Light Fan-plastic: George Nelson & Associates ‘Lantern’ lights-
George Nelson is well known for his Plastic Bubble lamps but his office produced a whole host of other lighting fixtures. Designed in 1960, the ‘Lantern’ lights were pieces of cut vinyl, moulded and clipped around a cylindrical styrene diffuser. Using differing tensions and outer hoop sizes, various shapes could be formed using the same basic components. The depth created by the play of light and shadow is beautiful, and all from a simple piece of plastic!
LUSTING after: Book Art by Alvin Lustig-
Graphic designer Alvin Lustig created these intricate designs in 1940 for Alfred Young Fisher’s poem Ghost in the Underblows. They are made entirely from standard type case slugs shown in the last image.
Mod-Mansion: Farnley Hey-
Designed in 1954 by Peter Womersley, Farnley Hey can be found overlooking the Pennines in West Yorkshire. Built in a typically American Mid-century style, the property features a lot of natural wood in the way of panelling and flooring, polished flagstone floors, exposed stone walls and Formica. The main double height living area has a mezzanine and the floor to ceiling windows allow far reaching views, really bringing the outside in. Farnley Hey is grade 2 listed and quite rightly so. The interior has been kept in immaculate condition and features some gorgeous original pieces of Danish modern furniture.
Classy Knoll: 1950’s Knoll associates catalogue-
Images from a Knoll catalogue probably from the late 40’s/ early 50’s designed by Herbert Matter. Herbert Matter replaced Alvin Lustig as Knoll’s graphic Designer in 1946 and was responsible for the Knoll logo and font which is still used today. It’s Amazing to think that some of these pieces- Barcelona chair, Womb chair, and Wire chairs are all still in production some 70+ years later!
For Alvin Lustig designs see: