Thursday, May 28, 2009


Roman's had many inventions that were used within design and architecture: plaster, reinforced concrete, stucco, terra-cotta, grout, masonry, and terrazzo to name a few. These materials aided some one the most important creations; even to this day....

*NOTE: Roman Time Line-753 B.C.-550. Their empire reached the edges of Africa, Britain, and Syria.

Etruscan Throne: made of bronze with relief carvings. The base is cylinder like with a backrest for support. Some studded hardware around the top for construction. Decorative accents of relief all around.

Barrel Vault: Another invention of the Roman's was constructed with concrete. This evolved from the arch (single) for doorways, windows, and niches. Then it was implemented for larger areas.

**A lot of Rome's furniture was lost in the fire of Pompeii, circa 70 A.D. This occured from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius volcano, spanning two days.

Lectus: The Roman couch was a high valued piece of Roman furniture. It was single, double and even triple in width and was used for sleeping or dining. Very similar and influenced by the Kline from Greece.

*Differences: the height this is lower than the Kline, and has a headboard and foot rest (both elaborately shaped and carved); not showed in image above.

  • Some had a back to resemble modern day sofa
  • Ropes or metal strips to support a straw or wool mattress
  • Silk cushions or costly textiles from the East was chosen for bedding

Sella: folding stool it was made of wood, bronze, or iron. It's crossed legs were sometimes straight (like above) , curved, plain, or imitating animal feet. Very similar to the Greek diphros.

*Lastly: The Pantheon one of Rome's Wonders! It has a classical pedimented portico in the front (triangular shape), Corinthian columns, a rotunda (round/ cylindrical in shape) at the back with an oculus in the centre. Oculus is a circular opening that was used to tell time.

Inside view of the Oculus:

CK Home

A modern day Kline from the Grecian times. The cushioning brings more comfort and an easy way to invite different hues. I don't think anyone would use it as the Kline's purpose though; might get messy.

The Bed I Want

This is another piece from the cK home. Came out in the begining of the year and was featured in Veranda Magazine. I love MODERN! Sleigh bed style with a leather headboard and footrest. Nice!! Very Classy!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

A Modern Flare!

Just a few images I found on Google:

Has a futuristic vibe loving the masculine feel of the colours.
Plywood at it's best! The form is current and I love that the back leg bends inward.
This is an ultra sleek bed to match the chair above. Very clean lines and low to the ground. Great representation for the genre. Very minimalistic!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Greece is a place with many wonders and the most famous one would have to be the Parthenon.

*NOTE: Grecian Time Line- 2000-30 B.C. Refered to as "The Great Decorators" for their use of ornamental detail.

Also refered to as the acropolis meaning "high point of a city". This area was solely devoted to religious purposes.

The Parthenon has Doric style columns all around the perimeter of it; the architects were Ictinus and Callicrates.

This is a comparison of the colomns that you will find in Greek architecture:

The first one is Doric which is simple and has a rectangular top. The second one is Ionic and that one is an interpretation of a rams horns. The third one is Corinthian which is an intrepretation of bundled flowers.

Finally a Ladies Chair:

This chair is called the Klismos designed specifically for women to sit on. The chair is made of wood and called one of the most graceful chairs. This is purely a Greek invention with no influence of Egypt. The most interesting part of the chair are the splayed legs. This will be repeated later on in the: Directoire, Empire, and Regency peroids.

Something with a Modern Touch....

This is a reconstructed version of the Kline it was a bed but also functioned like a modern day sofa; they even used it for dining. It's very similar to a chaise lounge ("long chair") for: sleeping, eating, drinking, lounging, and conversing.

Another image of the "classic" Kline.

This is called the Diphros it was a stool without arms or back. There were two types, one with fixed legs and the other with folding. Similar to the Egyptian stool.

This stool has legs imitating an animal which is very common for furniture in those times.

Another image of the Diphros.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Cardboard Chair

This is my chardbord chair and it can hold up to 300 lbs. Very strong and I love it!

Some Of My Work....

This is a chair that I rendered in my second year of college. I used prisma markers, pencil crayons, and pastels.

Another rendering done in the same medium.

This is an African mask I did out of clay in high school.

A quick rendering of a kitchen; here I am trying to develop my style.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Egyptian Furniture Pt. 2

This is Queen Hetepheres chair; built of wood and encased in gold. Was discovered in 1925 by a photographer. Queen Hetepheres title was "Mother of the King of Upper and Lower Egypt", her son was Pharaoh Khufu.

The legs once again are reminiscent of a feline on all 4`s. The arms are high and have a design of flowers/ papyrus bundled.

Another furniture found in her pyramid was a bed. This is encased in gold just like the chair. The board at the bottom is the foot rest and the pillow is at the top which is elevated quite high!

Thursday, May 7, 2009


These Chairs are apart of Egyptian history. The first 4 chairs were found in King Tutankhamun's tomb, circa 1922.

This is the beginning.....His mask.

*NOTE: Egyptian History Time Line- 4500 B.C.-A.D. 30. Very consistant with their work, culture and art had an unchaging identity, fueled by their religious beliefs.

The Throne

The chair is true to Egyptian style with the claw foot of an animal and feline-form legs. It has inlays of gold and silver with semi-precious stones. Other stones include: Colored glass, faience, and calcite.

Child's Chair

because of its small scale; less than 30" high. Made out of wood its design is rather contemporary and has a great choice of contrasting colours, especially with the side panels; that are made of gold. The design on the back reminds me of Africa!

This Chair is called the "Inlaid" also referred to as the"Ceremonial chair" it has the legs of a folding stool, and an intricately patterned back. It is made of ebony that is gold-leafed and inlayed with ivory, coloured glass, Egyptian faience, and precious stones. 44" high.

This is a stool imitating leopard skin, but not made to fold. A women might sit on this. Very rigid and has inflexiable seat that is firmly joined to the legs.