Japanese designer Takeshi Nii was inspired by the simplicity and style of the directors chair & by the form and materials used in Mid Century Danish design.
He created this highly functional and comfortable chair in 1958.
The chair has won numerous awards and became a permanent feature in the MOMA collection in 1970.
We have 2 in stock!! $550 pair
Bruce Arthur - Tapestry ‘Ullysse Timana’ (Brudea Studio)
Dunk Island is home to a small community of artists who live, work and showcase their work on a property on the southern side of the island.
The Colony was established in 1974 by former Olympic wrestler turned tapestry maker Bruce Arthur, and continued to operate after his death in 1998, until Cyclone Larry damaged much of the colony.
Like Mason in the film, Arthur chose Dunk as his personal paradise and built himself a mud-brick home. One visiting painter describes how ‘even in his late 70s, Arthur would have wild parties ... People would come from all over the place to meet this man and he would entertain them for days’
Although he died in 1989, the spirit and work of the commune lives on, carefully nurtured by Susie Kirk, artist-in-residence and guardian of this particular Arthurian legend.
Photos by Rennie Ellis, via State Library of Vic
Kitsch masterpiece, Vladimir Tretchikoff's Chinese Girl, gains record price at Bonhams auction
A PICTURE dubbed the most reproduced fine art print in the world has sold at auction in London for almost $A1.47 million, a record for South African artist Vladimir Tretchikoff.
Chinese Girl was bought by the chairman of Graff Diamonds International, Laurence Graff, for STG982,050 ($A1.44 million), Bonhams auctioneers said.
"It's a new world record for Tretchikoff," a Russian emigre who settled in South Africa, said Bonhams head of communications and marketing Julian Roup.
Mr Graff, a British jeweller, will put the iconic painting on public display with the rest of his collection of South African art at the Delaire Graff Estate at Stellenbosch outside Cape Town.
"The picture is going home to Cape Town, where Tretchikoff painted it. It's rather wonderful," Mr Roup said.
Chinese Girl is a simple charcoal drawing on a brown canvas illuminated by an iridescent green-blue face, luscious black hair and bright golden tunic.
Bonhams said it was widely believed to be the most reproduced fine art print, noting Tretchikoff himself claimed to have sold half a million large-format reproductions by the end of his career.
Mr Roup said Wednesday's sale price, which includes a buyer's premium, signalled a new recognition for an artist who before his death in 2006 at the age of 92 was often regarded as "kitsch".
original article www.theaustralian.com.au
Vladimir Tretchikoff's original painting of the Chinese Girl, believed to be the world's most reproduced print, is to go on sale in London.
The Russian artist, who died in 2006, claimed that by the end of his career he had sold half a million large-format reproductions of the print worldwide.
The portrait of a young Chinese girl with distinctive green-hued skin and ruby lips could fetch up to £500,000.
The painting will form part of Bonhams' South African art sale on 20 March.
Tretchikoff, who grew up in Russia and Shanghai, eventually settled in South Africa in 1946 and painted the Chinese Girl in Cape Town in 1952.
His model was Monika Sing-Lee, then 17, whom he spotted working at her uncle's launderette in Sea Point, Cape Town.
'King of Kitsch'
According to Tretchikoff's biographer Boris Gorelik, the image - also known as the Green Lady - went on to become "one of the most important pop culture icons in Britain and the Commonwealth in the 1950s".
Its popularity led to Tretchikoff being called the "king of kitsch" - a moniker he hated, insisting he was a serious artist.
The painting was bought directly from the artist by a woman in Chicago when Tretchikoff was touring the US in the 1950s. It has remained in the same family for the past 60 years.
"The combination of lustrous golden silk and the blue-sheen of the model's skin combine to produce an otherworldly glow: a luminescence that is the leitmotif of Tretchikoff's best works," said Giles Peppiatt, director of South African Art at Bonhams.
The work will be exhibited in New York and Johannesburg prior to its sale.
original article www.bbc.co.uk
HISTORY OF THE SAFARI CHAIR
Inspired by the 'campaign furniture' of the 19th century & designed by Army engineers to be used by British Army Officers in India, from 1898 to the start of WWII.
They needed a light weight chair that could be folded up & carried around easily & loaded onto a pack horse. It also needed to be comfortable & to be used on uneven terrain.
Later many furniture designers including Kaare Klint & Arne Norell created their own iconic versions. The lines are clean, minimal & rustic.
We have several available instore now, by Australian furniture manufacturer Michael Hirst (C1960), who worked in Hawthorn from 1954-1982.