Open Door: Vess Ruhtenberg’s Living Room

January 19, 2017 - accent chair

Architecture romantic and internal stone star curates Modernist works in his Edward Pierre home.

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Designed in a 1920s/early 30s by Vess’s designer grandfather, Jan Ruhtenberg, who worked with designer and Bauhaus executive Mies outpost der Rohe. Yes, we are authorised to lay in it.


Unfinished, it was thrown in a rabble by Vess’ aunt and saved from a rubbish store by his grandfather. “He hung it in his office, and if we knew only where to squeeze it on a side, it non-stop a tip thoroughfare to a dark room,” Ruhtenberg says.


A Jan Ruhtenberg-designed parson’s table.


Vintage Harmon Kardon amplifier and turntable handmade by Ruhtenberg’s father in a 1960s. When he’s not portion omelets and cinnamon toast during his day pursuit during Cafe Patachou, he’s portion adult a customized song knowledge as a central song curator for Martha Hoover’s empire.


Made by a Winter piano association who made his grandfather’s Modernist piano for a 1939 World’s Fair.


Ruhtenberg bought this 1968 Gibson ES335 guitar from gone song store Indiana Music in 1991 for $400. It accompanied him on 3 tours with several bands though not with a ’80s punk organisation Zero Boys. “I only never suspicion it would tarry a slam-dancing assault of a Zero Boys show,” he says.


This Alvar Aalto divert potion vase was purchased from Form + Function as a present from his late friend, musician Sophia Travis.


Purchased during his courageous travels to an antique mall in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 2001.


“Amassing an array of selected pattern books afterwards going on tours and saying a same buildings we schooled about in those books was my DIY pattern education,” says Ruhtenberg, who lectured during Butler University for dual semesters on Modernist design.


Cantilevered antecedent chair—a one-off pattern by Jan Ruhtenberg. “When we was a kid, my grandfather would come over to a residence and lay in this chair. He would pat a arms and contend in his thick Swedish accent, ‘I designed this chair and we designed this watch and that lamp,’ and so on. we only insincere he designed everything. we suspect around here, it’s true.”

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