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Do you have any guess what this is?

Surprisingly, this is a chair. As I have mentioned on my previous post, Verner Panton, a Danish furniture designer, also designed this piece of artwork, The Living Tower. It is quite difficult to imagine how anyone could preferably “sit” on this grotesque looking “thing”. Here is a picture of how it works:

This is Verner Panton himself sitting and laying back on the chair.

It will surely be a great experience if my family was to sit together on this.¬†Oh, we will definitely have a fight over who will sit where! ūüôā There is a big difference of comfort with the one closest to the bottom and the one right above it. While the seating on the top may also be comfortable, I cannot quite imagine myself climbing up so high.

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There’s more to draw out from the TV show Gossip Girl, other than their over-the-top fashion. One of the many things I’ve noticed about my favorite TV show is that they have a beautiful, elegant set full of one of my favorite exquisite furnitures. Here are several things that I’ve noticed over the past 4 seasons of Gossip Girl‘s set interior.

First, here is Serena’s Penthouse in Manhattan.

As you’ve probably noticed in this picture, Serena’s house is basically based on a modern, yet chic style. Her house sort of reminds me of the themes and designs from the designer Jonathan Adler. In the living room, chairs and coaches have some tribal touches, like the lounge chair and ottoman you see below.

The Eames Lounge Chair upholstered with Missoni fabric!

As you see in the picture above, I was surprised to find out how the ¬†CW invests on a lot of high-end furnitures in the set. Seen on the picture above, the chair in which Dan is sitting on is the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, designed by Charles and Ray Eames, and manufactured by Vitra. Does that print on the chair look familiar? It’s a Missoni print!!! Seriously, this is when best meets best! A chair designed by my favorite designer AND upholstered in the most beautiful pattern!!!

Some of the things that I’ve personally noticed from Serena’s penthouse was the wall lamp from my favorite lighting brand, Artemide, kitchen from my favorite kitchen brand, Varenna¬†Poliform, lamp from Kartell, and the renowned¬†Cherner Chairs in her dining room.

Poliform Kitchen in Serena's NYC Penthouse

The "Bourgie Lamp" from Kartell in Serena's bedroom

Cherner Chairs in Serena's dining room

Now, moving on to Blair’s Penthouse!

As you see above, the overall ambience of Blair’s penthouse is quite different from that of Serena’s. While Serena’s penhouse had more of a modern look, Blair’s penthouse is all about the classy, elegant Parisienne style! The two contrasting interiors of the houses also matches the personality of Blair, who is more conservative and all about classics, while Serena has a modern taste and a free, and out-going personality!

Blair's living room during her sleepover, with the Egg Chair located on the far back

In the above picture, I was overwhelmed to see my FAVORITE CHAIR, the¬†Egg Chair by¬†Arne Jacobsen¬†Fritz Hansen. The¬†Egg¬†Chair can be upholstered in different fabrics, such as the leather one in Blair’s house or wool.

Cushioned Louis Ghost Chairs!!

What I love about Blair’s house are these gorgeous¬†Louis Ghost Chairs designed by Philip Starck and manufactured by Kartell. Looks different from the ordinary Louis Ghost chairs you’ve seen? Yes, they are specially cushioned just for the set. I think the cushion adds a touch of elegance and the antiqueness to this more modern chair!

Refer to my previous post about Louis Ghost Chairs for more info!:

https://nicolek13.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/the-most-durable-chair-in-the-world-emeco/

As the characters of Gossip Girl are quite aware of the high-fashion, I found that the set also had some influences from some of the widely renowned European fashion houses.

Blair's Room

Lanvin shopping bag

First of all, I thought Blair’s beautiful French-chic room was inspired by the colors of the fashion brand¬†Lanvin. Doesn’t the wall papers sort of remind you of their boxes and shopping bags? I just adore the decor of her room, including the Audrey Hepburn picture hanging on her wall, silk bedding, the molding, and the fairy-tale chiffon curtains!!! Once again, her room totally reflects her style and personality!

Serena's new room at Blair's house

Another example of a high-fashion brand inspired interior design in Gossip Girl can be found in Serena’s new room this season that is adjacent to Blair’s room. The butterfly swirl on her wall is very similar to the artist Andrea Mastrovito‘s installation in the Dior Homme Store in Paris, shown below.

Installation at the Dior Homme Store in Paris, by Andrea Mastrovito

Thanks for reading this long post everyone! It was enjoyable combining two of my favorite interests, interior design and tv show, Gossip Girl. As these are information that I’ve noticed from watching all 4 seasons of Gossip Girl and having a major interest in interior design, I assure you that 100% of these ideas on this post come from my brain, not from the internet. So please, do not use these precious ideas from my blog without permission. But, of course, you are totally welcomed to post my link on any other websites! : )

– Nicole-

A common misconception of chairs is “as long as they are comfortable, they are fine!”. However, some of the chairs designed by top designers could work as a place of comfort, as well as a piece of artwork that revives the interior of your house.

Danish and Scandinavian furniture designers usually have both of the components: simplicity and comfort. Scandinavian furniture usually emphasize on the silhouette of their designs, rather than their fanciness. They could fit in just about any spaces, modern or antique.

Vernon Panton is among my favorite Danish designers, most of his collection produced to a German furniture brand, Vitra.

The Panton Chair

The Panton Chair

Panton Classic Chair

Panton Classic Chair

Panton Junior Chair

One of his notable designs are the Panton Chair Series which includes the Panton Chair, Panton Classic, and Panton Junior. The Panton Chair Series was produced after Vernon Panton spent many years on how to make a plastic chair moulded in one piece. The result was the “S” shaped Panton Chair Series.¬†The Panton Chair initiated the series, and comes in six colors: white, chartreuse, ice grey, classic red, tangerine, and basic dark. ¬†Later came the Panton Classic, an upgraded version of the Panton Chair, and now in more sophisticated lacquered plastic. It comes in only 3 simple colors, white, black, and red. The last of the series is the Panton Junior, a smaller chair designed to seat little children. The Panton Junior Chair comes in more colors, including white, light pink, classic red, dark lime, light blue, and tangerine.