One of the few design blogs which are not dedicated to the repeating bombastic design news only is the New York-based Sight Unseen directed by Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer. Their original publishing approach and behind the scene content has something in common with our vision as well.

Last week, the Sight Unseen has launched its own online store where you can find great selection of the artistic and design jewelry. We love this Center necklace by Tanya Aguiniga.

"The Sight Unseen shop is dedicated to the sale of handmade and one-of-a-kind wearables by artists and designers, who approach those objects as a platform for experimenting with materials and techniques," say editors of Sight Unseen.









Thanks Ellie Stathaki from Wallpaper for this nice article about Atelier 66 which we produce as a limited edition print with illustration by Jana Trávníčková.

Here is text about this amazing modernist practice from Greece by Wallpaper architecture editor Ellie Stathaki.

I admit to being susceptible to the charms of a good old clean and geometric piece of modern concrete architecture. When this comes with beautiful execution and richness of materiality, a theoretical approach to match, the occasional splash of show stopping colour and the background of a warm Mediterranean climate, the picture comes close to perfect. And it’s always a bonus, when the subject is one of the lesser-known gems of modernity.

While relatively unknown outside their home country, Greek architect couple Dimitris and Suzana Antonakakis are a pair of the most influential names popping up in the local contemporary architecture history books, artfully translating locally Modern architecture.

Working together since 1959, the couple set up Athens-based practice Atelier 66 in 1965, which they founded together with architect Eleni Gousi Desylla. Their approach combines clean forms and modernist teachings and inspiration, adapted to the Greek climate and material palette, while distinctly incorporating colour and texture.

Their work ranges from cultural projects, like the beautifully modest and elegantly geometric Archaeological Museum of Chios Island, to colourful hospitality ones (like the Lyttos Hotel in Crete, 1979) as well as classic examples of the polykatoikies typology (standard Greek blocks of flats) – the apartment building of Emanouil Benaki Street (1973) in the Greek capital being a prime example.

It was indeed their residential commissions – multi- and single-family houses - that further defined their architecture, thoroughly modern yet at the same time routed to the country’s building vernacular. Coining their personal style with the early-days Oxylithos Residences (a series of 2 vacation houses on the island of Euboea, built in 1973 and 1977 respectively) they went on to create an extended body of residential work through the 70s, 80s and 90s. Among my favourites of the couple’s works are the House in Akrotiri (1978) on the island of Crete and the much later House in the Thrakomakedones area of Athens (1989).

Sparking the interest of renowned architectural historian Kenneth Frampton, a monograph on their work was produced by Rizzoli in the 1980s - now undoubtedly a real collectors item. Having exhibited work at venues as prestigious as the Centre Pompidou and the Palais de Chaillot in Paris and knowing their prominent role and position in their country’s architecture scene, it is would be no less than mere injustice to characterise their work as ‘obscure’. Yet I cannot help but feel that the Antonakakis couple’s work deserves more international credit.

Given the fact that so many equally interesting examples around the continent (like Belgian Juliaan Lampens, Brit Brian Housden or even fellow-Greek Alexandros Tombazis) remain similarly largely unknown outside their home countries (on some occasions, even their home towns), perhaps this is part of the fate and appeal of regional European mid-century modern.

More about Atelier 66 on the print which is available directly from us.





Thanks Ellie Stathaki from Wallpaper for this nice article about Atelier 66 which we produce as a limited edition print with illustration by Jana Trávníčková.

Here is text about this amazing modernist practice from Greece by Wallpaper architecture editor Ellie Stathaki.

I admit to being susceptible to the charms of a good old clean and geometric piece of modern concrete architecture. When this comes with beautiful execution and richness of materiality, a theoretical approach to match, the occasional splash of show stopping colour and the background of a warm Mediterranean climate, the picture comes close to perfect. And it’s always a bonus, when the subject is one of the lesser-known gems of modernity.

While relatively unknown outside their home country, Greek architect couple Dimitris and Suzana Antonakakis are a pair of the most influential names popping up in the local contemporary architecture history books, artfully translating locally Modern architecture.

Working together since 1959, the couple set up Athens-based practice Atelier 66 in 1965, which they founded together with architect Eleni Gousi Desylla. Their approach combines clean forms and modernist teachings and inspiration, adapted to the Greek climate and material palette, while distinctly incorporating colour and texture.

