Edmund Jorgensen coffee table being taken apart and revealing signatures

Finding Edmund Jorgensen

Finding Edmund Jorgensen About a year ago Barbara and I found two rosewood coffee tables that had ceramic tiles set into the entire top. They were in the warehouse of one of our Danish importers. We bought them on the spot. The tiles were attractive, they were rosewood and the price was reasonable. I asked […]

Jens Quistgaard’s serving platters and boards.

Jens Quistgaard’s Picnic

You’ve heard of Teddy Bear Picnics well I’m imagining serving up a Jens Quistgaard’s Picnic. Jens Quistgaard, a Danish designer and sculptor, is best known for his tableware (in this case picnicware) designs manufactured by Dansk from 1954 through the following 30 years and some continue to be produced today. Jens Quistgaard is synonymous with […]

Motorola television ad appeared in Life magazine and The Saturday Evening Post from 1961 until 1963. Charles Schridde illustrator

The Promise – Real and imagined MCM in America

Embracing the modern style in the 1950’s was part of the post WWII American “Promise for the Future”. The climate of hope and an advertised encouragement to living, and affording, the good life, created a new marketplace for modern design in America. Introduced into the American imagination by both reality and fiction, mainstream America was […]

Le Corbusier Villa Savoye, Poissy-sur-Seine, 1929, Paris

Movement, Style, Fashion in Modern Design

Photos above, Le Corbusier building, Villa Savoye, Poissy-sur-Seine, 1929. Source:ecomanta.com Is Modern design a Movement, Style or Fashion? Lately I’ve been thinking about how the names we give things are important to the understanding we have about what we are talking or writing about. This may sound obvious, but truly, it’s critical to communication. I remember the […]