Contemporary Moroccan Mens Fashion…

Haha.. what a challenge! Modern day Morocco style is quite unchanged over time, and this could be due to the conservative religious views of Islam along with other cultural restrictions.

But surely today if you were to walk the back streets of Casablanca or Marrakesh there would be some differences? Im sure the first obvious visual would be the accessories like the Nike shoes or the Gucci sunglasses maybe perhaps an iPhone in hand or on ear… The world today is a truly global society and Morocco not being in a embargoed bubble like North Korea or Cuba from modernism has had a chance to take on some changes in influences along with its values and outlooks.

So to look deeper at the dress of local people would show some subtle differences. In no particular order we would have the manufacturing process, the actual fabric, motifs and detail along with the colours and cuts. Sexual diversity, family freedom and Economic separation also is widening the styles. Evidenced in the slideshow below there has been the addition of trousers, along with Tunics and computerised stitching detail.

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Now of course theres always a modern designer or two around the world taking concepts and styles from traditional cultures, and creating fresh new looks from old cultures. Without the bounds of Religion and Climate, variations using basic Moroccan and Muslim aspects of fashion have popped up on catwalks around the globe. Brighter colours, Cuts showing more skin, Hats, belts and modern accessories all making the look fresh and rebellious for younger ethnics innovators wanting to stand out from the crowd at the coffee cafes and market places. Tribal features like string ties, flowing fabrics and earthy colours keep the association to its roots. One designer I can find is Hassan Hajjaj and another major breakout is by an image captured by a fashion couple in the 1060’s Pic by Patrick Lichfeild

pictured in the slideshow below is the Google images of modern Morrocan inspired fashion..

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Marc Newson


Marc Newson has been described as the most influential designer of his generation. He has worked across a wide range of disciplines, creating everything from furniture and household objects to bicycles and cars, private and commercial aircraft, yachts, various architectural commissions, and signature sculptural pieces for clients across the globe.

Born in Sydney, Newson spent much of his childhood travelling in Europe and Asia. He started experimenting with furniture design as a student and, after graduation, was awarded a grant from the Australian Crafts Council with which he staged his first exhibition – featuring the Lockheed Lounge – a piece that has now, twenty years later, set three consecutive world records at auction.

Newson has lived and worked in Tokyo, Paris, and London where he is now based, and he continues to travel widely. His clients include a broad range of the best known and most prestigious brands in the world – from manufacturing and technology to transportation, fashion and the luxury goods sector. Many of his designs have been a runaway success for his clients and have achieved the status of modern design icons. In addition to his core business, he has also founded and run a number of successful companies, including a fine watch brand and an aerospace design consultancy, and has also held senior management positions at client companies; including currently being the Creative Director of Qantas Airways.

Marc Newson was included in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and has received numerous awards and distinctions. He was appointed The Royal Designer for Industry in the UK, received an honorary doctorate from Sydney University, holds Adjunct Professorships at Sydney College of the Arts and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and most recently was created CBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

His work is present in many major museum collections, including the MoMA in New York, London’s Design Museum and V&A, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Vitra Design Museum. Having set numerous records at auction, Newson’s work now accounts for almost 25% of the total contemporary design art market.

Newson has been the focus of on-going and intense interest in the media, generating significant editorial value for his clients, and he has been the subject of a number of books and documentary films.



Margaret Preston – Modern Textiles

“‘Tis the motive exalts the action; ‘Tis the doing, and not the deed.” -MP

Margaret Preston_ARC7_1024pxRose Preston (1875-1963), Australian artist and printmaker, was born on 29 April 1875 at Port Adelaide. She is one of Australia’s most celebrated artists and country’s most significant early modernist. She specialised in still life subjects, seeking to reinvent the genre, with inspiration from Aboriginal art and Australian native flowers, but she also made landscapes, and painted an introspective self-portrait. Her hand-coloured woodcuts and linocuts are a modernist interpretation of what is often thought of as traditional women’s subject matter.

Preston attended the National Gallery of Victoria Art School from 1889 until 1894. She returned home, studied at Adelaide School of Design, leased a studio and began teaching. She had spent the years of World War I living and workin937#framed#Sg in Paris and Britain developing an art based on the decorative or abstract principles of European post-impressionism and the Japanese print tradition of Ukiyo-e. Moving to Sydney by 1920 (having married William Preston) she expanded her practice to encompass the concept of an appropriately national art, and became one of the country’s most astute public commentators on the wider cultural issues shaping Australia in the era of its new modernity. She was the first female artist commissioned to paint a self-portrait by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, in 1929.

