Across its 1000 sq meters of space, Original in Berlin presents an exclusive selection of furniture, design pieces, lamps and objects from the mid-century Modern Era. Design aficionados will find Scandinavian, French, Italian and American classics -- from Paul McCobb, Charles & Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Finn Juhl to Charlotte Perriand, Gio Ponti and Marco Zanuso.
Customers and couriers can pull their vehicles right up to the front door, making it easy & convenient for loading and unloading merchandise. The in-house upholstery and carpentry workshop guarantees to leave no wish unfulfilled, no matter how unusual.
The Berlin showroom isn't only comprised of selected classics, but includes a comprehensive accessory collection by Austrian designer Carl Auböck. Gawking is expressly permitted.
Berlin is too far away, you say? No problem– Original in Berlin delivers. And we mean worldwide.
Some make sketches until - unpredictable when - the „right“ form emerges.
The California-based artist Kipp Stewart said about himself: ”I can’t do anything unless I see it first.”
Whereas the rather new movement in the almost 90 year-old`s life - drawings and paintings that more and more discover formlessness - Kipp Stuarts`s furniture design is well known for it`s structure and order. Inspired by early-Greek furniture, Art Nouveau and Art Deco Kipp Stewart created his unique casual and contemporary teak, stainless and steel furniture. Classy and modern as they are his pieces can be found in major hotels, corporations, huge yachts, university campuses, urban developments, thousands of homes around the world and even at the White House.
At the age of fifteen hitchhiking to high school the young Kipp Stewart glimpsed at a storefront shop on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles: an industrial designer`s pencil drawings posted in the studio`s window let Kipp fall in love with the idea of designing furniture. From then on he followed this enthusiasm.
Together with his wife and two children he lived in Florence/Italy while he sold his drawings to a company in New York. The family travelled around Europe and stayed eight months in Bermuda. Here Kipp`s work probably got influenced by his sailing experiences.
After this adventure they came back to Californa (Big Sur and Carmel ) where he lives ever since.
In addition to his art and furniture design, Stewart has been the architect behind ten homes in California and New York.
Looking at his work and Stewart as a person creates the impression that Stewart maintained discipline in structure and form through furniture design until travelling the world and travelling through life leaded him to a bigger freedom – right into the unknown and the abstractness of his paintings. Both the formal and the wild Kipps are undeniably captivating.
ORIGINAL IN BERLIN offers the following design pieces of Kipp Stewart:
Paul McCobb (1917 – 1969), started his career as a window dresser, before he decided to open his own desgin-studio in New York. The MOMA gave him five design awards within 1950 and 1955, although McCobb was an absolute autodidact without any training in design or architecture. Nevertheless he was one of the commercial most successful designers of his era.
McCobb had a wide range of products, like cloth, wallpaper, lighting, dinnerware, radios and of course furniture. His most popular "low cost" line, the "Planner group", which was produced by Winchedon from 1950 to 1964, was not shown in this book. But with this line, McCobb had established himself in many american households. This series was one of the bestselling furniture-series of all times. It was so popular that it also initialized a lot of so called "Knock-Offs" from other companies, which are mixed up today as McCobb originals.
An absolute McCobb-enthusiast and -expert, Gerard O'Brian and owner of the Reform-Gallery on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. O´Brian bought his first McCobb-piece in the middle of the nineties, it was a Planner Group desk. He started to collect McCobb-lamps, produced by the company Arbuck.
His collection exists of 300 pieces meanhwile and might be the biggest private collection of McCobb-items. After two presentations on the L.A. Vintage show O´Brian is now writing a book about McCobb, together with the collector and historian Jonathan Goldstein from New York.
McCobb had been very active as a "modern designer" and achieved international importance with his Irwin collection from 1952. Thanks to american furniture dealers like J.F. Chen, Converso, Dual, Lost City Arts, Modern Living Supplies and Wyeth, McCobb is again very popular today and after wrong classifications of his work and ridiculous low prices now he recieves the respect he deserves.
ORIGINAL IN BERLIN offers the following design pieces of Paul McCobb: