Jean Prouve – Designer in Focus

Jean Prouve was a French metal worker, Architect and designer. His main achievement was transferring manufacturing technology from industry to architecture, without losing aesthetic qualities. His design skills were not limited to one discipline.

He was a founding member of the Union des Artistes Modernes (UAM) in 1930. In the following year he established his own manufacturing firm, Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé. During the 1930s, the company produced numerous furniture designs, as well as some of the first prefabricated architectural elements, including components for the Maison du Peuple in Clichy (in collaboration with the architects Beaudoin and Lods), whose steel-and-glass structure attracted a great deal of attention.

He taught as professor at the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) from 1957-70. As chairman of the jury for the Centre Pompidou architectural competition in 1971, he played a major role in selecting the design of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers.

Between 1980-84, Prouvé again turned his attention to the further development of his furniture designs. He died in Nancy in 1984. In many of his works, Jean Prouvé achieved the goal of uniting functional requirements, the honest use of materials and economical concerns with the complex demands of mass production. Beginning in 2002, in close collaboration with the Prouvé family, Vitra has devoted itself to the re-edition of numerous designs by this great constructeur.

A firm favourite here at Cimmermann, Jean Prouve’s designs are truly unique and offer an alternative to the norm.

Our favourites include the Standard Chair and Standard SP Chair – a new version made of moulded plastic and metal.

Jean Prouve Standard SP Chair
Standard SP Chair and EM Table with laminate top – love the green
He also designed lights, a true classic Potence is one of a kind.

Jean Prouve - Potence Light
Potence Light

For the Cite University in France he designed the Cite Chair – lucky students.

Jean Prouve - Cite Chair
Cite Chair with red arms and beige fabric

Some of Prouve’s early vintage pieces fetch big money from collectors nowadays.

Prouve Desk and Chair
Vintage Prouve Desk and Chair
Prouve Sideboard
Jean Prouve Vintage Sideboard – a thing of beauty

Prouve’s architecture has the same simple lines as his furniture.

Early Prouve building
Early Prouve building

 

Jean Prouve - House and Antony Chairs
Jean Prouve house and his iconic Antony Chairs
Jean Prouve's House
Exterior of Jean Prouve’s house in the French Winter

Jean Prouve was a visionary whose designs live on today and will do for many years to come.

See more from Jean Prouve on our Pinterest Board.

The Team at Cimmermann

Credits

http://calypsosdeck.com/blog/2012/11/jean-prouve/

http://modernfindings.com/archives/date/2013/03

http://nordicdays.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/great-designers-jean-prouve.html

http://www.vitra.com/en-gb/corporation/designer/details/97702

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Prouv%C3%A9

http://www.penccil.com/gallery1.php?show=7057&p=48020280519

HAY – cool scandinavian design

HAY

Hay’s designs  are so current yet so timeless. Offering Scandinavian cool with quality, affordable products all makes for a brand that is growing quickly and becoming ever so popular.
Their range of accessories is quite unique and ranges from dominoes, archive trays, wooden hands to wooden rulers.

Their furniture collection is sublime but the stand-out products are the Mags Sofa, About A Chair, Copenhague Dining table by the Bouroullec Brothers and the Woody shelving.

They have become renowned for their great rugs too – made from 100% wool the colour carpets and pinocchio rugs in particular.

The range available is large and offers something for every Design connoisseur out there. Their pastel tones tailor to the current trend but mix so well with the more timeless neutral greys, beiges etc.

Their new range Wrong designed by Sebastian Wrong includes some really cool lights and a great new sofa – Hackney.

HAY - collection of items
A cool selection of HAY and Wrong for HAY products
HAY - Mags Sofa and Colour Carpets
Simple and classic Mags Sofa with the 100% wool colour carpet’s
HAY - Dining
HAY do dining – soft Scandinavian tones
Woody Shelving White
Woody shelving in white – so versatile
Bedroom - HAY
Dot rug with ultra cool minimal bed linen
HAY Copenhague Table
Copenhague Table designed by the Bouroullec Brothers
Hackney Sofa
Love the new Hackney Sofa by Sebastian Wrong

Hay is a unique and inspiring brand, like all good Scandinavian design houses offers simplicity, quality and most of all timeless design.

Check out our Pinterest board for more inspiration – http://www.pinterest.com/cimmermann/hay-furniture/

The Team at Cimmermann

Children’s Bedrooms

How To Design The Perfect Child’s Bedroom

How do you design a bedroom for the perfect child? No, that’s not really what we’re asking. No one is perfect, but with a bit of clever planning and investment in quality pieces, your child’s bedroom just might be.

Steer clear of fads

Of course you’re designing the bedroom for your child. But that doesn’t mean you should over-theme to suit their tastes. This may sound harsh, but think about how quickly they change their minds. If they love butterflies this month, they may not be so keen the next. You can invest in some classic pieces and still have fun. And if they are desperate for those butterflies, consider wall stickers or prints that can be easily replaced. Notonthehighstreet.com has a good selection of tasteful vinyl wall stickers.

