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Design Icons Month - CH24 Wishbone Chair

Throughout March, Aram Store celebrates the enduring appeal of authentic design icons. Following the recent change in UK law which now protects designs for 70 years after the death of the designer (bringing it in line with the rest of Europe), Aram has partnered with nine of the world’s most prestigious furniture brands to bring you some fantastic promotions. Why not start your very own design icons collection with one of these exclusive offers, which we will be posting one by one over the next few days?

Hans J Wegner CH24 Wishbone Chair Carl Hansen & Son

Carl Hansen, a master cabinetmaker, founded his company in Odense, Denmark in 1908. It produced furniture to order as well as in small series before going on to work with leading Danish and international designers and architects such as Hans J Wegner, Poul Kjaerholm, Frits Henningsen and Tadao Ando. Sustainability is key at Carl Hansen & Søn with wood harvested from sustainably managed forests and treated using environmentally friendly processes.

Hans J Wegner CH24 Wishbone Chair Carl Hansen & Son

Wegner’s CH24 Wishbone chair is one of the most recognised dining chairs in modern interiors. The frame, including the distinctive crescent-shaped backrest and Y-shaped ‘wishbone’ support, is hand-crafted and painted with seven coats of lacquer. The seat is then woven by hand with 120 metres of papercord.

CH24 Wishbone Chair Standard Colours CH24 Wishbone Chair Anniversary Edition Colours
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Buy six CH24 Wishbone chairs designed in 1949 by Hans J Wegner for the price of four – a saving of £1,240. Choose from 25 beech lacquered colours in the Colour Collection paired with a natural papercord woven seat. Simply place six chairs in these finishes in the shopping basket and the discount will be applied.

This offer runs from 1st March until 31st March 2017.

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Design Icons Month - Eames Lounge Chair

Throughout March, Aram Store celebrates the enduring appeal of authentic design icons. Following the recent change in UK law which now protects designs for 70 years after the death of the designer (bringing it in line with the rest of Europe), Aram has partnered with nine of the world’s most prestigious furniture brands to bring you some fantastic promotions. Why not start your very own design icons collection with one of these exclusive offers, which we will be posting one by one over the next few days?

Founded by Willi and Erika Fehlbaum, Vitra acquired the licence to produce furniture from the Herman Miller Collection in Europe in 1957. Thus began the production of furniture from design greats such as Charles & Ray Eames and George Nelson at Basel and Weil am Rhein, crossing two countries – Germany and Switzerland. In 1977 Rolf Fehlbaum (son of Willi and Erika) took over management of the company and production of furniture, lighting and accessories for the domestic market was introduced over time – clocks from Nelson, graphic products from Alexander Girard, lighting from Isamu Noguchi and furniture from Verner Panton, Ronan and Erwan Bououllec and Barber & Osgerby to name a few.

Following a fire on the production site in Weil am Rhein in 1981, Fehlbaum commissioned Nicholas Grimshaw to design new factory facilities. Then followed buildings by some of the world’s most prolific architects including Frank Gehry (Vitra Design Museum and Factory Building), Tadao Ando (Conference Pavilion), Herzog & de Meuron (VitraHaus) and Zaha Hadid (Fire Station – her first built architectural work). The Vitra Campus became a sought out destination, a working site where research and production takes place and many of the buildings are open to visits from the public. In June 2016 the Vitra Schaudepot opened – a fantastic new exhibition space showing 7,000 pieces of furniture and 20,000 objects from Vitra’s extensive design collection which has been collected over many years.

Lounge Chair and Ottoman Charles and Ray Eames Vitra

The Lounge Chair is one of the most famous designs by Charles and Ray Eames. Created in 1956 it is now a classic in the history of modern furniture. Since 1956, the Eames Lounge Chair has combined ultimate comfort with both materials and workmanship of the highest quality. In the tradition of the English club chair, which inspired this classic design, the original appearance of the Lounge Chair was defined by a dark wood veneer and black leather.

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Buy an Eames Lounge Chair in black leather with santos palisander or cherry shell and receive the matching Ottoman free of charge, worth up to £1,850. Simply place both products, in the finishes described, into the shopping basket and the discount will be applied.

Lounge Chair and Ottoman Charles and Ray Eames Vitra

This offer runs from 1st March until 31st March 2017.

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Design Icons Month - Arco LED Floor Lamp

Throughout March, Aram Store celebrates the enduring appeal of authentic design icons. Following the recent change in UK law which now protects designs for 70 years after the death of the designer (bringing it in line with the rest of Europe), Aram has partnered with nine of the world’s most prestigious furniture brands to bring you some fantastic promotions. Why not start your very own design icons collection with one of these exclusive offers, which we will be posting one by one over the next few days?

