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  • Poul Henningsen's Artichoke Lamp

    ‘Future comes by itself, progress does not.’ Poul Henningsen unintentionally summed up his own designs through an off the cuff quote that helps us to understand why his work looks just as modern today as they did 70 years ago.


    Poul Henningsen in 1950 Poul Henningsen in 1950


    Born in 1894 in Denmark, Henningsen studied as an architect from 1911 to 1917 but never graduated. His focus changed from perusing a career in architecture to one in design and painting. It was this decision that helped him in to become the revered designer and innovator his legacy is known for.


    If you’re not sure who Poul Henningsen is by name, we’re sure you will know him through his famous Artichoke and Snowball lamps, amongst a wide range of other lights and pendants that would go on to change the way designers look at lighting a room.


    Poul Henningsen Artichoke Lamp Reproduction by Pash Classics Poul Henningsen Artichoke Lamp Reproduction by Pash Classics


    Henningsen became fixated by the idea of recreating the warming and relaxing glow of petroleum lamps which he remembered fondly from his childhood. He considered modern light bulbs to be way too bright, to him they were purely functional, not emotional.


    To turn a modern bulb into a light that could bring emotion and style to a room, Henningsen set to work in his attic. By blacking painting the room black, he used candles surrounded by grease stained paper to create varying curves of light and shadow.


    Poul Henningsen Artichoke Lamp Reproduction by Pash Classics


    From here he measured thousands of light angles in a process he would call Fotometer. These findings would be used throughout his career and influence a great number of his designs. Poul Henningsen had perfected the reflection, shadow and glare of light.


    His first lamp, the PH Lamp, was a major success and in 1925 brought the young designer in to international limelight. The success that came from this design allowed PH to spend an entire career in pursuit of even greater light sources.


    We believe that this perfection was created in 1958, when Henningsen designed the PH Kogle, or Artichoke Lamp. Originally called the Kogle in Danish due to its resemblance to a conifer cone, one can instantly see the inspiration behind both names.


    Poul Henningsen Artichoke Lamp Reproduction by Pash Classics


    Created from laser cut brushed aluminium leaves that look both natural and entirely intentional, perfectly reflect its hidden light source from all angles. The lamp’s specially chosen range of colours (copper, white, silver or gold) give a variety of tones to the escaping light which not only turns heads but completes Poul Henningsen’s vision of a perfectly lit room.


    Poul Henningsen Artichoke Lamp Reproduction by Pash Classics Poul Henningsen Artichoke Lamp Reproduction by Pash Classics


    Outside of lighting design PH was a widely recognised critic, author and architect. At the beginning of the Second World War he worked as chief architect for the world’s oldest theme park, Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens. Here he was responsible for the creation of Glassalen, a beautiful theatre within the park’s grounds.


    As Nazi Germany took occupation of Denmark, Henningsen found himself under heavy observation due to his outspoken nature in writings such as “Hvad med Kulturen?” (What About Culture?), a heavily critical piece on Danish cultural life and his involvements with anti-fascist organisations. As a result, he fled to Sweden where he continued to write and design.


    In 1967 Poul Henningsen died, leaving behind a legacy of design.

  • The History of the Egg Chair

    We don’t use the word masterpiece lightly at Pash, but Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair undoubtedly qualifies. Fifty years after its creation, it continues to bring a sophisticated presence to some of the most designer and exclusive interiors in the world.


    Egg Chair in white wool upholstery Egg Chair in white wool upholstery


    Even if you didn’t know the chair by name, we’re sure you’ve instantly recognised its iconic curved aesthetic. Jacobsen’s now famous chair has made its way into a plethora of films, music videos, luxury hotels and homes of the style minded. The Beatles ‘You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away’ video and Big Brother to name just two, albeit on different sides of culture!

    Designed in 1958 for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, a revolutionary concept to create the world’s first designer hotel was not entirely successful. As a result, the building now stands with much of the original designs stripped. Yet the chair instantly stood out in stark contrast to the building’s almost exclusive use of horizontal and vertical lines and has since become one of the most classic designs of the past century.


    The SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen The SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, home to the Egg Chair


    Despite being first and foremost an architect, Jacobsen had toyed with being a product designer for the majority of his working life and had previously designed several pieces of furniture in collaboration with Frtiz Hansen.


    However, it was the ergonomic curved forms of Eames’ iconic Lounge Chair and Eeero Saarinen’s Womb Chair that gave Jacobsen the inspiration for what was to become his most famous design. In his home garage Jacobsen acted like a sculpture and created clay models to perfect the chair’s curved design, finding balance between ergonomics and style.


    As a designer who was ever pushing style and technology forward a new technique, never before been used in furniture design was developed. Instead of creating the base from wood as was common in pre-war Europe, a strong foam inner shell was used to create the shape in production.


    The original run of these magnificent chairs were created only for the SAS Hotel. However, due to their immense popularity a small run of ‘special edition’ Egg Chairs were created shortly after. To maintain their exclusivity each chair was extortionately priced at $60,000 in 1958.


    Luckily for you, Pash Classics offer a reproduction Egg Chair, modelled from an original design, for a significantly lower price but with all of the quality. Constructed from a high quality fibreglass shell and upholstered in your choice of wool, cashmere or Italian leather.


    Black Leather Egg Chair by Pash Classics


    In the years since its initial creation, the Egg Chair has become a symbol of mid-century design and has made cultural appearances throughout every decade since. Many could even be forgiven for assuming the chair was designed in the 70’s, thanks to its consistent appearance in brightly coloured upholsteries in homes across the UK.


    The chair’s head turning design makes it a great choice for those who are looking to add an accent chair in to their living room, and its ergonomic design makes it an easy choice for relaxing in. Surely nothing makes a statement quite like the world’s most famous chair?






  • Eero Aarnio’s Furniture of the Future

    Eero Aarnio is an innovator of Modern Furniture design who has influenced the lives of so many from his home studio with two striking designs, the Ball and Bubble Chairs. So how did these world famous designs come to be?


    Aarnio was born in 1932 in Finland, meaning that the young designer-to-be spent his childhood in a country deeply affected by the second world war. He grew during a period of rapid post-war technological progression, in a culture that was ready to pioneer design for the masses.


    Eero Aarnio in front of the pop culture that helped propel his designs in to the limelight. Eero Aarnio in front of the pop culture that helped propel his designs in to the limelight.


    This culture of pioneering design spawned the minimal, wood focused Nordic modern furniture that has become so popular in recent years thanks to its low cost, quick production and achingly beautiful aesthetic.


    However, Aarnio broke away from the styles that surrounded him, not out of rebellion, but out of the joys of design. As an individual who always looks forward never backwards, he was interested in the new wave of technologies and materials that were under development.


    In the early 1960’s he began to experiment with bright colours, geometric shapes and the materials plastic and fibreglass.


    By 1966 his first solo project using these materials was unveiled at the International Design Fair in Cologne. It was a design that had taken years to develop, with the prototype itself being hand made over the course of a year by Aarnio and his brother.


    Aarnio wanted a chair that could fit himself, his wife and their two children in all at once, but also a chair that could give the user an area of personal space, even in a busy room. Above all however, the chair must be of high quality, as ‘quality will last’ Eero says. A quality design is an investment that can be passed down through generations.


    The Ball Chair was an instant hit which adorned the homes of celebrities across the globe and became a staple on TV shows and in films. It stood as a stark contrast to Nordic design’s appearance and was incredibly comfortable to sit in. The Chair was in-fact the first ever to be produced in fibreglass, and the first ever to make use of the ‘perfect shape’, a sphere; the New York Times described the chair’s shape as one of ‘the most comfortable forms to hold the human body’. The ideal piece was created for a rapidly changing world and the emergence of pop culture.


    Eero Aarnio Ball Chair Eero Aarnio's Ball Chair reproduction from Pash Classics


    However, Aarnio never intended for his design to become a symbol of 60’s pop culture, nor did he intended for the phrase ‘space aged’ to be so closely associated. His ethos is always to create furniture that’s functional and produced from methods cheap enough for anyone to own. It just so happens a chair this practical and comfortable would use a shape associated with space travel (Sputnik, of course!).


