Rapson sale featured in New York Times

Share this post Twitter Facebook Tumblr Email Posted January 13, 2014

The Rapson Line at Loll Designs is on sale through January 16.  Shop now:

 

And here's the NYT article highlighting the sale.

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Rapson Designs Featured at Chicago Modern Art Exhibit

Share this post Twitter Facebook Tumblr Email Posted August 20, 2013 in Chicago Modern, Cranbrook, Greenbelt, Knoll, Ralph Rapson, Rapson Architects, Rapson Greenbelt Line, Rapson Greenbelt Rocker, Rapson Rapid Rocker, Rapson Rocker, Rapson-Inc.

We are so thrilled that two Rapson Greenbelt Chairs were included in this great new exhibit on the New Bauhaus in Chicago.  

 

The exhibit, housed at the Ukrainian Institute for Modern Art, highlights the role of the New Bauhaus designers in Chicago in the late 1930s and 1940s, when Ralph Rapson was practicing in Chicago and teaching at the school.

We at Rapson-Inc. are hoping for a road trip in September to see it for ourselves, but here are a few pics of the exhibit in case you can't make it to Chicago:

 

 

 

 

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George Heinrich

Share this post Twitter Facebook Tumblr Email Posted May 05, 2013 in Architecture, Minneapolis, Minnesota, modern architecture, Photography, Ralph Rapson, Rapson Architects, Rapson Greenbelt Rocker, Rapson Rapid Rocker

George Heinrich is a Minneapolis based photographer whose exceptional work was much admired by Ralph. He has photographed for both the Children's Theater and the Jungle Theater. His photo's have graced the covers of Architecture Magazine and Architecture Minnesota. 


George also has a person connection to the Rapsons, and took a very nice set of portraits of Ralph late in life. Over the years he also photographed projects for Rapson Architects including the Pillsbury House and the U of MN 19th Street Parking Ramp. More recently George took pictures of Ralph's prototypes for Rapson-Inc's current furniture line. The photos below are all Heinrich work.


Ralph Rapson's personal Rapid Rocker with custom bentwood back.

Ralph Rapson's personal Rapson Rapid Rocker (with custom bentwood back).


Rapson-Inc. Greenbelt Rocker in custom black lacquer and hair-on-hide leather

Rapson-Inc. Greenbelt Rocker in custom black lacquer and hair-on-hide leather.


Rapson Architects' 19th Street Ramp

19th Street Parking Ramp, designed by Rapson Architects

Portrait of Ralph Rapson at the Pillsbury house by George Hienrich

Ralph Rapson at the Pillsbury House.

Visit George's webpage for more of his work: http://www.heinrichphotography.com/

George's work will be on display this Friday, May 10th at the Huscha Studio in Downtown Minnepolis. Stop by to support this excellent artist.

Friday May 10th, 2013
5:00 - 9:30 pm

700 South 3rd St, LL2
Minneapolis, MN 55415

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Retailer Spotlight: Markanto

Share this post Twitter Facebook Tumblr Email Posted February 04, 2013 in Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Eliel Saarinen, Florence Schust Knoll, German Modernism, Markanto, mid-century, Midcentury Rocking Chairs, Modernism Cologne, Ralph Rapson, Rapson Architects, Rapson Greenbelt Rocker, Rapson-Inc.

We here at Rapson-Inc. are very excited to introduce our latest retailer, Markanto. Based in Cologne, Germany, it has established itself as a premier European retailer of unique designer furnishings, both current and vintage, and ships across the EU.

Now featuring Rapson Greenbelt® Line, Ralph Rapson is the latest Cranbrook Academy alumni whose designs are sold at Markanto. (In the 1940s-50s, the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan was known as the hotbed of American modernism. Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Ray and Charles Eames, and Florence Schust Knoll are a few of Rapson's best-known classmates and colleagues from his Cranbrook years.) 

