The Midcentury Modern Show is a a pretty hot thing these days! It happens three times a year and displays an array of classic furniture and objects from the 50’s and the 60’s. Some of them from anonymous designers, some others from designer stars such as Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen or Poul Kjaerholm. Oak and teak Scandinavian items, among others, parade in grand spaces such as the Dulwich College or the Lords Cricket Ground for the London locations (there’s also a show in Bristol). It’s a real treat!
– Vase £99: Savoy vase designed by Alvar Aalto. Manufactured by iitala. Available at Skandium.
– Grey armchair around £1,570: Original 1950 Papa Bear designed by Hans J. Wegner. Manufactured by Modernica. Available in the UK from vintage (midcentury) furniture shops.
– Green armchair £1495: Lusk Armchair, Moss colour, designed by Orla Kiely. Available at Heal’s.
– Digital background £1.20: Gianna II Digital Printable Paper for Cards, Crafts, Art, and Scrapbooking Set of 10. Available at Etsy shop Squiggledot Designs.
This kaleidoscopic animation created by Jen Stark was entirely made of paper cuts which were layered, moved and filmed into countless frames to create a stunning video. I love the way the colors are merging into one another, creating a rainbow effect! It’s hypnotic and magic at the same time!
What I particularly like about Orla Kiely’s designs is her ability to come up with a stunning simple graphics and play with it, reinventing it and adapting it and its colour schemes to various media. The clarity of her design style has given her brand an iconic status. From home ware, textiles to stationery, wallpapers and even cars and London double deckers, Orla Kiely has been able to create a very appealing and recognizable brand, and I’m totally sold! My favourite items in her collection are the mugs, bowls and jars from her kitchen ware line. I could buy them all, problem is, there’s no more room in that tiny kitchen of mine!
Irish born, Orla Kiely earned a degree in textile design from the Royal College of Art and Design in Dublin, and a Master’s Degree in the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London. She spent time in between degrees working as a wallpaper and fabric designer in New York. Her final year hat show at the RCA was purchase by Harrods. She moved to hand bag design soon after, with a revolutionary concept of using laminated fabric, which at the time was used for table cloth. She did some design work for major UK brands such as M&S, Habitat, and Heal’s. She was described by The Guardian as “the Queen of Prints” and was featured on a stamp issued by the Republic of Ireland in July 2010! Oh, and she visits my favourite midcentury furniture fair, the Midcentury Modern Fair! Next time I’ll keep my eyes open see if I can spot her and spy on what she buys 😉
If you wished to learn more about the Orla Kiely’s fabulous world, click here to read her very down to earth interview for “Fashion” in the Telegraph.