    One is easily forgiven for relating his designs with this phrase, though. 60 years on and the Ball Chair is still a piece in high demand by interior designers, home owners and children across the world. If that wasn’t futuristic design, then we don’t know what is!


    Pash’s Ball Chair reproduction uses similar build techniques to Aarnio’s original designs and makes use of his favourite material with a glossy fibreglass shell seated on a swivel base and available for £599, meaning that this design really can be owned by anyone.


    But this wasn’t the end of Aarnio’s influence on design. Two years later Aarnio developed the Bubble Chair in realisation that the Ball Chair could be dark inside when reading. He understood that, although this gave the chair it’s desired effect of creating a room within a room, not everyone wanted to be so enclosed. He was left with two options, either add a light or create the chair from transparent materials.


    Eero Aarnio's Bubble Chair reproduction from Pash Classics Eero Aarnio's Bubble Chair reproduction from Pash Classics


    We’re sure you agree with us when we say we’re glad he chose to pioneer another new material. This time transparent acrylic plastic was the favourite.


    In 1968 the Bubble Chair was released with the same intentions and to equal acclaim as its predecessor. This design features a hanging chain which allows the chair to be suspended from the ceiling or from a chrome plated stand.


    Just like the Ball Chair, the Bubble came with all of pop culture’s love and was featured in everything from celebrity photoshoots to Playboy and the world’s most influential design magazines.


    For those who are looking to own a piece of design history, the Pash reproduction Bubble Chair remains faithful to the original design and is priced from £649.


    Eero Aarnio continues to design at his home studio in Finland to this day, with the same influences as ever: always looking towards the future and living out his inner child through designs that are fun to look at, use and own.

  • Mid Century Modern Is Forever

    We all know that trends come and go, but style lasts forever. Mid Century Modern isn’t so much a furniture trend, as the style.


    The phrase Mid Century Modern was first coined by art historian and writer Cara Greenberg in 1983 and is perfectly phonetic to the style; It’s straight to the point, simple and no nonsense, exactly like the designs it encompasses.


    The New York Times first noted the resurgence of Mid Century Modern as a style in 1998, when young New Yorkers started to turn towards space aged fibreglass and organic wooden shapes, and threw out their heavy iron furniture and saturated colours.


    Here we are nearly 20 years on, and if anything the style has become even more popular. It’s no secret that we at Pash are also big fans, so to help you understand where we’re coming from, here’s what you need to know about Mid Century Modern furniture.


    The exact period that we refer to as Mid Century Modern is debated and really it is open to interpretation, which is how all great design movements should be! But most lovers of the style will agree that 1933 to 1965 is when the style was pioneered:


    The style originated from the famous German Bauhaus movement and its pioneers such as Mies van der Rohe, whose iconic Barcelona Chair could be stated as the first piece of mid-century modern furniture.


    Mies van der Rohe's iconic Barcelona Chair replica by Pash Classics. Mies van der Rohe's iconic Barcelona Chair, is arguably the first piece of Mid Century Modern design.


    During the mid to late 1930’s many designers fled Germany and vulnerable areas of Europe as a result of changing beliefs in their home countries. Several of these designers emigrated to the United States where their minds were nurtured by the rapid creation of new materials such as fibreglass, and more effective production methods.


    Just as the 30’s and early 40’s had pioneered new materials and increased the potential of furniture design, the late 40’s and 50’s were an equal blessing to any designer who embraced this new style. New houses were needed quickly and in vast quantities, which of course meant affordable furniture was required to fill these homes.


    To keep costs low, their function high and their style simple, pieces were often created from only one or two types of materials and with as few colours. From here a large range of now iconic designs were created which embraced new materials, often with artificial qualities and balanced perfectly with natural wood.


    But if you thought that Mid Century Modern was a movement stuck in its ways of one specific aesthetic, you’d be wrong! George Nelson, an innovator and designer of the renowned Marshmallow Sofa determined three types of Mid Century Modern:


    George Nelson's Marshmallow sofa George Nelson's Marshmallow Sofa


    • Bio Morphic: Characterised by its smooth surfaces, organic curves and natural flow, the style was especially loved by Charles and Ray Eames. A perfect example? The Eames La Chaise, designed in 1948 for a Museum of Modern Art competition. Its organic shape was inspired by 'Floating Figure', a sculpture by Gaston Lachaise.


