivoting Side (Chair) Cast (base) Castors
PACC Pivoting Arm (chair) Cast (base) Castors
DSR DSW DSX chair Charles Ray Eames Vitra Aram Store

The DSR, DSW and DSX chairs – comprising Charles & Ray Eames’ Plastic Group

DAW RAR PACC DAR DAL DAX Eames Vitra Aram

From left to right: the DAW, RAR, PACC, DAR, DAL and DAX chairs – the Plastic Group armchairs

The Rod-base for these chairs also gave them their unofficial nickname – the ‘Eiffel’ chair – as the base with its cross-bracing bears a very vague resemblance to the shape of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. One slight curiosity is the DKR chair from 1951 – or Dining height Wire shell Rod base – no one seems to know why the letter ‘K’ was chosen to represent the Wire shell. One can only suppose that ‘W’ was already in use for the Wood base, and the letter ‘K’ could possibly look a little like the junctions of the wire shell itself… Another unusual one is the elegant DAL chair, designed along with a table in 1961 at the request of Alexander Girard for his new Manhattan restaurant La Fonda del Sol. The ‘L’ therefore stands for La Fonda base, made in polished die-cast aluminium.

DKR Eames Wire Chair Aram

The DKR Eames Wire chair, plus one Eames House Bird in a photograph taken by the Eames in 1953

La Fonda Del Sol Eames Girard Aram

The DAL chair in La Fonda del Sol restaurant in the Time Life Building, New York

The naming convention did not just apply to chairs. Other types of furniture received the same treatment:

LTR Low Table Rod (base)
ETR Elliptical Table Rod (base)
EDU Eames Desk Unit
ESU Eames Shelving Unit
ETR table Eames Vitra Aram

The elliptical ETR table – a black or white laminate top on a chromed rod base

EDU PACC ESU Eames Vitra Aram Store

The EDU Eames Desk Unit, PACC chair and ESU Eames Shelving Unit

These simple, functional names seem to reinforce the simple, functional nature of Eames designs. Now, whenever you spot these twentieth century design classics, you will know exactly how it is named.

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“Art was, seriously, the only thing I’d ever wanted to own. It has always been for me a stable nourishment.  I use it. It can change the way I feel in the mornings. The same work can change me in different ways, depending on what I’m going through.”

–              David Bowie

 

Last week we visited Sotheby’s ‘Bowie / Collector’ auction, prompted by our interest in the late musician’s Memphis Group collection. Bowie had been a keen collector of the postmodern design collective founded by Ettore Sottsass, and had amassed an extensive range of works by the group. One hundred original pieces, to be exact, from ostentatious armchairs to graphic porcelain homewares. Unsurprisingly the outlandish designs did not disappoint and the auction smashed all expectations. What was most unexpected was the breadth of Bowie’s collection. We were captivated by artworks from 20th Century British Art, Contemporary African Art, Outsider Art and Surrealism (to name only a few). It seemed evident that Bowie was not buying for investment purposes alone – instead he seemed to be spurred by a genuine interest. The collection was for him a source of inspiration, or as he is quoted “a stable nourishment”.

 

Memphis Furniture_Bowie_AramCollection of works by Michele de Lucchi: First chairs, Polar side tables and Flamingo side table.

 

John Virtue_Landscape No. 87_Bowie_Aram 1Landscape No. 87 by John Virtue

 

Man Ray_Chess Set_Bowie_Aram 1Chess Set by Man Ray

 

Sotheby’s has produced two insightful interviews with art advisor Kate Chertavian and curator Beth Greenacre, both of whom worked closely with Bowie over extensive periods of time. They describe him as being inquisitive, highly informed and enthusiastic about art and design. Greenacre explains the scope of the collection saying “I always think about his collecting in a similar way to how his mind worked. So you could be sitting with David, you could have a conversation about a painting – all of a sudden you’d be talking about Nietzsche, which would then lead him to a new film release or book that I had to read, then back to another artist via Japanese folk art. There were all these beautiful networks between the works within his collection.” She then goes on to say “When people look at the collection as a whole, they’ll probably look at a few works and not quite understand why they are there. But then you’ll realise that X taught Y, or Z visited X. There are all these amazing associations and I think that’s how David worked.”

