[photo by Christina RÃ¶mer]
Designboom has a recent post featuring a number of photos named winners and honourable mentions of a competition launched by the German company Thonet. The competition? To photograph the iconic Thonet no. 214, as a way to celebrate its 150th anniversary.
214: It is often called the chair of all chairs â€“ and rightfully so. traditionally-made chairsÂ had handcrafted joints. Then, around 1850, michael thonet made production cheaper by bending the woodenÂ components using steam and simply screwing them together. No other chair has ever been reproduced as many times. Â To date, more than 50 million copies have been made. And thonet is still producing it following the original well-tried and proven principles. Chair no. 14, today 214, is considered the most successful industrial product in the world.
Basically, I just thought the photo was dope – check out the Designboom post for more.
Interior of “Les Bains des Docks” by Jean Nouvel.
Photo by Clement Guillaume, via Flickr.
[Image: Z Islander housing compound, Texas]
I really have nothing to say about this, other than the obvious: my ninjas, please. I mean, really?
[Image: Shulman photographing Case Study House no. 22, California 1960, via]
“Don’t have to. Everyone’s willing to wait”
~ Julius Shulman [October 10, 1910 – July 15, 2009], when asked if he ever had to turn down assignments [via].
[I realize this isn’t a ‘deep’ quote that gives any insight into Shulman’s work, but I thought it was representative of the impact he had – and made him sound like the man.]