Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Perfect Pair: Breuer Tube Chairs and Murano Glass Lamps!

The designer influence of yesterday was a classic and influential Mid-Century designer, architect and furniture designer who not only created a number of long-lasting designs that have withstood the test of time, but also who taught a whole generation of other influential architects and designers. We picked a fun set of Swank Lighting lamps to pair with an unusual set of Marcel Breuer-designed chairs, and we rather like the result!

Known for pioneering the furniture design of tubular steel furniture, Breuer is most famous for the Wassily Chair, a mesh of steel tubes and cowhide strips for a seat and back. This pair of chairs, known as Breuer B33 leather side chairs, was designed in 1925. We just love the simplicity of these chairs, from the cantilever design, to the thin yet sturdy tube structure, to the just-what’s-needed leather straps for a seat and back. We even love the camel-colored neutral leather that the straps are made out of. Our favorite part has to be the lattice detail to the back of the chair.

These "Murano Cacti" Vintage Murano Table Lamps are a particular favorite of all those at Swank Lighting. Made in the 1960s, these lamps not only have a delightful and rare translucent deep green color, they have the wildest shape! Featuring a pinched glass motif, bubbles in the glass, and even handles, we’ve never seen such a unique set of lamps. Nicknamed “cacti” lamps due to their resemblance to the plant, we just love how groovy they are!

Last week was the height of Austin, Texas’ South by Southwest interactive, film and music festival, and we were reminded over and over again of the cool, modern style of Austin. When we placed this photo of these chairs next to the photo of these cacti lamps, we knew we had a match made in Texas Modern heaven! Both sleek and full of Mid-Century details but also with just a hint of Texas twang, we just love the look that this combination promotes. Don’t you?

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