16d1faa5-a34f-4f73-9b29-8cbb5691d84c Rare Hans Wegner Dolphin folding lounge chair, Johannes Hansen, Denmark, 1950

The master of 'Danish Modern' chair design, Hans Wegner created over 500 different chair designs. What makes his Dolphin chair particularly special is that only a few exist as the chair was never put into production.

Wegner's minimalist designs evoked the softness of nature, with his style described as ''Organic Functionality.'' His combinations of materials such as wicker and wood give his works an organic, natural quality.

Ox, Peacock, Shell - not only was Wegner inspired by nature when it came to materials, but also when it came to form too. As we can see in the Dolphin chair, the shape evokes the shape of a dolphin, the curve of it's back and the structure of its fin and tails captured in the legs and arms. The Ox chair, which was thought to be Wegner's favorite, playfully included horn shapes. The backrest of the Peacock chair was a design triumph, with spindles crafted to portray a birds tail plumage.

09cb688a-fdfa-4649-8acb-19731c17b305 Michael Coffey, 'Cobra' desk and stool, 1982

Each of Michael Coffey's wooden designs have been handcrafted by hand - which is no mean feat when it comes to woodwork. The Cobra desk and stool have been crafted from African Mozambique, with the qualities of the wood taking center stage, with some describing his work as ''Functional Sculpture.''

Today, Coffey still works from his Massachusetts studio. Since 1978, when he was first discovered thank to his Aphrodite Rocking Chair, Coffey's work continues to be inspired by nature. The fluid, silky lines and sinuous curves of his work reflect the earth, sea and animals.

Coffey's original Aphrodite chair recently sold at Sotheby's for $48 000.

Michael Coffey in his Aphrodite rocking chair Michael Coffey in his Aphrodite rocking chair

''I started as a furniture-maker, but eventually felt limited by conventional notions about what furniture was supposed to look like and how it should be built. I now approach my work fundamentally as sculpture, but likewise have resisted passing over the line into pure or nonfunctional form.'' – Michael Coffey.

f4f54bca-6a09-421e-b61f-9b4b0c40a208 Lily Pad II" dining table, designed by Michael Coffey in 1982

a92fd28e-1950-41e7-bc57-666be078fa91 River of Ponds' carpet by Frank Stella

Minimalist artist Stella might seem a wildcard when it comes to design inspired by nature, but the qualities of carpet offered the artist the perfect 'canvas' to explore the third dimension his works strived to find.

In the early sixties, American artists were interested in in adopting textiles as a medium for artistic expression. Recognizing this, in 1968 the Charles E. Slatkin Galleries in New York opened an exhibition entitled 'American Tapestries', showing the textile artworks of  Pop Art and Abstract Expressionist artists.

The artists involved in the exhibitions would send preparatory designs to India where they would be woven in carpets.

A second exhibition took place in 1970, entitled 'Modern Master Tapestries', where the term 'tapestry' was applied both to wall hangings as well as floor coverings. The aim of this exhibition was to give a modern configuration to the ancient art of weaving. 'River of Ponds' was one of the exhibits, in a planned edition of 20 examples.

The ancient art of weaving and the naturalistic subject matter juxtaposed with Stella's Minimalist philosophy resulted in an organic piece.

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