Art, architecture and design
I've been interested in these subjects for a long time. My interest in architecture stems from my degree in urban studies, which had a large component of urban and architectural history. I guess my interest in art and design (especially furniture design) followed on from that.
I am mainly interested in 20th century architecture and design. Favourite architects include Alvar Aalto, Mies Van Der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright.
Favourite designers include Marcel Breuer, Hans Wegner, Robin/Lucienne Day, and Charles/Ray Eames. One of my favourite contemporary artists is the sculptor Anish Kapour. The images to the right are (top to bottom) Selfridges Department Store in Birmingham (photo: me), an 'Ox' chair designed by Hans Wegner (photo: erik-joergensen.com) and an installation by Anish Kapor at Tate Modern (photo: me).
Below are some links to some interesting modern art/architecture/design resources.
- Alvar Aalto Museum
An on-line museum dedicated to the work of the great Finnish architect and designer.
- Unesco World Heritage List
A list of all the buildings and sites on the World Heritage List.
- Great Buildings
Extensive database of architecutural resources, with links, images, architect biographies, 3d models etc.
- Chicago Architecture Foundation
The Chicago Architecture Foundation is dedicated to advancing public interest and education in architecture and design, concentrating on Chicago's rich architectural history.
- Fundació Mies van der Rohe
The Mies van der Rohe Foundation was constituted in 1983 as a non-profit public entity devoted to fostering the cultural debate on contemporary architecture from the city of Barcelona. The Foundation is also entrusted with preserving and disseminating knowledge of Mies van der Rohe's German Pavilion.
- University of Nevada-Las Vegas Library - Architecture and Building
Comprehensive listing of online architecture databases.
- Tate Modern
The Tate Modern gallery at Southbank in London is breathtaking. If you're visiting London, don't miss it!
- The Stedelijk Museum
The Stedelijk Museum is a modern and contemporary art museum in the Netherlands. This site features lots of great art, from the well known masters to more obscure images.
A searchable encyclopaedia of artists.
Independent source website for architecture and design.
- Design Museum
Museum of design on London's South Bank.
- Knoll International
The manufacture famous for making furniture designed by the greats of modern furniture design, include Mies van de Rohe and Eames.
20th century design shops
Aram hold the manufacturing rights for the work of a number of famous 20th century designers, including Eileen Grey. They also sell a wide range of contemporary and 20th century furniture.
London, UK: Very upmarket reproductions together with some unique contemporary design.
Copenhagen, Denmark: Specialists in Danish design 1920-1975. Very high end museum quality items from only the most sought after designers. No prices, but you can't afford it anyway!
- Graham Mancha
Buckinghamshire, UK: Restored original post war classics
- The Old Cinema
Antique, vintage and retro furniture shop in Chiswick, London
- Lovely & Co
Vintage furniture shop in Brighton.
- Velvet Point
Mid-century modern furniture shop in Karlsruhe, Germany
- 1stdibs.com mid century modern
1stdibs.com is a website that acts as a kind of broker, allowing you to browse the stock of dozens of different antique dealers. All kinds of different product types, styles and eras, but only one price range (if you have to ask you can't afford it!). The link here will take you to their mid-century modern furniture listing.