Vladimir Kagan furniture may get a sultrier rap and George Nakashima furniture may fetch higher bids, but there’s no denying that when it comes to Adrian Pearsall’s furniture, the stuff has serious star power. Considered the godfather of Atomic style, Pearsall crafted bold, attention-grabbing chairs, coffee tables, and sofas that married supreme functionality (and materials) with surrealist proportions. Although Pearsall only designed for three decades before trading in furniture design for the high seas (literally), his furniture made an indelible impact on Mid-Century Modernism. Today, Adrian Pearsall furniture stands among the tangible reminders of Mid-Century Modernism’s funkier side—the psychedelic forms, the brain-stimulating colors. Ahead, we delve into Pearsall’s creative influences, his masterpiece designs, and why his furniture might just be the last remaining deal on the Modernist market.
There are a whole multitude of ways to take a home from barefaced to palatial, but among designers’ most tried and true is a dash of Chinoiserie. With its scrolling botanical and avian-inspired prints, chinoiserie is among the most enchanting of design styles. Bold face designers like Miles Redd and Celerie Kemble have long harnessed the power of chinoiserie, using it to marry editorial-level sophistication with a touch of light-hearted romance and whimsy. Read on to discover more about this beloved designer style, including its origins, admirers, and multitude of designer uses.
Between the torched edges and the patchwork of metals, Brutalism can sometimes get a bad rap. Paul Evans’s nut and bolt-welded cabinets and Tom Greene’s fire-licked chandeliers do require a certain tolerance for discomfort, after all. But for those timid souls who find themselves intrigued by Brutalism nonetheless, not all is lost. Enter: Curtis Jere.
Editors may have declared animal print back ‘in’ at the culmination of this year’s Autumn/Winter Fashion week (thanks to a bevy of feline-forward frocks sent down the runway by designers ranging from Givenchy to Calvin Klein), but that begs the questions: did animal print every really go out?