Katie Walker, Ribbon rocking chair

Le rocking-chair "Ribbon" illustre le credo de la designer britannique Katie Walker : "Le bois massif est notre première ressource naturelle renouvelable. Et écologiquement parlant, il faut aborder le design privilégiant le critère de longévité". The "Ribbon" rocking-chair embodies Bristish designer Katie Walker's belief that "Timber is our primary natural renewable resource ; and the most ecologically sound solution is to design with longevity in mind."

British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age

British Design 1948-2012: The V&A museum (London) will exhibit the best of British Post-war Art and Design, coinciding with the London Olympic Games in 2012. British Design 1948-2012 : le musée Victoria & Albert (Londres) propose une exposition sur le design et l'art d'après-guerre, coïncidant avec les Jeux olympiques de 2012.

R.I.P. Robin Day

Robin Day s'est éteint le 9 novembre, âgé de 95 ans. Il est le designer britannique le plus populaire du 20e siècle, grâce à sa révolutionnaire chaise Prolyprop pour Hille, vendue (et toujours éditée) à plus de 14 millions d'exemplaires dans le monde. Aussi douée et acclamée que son mari, sa designer textile d'épouse, Lucienne (disparue en début d'année, mais plus que jamais actuelle) et lui-même se sont rapidement trouvés affublés du surnom des "Eames anglais". Brillants, innovateurs, très "visibles", collaborant parfois avec les mêmes firmes que leurs comparses américains : la comparaison s'arrête ici, puisque, contrairement aux Eames, Robin et Lucienne ont rarement travaillé ensemble. Robin Day has died on November 9th, aged 95. The most successful British furniture designer of the 20th Century, his Polyprop chair for Hille has been sold in excess of 14 million pieces all over the planet. His equally successful and stylish wife, textile designer Lucienne (who passed away earlier this year) and himself were even dubbed the "British Eames", in regards to the innovative quality of their work. Though both were designers, they rarely worked together, contrary to the Eames team. They met in the late 1930's when studying at the Royal College of Art, in London. They graduated in 1938, and Robin set up his own studio ten years later. The RCA did not, at that time, offered practical courses in fuctionnal design, but somehow gave Day the impulse to develop his interest in Architecture, a discipline which, from that moment on, played a major part in his creation process.