 

Ettore Sottsass_Carlton Room Divider_Bowie_Aram 1Carlton room divider by Ettore Sottsass

 

Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni_Radio Phonograph_Bowie_Aram 1Radio-Phonograph Model No. RR126 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

 

Joe Tilson RA_Reflector Column Ziglical I_Bowie_Aram 1Reflector Column, Ziglical I by Joe Tilson, R.A.

 

We sell a broad range of furniture and lighting by many designers whose early works are now selling for high figures at auction.  Twelve pieces in the Bowie / Collector lot by Michele de Lucchi from his decorative Memphis period were sold.  The designer’s later mass produced Tolomeo lamp series for Artemide has been available at Aram Store since we opened in 2002.  It remains a favourite range for architects and designers as well as for domestic use.  Ettore Sottsass’ Casablanca sideboard sold for £68,000 at Sotheby’s.  In 2015 Italian manufacturer Kartell produced a ‘Kartell goes Sottsass – A Tribute to Memphis’ collection, which revisited previously unreleased designs. From this range are the Colonna and Pilastro plastic table-stools that currently retail at £210 each.

Despite not having joined the group, Achille and Pier Castiglioni’s charming radio-phonograph machine was amongst the Bowie collection. The brothers – whose work varied from the organic Viscontea pendant lamp to the surreal Sella stool – were part of the same generation of forward-thinking Milanese creatives.

In total we stock products by six designers who for a slice of their long careers were involved with the Memphis Group. Highlighted below are some of their most interesting work, as well as our standout pieces from Bowie / Collector.

 

Michele de Lucchi_Continental Side Table_Bowie_Aram 1Continental side table by Michele de Lucchi

 

Michele De Lucchi_Tolomeo Light_ArtemideTolomeo table lamp by Michele de Lucchi for Artemide
Ettore Sottsass_Stools_KartellCollonna, Calice and Pilasto stools by Ettore Sottsass for Kartell. These are currently only available in-store.

 

Ettore Sottsass_Pepper Grinder_AlessiMP0210 pepper, salt and spice grinder by Ettore Sottsass

 

Ettore Sottsass_Callimaco Uplighter_Artemide_AramCallimaco uplighter floor lamp by Ettore Sottsass for Artemide

 

Romuald Hazoume_Le Saxophoniste_Bowie_Aram 1From the auction: Le Saxophoniste by Romuald Hazoumè

 

Norman Catherine_Fanagalo Store_Bowie_AramFrom the auction: Cat Man and Back Chat II figures both by Norman Catherine

 

NATHALIE DU PASQUIER_BOMBAY SIDE TABLE_Bowie_AramFrom the auction: Bombay side table by Nathalie du Pasquier

 

Shiro Kuramata_Progetti Compiuti Side 1_Cappellini_AramMemphis Group: Progetti Compiuti Side 1 cabinet (aka Drawer in an Irregular Form) by Shiro Kuramata for Cappellini, 1970.

 

 

Marco Zanuso_Antonio Side TableFrom the auction: Antonio table by Marco Zanuso

 

Marco Zanuso_Lady Armchair_AramMemphis Group: Lady armchair by Marco Zanuso for Cassina

 

Alessandro Mendini_Proust Mendini Armchair_Cappellini_AramMemphis Group: Proust Mendini chair by Alessandro Mendini for Cappellini

 

 

Javier Mariscal_Villa Julia_Magis_AramMemphis Group: Villa Julia Playhouse by Javier Mariscal for Magis.