She drew on artistic and cultural influences from all over the world. Her artworks subjects ranged from bold, colourful still life paintings and prints of native and introduced Australian flowers, to urban impressions of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney’s Mosman area. Her most popular works are probably her hand-coloured woodcuts of flowers, which gave a dramatic modern look to a traditional women’s subject. She experimented with various techniques and materials for her art making such as wood engravings/etchings, linocuts and gouache paint which allowed her to produce vibrant decorative paintings and prints of distinctively Australian subjects (flowers, birds, animals and landscapes). Her interest in Aboriginal art had been aroused in the mid-1920s by contact with both the primitive elements in international modernism and Aboriginal art from the communities she had visited in northern Australia.

Preston died at Mosman on 28 May 1963, at the age of 88. Her reputation was high in her lifetime and has remained so.Many of her artworks are now held in the collections of Australian art institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Queensland Art Gallery, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory.

“No-one is ever too old to know better.” – MP


Mary White- Textiles Designer

Mary White born in Margate, Kent in 1930 was one of the most iconic print designers of the 1950’s. She created patterns for curtains, cushions and even clothing. Mary studied at Thanet School of Arts & Crafts and later in the 1960’s she formed ‘Thanet Pottery’ with her brother David where they produced high quality earthenwares in domestic and decorative styles. Mary received international recognition after designing fabrics for use on the Queen Mary Ocean Liner and at Heathrow Airport. Similar to William Morris, Mary drew on her love of nature to create designs like the legendary ‘Cottage Garden’


Mary created hundreds of designs in her career. Some of her most famous creations such as Coppice, Cottage Garden and Zinnia were best sellers in outlets including Liberty and Heals which were leading British furniture stores known for promoting modern design and employing talented young designers.

Her design Cottage Garden featured was recognised as one of White’s most successful designs. It hit the market in 1955 when a greater number of people than ever were accepting “contemporary” design.


Now, Mary White is reviving her ‘floral prints’ and original designs for a new generation with a fashion range of bikinis and skirts for stars such as Paris Hilton and DJ Fatboy Slim. Anthony Worall Thompson and Bryan Ferry are also among faces that already have pieces from the new collection.

Mary White designs are exhibited all over the world including museums including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Warner Textile in Essex and the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester.

The success of her designs are very much influenced by the gardens of England- Her very own countryside of Kent. Her passion for flowers inevitably transpiring throughout her all her work. Mary’s unique style and impeccable precision with repeat patterns are still turning heads today!

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Philippe Starck

Philippe Starck is a French designer known since the start of his career in the 1980s for his interior, product, industrial and architectural design including furniture. Widely respected for his innovation and environmental awareness, Starck is responsible for the Café Costes interiors in Paris (completed 1984), and more recently, a glazed and aluminium two-storey prototype structure powered by wind and solar that he will take up residence in. He hoped that his work would improve people’s lives by adding an element of humour and surprise to everyday acts such as brushing one’s teeth or cooking. The designer himself was often featured in ads for his products, since his flamboyant, light hearted personality embodied the message of his work.

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Philippe also worked as an architect, with many commissions in Japan. Although not as well known as his interiors and product design, his buildings also displayed the fluid lines and playful details for which his industrial designs were known. His best-known works are the Asahi Beer Hall (1990) in Tokyo, an austere, block like granite building topped with a bulbous orange shape resembling a flame, and the Unhex Nani-Nani office building (1989), also in Tokyo, which has been described as a biomorphic shed. In 1997 he received the Excellence in Design Award from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Ξ Picture below~   Starcks  famous designs he has accomplished.


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Vernon Panton

Verner Panton (13 February 1926 – 5 September 1998) is considered one of Denmark’s most influential 20th-century furniture and interior designers. During his career, he created innovative and futuristic designs in a variety of materials, especially plastics, and in vibrant and exotic colours. His style was very “1960s” but regained popularity at the end of the 20th century; as of 2004, Panton’s most well-known furniture models are still in production

The Panton stacking chair, or “S” chair, is officially the sexiest chair he ever made. It has appeared on the cover of Vogue.  The S has become such a classic piece of furniture and has been so widely copied that it’s hard to understand just how revolutionary it was when it first appeared.

