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Paul McCobb (1917-1969) was one of the leading contemporary furniture designers on the American design scene in the 1950s and 1960s. Over a timespan of twenty years he designed an impressive range of furniture, accessories and textiles which made him the bestselling furniture name for years in America. Since his early death in 1969 his designs have not been in production, but are now making their way back to the market in collaboration with world leading manufacturers. Fritz Hansen and Karakter Copenhagen launched pieces from Paul McCobb during Salone del Mobile 2018 and many more will be launched in Milan this year again by Fritz Hansen, Karakter Copenhagen, Schwinn Originals and Made a Mano.

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Paul McCobb’s design aesthetic is simplicity of form with a lack of ornamentation. Inspired by his New England upbringing and influenced by Shaker Design, McCobb combined slender lines with sculptural forms. He offered a playful take on traditional forms with hints of Scandinavian craftsmanship and International style clarity, often made with affordable and robust materials such as iron, solid wood and durable upholstery.

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Paul McCobb first came to prominence in 1948 as a design and decorating consultant for Martin Feinman’s Modernage Furniture in New York City. While employed at Modernage, McCobb met B. G. Mesberg, his later business partner in the Planner and Directional furniture lines.

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Best known for his furniture designs, McCobb also designed radios and televisions for CBS-Columbia, Hi-Fi Consoles for Bell & Howell, along with other household items. He acted as design consultant to many leading corporations, including Singer, Alcoa, Goodyear, Columbia Records, and Remington Rand. For years, he traveled throughout America for speaking engagements, panel discussions, and appearances on radio and television talkshows, and he had his own syndicated design column in newspapers across the country. Besides his public engagements, he taught design at Philadelphia Museum School of Art.

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Paul McCobb received MoMA’s Good Design Award five times between 1950 and 1955 as well as of the Philadelphia Museum of Arts’ Contribution to Better Design Award in 1959.

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For their 2019 collection, presented at the Palazzo Litta during Milan Design Week, Atelier de Troupe plunges into 70′s Neo-Noir Hollywood. Gabriel Abraham, a former set designer, imagines seating and lighting for a character in the likes of Philip Marlowe in Robert Altman‘s “The Long Goodbye”. Chromed tubular forms woven with leather or fused with glass compose a captivating and elegant collection, creating a nostalgic cocktail, A de T’s manifest since 2012.

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Inspired by italian grandeur with a touch of Scandinavian minimalism, The Modular Sofa by Handvark offers both a light weigh expression and a high level of comfort. High density foam and with heavy padding on top gives a fluffy look. Elegant and matte black steel legs gives a floating expression. (more…)

 

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matali crasset will unveil Vino Sospeso for the ‘Mindblowing’ exhibition at La Cité du Vin in Bordeaux next month. Unique and ethereal, the nomadic “drinking object” Vino Sospeso produced by the CIAV glassmakers in Meisenthal, will hang from the branches of an imaginary tree, as an invitation to a tasting surrounded by nature. (more…)

 

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The Pewter Collection by Christopher Gentner is a family of furniture pieces defined by their materiality and formal qualities.  One crucible at a time, pewter is melted into liquid form and hand coated onto the steel structure, creating the other-worldly surface that makes each handcrafted pewter table unique. Through its manifestation of conceptual thought and dream like movements expressed through Christopher’s knowledge of materials and craftsmanship. The material finish on each piece turns into a creation unlike any other, embodying the surface of a lunar landscape and a one-of-a-kind sculpture. Available in the simple coffee table, Landscape Coffee Table and Console. All prices on request. (more…)

 

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A sofa, an armchair, a magazine table and a fabrics collection just reissued and unveiled in Stockholm last week by Fredericia and Camira, more to come in Milan and New York : 2019 will be Jens Risom year ! Risom was a versatile and successful Danish-American designer and businessman who took USA by storm from the 1940s onwards. As part of a new vanguard, he was one of the first designers to introduce the modernist aesthetics and values of function and craftsmanship to the United States, he created Hans Knoll Furniture in 1941 with Hans Knoll. He founded Risom Design after Hans met Florence Knoll and became partner to create Knoll International in 1946 and throughout the mid-twentieth century he became an important figure in establishing post-war America’s leadership role in the world of modern furniture design and manufacturing. (more…)

 

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The 2019 made to measure collections imagined by Samir Mazer for Ateliers Zelij continue the reinvention of the traditional Moroccan zellige. New motifs, new shapes, new assemblage patterns, new placing methods, since 2013 thanks to its very own research and development atelier based in Toulouse, this studio specialized in tiling reinvents the infinite possibilities of the small clay tile, building a bridge between Moroccan tradition and contemporary architecture. (more…)

 

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Handvark is now recognised as a major player on the new Danish design scene and unveils new finish for the Lounge Chair, by Emil Thorup, designer and founder of the brand producing stark and durable furnishings. ‘Designing a lounge chair is very demanding in my opinion, especially in Denmark where we have so many design icons that are perfectly comfortable. Now I feel ready. I found Handvark’s DNA with this chair that is as minimalist as our Daybed, but more elegant,’ summarises Emil Thorup. (more…)

 

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Christopher Gentner has created a company that supports and indulges his eccentric delight in Sculptural Objects. This company, g e n t n e r  d e s i g n, is the commercial outlet of his creative output and is supported by an infrastructure that has been painstakingly built with his quest for knowledge, craft and industrial capabilities. Over the years Christopher Gentner has  learned to deftly wield this amalgam of 19th century craft and 21st century computer driven manufacturing. This, odests of combinations, is constantly put into the service of a sensual and sometimes offbeat collection, that resides at the crossroads between art and design, escaping pure functionality in order to flirt with sculpture. (more…)

 

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Atelier de Troupe unveils the 2018 the Pastille pendant. Pastille is a hand blown glass shade that can hang alone or grouped in different color combinations. The hardware is ribbed and made from solid brass and can be finished pure or blackened. (more…)