 

Javier Mariscal_The Art BookJavier Mariscal’s cover for The Art Book (Phaidon)

 

Jean Michel Basquiat_Untitled_Bowie_AramFrom the auction: Untitled by Jean-Michel Basquiat

 

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CHRISTMAS AT ARAM STORE – 20% OFF ACCESSORIES

Christmas Shopping Event – Wednesday 30 November 2016 – 10am-8pm

Come and feel the festive cheer at our one day Christmas shopping event where we will be offering 20% discount off all accessories (in store only). Enjoy the backdrop of seasonal tunes, decorations and refreshments whilst you browse our collection of gifts for friends and family. There are lots of brand new products, and here are some of our favourites.

Above (left to right): Abstract Arc Desktop MobileOriginal Desktop MobileUrsula Jug (yellow), Ursula Jug (red), Prisma photo frame, Vitra matchbox (in-store only) and Stelton Vacuum Jug.

AW16 Accessories_group 1_Classic_Landscape_Aram Store (1) LRAbove: Olio Large Jug and Olio Teapot both by Barber & Osgerby for Royal Doulton,  Block Two Candle Holder and Lyngby Marble Vases.

AW16 Accessories_group 2_Classic_Landscape_Aram Store (1) LRAbove: Ettore the Mule by Konstantin Grcic for Magis and Ildhane Candle Holder. Wooden birds, marble fruitbowl, lazy Suzanne and Hammershoi ceramic candleholders all available in-store only.

AW16 Accessories_group 6_Bold_Landscape_Aram Store (1) LRLeft to right: Parrot jug, Eames elephant mouse mat, Tangram puzzle, Monkey coinbank, Spindle storage box, Paolo game and Welcome fish soap. Porcelain container (underneath Parrot jug) by Remember, available in-store only.

AW16 Accessories_group 8_Plant Cages_Aram Store (1) LRAbove: Air Plant Cages, various sizes and colours, available in-store only.

AW16 Accessories_group 3_Houses+Dolls_Aram Store (2) LRAbove: Girard Wooden Dolls by Alexander Girard for Vitra and Urbania Lighthouse candleholders available in-store only.

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Above: Boule Vases by Olivia Herms for Skultuna, Lily Candlestick by Ivar Ålenius Björk for Skultuna, Office Candlestick by Skultuna. Small brass candleholders by Skultuna, Brass bowl by Fundamental, available in-store only.

 

We hope to see you in store on 30 November!

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Jasper Morrison Tate Modern Aram Store

One of our highlights during this September’s London Design Festival was visiting Jasper Morrison: Thingness at the new Tate Modern Switch House. Morrison and the Tate have a long-standing relationship since, in 1998, the designer was chosen to select all public furniture for the original Tate Modern – something he was invited to do again for the recently opened Switch House.

Jasper Morrison Superloon Flos Aram Store

Right: Superloon floor lamp by Jasper Morrison for Flos

‘Thingness’ was nestled under the Switch House’s sweeping concrete staircase and presented a concise look back at the designer’s work since the 1980s. We were particularly proud to see Morrison’s Thinking Man’s Chair as it was first exhibited by Zeev Aram at our 23rd Anniversary Show in 1987. It was there that Giulio Cappellini spotted it and asked to produce the chair, and almost 30 years later it sits in the Tate Modern.

Jasper Morrison Thinking Man's Chair Cappellini Aram Store

“For a long time after I noticed an antique chair with its seat missing outside a shop I had the idea to do a chair consisting of only structural elements. Many sketches later I arrived at an approximation of the final shape, which included two small tables on the ends of the arms and an exotic assembly of curved metalwork. It was to be called ‘The Drinking Man’s Chair.’ On my way back from a tobacconist’s shop with a packet of pipe cleaners to make a model of the chair with, I noticed the slogan ‘The Thinking Man’s Smoke’ on the packet, which I quickly adapted as a more sophisticated title.” – Jasper Morrison

Jasper Morrison Hal Chair Vitra Glo Ball Flos Aram Store

HAL armchair for Vitra, HAL chair for Vitra, Glo-Ball Lamp for Flos.

Short quotes from Morrison (such as the one above) annotated the exhibition and offered a fascinating insight into his practice. Thoughtful and honest, the captions explained how chance happenings as well as the everyday can influence and inspire great design.