Sven Vorderstrase, the Markanto owner/manager, graciously took time for an interview with us just as Markanto's Rock It Baby exhibition in Cologne was in full swing:



I am always interested as to how people get their start in the business. How did you become interested in modern design?

In the 90s of the last century I was personally already interested in design classics. I loved the Bauhaus design, specially the tubular steel furniture, which was very popular at this time. Getting deeper and deeper in this stories, I recognized many other great designers, their creations or their stories.


I see Markanto opened in 1999. How has your business evolved over the years and where would you like it to go in the future?

At the beginning we had another business model: The idea was to be a platform for vintage design originals for dealers and collectors (like maybe today Deconet or Designaddict). We had over 1.000 vintage products published at this time on our web page. But the time was too early; dealers did not update us with information or response; and for many dealers the web was an enemy! But today we still offer a nice collection of vintage originals for museums and collectors.

So we started one year later as a second step with a web shop of design classics in current production. We were the first online dealer for many important design brands like Knoll, Vitra or Zanotta in the German market. Then we started our own re-editions, too – this include the re-edition of the carpet collection from Knoll International by Sigrid Wylach. She designed in the 70s for almost every furniture group of Knoll a special carpet, and this collection was very popular in Europe. But this collection was not sold in America, that's the reason that the nice collection is not published in the literature about Knoll.



And nearly every year we make now a special version of a design classic with one of our partners, like a limited version of the Ball clock from George Nelson with Vitra, an Art Deco version of the stool 60 with Artek or  a collector version of the seating object Otto by Peter Raacke (one of the first furniture in cardboard from the 60s).


I love the Rock It Baby exhibition you organized for January 2013. What feedback did you get from attendees about the Rapson Greenbelt Rocker?

Thank you for the compliment! In the last years we made already some exhibitions about STOOLS for example or last year about architects chairs in co-operation with the design museum in Cologne. So the idea came to us, to make this year's Markanto exhibition about rocking chairs, where we show designs by Panton, Tapiovaara, Guhl, Eames, Wegner – and Ralph Rapson. Many people liked the idea of this concept and came to see the exhibition. The Ralph Rapson rocking chairs were  a big surprise – because I think, they were shown for the first time in Germany (because they were never part of the Knoll collection in Germany). 



You have chosen to feature the three Rapson chairs from the Greenbelt line in Markanto. What was it about these chairs that attracted you to them?

I think, that there are not many really good rocking chairs, and the Greenbelt rockers are one of the best designs. I like especially the combination of American walnut and the cotton. It is timeless. We are proud to present the Rapson collection in Germany. 


I know this is a terribly hard question to answer, but if you had to choose a favourite piece or designer, what/who would it be?

That is really not an easy question! I love the period of the last mid century. At this time, many great designers made milestones like Eames with the first plastic chairs, George Nelson with the wall clocks, Eero Saarinen with the Tulip Chairs and many more. But I don't have an all time favourite piece, this changes every quarter – at the moment it is a fantastic vintage radio from Braun.



We really love the Rapson Greenbelt rocking chairs. They have a great story, because they belong to one of the first collections from Knoll, and together with the Jens Risom furniture, they look fantastic and are enjoyable to sit in.


[All photos sourced from and property of Markanto.de]

The Markanto showroom is located in the South of the  city, only 15 minutes away from Cologne Central Station. 

Markanto Depot, Mainzer Strasse 26, 50678 Köln. Germany 
Opening times: every Saturday from  11 am - 4 pm.


Caroline Engel for Rapson-Inc. 
  1. I am always interested as to how people get their start in the business. How did you become interested in modern design?

In the 90ths of the last century I was privatly already interested in design classics. I loved the Bauhaus design, specially the tubular steel furniture, which was very popular at this time. Getting deeper and deeper in this storys I reconised many other great designers, there creations or their storys.


  1. I see Markanto opened in 1999. How has your business evolved over the years and where would you like it to go in the future?