Verner Panton, had the idea in 1960, on a visit to a factory making safety helmets and buckets, according to the Design Museum. But it would be several years before he could find a manufacturer who was able to mass produce it. Made from a single piece of cantilevered plastic with no back legs, it was the first of its kind.

After studying with another legend of design, Arne Jacobsen, Panton created the Cone chair in 1959. So many people gathered to see it in a New York shop window that the police ordered it be removed. He then moved on to make the first inflatable furniture and, in 1967, the S was born.

Panton fell out of fashion during the 1970s but then, in the 1990s, the S was in vogue – literally – as mid-century modern became fashionable again. He won more awards and the chair was put back into production. He was invited to design an exhibition in his honour in Copenhagen in 1998 but died 12 days before it opened.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Verner Panton experimented with designing entire environments: radical and psychedelic interiors that were an ensemble of his curved furniture, wall upholstering, textiles and lighting. He is perhaps best known for a series of interior designs for Bayer’s yearly product exhibition, held aboard excursion boats, one is now preserved in a museum. He is also known for a hotel in Europe that utilized circular patterns and cylindrical furniture.

Verner Panton’s designs were always an obvious target for criticism. Panton was fearless when it came to experimenting with new shapes, new colours and new materials; because of this many people viewed him as an eccentric. Panton was never bothered by the criticism he received. He was a true innovator who loved his worked and he wanted to share it with the world. While there were criticisms of Verner’s work, the praise he received far outweighed the negative comments. Panton received many awards throughout his career.

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Henrik Thor-Larsen

Ovalia Egg Chair

by Henrik Thor-Larsen

July 2016

Nationalmuseum has recently acquired a plastic easy chair by Danish designer Henrik Thor-Larsen (b. 1932), who worked in Sweden. The black egg-shaped chair was launched at the Scandinavian Furniture Fair in 1968 under the name Ovalia and became an instant hit. It was also manufactured in other colours. The chair was made by Torlan in Staffanstorp, Sweden, and sold internationally up until 1978. The design was then revived in 2005.

The chair that Nationalmuseum has now acquired is amongst the early examples, having been purchased by leading furniture store Silverbergs in Malmö in the late 1960s. It comprises a black, glass fibre reinforced plastic shell, with an interior upholstered in beige fabric and an aluminium foot. Unusually, the chair has an integral light fitting with transformer – later chairs often had built-in speakers instead. The chair’s design and materials are typical of the forward-looking optimism of the 1960s and can be seen as a Swedish-Danish response to Finnish designer Eero Aarnio’s Ball Chair, which had been launched at the Cologne Furniture Fair two years earlier in 1966.

The acquisition was made possible due to a donation from the Barbro Osher Foundation. Nationalmuseum has no budget of its own for new acquisitions, but relies on gifting and financial support from private funds and foundations to enhance its collections of fine art and craft.

“It is just as contemporary today as it was then and is back in the spotlight for its relaunch,” said the site. “Apart from a few improvements, there have been no visible changes to the design.”

The chair’s creator, Henrik Thor-Larsen, originally built plastic chassis for racing cars. He then designed the seats for auto brand Saab‘s Sonett model, before turning his attention to industrial design.

Each Ovalia Egg Chair comes with a Sterling silver medallion, and is signed and numbered by the designer.Ovalia-Egg-Chair-by-Henrik-Thor-Larsen_dezeen

Inventory number: NMK 19/2016

Modern design – George Nelson

George Nelson was an American industrial designer and is regarded as one of the founders of American Modernism. Born in Connecticut, USA, on the 29th of March, 1908 to a Russian father and an American mother, Nelson attended Yale University, where he graduated in architecture and also completed a bachelor degree in fine arts. Graduate work at the Catholic University in Washington led to a fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, Italy, from 1932-34.

By the time Nelson returned to the US he’d become more interested in the intellectual aspects of architecture rather than the practice of it, and started writing for the influential magazine Architectural Forum.

A 1945 article on Nelson’s Storagewall system in Life magazine caught the attention of D.J. De Pree, founder of Herman Miller. In 1946, despite almost no experience in furniture design, Nelson was made design director of the company and remained there until 1972. What made him an asset to the company was his grand view on design and the ways in which it is connected to life.

It was Nelson who created the model that led to Herman Miller’s unique approach to design, the environment, ergonomics and human interaction. He also had a very good eye for spotting talent and quickly brought together a stable of new designers such as Charles & Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi and Alexander Girard.

