Modernism Week in Palm Springs is definitely one to visit, if you ever find your self on that path. It’s an annual event, this year Feb. 11-22. What is super interesting, is that all these privately owned house opens up to the public and of course the town is oozing with great mid-century design.
You can almost not say mid-century design and not mention Carl Hansen & Son, who also was part of this year’s event. Together with MW and Kud Properties, they had styled an Eichler house to show the best of Danish design.
One of my favourite pieces produced by Carl Hansen, which was also present at the house, is Ole Wanscher’s Colonial Chair, which is a perfect study of his preference for minimalistic furniture design with slender proportions and a respect for natural materials. Wanscher’s design approach also emphasized the minimalistic interpretation of classic shapes for the functional needs of modern times.
Ole Wanscher was born in Copenhagen in 1903, the son of art historian Vilhelm Wanscher and artist Laura Wanscher. In 1925, he began working for furniture designer Kaare Klint in his design studio while also studying under Kaare Klint at the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts’ Furniture School. Wanscher worked for Klint for two years before opening his own furniture design studio in 1928.
The period from the 40s to the early 60s is considered Wanscher’s golden era. Many of Wanscher’s most elegant designs were developed in close cooperation with some of the most renowned cabinetmakers of the day.
Unfotunately my time in Palm Spring has come to an end already, however, it is not just all bad coming back to cold and grey Copenhagen, when I can sit in my own Colonial Chair.