At the beginning we had another business model: The idea was to be a platform for vintage design originals for dealers and collectors (like maybe today Deconet or Designaddict). We had over 1.000 vintage products published at this time on our web page. But the time was to early, dealers did not update us with information or resonse and for many dealers were the web an enemy! But today we still offer a nice collection of vintage originals for museums and collectors.

So we started one year later as a second step with a web shop of design classics from current productions. We were the first online dealer for many important design brands like Knoll, Vitra or Zanotta in the German market. Then we started our own reedition  too – this include the reedition of the carpet collection from Knoll International by Sigrid Wylach. She designed in the 70ths for almost every furniture group of Knoll a special carpet, and this collection was very popular in Europe. But this collection was not sold in America, thats the reason, that the nice collection is not published in the literature about Knoll.

And nearly every year we make now a special version of a design classic with one of our partners, like a limited version of the Ball clock from George Nelson with Vitra, a Art Deco version of the stool 60 with Artek or  a collector version of the seating object Otto by Peter Raacke (one of the first furniture in cardboard from the 60ths).


I love the Rock It Baby exhibition you organized for January 2013. What feedback did you get from attendees about the Rapson Greenbelt Rocker?

Thank you for the compliment! In the last years we made already some exhibitions about STOOLS for exsample or last year about architects chairs in co-operation with the design museum in Cologne. So comes us the idea, to make this year a Markanto exhibition about rocking chairs, where we show designs by Panton, Tapiovaara, Guhl, Eames, Wegner – and Ralph Rapson. Many people like the idea of this concept and come to see the exhibition. The Ralph Rapson rocking chairs were  a big suprise – cause I think, they were shown the first time in Germany (cause they were never part of the Knoll collection in Germany). 

You have chosen to feature the three Rapson chairs from the Greenbelt line in Markanto. What was it about these chairs that attracted you to them?

I think, that there are not many really good rocking chairs, and the Greenbelt rockers are one of the best designs. I like specially the combination of American walnut and the cotton. It is timeless. We are proud, to present the Rapson collection in Germany. 

I know this is a terribly hard question to answer, but if you had to choose a favourite piece or designer, what/who would it be?

Thats really not an easy question! I love more the time of the last mid century. At this time many great designers make milesstones like Eames with  the first plastic chairs, George Nelson with the wall clocks, Eero Saarinen with the Tulip Chairs and many more. But I dont have an allltime favourite piece, this change every quarter – in  the moment it is a fantastic vintage radio from Braun -

http://www.markanto.de/product_info.php?language=en&products_id=1265


Please write anything you would like included in the blog that I may have missed. Also, do you have any photographs from the Rock It Baby exhibition? I would love a photo of yourself as well to feature on the blog - possibly one with a Rapson chair. Whatever you like! Finally, would you give permission for us to use any of the photos featured on your website?

We really love the Rapson Greenbelt rocking chairs. They have a great story, cause they belongs to one of the first collections from Knoll togther with the Jens Risom furniture, they look fantastic and it is enjoyable to sit in.

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2012 Highlights: Loll Outdoor Seating

Share this post Twitter Facebook Tumblr Email Posted January 17, 2013 in highlights, Loll, Loll Designs, Minnesota, Modern Outdoor Furniture, outdoor, outdoor furniture, plastic

Just in time for Summer Rapson and Duluth outdoor furniture manufacturer Loll Designs partnered to produce the Greenbelt chairs in recycled plastic. The Loll outdoor line expands on Ralph’s tradition of using the socially conscious materials, producing furniture using recycled milk bottles. Few Modern designers delved into the outdoor furniture realm, but was Ralph always ahead of his time. Working for Knoll he designed the Equipment For Living line, using manufacturing materials available in excess after the wars - Aluminum and Bronze. Loll’s durable outdoor furniture joins good design and ethical values (and a wallop of fun).

Are these not the most handsome outdoor chairs ever produced? I am still not certain how many recycled milk jugs it takes to make one chair, but I am certain that I love Loll and their vibrant seats!