Their work ranges from cultural projects, like the beautifully modest and elegantly geometric Archaeological Museum of Chios Island, to colourful hospitality ones (like the Lyttos Hotel in Crete, 1979) as well as classic examples of the polykatoikies typology (standard Greek blocks of flats) – the apartment building of Emanouil Benaki Street (1973) in the Greek capital being a prime example.

It was indeed their residential commissions – multi- and single-family houses - that further defined their architecture, thoroughly modern yet at the same time routed to the country’s building vernacular. Coining their personal style with the early-days Oxylithos Residences (a series of 2 vacation houses on the island of Euboea, built in 1973 and 1977 respectively) they went on to create an extended body of residential work through the 70s, 80s and 90s. Among my favourites of the couple’s works are the House in Akrotiri (1978) on the island of Crete and the much later House in the Thrakomakedones area of Athens (1989).

Sparking the interest of renowned architectural historian Kenneth Frampton, a monograph on their work was produced by Rizzoli in the 1980s - now undoubtedly a real collectors item. Having exhibited work at venues as prestigious as the Centre Pompidou and the Palais de Chaillot in Paris and knowing their prominent role and position in their country’s architecture scene, it is would be no less than mere injustice to characterise their work as ‘obscure’. Yet I cannot help but feel that the Antonakakis couple’s work deserves more international credit.

Given the fact that so many equally interesting examples around the continent (like Belgian Juliaan Lampens, Brit Brian Housden or even fellow-Greek Alexandros Tombazis) remain similarly largely unknown outside their home countries (on some occasions, even their home towns), perhaps this is part of the fate and appeal of regional European mid-century modern.

More about Atelier 66 on the print which is available directly from us.

Mieke Meijer, Balance table lamp
Mieke Meijer, Balance table lamp
Christian Kocx, NewspaperWood lamp for Vij5
Christian Kocx, NewspaperWood lamp for Vij5
Denis Parren, CMYK light
Denis Parren, CMYK light
This lamp is made out of the special material called
NewspaperWood developed by young designer Mieke Meijer
with Vij5 company. The paper is recycled into the form
of artificial paper wood here.
"Colorful mysteries of light: You can’t really say
“that chair is red”. Actually, the chair is reflecting
red light while absorbing green and blue light.
It is the light that colors the world. This
CMYK Lamp plays with the mystery of light
and color and projects an elusive network of lines
of cyan, magenta and yellow light on the ceiling.
Designed not to be understood but to show that
light is the only rightful owner of color."

Dennis Parren

We continue with our "lamps theme". This time we present some very interesting lightning ideas from The Netherlands. From the chandelier that looks like visual artistic installation to the most minimalist table lamps which we have every seen, the all three projects bring the new shining ideas.





Mieke Meijer, Balance table lamp
Mieke Meijer, Balance table lamp
Christian Kocx, NewspaperWood lamp for Vij5
Christian Kocx, NewspaperWood lamp for Vij5
Denis Parren, CMYK light
Denis Parren, CMYK light
This lamp is made out of the special material called
NewspaperWood developed by young designer Mieke Meijer
with Vij5 company. The paper is recycled into the form
of artificial paper wood here.
"Colorful mysteries of light: You can’t really say
“that chair is red”. Actually, the chair is reflecting
red light while absorbing green and blue light.
It is the light that colors the world. This
CMYK Lamp plays with the mystery of light
and color and projects an elusive network of lines
of cyan, magenta and yellow light on the ceiling.
Designed not to be understood but to show that
light is the only rightful owner of color."

Dennis Parren

We continue with our "lamps theme". This time we present some very interesting lightning ideas from The Netherlands. From the chandelier that looks like visual artistic installation to the most minimalist table lamps which we have every seen, the all three projects bring the new shining ideas.





Josef Frank, Dining table for Svenskt Tenn, 1947
Josef Frank, Dining table for Svenskt Tenn, 1947
Peder Moos, stool, 1944
Peder Moos, stool, 1944
Orla Molgaard-Nielsen and Peter Hvidt, table for Basse Villa, 1957
Orla Molgaard-Nielsen and Peter Hvidt, table for Basse Villa, 1957
Arne Jacobsen, Set of eight drawer units for the hotel SAS, 1958
Arne Jacobsen, Set of eight drawer units for the hotel SAS, 1958
Vilhelm Lauritzen, Embassy chandelier for Danish Ambassador`s residence in Washington, 1960 and Vanity desk and stool, 1934
Vilhelm Lauritzen, Embassy chandelier for Danish Ambassador`s residence in Washington, 1960 and Vanity desk and stool, 1934