    The Eames La Chaise The Eames La Chaise, a perfect example of Bio Morphic mid century design.


    • Machine: Chances are this is the style you think of when you think Mid Century Modern! Originating strongly from the Bauhaus movement, the Machine style uses space aged geometric shapes in combination with cutting edge materials and a focus on form following function. In many ways, ‘Machine’ is the 1950’s in a nutshell.


    Eero Aarnio Ball Chair Eero Aarnio Ball Chair perfectly embodies Machine Mid Century Modern


    • Handmade: Danish design has taken the world by storm over recent years for many of the same reasons as Mid Century Modern. Their approach towards minimalism with sculptural lines and a focus on quality is certainly refreshing in today’s fast-fashion world. However, that Danish style we all love originated from ‘Handmade’ Mid Century. Pash’s range of British handmade cabinets embody this whole philosophy of style.


    Brunndal Cabinet Pash's Brunndal Cabinet is made in England with a focus on Danish design and high quality build.



    It’s this focus on low key yet beautiful design and their affordable high quality that meant MCM didn’t die out when the baby boom years ended. So if you’re looking for a piece of furniture that will last as long as it will look stylish, Mid Century Modern is the way to go.

  • Poul Kjærholm – Master of Danish Design

    “Steel’s constructive potential is not the only thing that interests me; the refraction of light on its surface is an important part of my artistic work. I consider steel a material with the same artistic merit as wood and leather.”


    It’s not that difficult to establish which of the iconic designers, whose designs feature on Pash Classics, once made this quote. His designs bring about the most perfect blend of steel and natural leather whilst maintaining a simplicity that could have only come from Denmark.


    Poul Kjærholm, a cabinetmaker by trade and a master of industrialist design and Danish minimalism by practice, remains one of the most relevant furniture designers to this day almost 65 years after his designs first reached the limelight.


    Poul Kjaerholm Poul Kjærholm


    Born in the small Danish village of Øster Vrå, Kjærholm progressed after a cabinetmaking apprenticeship to the Danish School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen in 1952. It was here that the young designer’s influential future would be spawned.


    Whilst at the school he became aware of and worked alongside Kaare Klint, who is widely regarded as the father of modern Danish furniture design, and whose work is epitomised by clean lines and the best possible use of materials and craftsmanship available. A year later in 1953, Kjærholm married Hanne Kjærholm who would prove to be a leading figure in Danish architecture and provide a great help in getting women’s architecture noticed.


    Alongside these two great influencers, Kjærholm noted several movements including German Bauhaus and the Dutch De Stijl, as well as iconic designers Van der Rohe and Charles & Ray Eames as great factors in progressing his own designs.


    By the mid 1950’s, Kjærholm had started to produce his own furniture designs in collaboration with good friend and entrepreneur Ejvind Kold Christiansen. Christiansen gave great artistic freedom to Kjærholm and together they produced his first range of furniture, the PK0 Plywood Series.


    Poul Kjærholm PK0 Chair Poul Kjærholm PK0 Chair


    The PK0 Plywood Series stayed true to Poul’s influences by using simple lines to create a beautiful piece of furniture crafted from high quality materials. However, it was later in 1956 when his designs started to take on his now famous forms of sculpted stainless steel.


    The PK22 was created as a more refined and practical version of an old PK design, the PK25. Made from multiple pieces of stainless steel and upholstered in leather, the chair won international acclaim and paved the way for future PK designs to be characterised with simple aesthetics and little decoration. The chair also embodied his ethos for mixing steel and natural materials.


    PK22 Chair by Pash Classics PK22 Chair by Pash Classics


    Poul often designed furniture with a particular space in mind and a fascination of the effect achieved by placing a piece of furniture in an architectural space. It’s this realisation that furniture can make a statement in ones interior without being over designed that has allowed the PK range to remain as beautiful and contemporary today as they were 60 years ago.


    In testament to Kjærholm’s influence, he was awarded the Danish ID Prize for Product Design and became head for the Institute for Design and professor from 1973 until his death in 1980. Pieces of his work are held in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Victoria & Albert in London.