Arco Floor Lamp Achille Castiglioni Flos

Flos was founded in 1962 in Merano by Dino Gavina and Cesare Cassina (also founder of Cassina), to produce modern lighting. Working with leading designers such as Achille Castiglioni, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and Tobia Scarpa, it was experimental in creating and using new materials not before used in lighting production. Michael Anastassiades, Konstantin Grcic, and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec are some of the current designers who are still pushing the boundaries in design for this progressive company.

Designed in 1962, there can be no more iconic floor lamp. A solid chunk of beautiful white Carrara marble (with a hole through it for a broom handle so you can lift the thing) supports a delicate arc of aluminium and an adjustable polished stainless steel shade. Updated in 2012 to an LED light source, bestowing it with advanced high performance lighting technology.

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Receive the Snoopy lamp (1967) worth £610 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni free when you purchase an Arco LED floor lamp by the same designers. Simply place both items in the shopping basket and the discount will be applied.

Snoopy Lamp Achille Castiglioni 1967 Flos

This offer runs from 1st March until 31st March 2017.

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The phrase ‘extendable table’ used to evoke images of clumsy designs with bulky wooden flaps that, when folded, rendered the table useless and unattractive. Thankfully, those days are long gone. With expert craftsmanship, new technology and high-tech materials, extending tables are now just as sleek and stylish as their static counterparts. We highlight the designs that offer a natural solution for when space is limited but usage varied.


Carl Hansen and Søn’s CH327 dining table by Hans J. Wegner

Designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1962, the CH327 remains one of Carl Hansen and Søns’ most popular extending tables. Its top is made from uninterrupted sections of solid wood running the entire length of the table. This solution, despite being more difficult to produce than full-width sections, reveals the wood’s structure and results in a harmonious surface. Extension leaves in black or grey lacquered MDF neatly extend the table by 40cm – perfect for two extra dinner guests.

Carl Hansen and Son Hans Wegner CH327 table Aram CH327 table by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen and Søn


Walter Knoll’s Tadeo extending table by EOOS

With a grand, masterly top and four study legs, Walter Knoll’s Tadeo embodies stability and quality. Extend its solid wood top from 230 to 300cm by simply parting the two main leaves and inserting the extension leaf – a smooth mechanical action ensures soft closure.

Walter Knoll EOOS Tadeo extending table AramTadeo table by EOOS for Walter Knoll


Corian and walnut extendable table by Søren Nissen and Ebbe Gehl

Practicality, elegance and superb craftsmanship is what marks out Søren Nissen and Ebbe Gehl’s extending table. Solid walnut legs and frame married to a glacier white Corian top and edges conceal an ingenious ‘butterfly’ mechanism that effortlessly takes the table from 200 to 300cm long.

Naver Soren Nissen and Ebbe Gehl GM7700 extending table Aram

Naver Soren Nissen and Ebbe Gehl GM7700 table AramCorian table by Søren Nissen and Ebbe Gehl


Just arrived: Fritz Hansen’s Super-Elliptical extending table by Piet Hein, Bruno Mathsson and Arne Jacobsen

Fritz Hansen has just announced the relaunch of their Super-Elliptical extendable dining table, an enduring classic originally designed by Piet Hein, Bruno Mathsson, and Arne Jacobsen. The company say it has “refined the series by using a new laminate surface that is highly resistant to the marks of daily use”. Plus, now you can order the design with matching monochrome top and legs. The new Super-Elliptical extends from either 170 to 270cm or 180 to 320cm and includes 2 extension leaves.

Fritz Hansen 5608 Table Series Super Elliptical table Aram

Fritz Hansen 5604 Super Elliptical table Series AramSuper-Elliptical table series by Piet Hein, Bruno Mathsson and Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen


Coming Soon: Chess extendable table by Søren Nissen and Ebbe Gehl

Now experts in extending tables, Søren Nissen and Ebbe Gehl have just released their latest design, the Chess table. Another masterclass in mixed materials, the Chess uses oil-burned steel, solid wood and a white Corian surface. A 100cm central butterfly-leaf lengthens the table from either 200 to 300cm or 240 to 340cm.

Naver Soren Nissen and Ebbe Gehl Chess table Aram


Naver Soren Nissen and Ebbe Gehl Chess table

Chess table by Søren Nissen and Ebbe Gehl


To enquire further about the tables featured please either use the links provided, or contact our Drury Lane store and a sales advisor will be able answer any query.

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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


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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