Loll Low Back Lounge with arms

Loll Designs High Back Rocker and Lounge



P.S. If you find a Loll chair I challenge you lift it and learn how substantial these pieces are!

Loll Lounge with arms in sky blue

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Highlights of 2012: New Retail Partners

Share this post Twitter Facebook Tumblr Email Posted January 09, 2013 in 2012, Boomerang for modern, favorite moments, Forage Modern Workshop, highlights, Mid2Mod, Midcentury Furniture, midcentury modern, minneapolis, Minnesota, Mod Livin, modern furniture, New York, NYC, Spokane, Texas, Two Jakes, warsaw, wojo works

 2012 boasted many new partnerships for Rapson-Inc. If you are traveling in any of these cities, search out these stores; They are wonderful for experiencing fun and exciting design in person, and are also invariably located in the cities’ cultural hotspot.  

Forage modern workshop in Minneapolis who provide customers, with not just handsome furniture, but are also an “idea shop,” a place for new design--especially from the midwest. This mobile is available from their online store (I have a love for mobiles nurtured by growing up around Ralph’s collection).


ModLivin in Denver features a large showroom of furniture and a fun selection of furniture both new and classic. If you act fast they also have a supply of Stendig iconic wall calendars (baby not included).



Mid2Mod in dallas sells the best new and vintage furniture, lighting and household accessories. If you are shopping in Texas, this is the place to do it. As a case in point, they are the only retailer of Bend designs (cool table below) in the South US and the only dealer for Rapson in Texas.  


One of the most recent additions to our showrooms is Markanto in Germany. Yes you read that right, Rapson furniture is now available overseas. Markanto has an exhaustive list of furniture by nearly every modern designer. If you are looking for furniture in Germany, you have found it. 


Boomerang for Modern in San Diego has been ‘bringing back’ good design since 1985. Located in the Little Italy district, they have three floors of stunning new and vintage furniture. In addition to a blog featuring new furniture finds, their website also has a great section of interior design projects they have consulted on (including one at the ubiquitous Stahl house). 



Wojo Works in Spokane Washington is a spunky furniture and gifts store. They specialize in selling not just classy designs, but classy designs with personality. Their fun sense of humor comes through quickly browsing their online store.



One of the most exciting exhibitions we were able to do this year was at new retailer Two Jakes in New York City. The show in May featured many of Ralph’s drawing’s and also featured the introduction of the Rapson Line of Outdoor furniture with Loll Designs. Two Jakes’ great showroom (best of NY according to New York Magazine) can be found in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. If you are in the Big Apple stop by and tell them Rapson-Inc. sent ya!


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Highlights of 2012: YLiving exclusive Panton print

Share this post Twitter Facebook Tumblr Email Posted January 04, 2013 in favorite moments, highlights, Modern Rocking Chair, Panton, Rapson Rapid Rocker, Rapson Rocker, YLiving

The designs of Verner Panton are some of the most recognizable and well known to come from Denmark during the 1950’s and 60’s. Panton is probably best known for his design of the S chair and shell lamps, but in addition to home furnishings he also designed a number of fabric prints. One of the best known fabrics designed by Panton was Geometri I, originally for the Hotel Astoria in Trondheim, it along with many of Panton’s prints would help to define the look of the 1960’s (See the hotel below). One Panton print that still looks fresh today is his 1965 print Unisol 001. The fabric can be found on the Rapson Rapid Rocker offered exclusively through our partnership with YLiving.



