Thursday, May 29, 2008

Home Furnishing Post: A Tribute to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

(If you're wondering what on earth Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is doing in this blog, read my latest Cleveland entry for NBLB for more deets.)

"Mies had designed it for his German Pavilion at the Barcelona Exposition of 1929. The Platonic idea of chair it was, pure Worker Housing leather and stainless steel, the most perfect piece of furniture design in the twentieth century... When you saw that holy object on the sisal rug, you knew you were in a household where a fledgling architect and his young wife had sacrificed everything to bring the symbol of the godly mission to their home."
- Tom Wolfe, From Bauhaus to Our House (c. 1981)

"Design Within Reach? Is this the store that sells the knockoffs of the clothes movie stars wear?"
"No, Mom. It's a store that sells furniture."
"...So it's the store that sells knockoffs of the furniture movie stars use?"

- Excerpts from a conversation between Meimei and her parents outside the new DWR at Ala Moana Center (circa May 2008)

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