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The Platner Chair – A Modern Classic

A classic design is something that every time you look at it, you accept it as it is and you see no way of improving it

Warren Platner

Some of our favourite imagery from this year’s PLUMAGE Rug Collection photo shoot has to be these exquisite shots of Deirdre’s GOLDEN PHEASANT rug, styled by Louisa Grey and photographed by Michael Sinclair.

Elle Decoration described the above image as ‘Studio 54-esque‘ with the vintage brass desk sourced by Louisa and the iconic Platner armchair upholstered in dusky pink, picking up one of the vibrant wool grades in the carpet design.

The chair was originally designed for Knoll by Warren Platner in 1966 and is still in production today.

The striking sculptural form is created by curved steel rods on a semi-circular frame and is a classic of mid-Century modernist design, described by Platner as ‘decorative, gentle [and] graceful’

The construction is hugely complex and technically challenging – the bases are made of hundreds of rods, and for some versions, more than 1,000 welds are required in construction but the effect is simply stunning and has stood the test of time.

Platner was an American Architect and Interior Designer and designed up until his death in 2006.  One of his most famous interiors was the original Windows on the World restaurant on top of New York’s World Trade Center North Tower, which incorporated several different variations on this chair in the reception areas.

Described as looking like a ‘shiny sheaf of wheat’ in the original Knoll catalogue,  the structure adapted to love seat, stool and fully upholstered easy chair and ottoman versions which combined lightweight form with comfort.  The design was also adapted as tables with the same cylindrical base and even lamp stands in myriad different metals and finishes.

 

 


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BESPOKE FITTED AND FREE-STANDING CARPETS FOR A GEORGIAN TOWNHOUSE MAYFAIR, LONDON

A bespoke hand knotted version of UP AND OVER

Lady Deirdre Dyson was commissioned to create fourteen contemporary carpets – six hand knotted, free-standing rugs and eight gun tufted, fitted carpets together with a stair runner over four floors for this 18th Century listed Georgian townhouse.

The house, actually two adjoining properties, was restored and repurposed by Alexander Martin Architects (AMA) for use as private offices in Mayfair, London.

The brief required Deirdre to design a total of 350 square metres of highest quality wool and silk floor coverings for the entire property.

The incredible gun tufted 100% wool graded carpet created for the oak barley twist staircase.

Materials throughout the building were selected for their timeless quality, echoing those present in the original building. A palette of natural oak, stone and pale grey provides a backdrop for the bespoke Deirdre Dyson carpets used throughout.

The expanses of wool and silk used in the rug, carpet and runner designs sit perfectly with remaining original features and the stark modern interior application in the office spaces on the upper floors.

The central oak barley twist staircase is dramatically hugged top to bottom by a stair runner that creates a sense of movement with graded hues that flow from dark to light (pictured above)

A bespoke gun tufted, fitted version of  TWILIGHT in one of the top floor office spaces.

Through her use of bold geometric designs, Lady Dyson developed a scheme to bring contrast and complimentary accent colours which define and enhance the individual rooms. A total of fifty separate colours were used across the project with some carpets having up to sixteen colours alone.

A bespoke hand knotted version of SCATTER

The carpets give each room a separate identity and interest but Dyson has connected the spaces using a similar colour palette, often through the use of colour grading, adding personality with dramatic bursts of colour, be it a bold blue or vivid terracotta. All working in tandem with remaining original features and the architect’s contemporary reworking of the building.

A bespoke hand knotted version of SEAWASH

In some cases, Deirdre’s designs reference the building directly such as a version of her DAWN carpet design, its dramatic copper silk stripes echoing the copper cladding in the garden outside.

Deirdre Dyson’s bespoke hand knotted DAWN carpet in the Garden Room.

A bespoke hand knotted version of OPTIC

The scale of these carpets created challenges for both our weavers in Nepal (in some cases measuring up to 5m square)  and the skilled tufters here in the UK as well as specialist fitters but a close, collaborative team effort realised Deirdre Dyson’s vision to stunning effect.

The project featured in  an extensive editorial feature in Wallpaper* magazine, click here to read.