    Danish design is all about simplicity and democracy. Great pieces of furniture should be available to everyone and not exclude. This is where Pash’s PK20, PK22 and PK31 reproductions play an important part in continuing Kjærholm’s legacy. Crafted from stainless steel and Italian leather to stay perfectly in keeping with the original designs, each chair is affordable without the sacrifice of high quality.

  • Celebrating Eero Saarinen's Birthday

    Eero-Saarinen-1958 copy Eero Saarinen - One of the past century's most iconic designers.

    On the 20th of August we celebrate the life and work of one of our favourite mid-century designers here at Pash. Eero Saarinen may be well known to our followers as the creator of the beautiful Tulip Tables and Chairs, but internationally he’s equally recognised as a master of architecture.


    In many ways Saarinen was destined to a life in the high ranks of design. Born in Finland (a country renowned for its output of admired designers such as Eero Aarnio, Tapio Wirkkala and Maija Isola) to a respected Architect, Eero and his family emigrated to America when he was just 13 years of age.


    It was here that Eero studied sculpture and furniture design at the Cranbook Academy of Arts where his father taught and was dean. During this time the young designer became close friends with Charles Eames, Ray Eames and Florence Knoll, three of furniture’s most influential forces.


    From here, Eero’s future was set in stone. He received his first critical acclamation for a new design of chair, one that used radical contemporary materials and brought a new aesthetic to post-war America.


    Saarinen’s original intention for his 'Organic Design in Home Furnishings' competition winning entry was to create a chair made from a single mould of fibreglass. Despite several attempts this idea proved to be too susceptible to breakage and as a result a cast aluminium base was coasted in a rislan finish, giving the same appearance to the fibreglass seat. Eero Saarinen exercised a rare quality, one which enabled him to become the great influencer in mid century design: he worked with new materials and tested their limits in ways which no one else had previously attempted.


    Tulip Arm Chair The Pash Classics reproduction of Saarinen's original Tulip Armchair.

    However, the Tulip Chair wasn’t just a one off from the Finnish prodigy, the piece was designed in conjunction with a magnificent dining table that utilised the same materials and build methods. The result was a dining collection that has smooth modernist lines, remaining experimental to this day. Often called ‘space aged’, the collection perfectly captured the romantic imagination of the 1950’s.


    Tulip Chair and table Eero Saarinen's Tulip Side Chair and Fibreglass Tulip Table.

    The Tulip series, along with his equally revolutionary Womb Chair were quickly recognised and produced by the Knoll company, a symbol of good will and gesture by his former design collaborator. Today his now famous designs continue to inspire thousands and adorn the interiors of just as many homes. If you’ve ever been interested in owning your own Tulip Chair and Table, Pash Classics have you covered with their high quality marble and fibreglass reproduction.


    With an impressive background in design and international recognition from key players in the development of mid-century furniture, you could be forgiven for forgetting that Saarinen is just as influential in the art of architecture.


    Upon the death of his father, Eero formed his own architecture firm, Eero Saarinen and Associates, where he designed many iconic buildings that made regular use of his signature curved aesthetics. The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri and the TWA Flight Centre at JFK Airport are perhaps two of his most praised architectural achievements and are instantly recognisable.


    Jfkairport Eero Saarinen's designed the instantly recognisable TWA Flight Centre at JFK Airport.

    Saarinen's Gateway Arch stands as much as a testament to the designer's talent as his Tulip collection. At 192 metres tall and completed in 1965 the structure remains the world's tallest arch, the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere and Missouri's tallest accessible building.


    St_Louis_night_expblend_cropped The Gateway Arch, designed by Eero Saarinen.

    In 1957 Eero was part of the Sydney Opera House Commission and was the key figure in the selection of the now internationally famous design by Jørn Utzon. Maybe it is this talent to recognise and create designs that stand the test of time that has made Saarinen’s name live forever through his furniture and architecture?

  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Pash Classics' Eames Lounge Chair Reproduction

    Ray Eames once said ‘what looks good can change, but what works, works’. Is the Eames Lounge chair the exception to the rule? It’s a design that looks as good today as it did 70 years ago and is certainly just as comfortable.