YLiving Exculsive Rapson® Rapid Rocker Unison Print







The Hotel Astoria in Panton Geometri I




Iconic Panton 1950's-70's prints

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Rapson-Inc. favorite moments of 2012: Articles in both the New York and L.A. Times

Share this post Twitter Facebook Tumblr Email Posted January 03, 2013 in 2012, favorite moments, LA, Loll, Loll Designs, Minnesota, modern furniture, Modern Outdoor Furniture, new product, New York, NYC, outdoor, outdoor furniture, plastic, Press

In June of this year the LA Times ran a story featuring the outdoor furniture partnership between Loll and Rapson-Inc. Not to be outdone, the New York Times ran an article soon after titled, “Outdoor Furniture's Colorful Bloom,” featuring a number of pieces including the Loll Rapson low back lounge in sky blue. Kudos to the papers' fine journalists, and cheers to another year of good press.







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Retailer Spotlight: Forage Modern Workshop

Share this post Twitter Facebook Tumblr Email Posted September 23, 2012 in Case Study 4, Dogwood Coffee Co., Forage Modern Workshop, Midwest design, Minneapolis, Ralph Rapson, Rapson-Inc., Rustica, Victory 44

The Forage Modern Workshop is the new kid on the block in the design scene in Minneapolis, specializing in Midwestern designs and vintage curios. Their brick and mortar shop, opened on September 6th, is located in an up-and-coming area of East Lake Street, and I have to say, all the recent buzz around them has been well deserved. I stopped into the shop last week to see it for myself and meet the lovely faces behind it. We here at Rapson-Inc. are thrilled to have pieces of the Rapson Line in the mix of other great Midwestern designers. To top it off, Forage Modern Workshop is soon to be home to the new restaurant, Parka, a collaborative concept by the owners of the acclaimed Rustica, Victory 44, and Dogwood Coffee Co

Below is an interview conducted with Business Manager, Rebekah Cook. 


Forage Modern Buyer Heidi Smith and Business Manager Rebekah Cook

  1. I love the concept behind the Forage Modern Workshop. How did you come up with it? I envision a late night conversation around a bonfire, or has it been a project in the works for years?

    The owners of Forage also own a general contracting company, Brownsmith Restoration in which they focus on Period Design.  It's impossible to learn about modern architecture without coming across names of influential architects from the Midwest. They wanted to find a way to continue to tell the Midwest Modern story.  Forage Modern Workshop is basically the natural outflow of their interest in Midwest Modern architecture and furniture. 


  2. How do you see the Workshop growing in the coming years? 

    We really would love to see Forage become more of a idea shop/creative space. Really working to provide a community around design and educating people about the importance of supporting artisan, local, small, hand made, ethically produced products. However, we also want to be flexible to let Forage morph into what makes the most sense for our community and supporters.  It's already been exciting to watch it get it's own personality!


  3. Along with high design and vintage pieces, Forage Modern features work by Midwest designers. What do you think it is about Midwest and Minnesota design that makes it unique? Do you have any favorite designers/artists?

    We think what makes Midwest and Minnesota design unique is really the people behind the design.  There's a sense of humility and respect in the way people like Matt of Eastvold Furniture and Chris and Jessica of Squared Furniture, have in their interactions.  Also - their design, to us, comes more out of a sense of "people and place".  It's grounded.  Its beautiful design thats functional. If you come in to our store or look on our website, you'll find our favorites. We are carrying a curated collection of pieces we really love.



  4. I am a big fan of the Twin Cities. What would you say sets Mpls/StP apart from other American cities?

    Where do we start?  The Twin Cities are approachable.  The cost of living allows for artists and young entrepreneurs to put their dreams into reality.  Great music comes from here.  The weather.  The work ethic.  The lakes.  The Walker.  The Guthrie.  The architecture - from Art Deco downtown St. Paul to the Midcentury gems in Golden Valley.  We could go on and on and on. 


  5. I saw you featured a picture of the Rapson Rocker by LOLL in your blog piece about the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). Was that the first time you came across the Rapson-Inc line? And now that you have one in your showroom, what do you think of it?

    No.  We've been admirers of Ralph Rapson, Rapson - Inc, and Loll for quite some time.  We actually couldn't get the Rapson Rapson by LOLL in our showroom quick enough!  We love the chair.  What's NOT to love?!  Beautiful design, functionality, color options, comfort. It's got it all!



