Greycoats Invasion of Ralph Rapson's Glass Cube

Share this post Twitter Facebook Tumblr Email Posted September 11, 2014 in Architecture, Cave Chair, Cranbrook, Greenbelt, Loll Designs, Minneapolis, Minnesota Modern Cabins, Photography, Ralph Rapson, Rapson Architects, Rapson Cave Chair, Rapson Greenbelt Rocker, Rapson Rocker, Wisconsin Modern Cabins

Perched on the quiet bluffs above Wisconsin's Apple River, the iconic Rapson “Glass Cube” recently played host to a collaborative invasion by the Minneapolis-based band “Greycoats”, videographer Nate Matson, and numerous roadies. The event was part of Nate’s recent project “Spaces”, a series of music videos highlighting popular bands within their creative process; this was a foray out of the studio and into a visual and radical sound box.


Not only were the resident eagles soaring close for a curious look, a passing thunderstorm layered in some serious sound effects sure to please. We hope the sound man found its rumbling as opportune as we did, as we thought they added wonderfully to Greycoat’s engaging style that City Pages writer Rob Van Alstyne said shows an “appetite for the unusual”.


Ralph Rapson would have been intrigued by the use of what he considered his place of retreat. For over 30 years he welcomed others to share in its beauty and experience the tangible influence the rolling hills and his “cube” within those hills impart on the consciousness.  Adding in a little great music was a wonderful new twist. The fact that Greycoats are effectively the in-house band for high-energy Rapson retailer Forage Modern Workshop made the whole idea of the recorded jam session just too cool to pass up.



Lead singer Jon Reine appears contemplative and content while “taking five” in the Rapson Cave Chair by Loll Designs.      


The Rapson family has a new-found appreciation for the amount of equipment necessary to record, film, light, and create beautiful music. In turn, I hope the crew is appreciative of the clapping (for the great music) and slapping (as a result of the mosquito invasion that took place after hauling in and out said equipment). I fondly remember Ralph harping—“quick, close the screen doors before the local population joins us”. Thanks, Greycoats (Jon, Titus, Mike, and Matt) for an interesting day, and of course, thanks to Ralph for providing a great hang-out.




Nate Matson and the Greycoats setting up.



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:






Rapson designs to launch nationally with YLiving

Share this post Twitter Facebook Tumblr Email Posted May 18, 2012 in Greenbelt, Knoll, Modern Rocking Chair, Ralph Rapson, Rapson Inc., Rapson Rocker, YLiving

Rapson-Inc. has a great new partnership with YLiving for the national launch of the Greenbelt Line this summer. As well as carrying the full Greenbelt Line of natural modern furniture, YLiving has commissioned an exclusive version fo the Rapson Rapid Rocker in Verner Panton's Unisol fabric by Maharam:

A big thanks to our friends at YLiving as well as all our other great retail partners who are now highlighted under the 'Retailers' menu of our new site.


Exhibit of Rapson Drawings Opens in NY May 21

Share this post Twitter Facebook Tumblr Email Posted May 15, 2012 in drawings, Greenbelt, Loll, modern furniture, Modern Outdoor Furniture, New York, Ralph Rapson, Rapson Inc.

Two Jakes is hosting the first New York showing of the imaginative drawings of early H.G. Knoll designer and renowned architect Ralph Rapson. As well as showcasing stunning drawings of unrealized designs, it marks the national reintroduction of Rapson’s Greenbelt® Line of lounge furniture from Rapson-Inc. and new outdoor versions of the Greenbelt® Line by Loll Designs.



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