He designed many of the Herman Miller showrooms, along with graphics, catalogues, textiles, dinnerware and glassware. He won many honours, including the Museum of Modern Art’s Good Design Award in 1954 and the American Institute of Graphic Arts Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991.

As the design director of Herman Miller, it was up to Nelson to ensure that the company’s ranges were stylish and modern and served a practical purpose. As a result, his designs ranged from simple functional timber items, such as his basic cabinet series of 1946, to more extravagant designs, such as the Coconut chair and Sling sofa.

In 1955, he founded his own design company, George Nelson & Associates, which contributed to Herman Miller’s design portfolio. Many pieces attributed to Nelson were actually designed by those in his office – Irving Harper, John Pile, George Mulhauser and Ernest Farmer.

While many of his designs are no longer in production, certain pieces have endured. The sleek Coconut chair (1955) and End table (1954), and the refined Nelson Platform bench (1946) are all still made by Herman Miller. An iconic piece credited to George Nelson is the Marshmallow sofa (1956), which was actually designed by Irving Harper at the George Nelson office. It has recently been reissued by Herman Miller.

George Nelson passed away on the 5th of March, 1986 in New York City.

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Jens Risom


Jens Risom

RISOM_PORTRAITpdpRisom was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 8 May 1916. His father was a prominent architect, Sven Risom, a member of the school of Nordic Classicism. Risom was trained as a designer at the Copenhagen School of Industrial Arts and Design, where he studied under Ole Wanscher and Kaare Klint. He was classmates with Hans Wegner and Børge Mogensen.

Risom spent two years at Niels Brock Copenhagen Business College, before beginning work as a furniture developer and interior designer with the architectural firm of Ernst Kuhn. He later relocated to Stockholm , taking a job with a small architectural firm. From there he joined the design department of Nordiska Kompaniet where he was introduced to Alvar Aalto and Bruno Mathsson. 

In 1939, Risom traveled to New York City to study American design. He found it difficult to find work as a furniture designer in New York, however, and was forced to accept a number of textile designs that ultimately secured him freelance work with designer Dan Cooper. This led to his work being included in the Collier’s “House of Ideas” designed by Edward Durell Stone and constructed in front of Rockefeller Center during the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

In 1941, Risom teamed with entrepreneur Hans Knoll and in 1942, they launched the Hans Knoll Furniture Company with 15 of the 20 pieces in the inaugural “600” line designed by Risom. These works included stools, armchairs and lounges, made from cedar and surplus webbing—works which have since become design classics.

With the advent of World War II, Risom was drafted into the United States Army in 1943 and served under General George S. Patton. After completing his military service, Risom briefly returned to Knoll in New York, but soon decided to launch his own firm, Jens Risom Design (JRD), which he launched on 1 May 1946.

Risom’s reputation as a furniture designer continued to grow, and Risom began to promote Scandinavian design in home furniture to the broader American public. In the 1950s, JRD ran a series of ads featuring photography by Richard Avedon and the slogan “The Answer is Risom.” The result of this success was that in 1954, JRD launched a major expansion of its production facilities. In the late 1950s, JRD shifted its focus away from home furnishings and towards office furniture, hospital furniture, and library furniture. In 1961, Risom was one of six furniture designers featured in a profile in Playboy magazine. One of Risom’s executive office chairs became famous when Lyndon B. Johnson chose to use it in the Oval Office.

Risom died at his home in New Canaan, Connecticut, at the age of 100.

Lounge Chair, Model 654W. 1941 


Very rare walnut desk by Jens Risom. Has a single lockable drawer (no key) and original brown leather top with a slight scratch.



Amy Butler

Amy Butler 2015_tcm72-174962Amy Butler is a fabric, home, fashion, and print designer known for her modern approach to botanical, geometric, and romantic inspirations. With spirited color and confident combinations of print, Amy has created a freshened view of the many product categories she now designs for. Her latest book “Amy Butler\’s Midwest Modern” (STC) profiles her personal passions and lifestyle surrounding exotic gardens and the lush, vibrant inspirations of her daily life. As a sewing pattern designer, she has brought modern styling to the sewing arts and inspired a new generation of young women to “find their own style.” With over 5 million hits a month on her website, and numerous editorial appearances, Amy\’s growing brand has become synonymous with creativity, sustainability, quality and great style.

Her fabrics, patterns, papers, handbags, design and project books, & home decor products are sold worldwide.*&imgrc=_

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