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Design Icons Month - The Spanish 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?

Spanish Chair Borge Mogensen Fredericia

Fredericia has been producing innovative Scandinavian design since its origins in the eponymous Danish town in 1911. Designs by Nanna Ditzel, Børge Mogensen and Hans J Wegner (Spoke-back collection with Mogensen) are amongst their best known. 90% of their products are made in Denmark with the remaining 10% made in the EU. Frederica has a strong focus on sustainability – suppliers of materials are required to have documented environmental management systems in place. Fredericia furniture exemplifies the dedication to craftsmanship and beauty that Danish furniture is known for.

Spanish Chair and Pilotti Tables - Fredericia

The Spanish Chair is Børge Mogensen’s interpretation of a traditional type of chair often found in areas influenced by ancient Islamic culture – from Andalusia to northern India. The combination of solid oak and butt leather gives a strong, rustic appearance.

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DESIGN ICONS MONTH SPECIAL OFFER:

With every order of the Spanish Chair, receive a pair of nesting Piloti side tables (2016) by Hugo Passos in a choice of finishes worth up to £717 free. Place two nesting Pilotti tables in the shopping basket along with your Spanish chair and the discount will be applied.

Pilotti Tables Hugo Passos Fredericia

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

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Design Icons Month - Saarinen Dining Table

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?

Knoll began in New York in 1938 when Hans Knoll its German founder strove to bring modernist design to the US. A recent architecture and design graduate and student of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Florence Schust joined the company in 1941 to work on interior projects. Hans and Florence married in 1946, becoming a powerful force in design manufacturing with Florence designing her own range of furniture and overseeing the visual rebranding of the company with graphic designer Herbert Matter. Working with some of the best modern designers of each generation – from Mies van der Rohe, Harry Bertoia, Marcel Breuer, Alexander Girard through to David Adjaye and Piero Lissoni, Knoll has more than thirty products included in the Design Collection of The Museum of Modern Art.

Eero Saarinen Dining Table 1957 Knoll International

The Saarinen Collection of dining tables, introduced by Knoll in 1957 is as popular as ever. Designer Eero Saarinen wanted to ‘tidy up’ what he saw as the ‘jumble’ of legs with traditional tables and chairs and so created the sculptural and sensuous monobloc bases that have given the collection its nickname – Tulip.

Eero Saarinen Collection 1957 Knoll International

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DESIGN ICONS MONTH SPECIAL OFFER:

Purchase a Saarinen dining table in any finish and receive a pair of Saarinen side tables (1957) worth up to £2,744 in the same finish free.  Offer applies to oval and round dining tables 152cm diameter and above.  Side tables are 41cm diameter.  For smaller dining table (diameter 137cm and below) orders receive one Saarinen side table 41cm diameter worth up to £1,372. For dining tables in oak, maple or walnut, a white or black laminate side table will be supplied – simply place your dining table and side tables in the shopping basket and the discount will be applied.

Eero Saarinen 41cm Side Table Knoll International

This offer runs until 31st March 2017.

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Design Icons Month - Eileen Gray Bibendum 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?

Eileen Gray Bibendum Chair 1926 Aram Designs Ltd

Eileen Gray was born in Ireland in 1878 and was one of the first women admitted to the Slade School of Art, London in 1898. She moved to Paris in 1902 and after training in Japanese lacquer work she quickly established herself as one of the leading designers of lacquered screens and decorative panels. During the 1920s and 1930s she became one of the leading exponents of revolutionary new theories of design. In 1973 Eileen Gray began working with Zeev Aram to bring her designs to the market, and she granted the worldwide rights to manufacture and distribute her designs to Aram Designs Ltd.

Eileen Gray Bibendum Chair 1926 Aram Designs Ltd

Named after the Michelin man, whose form this armchair calls to mind, the Bibendum chair was designed in 1926 and still looks as fresh as if it were designed today. Putting it into production in the early 70s, Miss Gray made tiny adjustments to its measurements, such was her exacting eye.

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DESIGN ICONS MONTH SPECIAL OFFER:

Purchase a Bibendum chair in leather with either a chrome or matt black base and receive an E1027 adjustable table (1927) in any combination of finishes worth up to £694 free. Just place both items in your choice of finish into the shopping basket and the discount will be applied.

Eileen Gray E1027 Adjustable table 1927 Aram Designs Ltd

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

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Design Icons Month - LC4 Chaise Longue

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?

LC4 Chaise Longue Le Corbusier Perriand Jeanneret Cassina

Cassina was established in 1927 by Cesare and Umberto Cassina in Meda, Northern Italy. Much of its early products were commissions for cruise ships, high end hotels and restaurants. In 1964 the company acquired the rights to produce designs by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand and the Cassina I Maestri (Masters) Collection was born. Today Cassina also manufacturers furniture from Franco Albini, Gerrit Rietveld, amongst other 20th Century design greats as well as products by some of today’s best contemporary designers.

LC4 Chaise Longue Le Corbusier Perriand Jeanneret Cassina

The LC4 chaise longue is undoubtedly one of the most iconic pieces of furniture of the twentieth century, designed by Le Corbusier in collaboration with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand in 1928. These are authorised numbered editions, with the designers’ signatures stamped into the frame.

LC9 Stool Charlotte Perriand Cassina

LC9 Bathroom Stool by Charlotte Perriand

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DESIGN ICONS MONTH SPECIAL OFFER:

Receive a free LC9 stool designed in 1927 by Charlotte Perriand in any finish worth up to £894 when you buy an LC4 chaise longue in leather by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand. Place both items in your choice of finish into the shopping basket and the discount will be applied.

LC9 Stool in a variety of finishes

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

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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
Standard Colours Anniversary Edition Colours
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DESIGN ICONS MONTH SPECIAL OFFER:

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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DESIGN ICONS MONTH SPECIAL OFFER:

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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DESIGN ICONS MONTH SPECIAL OFFER:

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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