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    In this blog post we’ll explain everything you ever wanted to know about the Eames Lounge Chair, why it’s as popular as ever and why Pash Classics’ faithful reproduction is your living room’s new best friend.


    We’re sure you’re aware of this classic design, it’s tilted silhouette can be seen in a multitude of popular TV programmes from Frasier to House and has had more celebrities photographed within it than any other chair: Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali and Ice Cube to name a few. In many ways it was destined to be a part of stardom as Charles and Ray Eames originally created the chair as a present to Oscar winner Billy Wilder.


    Maybe this is why the Lounge Chair (or 670 as it was originally called) differs so much in ethos from Eames’ previous designs? Prior to the 670, Eames were renowned for their DAW chairs which were designed and produced as affordable, quality pieces of furniture for the masses. Created for the high end market the chair differs in this respect, symbolising luxurious taste and lifestyle.


    Of course Charles and Ray Eames didn’t just design furniture to be cheap, or simply design furniture to appeal to the century’s biggest stars. Each of their designs were innovative and designed to push furniture production forwards.


    The 670 being no exception, the design duo made use of a new technology to create its smooth curved seat and backrest shells. Steam bent wood had reportedly been rarely seen in production furniture until the pair utilised the method as a way to increase the chair’s simplicity, beauty and comfort.


    ELC - rosewood black HM (C2) copy

    And it’s the chair’s most renowned feature, comfort, brings us nicely on to one of the Eames designers’ greatest assets, best described in this feature by Washington Post: “Charles and Ray Eames, the husband-and-wife design team behind the chair, had a remarkable understanding of ergonomic principles long before these were developed into a science in the 1970s”.

    Eames Lounge detail 2 copy

    This unbeatable level of ergonomic comfort is perhaps best captured (until you get to sit in one for yourself) by the story of Charles Eames inviting film producer Julian Blaustein to use a prototype Lounge Chair to sit in whilst reading over scripts. Charles left and returned a short while later to find the producer asleep. Apparently Blaustein was embarrassed, Charles was happy. As testimony to the pioneering and thought provoking design, New York’s Museum of Modern Art holds a permanent display for the Lounge chair.


    Yet despite a high end status in the furniture world, Lounge Chairs are a sought after piece for nearly any style of interior. As Eames were just as focused on the aesthetics of their designs as the quality and production, the Lounge Chair is an exceptionally beautiful piece with a truly timeless appeal, partly due to the chair’s proportions.


    Both the chair and ottoman seat are made of matching sizes whilst the seat and head rest can (in theory) be interchanged due to their symmetrical design. It’s the small details like this that allow the 670 to flourish as an accent piece or as a chair to admire a view in.


    If you’ve ever been interested in what differs an original to a reproduction, there isn’t much to wonder. The Pash Classics reproduction is made to the same specifications of the original using high quality materials and processes.


    Here’s what makes the Pash reproduction stand out:


    • The wooden shells are made from seven layers of steam bent plywood. Even early models of the original only used five layers!
    • They’re always upholstered in full grain Italian leather. Something we’re very proud of.
    • Injection moulded memory foam cushions perfectly fit the shape of the seat, back and head rest.
    • Plastic shock mounts allow the back to flex under movement and last far longer than the original’s rubber mounts. So there’s no need to repair or replace.
    • A solid die cast aluminium base is more than strong enough to support you whilst you read and nap.
    • Real rosewood or walnut veneers cover the steam bent plywood allowing the natural wood grain to give each chair a unique appearance.

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    Given the Lounge Chair’s impact on the world of furniture and popular culture, it’s understandable why you’d want to own one. They're an instant hit with anyone who has an interest in design and they hold the ability to transform any interior. All that’s left to do is order your free leather samples to help you decide on which colour best suits your decor.


    You can learn more about Charles and Ray Eames as well as shop the entire range of Eames replicas at our designer page.

  • When marble shines for dining

    If one material is dominating the thoughts of interior designers in 2016, it is marble. On one hand, austere and opulent but on the other, luminous and visually fascinating, it brings a new dimension to any home.

    And probably nowhere more so than the dining room. A marble topped dining table is elegant and – even in black – has a reflective quality that helps to softly illuminate a room, as well as being hard wearing and easy to clean.

