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A screen is a rather ancient invention, most of us undeservedly forgotten. This is perhaps the most unusual piece of furniture exotics brought to Europe. You will not dare to call it furniture, but rather a movable wall or a folding screen. The history of the screen begins in China. It was in China in the 7th century that screens appeared, and already in the 8th century they moved to Japan.
Screens came to Europe in the 17th century, along with fashion for everything Chinese. In the duality of its function – hiding something behind the wings, at least partially revealing it – Europeans immediately saw not only decorative effects, but also opportunities for very elegant spatial games. Particularly popular screens found in the XIX-XX centuries. The layout of the apartments of that time required dividing the living space into zones, and the screens easily coped with this task, covering with themselves what should not be seen by outsiders. Continue reading
Creating your own chair is a must for every true designer. The portfolio of all the major masters of the 20th century has at least one outstanding chair, whose appearance provoked a “Copernican revolution” in the field of interior design, and which has not been stopped talking about until now. Why are artists not attracted to tables or cabinets? If the cupboard is assigned the secondary role of the keeper of things, then we touch the table no less than with the chair. And, nevertheless, it is the chair that invariably occupies a leading position in the hit parade of designer’s favorite items.
The first designer chairs were the “Vienna Chairs” by Michael Tonet, which he created in the second half of the 19th century from bent wood. The combination of a very simple, lightweight, but solid construction and low price (due to mass production) made them incredibly popular. They remain incredibly popular until now; it will not be easy to find a person who has never sat in this chair. Thonet created twenty variants of his chair, but model No. 14 became the most famous. Continue reading