One particular comment that caught our imagination was Morrison discussing his Three Green Bottles for Cappellini: “I intended to have the 3 bottles hand blown, but as there were no glass blowers working in Berlin at the time, I found the only way to do them was to take ordinary wine bottles and have them manipulated, which in the end was far more interesting; it seemed to say “look how beautiful an ordinary bottle is – better than things which are ‘designed’.”

Jasper Morrison HAL APC Glo Ball Aram Store

Left: Basel chair for Vitra. Right: APC chair for Vitra; Glo Ball for Flos

Morrison often highlighted how the creative process, especially when designing for commercial production, is a collaborative activity. When discussing his Basel Chair for Vitra, Morrison said “Possibly the nicest detail on the chair is the connection between the back rest and the top end of the back legs, which was proposed by Thomas Schweikert, chief engineer for product development at Vitra.” In a note about the Magis Air Chair he wrote “Air Chair was born out of a length of simple plastic tube given to me by Eugenio Perazza, which had been moulded with a new technology called gas-injection moulding and which he suggested we use to make a new chair. I designed the chair from the leg up, imagining how the rest of a chair would look with a leg like that.” In our current landscape of icons and ‘starchitects’ his was a refreshing voice to read.

Jasper Morrison Basel Chair Vitra Air chair Magis Aram Store

Left: Basel chair for Vitra. Right: a stack of Jasper Morrison’s Air Chairs for Magis.

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Left: Morrison’s rough sketches added character to the exhibit. Right: Coat Stand designed by Morrison for Aram Designs in 1987.

Jasper Morrison Glo Ball Flos Aram Store

Jasper Morrison’s Glo-Ball lamp for Flos sits with a collection of cast iron kitchenware.

Although ‘Thingness’ has now finished, Jasper Morrison’s furniture can be enjoyed throughout the Tate Modern and the new Switch House – and if you’re interested to read more of his design-related musings, Morrison has written a number of books. Notably ‘The Good Life’, in which he highlights the creativity and wit of ordinary things encountered during his travels. To see more of his furniture and lighting design click here, or visit us at our Covent Garden store.

Switch House Tate Modern Jasper Morrison Herzog de Meuron

Jasper Morrison’s benches in the new Tate Modern Switch House, designed by Herzog de Meuron

Tate Modern Switch House

Left: the Switch House’s concrete staircase. Right: the view from the Switch House viewing platform.

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Eames Lounge Chair Twill and Ottoman Vitra Aram Store

‘Why don’t we make an updated version of the old English club chair?’ With this comment, Charles Eames initiated the complex development of the Lounge Chair, which went into production exactly sixty years ago in 1956. Vitra began to produce the Lounge Chair in Weil am Rhein in 1959 and has used the same manufacturing methods ever since. The chair eventually became established as one of the most significant furniture designs of the twentieth century. To mark its 60th anniversary, Vitra is now launching the Lounge Chair and the accompanying Ottoman as a limited edition with fabric covers, priced at £4,890 – a very attractive price in comparison with leather covers.

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UPDATE: Order an Eames Lounge Chair and receive a FREE George Nelson Ball Clock in Cherrywood and Brass – until 31 January 2017, while stocks last.

The Eames Lounge Chair is one of the great modern furniture classics and the most famous piece by the American designer couple Charles and Ray Eames. But even classics that have been on the market for decades need to be further developed and updated. That was a belief embraced by Charles and Ray Eames themselves, who created various versions of the Lounge Chair over the years. Vitra carries on this tradition in the spirit of the designers and in close collaboration with the Eames Office.

Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman Twill Vitra Aram Store

When Charles and Ray Eames designed the Lounge Chair in 1956, their primary aim was to create a soft and comfortable piece of seating furniture. They set new standards with their novel interpretation of the classic club chair: their model was light, elegant, modern and comfortable. With its functional perfection and careful construction, timeless materials and balanced proportions, the Lounge Chair has established itself over its sixty-year history as one of the most significant classics – as a product from another era that remains as relevant as ever.