Nils Fougstedt and Björn Trägardh, Noah`s Ark tables, 1929
Bruno Mathsson, Anita shelves, 1950s
Nils Fougstedt and Björn Trägardh, Noah`s Ark tables, 1929 Bruno Mathsson, Anita shelves, 1950s
Tapio Wirkkala, Devil`s head pendant, 1974
Tapio Wirkkala, Devil`s head pendant, 1974
Tapio Wirkkala, Leaf platters, 1951
Kaj Franck, Apple vase, 1968
Tapio Wirkkala, Leaf platters, 1951 Kaj Franck, Apple vase, 1968
Lena Rewell, The Nordic Auction blanket, 2011
Lena Rewell, The Nordic Auction blanket, 2011
Paavo Tynell, Standard lamps, 1940s
Paavo Tynell, Standard lamps, 1940s

We received another Phillips de Pury catalogue for upcoming Important Nordic Design auction. We have used this very nice book to present some of the most interesting pieces which will be on sale next week in London

It seems that articles about Phillips de Pury auctions will become our regular tradition. Every auction held in New York or in London is full of spectacular modernist pieces from all around the world which we have never seen before. And that we like it. Upcoming Important Nordic design auction is no exception.

Curated by architect Lee F. Mindel, the auction is a great survey of Danish, Swedish and Finnish modernist design of the last century. In more than 120 pieces you can discover everything from unique jewelry by Tapio Wirkkala to the interior masterpieces by Vilhelm Lauritzen (1894 - 1984), Danish architect whose work is not so famous in the design world. He designed Copenhagen Airport terminal (1937–1939) or Embassy of Denmark in Washington (1960), among others. We like his decorative chandelier from living room of the Danish Ambassador’s Residence in Washington or his Vanity desk and stool from 1934. With its details, the table is original synthesis of functionalism a decorativism.

Another great Danish master including in the auction is Peder Moos (1906-1991), whose artistic wooden organic custom made furniture has cult status today. And this is why his Lady`s desk from the years 1953 - 1954 is the most expensive piece of the auction.

Our next favorites include Paavo Tynell, Josef Frank, Bruno Mathsson, Poul Henningsen. Anna Petrus or fantastic Timo Sarpaneva.

Important Nordic Design, 17 November 2011, London

Thanks Phillips de Pury for their kind collaboration.

Josef Frank, Dining table for Svenskt Tenn, 1947
Josef Frank, Dining table for Svenskt Tenn, 1947
Peder Moos, stool, 1944
Peder Moos, stool, 1944
Orla Molgaard-Nielsen and Peter Hvidt, table for Basse Villa, 1957
Orla Molgaard-Nielsen and Peter Hvidt, table for Basse Villa, 1957
Arne Jacobsen, Set of eight drawer units for the hotel SAS, 1958
Arne Jacobsen, Set of eight drawer units for the hotel SAS, 1958
Vilhelm Lauritzen, Embassy chandelier for Danish Ambassador`s residence in Washington, 1960 and Vanity desk and stool, 1934
Vilhelm Lauritzen, Embassy chandelier for Danish Ambassador`s residence in Washington, 1960 and Vanity desk and stool, 1934



Nils Fougstedt and Björn Trägardh, Noah`s Ark tables, 1929
Bruno Mathsson, Anita shelves, 1950s
Nils Fougstedt and Björn Trägardh, Noah`s Ark tables, 1929 Bruno Mathsson, Anita shelves, 1950s
Tapio Wirkkala, Devil`s head pendant, 1974
Tapio Wirkkala, Devil`s head pendant, 1974
Tapio Wirkkala, Leaf platters, 1951
Kaj Franck, Apple vase, 1968
Tapio Wirkkala, Leaf platters, 1951 Kaj Franck, Apple vase, 1968
Lena Rewell, The Nordic Auction blanket, 2011
Lena Rewell, The Nordic Auction blanket, 2011
Paavo Tynell, Standard lamps, 1940s
Paavo Tynell, Standard lamps, 1940s

We received another Phillips de Pury catalogue for upcoming Important Nordic Design auction. We have used this very nice book to present some of the most interesting pieces which will be on sale next week in London

It seems that articles about Phillips de Pury auctions will become our regular tradition. Every auction held in New York or in London is full of spectacular modernist pieces from all around the world which we have never seen before. And that we like it. Upcoming Important Nordic design auction is no exception.

