Series

Part One: Mid Century Masters

This article introduces you to some of the mid century masters that may not be as well known as their contemporaries, but have been revered by the design industry for decades.

Appreciation of quality design has never been higher or more relevant. Names such as Mies Van Der Rohe, Eames and Hans J. Wenger are common knowledge, with many of their designs still furnishing the pages of publications today.

We present a series that introduces you to some of the most revered designers:

1. NEILS OTTO MØLLER (1920-1981)

This 20th century Danish designer founded his company upon the principle that ‘beauty is found by stripping away ornamentation rather than adding it.’ A noted perfectionist, Neils practised an unusual process that started with the materials, before formulating the design. With each design taking no less than 5 years to complete, this attention to detail is why the overall collection remains relatively small in comparison to many of his contemporaries.

“Clean, simple designs and the quality of materials and workmanship are why Nordic design is timeless,” says Niels’ son Jørgen Henrik Møller. “It’s because of these materials and skills that Møller chairs are passed down from one generation to the next.”

Notable Achievements: Danish Furniture Award 1974 and 81

Banda’s favoured design: Model 77 

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2. PIERRE JEANNERET (1896-67)

Cousin to the illustrious Le Corbusier (aka. Charles Jeanneret), with the swiss architect and furniture designer collaborating together on many projects over the course of 20 years.

In 1929, He launched a collection of modern furniture at the Paris Salon d’Automne. Designed alongside his cousin and Charlotte Perriand (number 4 on this list), the pieces from this show have since been recognised as icons of the modernist movement.

The most celebrated of his furniture designs came as a result of his and Le Corbusier’s work for Chandgarh, India. Assuming the role of Chief Architect and Urban Planning designer after Le Corbusier’s departure halfway through the project, Pierre remained for a further 15 years producing a city that is a testament to modern architecture. His works there included the Punjab university, schools and residential housing.

Proving to be enjoying a moment again, much of Pierre’s furniture range can be seen reoccurring in über architect Joseph Dirand’s residential work as well as appearing other acclaimed designers such as Nicholas Schuybroek and Axel Vervoodt.

Banda’s favoured design: Set of lounge chairs from the High Court, Chandigarh.

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