Twill fabric Covers Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman Vitra Aram Store

Since its initial introduction, the armchair has been available with various veneers, leather upholstery colours and base versions. In the early years, the Lounge Chair was occasionally offered with fabric covers – however, Vitra has always produced it exclusively in leather. In the Twill fabric covers, the chair and ottoman cost £4,890 – approx 20% less than leather.

Black Twill fabric and Palisander wood veneer Eames Lounge Chair Vitra Aram Store

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of production in 2016, Vitra is now offering a fabric-covered Lounge Chair Twill and Ottoman for a limited period of time. The high-quality Twill fabric from the Vitra Colour & Material Library imbues the chair with cosy softness and inviting warmth – even though it is very hard-wearing (contract grade: 100,000 Martindale). The Lounge Chair Twill is available in the classic combination of dark-reddish Santos Palisander wood and black aluminium frame, in the new large dimensions. The Lounge Chair Twill and Ottoman with fabric covers are marked with a corresponding plaque and come with a ’60 Years in Production’ certificate. This limited edition is only available to order from 1 November 2016 to 31 January 2017 from Aram Store.

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New Flou bed showroom launches at Aram Store

Aram Store is launching the first dedicated space for iconic Italian bed brand Flou this month, and is the exclusive London stockist. Flou was founded in 1978 when it launched the first-ever ‘modern textile bed’, called Nathalie. Designed by maestro Vico Magistretti, it combined contemporary design and practicality. The soft headboard upholstery with its distinctive, bow-shaped ties was removable and washable; it had a manual reclining mechanism and making the bed took just seconds.

Olivier bed - Flou showroom at Aram Store

“In the ten years that we have been stocking Flou beds, we have built up an excellent working relationship with the company and the customers who invest in the brand are seldom disappointed,” says Ruth Aram. “We feel that now is the right time to devote a larger space to show more of Flou’s extensive range of products including wardrobes and sofas”.

Following the success of the Nathalie Bed, a slew of well-known designers including Enzo Mari, Mario Bellini, Rodolfo Dordoni and Carlo Colombo began designing beds for Flou. Investment in new production techniques and research into innovative materials have resulted in a range that’s reviewed every year and now numbers more than 50 designs from single to king-size and sofa-beds to studio couches.

Nathalie Bed - Flou showroom at Aram Store

The Nathalie Bed

The signature upholstery has expanded to include a choice of fabrics and leathers with optional duo-tone trims and coloured piping. Beds are supplemented with Flou mattresses, pillows, mattress supports and duvet covers in a wide range of colours and patterns. Contemporary bedroom furniture completes the look with chests-of-drawers, wardrobes, night-stands, occasional furniture, desks, armchairs, mirrors, lamps, poufs and bookcases.

Aram has dedicated a significant section of our 20,000 sq ft space to a large selection of products from Flou’s seven collections including the original, signature Nathalie range. The Gentleman collection caters to the modern man-about-town with masculine, angular statement beds crafted from multilayer beech wood. Matching furniture sports leather panelling and soft-close mechanism drawers and shelves with interiors clad in matt ebony – there’s even a cigar storage unit complete with humidifier. The Notturno Shabby Chic collection has linear, smooth headboards and elegantly distressed linen upholstery while the more curvaceous Olivier collection has taken a step out of the bedroom with a range of elegant sofas. The Duetto collection offers versatility with elegant single beds that can be conjoined to create a double and the Piazzaduomo range has raised the bar for the humble sofa-bed.

Gentleman - Flou showroom at Aram Store

The Gentleman range

Notturno Shabby Chic - Flou showroom at Aram Store

Notturno Shabby Chic Bed

Olivier - Flou showroom at Aram Store

Olivier modular sofas and occasional furniture

Duetto - Flou showroom at Aram Store

Duetto can be a single bed or convert to a double with a second bed stowed underneath.

Join us for the official launch event during the London Design Festival on Monday 19th September from 6pm to 8pm and see this fantastic showroom space for yourself.

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