Fresh Looks: Modern Furniture Classics in New Colors

Fresh Looks: Modern Furniture Classics in New Colors

Bethany Seawright
Sep 23, 2010

Good design never goes out of style. What was old once — is new again. That is especially true in the case of these brightly colored icons of mid-century modern design.

Some have been reissued after a long absence from production, some have been inventively re-imagined with a punch of color, and some — initially designed at the height of the modern movement — are just now being released for the first time. Whatever their lineage, they each have been produced with the firm belief that clean lines and pure, exuberant color will always be desired.

Are they right? How do you feel about classics such as Hans Wegner's Wishbone chair and Le Corbusier's LC2 collection being reinvented in new colors? Dwell is all atwitter on the subject and is taking a stand against re-colorization. I personally love the Wishbone in deep teal, but believe that, much like colorizing black and white movies, adding color to a neutral icon tranforms the original into something else entirely (which is not necessarily bad!).

1. Awarded the Wallpaper Design Award for Best Reissue 2010. The Baker Sofa by Finn Juhl, Design Within Reach $12,000
2. Newly re-colored in blue and citrus palettes to celebrate the 60th anniversary of this design classic. ch24 Wishbone Chair by Hans Wegner - Blue Series, Hive Modern $730
3. Reissued with support of the designer himself. The Collection by Jens Risom, available through Rocket Gallery
4. Released in the US exclusively through Design Within Reach. Pelikan by Finn Juhl, Design Within Reach. Sofa $8,000 Chair $6,150
5. Soon to become a classic, this chair was designed in 1960 and recently put into production for the first time. CH468 by Hans Wegner, Carl Hansen & Son
6 & 7. Recently re-colored in contrasting (and crazy?) hues LC2 Chair by Le Corbusier, Cassina
8. The counterpart to the LC2 chair, this ottoman has been recently produced for the first time after the discovery of the original design sketches among Charlotte Perriand's files. LC2 Ottoman by Le Corbusier, Cassina

Images: 1. One Collection, 2. Carl Hansen & Son 3. Jens Risom 4. One Collection 5. Bonluxat 6. & 7. Cassina 8. Design Within Reach

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