Childrens Room's - Butterfly Wall Stickers
Notonthehighstreet Vintage Butterfly vinyl wall stickers

Keep the basics neutral

Good quality furniture will stand the test of time. If you keep the basics neutral, then toys and soft furnishings can inject colour and fun, and be tailored to your child’s personality. We love this colourful clothes stand – Paradise Tree by Magis

Whiteboard and blackboard paint is also a great way to allow your child to express his or her creativity.

Children's Bedrooms - Magis Paradise Tree
Cool and funky Magis Paradise Tree Coat Stand

Storage, storage, storage

Essential if you ever want to be able to push the door open and find a path to the wardrobe, good storage can work with the design of your room. This String storage system comes with cabinets, shelves and two desks.

Cheildren's Bedrooms - String Shelving
String Storage with desk – great for kids of all ages

Soundproofing

And finally…once you’ve created the perfect room, he or she will want to share it with their friends! So don’t forget the soundproofing. Rugs will help to muffle those footsteps. Why not try this colourful HAY Pinnochio rug.

Children's Bedrooms - HAY Pinocchio Rug
Muffle out all that noise with the HAY Pinicchio rug
Keep track of Time

Vitra Zoo timers are a fun way of helping children to tell the time and make sure they get to school on time!!! Available in 3 fun animal design’s.

Children's Bedroom's - Vitra Zoo Timers
Vitra Zoo Timers with Junior Panton Chairs

Be creative with Children’s rooms, they dont have to be boring or age restrictive and if designed correctly can be fresh for many years. Check out our Pinterest board for more information – http://www.pinterest.com/cimmermann/childrens-rooms/

the Team at Cimmermann

Credits –

http://design-milk.com/colorful-modern-kid-friendly-apartment-by-incorporated-architecture-design/

Suspension Lights – Iconic Favourites

A stunning suspension light can transform a space into something quite special. The Italians are really the market leaders with iconic brands such as Flos, Artemide, Foscarini and Kartell
Tom Dixon is flying the flag for us Brits with his iconic and individual lighting designs. George Nelson’s Bubble lights are superb lights that offer mid-century design from Modernica. For a Scandinavian fix Muuto do some cool and colourful designs.

Whatever your design style, when choosing a suspension light think about the following:

what sort of light do you want  – diffused, up/down light, bright light ?
do you have supplementary lighting or is it your only source of light in the room?
do you mind if you can see the bulb from below ?
length of cable – do you have a high ceiling ?
dimensions – too big will overpower, too small will look silly ?
cluster of lights – great option if you like a smaller light but have a big space ?

To help you along here are some of our iconic favourites.

Foscarini – Caboche Media Suspension light

Foscarini Caboche Light
The Foscarini Caboche suspension light – a true Design Classic
Foscarini Caboche Amber
Beads that make up the Foscarini Caboche Amber version
Tom Dixon – Copper Shade suspension light

Tom Dixon Copper Shade
Simple yet sublime Tom Dixon Copper Shade Supension light available in 2 sizes – 25cm & 45cm diameter
Tom Dixon Copper Shade in a cool dining room setting
Tom Dixon Copper Shade in a cool dining room setting

Flos – Smithfield suspension light
Flos Smithfield Suspension Light
Jasper Morrison’s stunning Smithfield light for Flos is available in 3 colours – White, Black and Mud

Modernica – Bubble suspension light

Modernica Bubble Lights
Modernica Bubble Lights in abundance (image coutesy of http://www.nylafreedesigns.com/2012/10/experience-london-hotel-citizen-m/)
Bubble Lights by George Nelson
Selection of iconic Bubble Lights designed by American designer George Nelson

 Lighting is so important and makes such a difference to a space, see our selection of stunning suspension lights – hope this has helped!

The Team at Cimmermann

CREDITS AND LINKS

http://pixersize.com/blog/en/10555/top-11-hot-interior-design-trends-2014

Rocking Horse for Children

A wooden rocking horse is a classic toy of childhood. Its origins can be traced back to the Middle Ages and the hobby horse, a pretend horses head attached to a pole. The rocking horse became slowly more popular in the 17th century, and in Victorian times they became valuable family heirlooms, often with secret compartments concealed in their bellies. Horses were frequently grey and dappled in homage to Queen Victoria’s preferred steed.

There is still something wistful and nostalgic about a rocking horse, and children ride them with genuine delight. There are some superb vintage pieces available; a search on ebay or on etsy can yield some treasures.

Rokki Rocking Chair for Babies - cool colours
Rokki Rocking Chair for Babies – cool colours
Nowadays there are great modern twists on the classic rocking horse. Many are adapted for babies and often feature other animals. Rocking sheep, elephants and dinosaurs are now increasingly common. Innermost does a great one – we love this sheep rocker.
Rocking Horse - Sheep Rocker from Innermost
Sheep Rocker from Innermost
This Magis piece rocks! Fusing the traditional and the modern with the horse silhouette reimagined for the 21st century, children everywhere are going to love it. Available in 3 great colours.
Rocking Horse - Magis Rocky
Magis Me Too Rocky Rocking Horse by Marc Newsom
Whether its traditional or modern hopefully there is something here for you.

The Team at Cimmermann