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space age modern lounge

To me 'space age modern design' is defined as futuristic organic designs, made of the 'new material', different types of modern plastics. Rounded and ball shaped objects which show a certain optimism. Yes, this modern style was extremely popular in the late 60s and early 70s, but there are many designs that are at least a decade older (Saarinen's tulip chair (1955) or E & E Laverne's Daffodil chairs (1957)) which appeal to the same esthetics. And, of course, many contemporary designs fit perfectly with this 'space age optimism'.

So, for me, it is about the space age modern idea, not whether a piece is designed or manufactured in the 70s. And that is the reason why I don't like it much when people refer to this style as 'retro'. It is not. It is modern. It may not be contemporary as a whole, but contemporary is not a synonym of modern.

The chair that started it for me was the green chaise longue; Cini Boeri's Bobo Relax chair (1969). Although this is a cheaper replica, I'm happy with it. The white chair, Alberto Brogliati's Gumball Chair (2008), is a 'special edition' made of translucent plastic and filled with thousands of coloured plastic balls. Although before I had a really comfy couch, it had to go to make place for Frederik Heereveld's Q-couch (2002), a modular couch/chair consisting of coloured strips made of a polypropylene foam, called Arpro. No, it's not comfy at all, but I like the look! :)

The light ball hanging from the ceiling is made from 550 cheap plastic cups, stapled together. The idea isn't original, but I loved the result so much, it replaced my Luigi Colani lamp.

I didn't like the original - very rectangular - window, and divided it up into 6 rounded squares. The upper windows has 6 acrylic glass hemispheres to further add a 'spacy' effect.

The white shelving on the green wall mainly consists of (very cheap) Lack elements (IKEA) which are transformed into something else. The construction process was blogged on Ikeahacker.com and on Unplggd.com.

The bookshelf is 'inspired by' the 'Random' (2006), produced by MDF-Italia. It is one of my major projects. Basically, my version is made of 4mm MDF and glue. It took about 100 hours to put it all together. Scroll down here to see how it was made. After some years the horizontal shelves started sagging more and more, so I had to reinforce them. Also, I introduced dimmable LED lights (red, green, blue and some whites) in all the compartments. The end result looks quite different now than the original 'Random' shelf.

Scattered over the living room is my collection of space age plastic novelty radios.

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