Saturday, June 26, 2010
The Egg is a chair designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 for Radisson SAS hotel in Copenhagen. It is manufactured by Republic of Fritz Hansen.
The Egg was designed in a typical Jacobsen style, where there was no fear of pushing the material to its limit, and often using entirely new materials to make his designs come true.
It is believed to be inspired by Eero Saarinen's "Womb chair", from which it gains some traits. In many respects, though, the Egg is a much more complete design.
Related to the Egg is the Swan and, to some degree, many of Jacobsen's plywood chairs such as "7", the Ant, the Cigar, the Grand Prix-chair, the Pot, the Drop and the Giraffe.
The Egg was (as was the Swan) designed as a couch also - though the actual piece was thought to be a figment of someone's imagination, fed by the existence of the Swan-couch. While the Swan-couch is still in production, only a handful of Egg-couches have ever been made. A few were made for the Radisson Hotel, and a few years back, some were made as a "special edition" couch. The price was quite high - about 400.000 dkr., the equivalent of 60,000 USD.
The reason for the limited production of the Egg-couch, besides the wish for exclusivity, is the difficulty involved in making it, plus a design-"flaw"- the couch is too big to be covered by two entire cow-hides, which is only just possible with the Egg-chair. This leaves a very visible stitching down the middle of the couch - definitely not in Jacobsen spirit. This problem can, however, be solved by making the upholstery in fabric rather than leather.
According to a New York Times article, the Egg chair has also been used by McDonalds as part of a high-concept redesign of one of its restaurants in London. Furthermore The Egg is in McDonalds on Nørrebrogade in Copenhagen, amongst orther furniture by Arne Jacobsen, although some being imitations.
-straight out of wiki
Posted by retro fix liss at 2:17 PM
Monday, June 7, 2010
not too sure where to credit these, since they're mostly from my collection of random pretty things i've found on the internets. here are some tasty little things to accommodate your scrumptiously green rooms:
mini succulent plant.
retro usb turntable.
Posted by retro fix liss at 1:48 PM
Sunday, June 6, 2010
i saw this amazing singer/songwriter live as an opening band for ben folds and she literally blew me away with her powerful vocals and opera-like quirky additions. kate miller-heidke has now become one of my favorite singers. she also likes to sing about the 60's every so often; after reading up on her, she's been known to have said things about wishing she had lived back then. oh the retro glory of it all.
Posted by retro fix liss at 10:41 PM
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
many celebs have been spotted showing off their fabulous 60's style going out-fits whether the dress is a newer rendition of 60s inspired looks, or a real vintage dress from some outrageously overpriced parisian boutique specialty store. whatever the case, they look amazingly hip and retro.
victoria beckham and mischa barton
nicole richie and lily allen
lady gaga <3
Posted by retro fix liss at 9:10 PM
Monday, May 3, 2010
A buffet, sideboard, or bookcase, especially one without legs.
A piece of office furniture having a long flat top and usually file drawers.
[Italian, from Medieval Latin crēdentia , trust (possibly from the practice of placing food and drink on a sideboard to be tasted by a servant before being served to ensure that it contained no poison) ; see credence .]
all credenza images found here, here, here, and here. enjoy and trust in your credenza (see dictionary.com).
Posted by retro fix liss at 3:10 PM
Sunday, May 2, 2010
i'm sorry for not updating in a while. i've been busy with school (i'm graduating!!) and am in transition from a house with 8 people living in it, to a cute little apartment, which i'm very excited about because i'll be taking many pictures of the progression and tips you can try to improve your home! plus i'm just excited to see how cute everything turns out! anyways, retrofix magazine will be postponed until further notice (basically, i will need to wait a while more so i can get more people to subscribe), but check out this amazing singer, feist, while you wait.. and stay tuned for more amazing retro and eclectic finds!
Posted by retro fix liss at 4:47 PM