heART and Design: Love Affair With the Panton Chair

I had once heard that the heart wants what it wants. If that assumption were true, would it be applicable to my love affair for the Panton Chair?

Truth be told, I have never adored a single piece of furniture (/ART ) as much as I love the this one. In fact, six years ago, I told myself this piece of history would be my first luxury purchase. For the time being, I have cushioned myself on it countless times (in various stores and public spaces) and I never tire of doing so.

In technical terms, Panton chair is formed after the human body and has a cantilevered base. The iconic Verner Panton designed it in the late 1960s- with the assistance of Vitra. Also, it is the first “fully plastic chair made from a single section.”

For the market, it is safe to say, Panton chair’s success is due to its cunning + stunning appeal together with its relentless versatility. From the modern 60s look, to the contemporary eclectic era of the 21st century, it is comparable to a chameleon morphing its way into every scenario it faces. A handful of which portrayed below:

The ultimate example would be its appearance at Bartholomew Church in Eastern bohemia by Maxim Velcovsky.

What more can we ask for from a single piece of furniture?

….What about the kids, you ask?

 

This was set to production almost twelve years ago. Talk about being ahead of the trends.

I guess communities of people are having this love affair along with me after all.

For the mean time, I’d have to satiate my longing with visuals, so I have created a pin board entirely dedicated to this piece of art (and since imitation is a form of flattery, there are some unoriginals included within the board). Enjoy! xx

heART and Design: Lucite Furniture by July Zhou

Lucite trend has been introduced since the 40’s but I believe, for the most part, it has been only prevalent on accessories and maybe some small furnishings. I became rightly exposed and jaw-dropped to them in the late 2009, when I came across Starck‘s Louis Ghost chair.

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I have always been biased on European designs (French!) and have never recalled being head over heels over Asian, but let me share a fab find: lucite ASIAN furniture pieces. Asians, somehow tend to be more conservative, and I think it reflects on our design aesthetics; however these lucite Asian pieces are just an unexpected beauty. One of the perfect blending examples of East meets West.

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The quirky, whimsical twist is sure to be a conversational piece, and when they compliment, be sure to add that these items are also hand-carved and polished! Getting your money’s worth is a sure thing. To cap that off, quoting Laura Kirar’s Elle Décor interview, “Transparency is a sure sign of quality.”

Fascinating, aren’t they? All pieces are by July Zhou, purchase them here. If I could splurge myself with one of them, I would get my hands on Forever Administrator’s Chair. It’s so refreshing to see an iconic Ming/Qing Dynasty piece played with such a risky move. Which one appeals to you most?