Curated by architect Lee F. Mindel, the auction is a great survey of Danish, Swedish and Finnish modernist design of the last century. In more than 120 pieces you can discover everything from unique jewelry by Tapio Wirkkala to the interior masterpieces by Vilhelm Lauritzen (1894 - 1984), Danish architect whose work is not so famous in the design world. He designed Copenhagen Airport terminal (1937–1939) or Embassy of Denmark in Washington (1960), among others. We like his decorative chandelier from living room of the Danish Ambassador’s Residence in Washington or his Vanity desk and stool from 1934. With its details, the table is original synthesis of functionalism a decorativism.

Another great Danish master including in the auction is Peder Moos (1906-1991), whose artistic wooden organic custom made furniture has cult status today. And this is why his Lady`s desk from the years 1953 - 1954 is the most expensive piece of the auction.

Our next favorites include Paavo Tynell, Josef Frank, Bruno Mathsson, Poul Henningsen. Anna Petrus or fantastic Timo Sarpaneva.

Important Nordic Design, 17 November 2011, London

Thanks Phillips de Pury for their kind collaboration.

Josef Frank, Dining table for Svenskt Tenn, 1947
Josef Frank, Dining table for Svenskt Tenn, 1947
Peder Moos, stool, 1944
Peder Moos, stool, 1944
Orla Molgaard-Nielsen and Peter Hvidt, table for Basse Villa, 1957
Orla Molgaard-Nielsen and Peter Hvidt, table for Basse Villa, 1957
Arne Jacobsen, Set of eight drawer units for the hotel SAS, 1958
Arne Jacobsen, Set of eight drawer units for the hotel SAS, 1958
Vilhelm Lauritzen, Embassy chandelier for Danish Ambassador`s residence in Washington, 1960 and Vanity desk and stool, 1934
Vilhelm Lauritzen, Embassy chandelier for Danish Ambassador`s residence in Washington, 1960 and Vanity desk and stool, 1934



Nils Fougstedt and Björn Trägardh, Noah`s Ark tables, 1929
Bruno Mathsson, Anita shelves, 1950s
Nils Fougstedt and Björn Trägardh, Noah`s Ark tables, 1929 Bruno Mathsson, Anita shelves, 1950s
Tapio Wirkkala, Devil`s head pendant, 1974
Tapio Wirkkala, Devil`s head pendant, 1974
Tapio Wirkkala, Leaf platters, 1951
Kaj Franck, Apple vase, 1968
Tapio Wirkkala, Leaf platters, 1951 Kaj Franck, Apple vase, 1968
Lena Rewell, The Nordic Auction blanket, 2011
Lena Rewell, The Nordic Auction blanket, 2011
Paavo Tynell, Standard lamps, 1940s
Paavo Tynell, Standard lamps, 1940s

We received another Phillips de Pury catalogue for upcoming Important Nordic Design auction. We have used this very nice book to present some of the most interesting pieces which will be on sale next week in London

It seems that articles about Phillips de Pury auctions will become our regular tradition. Every auction held in New York or in London is full of spectacular modernist pieces from all around the world which we have never seen before. And that we like it. Upcoming Important Nordic design auction is no exception.

Curated by architect Lee F. Mindel, the auction is a great survey of Danish, Swedish and Finnish modernist design of the last century. In more than 120 pieces you can discover everything from unique jewelry by Tapio Wirkkala to the interior masterpieces by Vilhelm Lauritzen (1894 - 1984), Danish architect whose work is not so famous in the design world. He designed Copenhagen Airport terminal (1937–1939) or Embassy of Denmark in Washington (1960), among others. We like his decorative chandelier from living room of the Danish Ambassador’s Residence in Washington or his Vanity desk and stool from 1934. With its details, the table is original synthesis of functionalism a decorativism.

Another great Danish master including in the auction is Peder Moos (1906-1991), whose artistic wooden organic custom made furniture has cult status today. And this is why his Lady`s desk from the years 1953 - 1954 is the most expensive piece of the auction.

Our next favorites include Paavo Tynell, Josef Frank, Bruno Mathsson, Poul Henningsen. Anna Petrus or fantastic Timo Sarpaneva.

Important Nordic Design, 17 November 2011, London

Thanks Phillips de Pury for their kind collaboration.