Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Beautiful Design from the old Eastern Europe

This beautiful coffee set, designed by Lubomir Tomaszewski in 1961, can be seen at London's Victoria and Albert Museum's new exhibit Cold War Modern: Design 1945-70. The review in the FT's House & Home, this past weekend, is worth reading...and those going to London are in for a treat! It is interesting to compare these items to the also lovely designs by Eva Zeisel,
who designs for Crate&Barrel, the American contemporary housewares and furniture shop.
Ms. Zeisel, born in Hungary in 1906, trained in the Soviet Union, before escaping to the USA in 1938. "Zeisel’s career in design continued to develop in the United States. In addition to designing for companies such as General Mills, Rosenthal China, Castelton China, Zeisel taught one of the first courses in industrial design at the Pratt Institute in New York. In 1946, Zeisel had the first one-woman show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York." (Wikipedia)

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