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Piece in Brief: Bachelor Chair by Verner Panton

Bachelor Chair by Verner Panton

Bachelor Chair by Verner Panton

Bachelor Chair by Verner Panton

Bachelor Chair by Verner Panton

One of Danish designer Verner Panton’s more subdued designs, his Bachelor chair (1953/1955) erred on the side of function and practicality. Panton was perhaps best known for his innovative use of plastic and vibrant colors, but in this case, he took inspiration from Gerrit Rietveld’s Beugel chair and reinvented the simple design for midcentury living, both with and without arm rests. Additionally, he designed a Bachelor footstool and table to compliment the chair.

The chair’s lightweight bent-steel tubing construction supports a stretched fabric or suede seat (to be used with or without a custom cushion), and is practical in that the chair can be completely and easily disassembled, packed flat, and reassembled with no tools.

Originally manufactured by Fritz Hansen, vintage models can be found online (1stDibs, and occasionally eBay); the chair is currently licensed to and still in production at Montana Møbler.

More at: Verner Panton
Photos: Adore Modern, Verner Panton

Keeping A Fire

Keeping a Fire

It is that time of year to keep a fire, if you have a place to keep one, that is.

Be it built-in, enameled Scandinavian freestanding, or a classic wood stove, having the correct tools is essential; here are a few that don’t forgo style for practicality. And, if you are a city dweller with no option for a fire, in lieu of the all-too-common “fire-scented” (read Feu de Bois) candles, try something exceptional: perhaps the smoldering, resinous “Encens Olibanum” from Mad et Len, a fragrance developed in Grasse, using undiluted flowers, woods, spices, and house-aged essential oils, poured into a blackened iron vessel that was hand-forged by one of the town’s local blacksmiths.

1. Best Made Japanese Axe, $174; 2. Tsubota Queue Metal Stick Lighter, $36; 3. Mad et Len “Encens Olibanum” Candle, $135; 4. Fatwood Kindling Fire Starter, $38; 5. Vintage Modernist Fire Tools, $1500; 6. 1940s Bronze Cactus Andirons, $1500

Listening / Viewing: Kastrup – Thieves

Directed by Christofer Nilsson.

Gaudin House by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

Built in 1878, this structure in Anzère, Switzerland was originally intended as a barn to shelter animals and their keepers during the alpine grazing season. Decades later, under the hand of architecture firm Savioz Fabrizzi, the barn has been converted for modern comfort.

Gaudin House by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

Gaudin House by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

Gaudin House by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

Gaudin House by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

With the stone walls restored, a panoramic window added to the front, and a subtle raise of the roof (of about a foot), the exterior remains rudimentary in appearance. The stonework was so skillfully fortified, that it is hard to tell where the original stone ends and the new begins.

Gaudin House by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

Gaudin House by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

As a counterpoint to the rough stone exterior, made to resist the tough alpine climate, the interior is finished with smooth larch boards. This elegant, albeit simple finishing also provides a visual warmth to balance the expansive view of snow-covered mountains offered by the panoramic window, an excellent source of light to the space.

Gaudin House by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

Gaudin House by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

Inside, the upper floor houses the main living space, kitchen, and bathroom, while the lower level, dug into the mountainside, splits the bedroom and a utility space.

With an emphasis on comfort and thoughtful layout, this reinvention of a rudimentary structure offers new life to an old space, without introducing a new footprint.

More at: Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes
Photos: Thomas Jantscher

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

1. Playtype Notepad, $9; 2. Playsam Mefistofel Racer, $60; 3. Rok Manual Espresso Maker, $200; 4. Strange Invisible Perfumes Musc Botanique, $285; 5. The School of Life Memento Mori Glass Paperweight, $40

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

6. Far North Gustaf Navy Strength Gin, $50; 7. Magnus Nilsson: The Nordic Cookbook, $32; 8. Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons, vinyl, $24; 9. Bella Freud 1970 Candle, $70; 10. Palomino Blackwing 602 Pencils, 12 pack, $22

Listening / Viewing: Foxtrott – Shaky Hands

Directed by Kevin Calero.

Paintings by Magdalena Karpińska

A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Magdalena Karpińska is a contemporary artist that explores themes of nature and symbolism, astutely melding Renaissance-style painting and abstraction. Many of her subjects are familiar, a tree or plant, for example, but her approach to visual perception and the incorporation of unexpected shapes throw the eye, sometimes in a puzzle-like manner.

Karpińska’s work was most recently exhibited in a show called Oko (eye) at Starter Gallery in Warsaw.

Magdalena Karpińska

Magdalena Karpińska

Magdalena Karpińska

Magdalena Karpińska

Piece in Brief: AJ / 660 Flatware Collection by Arne Jacobsen

Arne Jacobsen Flatware

Arne Jacobsen Flatware

Designed in 1957 by Arne Jacobsen, the AJ model ‘660’ flatware was intended for use in the architect and designer’s SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, one of Jacobsen’s masterpieces, where he designed not only the building, but details including the furniture, lamps, and fabrics, down to the door handles and forks. His iconic Swan and Egg chairs might best represent his design aesthetic, but this elegant flatware collection has had a life of its own and maintained the interest of both collectors and design-enthusiasts.

Initially manufactured by silversmith Anton Michelsen in Denmark, it was the firm’s first tableware produced in the modern material of stainless steel; eventually the collection would be manufactured and distributed internationally by Georg Jensen. The matte finish, minimal forms are free of superfluous design or decoration, with their flattened shape assisting in ease of movement. The set was so forward-looking that it was even used as the flatware in the 1968 Kubrick classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. Now holding a place in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection, the AJ flatware collection is produced to this day by Georg Jensen.

You can find vintage sets (some with uncommon, covetable pieces) baring the A. Michelsen stamp on eBay and 1stdibs, as well as the Georg Jensen-produced pieces available new directly from the manufacturer.

Photos: The William P. Hood Jr. Collection, 1stdibs (Chris Howard Antiques)

Listening / Viewing: The Tallest Man on Earth – Darkness of the Dream


Directed by Jakob Wallin.

Villa Mörtnäs by Fourfoursixsix Architects

Located in the Stockholm Archipelago, this private home by firm Fourfoursixsix, commissioned by Swedish developer Strömma Projekt, may appear discreet from the outside with its clean, aerated concrete exterior, but has been thoughtfully designed to best take advantage of both natural light and the home’s remarkable placement in the landscape.

Villa Mörtnäs

Villa Mörtnäs

Villa Mörtnäs

Specialized features such as large-format windows and extended-height ceilings exaggerate the scale of the upstairs living space from front-to-back, where a wall of sliding-glass doors extend to a south-facing terrace that meets a natural rock face.

Villa Mörtnäs

Villa Mörtnäs

Villa Mörtnäs

Villa Mörtnäs

In a simple arrangement, the bedrooms sit on the house’s lower level.

Villa Mörtnäs

Villa Mörtnäs

Whitened pine floors and clean angles make for a straightforward interior that doesn’t distract from the outside views via the artfully-placed windows.

More at: Fourfoursixsix
Photos: Wrede, Johan Dehlin