  6. By reading your personal profiles on the Forage Modern website, I can see that you all share a love and understanding for the importance of the built environment in our lives. Happily, Ralph Rapson is steadily gaining recognition as a major 20th century modern architect. Of the Rapson designed buildings, do you have any favorites?

    Cast Study Number 4. Hands down.

      

    Caroline Engel for Rapson-Inc. 

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Retailer Spotlight: Mid2Mod

Share this post Twitter Facebook Tumblr Email Posted October 21, 2012 in Deep Ellum, Mid2Mod, midcentury, midcentury furniture, midcentury modern, modern furniture, Ralph Rapson, Rapson Greenbelt Line, Rapson Inc., Rapson Rocker, Texas

Not too long ago, a trio of chairs from the Rapson Greenbelt Line made the journey from Minneapolis down to the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas, Texas. Mid2Mod is a relatively recent addition to the scene there, specializing in great vintage furniture, and also the best new designs for the home. Joe Eggleston, pictured below, owns the shop with his wife, Jennifer, and his mother-in-law, Dana, keeps their blog fresh with a bottomless pool of all things mid-century, featuring beautiful photos and articles about the 'greats' and the equally great lesser-known designers from then and now. Dana recently published a lovely article on the watercolors of Ralph Rapson (Travel watercolorsOctober 18). The detail and life in his sketches never cease to amaze me. I want to thank Joe and Dana for taking time out of their days for this interview. It is always so interesting to hear the personal stories behind people's businesses and passions, so thanks again.


  


Tell me about Mid2Mod's beginnings. When and how did you get your start in the mid-century modern furniture retail business?

My wife Jennifer, my mother-in-law Dana, and I opened a mid-century booth at an antique mall in early 2010, which turned out to be a time-consuming hobby rather than a profitable business, so when our lease was up in November, we had a huge yard sale and got rid of our inventory. After three grueling days of selling, I looked at my pregnant wife and my exhausted mother-in-law and said, "Be honest. Aren't you going to miss selling mid-century furniture?" At first they thought I was joking, but that very night we started tossing around plans to have a store, and four months later, I quit my job as a data analyst and opened Mid2Mod. What started as a vintage store has grown to include exceptional new furniture too, such as the Rapson-Inc line. One of our goals is to help customers combine the two in their homes to create a unique personal space.


 


Deep Ellum sounds like a lively artistic neighborhood, and a perfect place to open Mid2Mod. What is it you like most about the area?

What I like most about Deep Ellum is its eclectic nature. There are all types of stores, restaurants and music venues here, and everyone is welcome. I also love the rich history of the neighborhood. It was established as an industrial district in the 1800s and was home to a cotton gin and a Ford automobile plant, but its real claim to fame is its importance as a jazz and blues scene in the 1920s, hosting the likes of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Leadbelly Ledbetter and Bessie Smith.

 

In your opinion, what is the most interesting mid-century piece to pass through Mid2Mod's doors?

My favorite piece was a George Nelson Comprehensive Storage System (CSS) wall unit, but Dana would probably say her favorite was an orange daybed by Richard Schultz for Knoll. She was trying to talk herself into buying it, but a customer got there first. She still grieves the loss.


Who is your favorite 20th century designer and why?

Naturally, Ralph Rapson is one of my favorites, which is why I decided to start carrying the line in my store. Another favorite is Poul Kjærholm. I love the simplicity of his design, and the matte finish he used on steel makes his pieces really stand out.




Finally, what do you like about the Rapson-Inc line?

Again, I come back to the idea that nothing is more elegant than simplicity. What could be more uncomplicated and beautiful than the curves of a Ralph Rapson chair? I like that the line stays true to its 70-year-old roots, yet has evolved to meet today’s needs. But, most of all, I love that Rapson designs combine a combination comfort level/coolness factor that appeals to everyone from 18 to 80.





Caroline Engel for Rapson-Inc. 

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