Sunday, 23 November 2014

Sit on It

2009: Design Classics
I imagine we have all sat on one of these because it is estimated that over 14 million (and counting) of them have been made since its launch in 1963.  Designed by Robin Day this polypropylene stacking chair was one of the first chairs manufactured by injection moulding.
As the winter nights lengthen perhaps a little light is required.  George Carwardine was a car designer specialising in vehicle suspension systems when he designed and patented the anglepoise lamp in 1932.  He manufactured it himself until demand became so great that he arranged for it to be made by the Terry Spring Company, who still make a version of it today.  Originally designed for the working environment Carwardine adapted it for use in the home in 1935 and in 1937 the patent was bought by the Norwegian lighting designer Jacob Jacobson who continued to develop different versions throughout Scandinavia.
2014: Sit Comfortably!
I like the imaginative double images of these booklet stamps which highlight five modern Swedish furniture designs.  The stamps were designed by Hans Cogne, professor of graphic design and engraved by Martin Mörck and Piotr Naszarkowski.  Hans Cogne also designed the FDC and cancel.
Top row left : A chair called 'Hug' designed by Anna von Schewen who wanted to give the feeling of sitting in someone's arms and received the Excellence in Swedish Design Award in 2002.  The chair design (top middle) by Carl Malmsten (1888-1972) was inspired by a pair of old lathe Windsor style chairs during a visit to Finström Church on Åland and has become one of the most popular pieces of furniture in Sweden. The church itself has also been featured on an Åland stamp with a suitably snowy landscape.

  Yngve Ekström's (1913-1988) beautifully curved piece of furniture (top right) was voted 'Swedish Furniture of the Century' at the turn of the millennium.  A comfortable chair is what Gunilla Allard (1957-) was aiming for, her goal to make a small armchair as compact as the seat in her English sports car (bottom left). Lastly, bottom right, is an aluminium chair which was the first in production for Mats Theselius.
1992: Antique Cape Furniture

As a contrast here are some South African stamps on antique furniture from the Cape area used by the Dutch settlers. The 17th Century furniture in Cape Town workshops were made using imported wood and influenced by the styles in Holland and are known by the term Cape Dutch.  The country districts of the Cape such as Stellenbosch had Dutch style homes which were furnished with pieces made from local workshops and wood.
The styles continued to change through time but were still influence by European designs and trends.

An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme of - Furniture - here


Eva A. said...

This is an impressive post! How many furniture on stamps!
I agree with you that the Swedish stamps are really cool with those double designs.

Bob Scotney said...

Wow! Not difficult at all for you with such an impressive range of furniture, especially South Africa.

Lisa B said...

I'm impressed with all the furniture you have found, as it wasn't easy. I only recently bought the PHQ cards of the GB classic design stamps, and I had already forgotten about the chair. The Swedish stamps are very nice, I'm not sure about the South African designs, I feel that some of the furniture looks a little out of context, but the chairs fit the frame of the stamp very well, but it is very nice to see antiques celebrated on stamps.

viridian said...

A lovely range of furniture. My parents liked the Swedish modern style and that's what I had in the house growing up.

thank you for joining in this week.

Heleen said...

Indeed impressive, thank you for sharing!
I very much like the double stamps design. Makes me wonder why there are not that many more kind of 'twin' stamps, showing the complete object on the one stamp, and a detail on the other. I love it!

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

Wow! These are stunning, particularly the South African series. I see you have the full set of the only stamp I could find in the timescale I left myself.