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Emile-Jaques Rulhmann, Deco’s Designer Extraordinaire


by Janeen Swing • January 26, 2019

While Emile-Jaques Rulhmann had a relatively short life, he persists as a most important figure in the evolution of early 20th century furnishings, and especially the Art Deco movement. Although he had no formal training, his most notable talent was in translating neoclassical elements into modern sensibility and proportions, and his very successful works embodied […]

Elsie de Wolfe, Vanguard of Modern Design


by Janeen Swing • January 9, 2019

Elsie deWolfe (1859—1950) is credited with the “invention” of interior decoration, a statement not entirely true. The profession of interior decorator existed as early as 1900, several years before she received her first commission, The Colony Club in New York. Prior to that, interiors were largely done by architects, who employed upholsterers, woodworkers and artisans […]

Ib Kofod-Larsen’s Timeless Aesthetic


by Janeen Swing • December 6, 2018

Although he didn’t achieve as much recognition as his pears inside Denmark, Ib Kofod-Larsen (1921-2003) was still able to achieve renkown for his practical and versatile furniture designs and with graceful esthetic, mostly by working with companies outside of his home. He was born in 1921. Little is known of his early years, but as […]

Brutalism and Paul Evans


by Janeen Swing • November 7, 2018

The Brutalism style was really popular in the 1960s and 1970s but was first coined as the French “béton brut”  – Le Corbusier’s definition of his favorite material and the term was made popular by architecture critic Reyner Banham in the 1950s and 1960s. Today is due in part to 1970s-inspired fashion trends in films […]

Hollywood Regency: Reaching for the Stars


by Janeen Swing • October 13, 2018

The term “Hollywood Regency”, originating in the 1920s with larger-than-life personality designer Dorothy Draper (see January, 2018 blog), have no shortage of adopters and admirers. Becoming popular with the masses after the wind-down of the Great Depression, its going strong and its unbridled glamour has evolved in each coming decade. The enduring popularity of the […]