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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









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