    At Pash, we have long been lovers of marble and our range of tables includes several superb designs both classic and new.

    At the top of our list is Eero Saarinen’s Tulip table, one of the most instantly recognisable of 20th century furniture icons. Somehow both Space Age and essentially organic, it is usually made in fibre glass but we now also offer a white marble-topped version. The elegance of this material brings something new to a design that is already breathtaking and beautiful in its simplicity.

    Timeless Scandinavian style

    If a rectangular shape is more to your taste, our recently-introduced Fjord dining table is evocative of the finest 20th century Scandinavian design. With distinctive, solid wood, double-tripod legs, it offers a clean and timeless sense of style.

    Topped in a lustrous, high-gloss white or black finish that is similarly reflective to marble, the Fjord provides seating for six people and – we can vouch ourselves – is equally suited to family meals or party dining with friends. Solid wood and glass tops are also available.

    Additionally, Pash offers a wide range of dining chairs to complement these tables – including the matching Tulip chair – elsewhere on this web site. All will help create an attractive and stylish dining experience. Bon appetite!

  • Rocking the RAR with NetMums

    How do you find the perfect nursery chair? At Pash, we believe it’s got to be beautifully designed, fun, hardwearing – and hopefully excellent value for money, too.

    This month we have teamed up with NetMums, the UK’s biggest parenting web site, for a free competition to win an Eames-inspired RAR rocking chair.

    They are very demanding at NetMums, as you would expect. They want a nursery chair to be “bold and playful”, not to mention “oozing style from every curve” and to “serve a purpose long after your little one has dropped the night feeds.”

    Bearing all of these requirements in mind, the RAR rocker is an excellent choice.

    A development of the Eames DAR - the world’s first plastic, mass-produced chair designed for a 1948 competition to create low cost furniture – the RAR is a delight and has become a treasured piece of nursery furniture among thousands of our customers.

    The original DAR is known as the “Eiffel” chair because of the resemblance of its metal frame to the Paris landmark, but the RAR instead uses simple stainless steel and maple rockers. This unexpected touch brings a playful edge to a chair that already oozes joyousness thanks to its use of bright, bold plastics.

    Importantly, it’s very comfortable for children – and for adults. The ergonomically-moulded shell has a high, flexible back and a deep seat pocket that means you can use it comfortably for hours at a time, rocking or just sitting.

    Will it match your nursery? It is available in no less than 22 different finishes, so we can answer firmly in the affirmative. Will it match your budget? At just £59, we think that we can definitely say “yes” to that question, too.

    Finally, will your kids love it? Well, ours certainly do.

  • From cafe seat to utilitarian chic

    A very few designs move beyond their original, practical purpose and take on a universal appeal that means they work in almost any setting. The Converse trainer is one. Almost no-one uses them to play serious basketball any more but instead wear them in almost any other situation, from hanging around on the beach to adding an unexpected twist to a formal suit.

    The Tolix chair inspired by Xavier Pauchard is surely another. Mass-produced for French bistros, its beautiful ubiquity means that it now looks equally at home as garden furniture or in your dining room (or any other room of the house or office) as colourful, comfortable seating.

    The seeds of the chair were first sown in 1907 when Pauchard discovered that, by dipping steel in zinc, he could galvanise it and protect the metal from rust. Soon, a factory was successfully producing a wide range of steel household items under the Tolix brand.

    It was in 1934 that the chair first appeared, complete with drainage holes for outdoor use. However, the design was fine tuned over many years, most notably to allow café owners to stack them up to 25 units high, and the final, iconic design arrived in 1956.

    For many years, the chair was treated very much as a utilitarian item, often given away by French breweries to businesses that agreed to stock their beer but it gradually took on the mantle of a design icon. Today, the Tolix chair is recognised by design museums across the world, incuding MoMA in New York, the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Vitra design collection in Weil am Rhein in Germany.

    Pash’s high quality reproduction chair is available in a wide range of colours - black, blue, green, grey, orange, red, sage green, white and yellow. Personally, we like to mix them up in neutral settings, creating a vibrant splash of colour. But however and wherever you use it, the Tolix always adds charm and vitality.

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