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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Willy Guhl

Willy Guhl (1915-2004) was a Swiss industrial designer and a leader in the Swiss neo-functional design movement. He was one of the first advocates of flat-packed furniture, later made famous by the Swedish chain Ikea, saying that more people would be able to afford good design if it could be assembled in their homes.

Guhl's trademark piece was the Loop Chair, designed for Eternit in 1954. It was made of a single piece of material, a combination of asbestos and cement, bent to form a loop and designed according to his motto of "achieving the most with the minimum of effort." The chair is now made with a cement and fiber mixture which does not contain asbestos.

Other famous Guhl designs are the Scobalit chair and various window boxes, planters, tables, standing ashtrays, and modular pieces he created for the company Eternit AG.

He trained as a cabinetmaker before attending the Zurich School of Applied Arts, where the eventually taught for 39 years.

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Loop Chair

Scobalit chairs

Diabolo planters for Eternit

Modular cubes

Saucer planters

Tilted planters

Prototype sideboard

Side chairs

Saturday, February 6, 2016


I just received my first order from my new favorite online shoe source. It's called Bucketfeet, and they sell come of the coolest footwear I've seen in a while.

Bucketfeet also has a cool connect people through art. The company has an open platform approach, allowing any artist to submit a design for their shoes. They are currently working with over 20,000 artists from 100 countries, including painters, graphic designers, graffiti writers, street artists, and photographers.The resulting product reflects the talent of some of the most exciting young artists around.

I ordered a pair of slip-ons and a pair of flip flops in the Birds pattern by Carrie Van Hise, an artist influenced by mid-century modern designs. Bucketfeet also carries lace-ups and midtops and has shoes for men and kids too. They sell unisex socks as well.

Birds slip-ons

Birds flip flops

Take a look at some of the other cool styles on my to-buy list. What great modern designs!

Minty Fresh

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