You asked, we answered. The third edition of the Heal’s Furniture Pub Quiz is here.
As before, each question is multiple choice and some of the images may come in useful when answering questions. If you haven’t done one of our quizzes before, why not test your knowledge with the first and second quizzes too?
Once you’ve chosen your answers, scroll down the page to discover the answers and some interesting design facts.
Furniture Pub Quiz Questions
1. Eero Saarinen designed the Tulip Table…
a) to experiment with the properties of Italian marble
b) specifically for Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey
c) to remove the slum of legs typically found under chairs and tables
2. Who designed the Gräshoppa Lamp?
a) Greta M. Grossman
b) Verner Panton
c) Tom Rossau
3. What country was Patricia Urquiola born in?
4. What was Le Corbusier’s birth name?
a) René-Alexandre Marchand
b) Jean-Paul Bisset-Moreau
c) Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris
5. 5. Which of the below chairs did Marcel Breuer not design?
a) Wassily Chair
b) Cesca Armless Chair
c) .06 Lounge Chair
6. How were Eero and Eliel Saarinen related?
a) Father and son
c) Uncle and Nephew
7. When was the Bauhaus art school open from?
a) 1917 until 1935
b) 1919 until 1933
c) 1921 until 1934
8. Verner Panton was known for his use of…
9. What is Carl Hansen & Søn’s CH24 Chair also known as?
a) Wishbone Chair
b) Sawbuck Chair
c) Elbow Chair
10. Who designed the original Anglepoise spring light?
a) Sir Kenneth Grange
b) Robert Dudley Best
c) George Carwardine
Furniture Pub Quiz Answers
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1. C) to remove the slum of legs typically found under chairs and tables
That’s right. Saarinen was so unenamoured with seeing a “slum of legs” under tables that he created the Tulip Table and Chairs. The sweeping base found throughout the collection is crafted using heavy moulded aluminium and adds a touch of elegance to dining. Find out more about the Tulip Table here.
Whilst the Tulip Table wasn’t designed for 2001: A Space Odyssey, the film does feature lots of iconic furniture. Discover more about furniture in famous films here.
2. A) Greta M. Grossman
The Gräshoppa Floor Lamp is one of Greta M. Grossman’s most famous designs. As a pioneer of mid-century design, Grossman created the timeless light in 1947. It boasts a unique tripod design that is tilted backwards, giving the impression the lamp is alive, stalking its prey. Discover more about Greta M. Grossman here.
3. A) Spain
Whilst Patricia Urquiola is largely aligned with Italian designers, she was actually born in Spain. She studied architecture in Madrid before moving to Milan and graduating from Milan Politecnico in 1989. Her craft was honed by some of the most influential Italian designers. For example, Achille Castiglioni oversaw her thesis and designed her first projects alongside Vico Magistretti. She later went on to collaborate with esteemed Italian design houses such as Cappellini, Cassina and Moroso.
4. C) Charles-Édouard Jeanneret
Yes, the internationally renowned designer and architect was actually born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret. It was only in 1920 that he adopted the pseudonym Le Corbusier. It is a play on his grandfather’s name, Lecorbésier. Adopting a pseudonym was a common among artists and designers during the 1920s.
You may find the surname Jeanneret familiar. That’s because Le Corbusier’s cousin, Pierre Jeanneret, was also a celebrated designer who worked alongside him.
5. C) .06 Lounge Chair
Despite having the hallmarks of a Marcel Breuer design, Maarten van Severen designed the .06 Lounge Chair in 2005. The cantilevered design follows Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s mantra that ‘less is more’ whilst building on Marcel Breuer’s work with tubular steel. The cantilevered design is also typical of Bauhaus designers, so it’s not hard to see where van Severen sought inspiration.
6. A) Father and son
Whilst Eero is likely the most famous of the two, Eliel Saarinen was an esteemed architect in his own right. Having designed the Cranbrook Educational Community’s campus, Eliel went on to become the design school’s dean. His son, Eero, went on to study there and became great friends with the likes of Ray and Charles Eames , Harry Bertoia and Florence Knoll.
7. B) 1919 until 1933
Despite having left a long legacy, the Bauhaus was actually only operational for fourteen years. During this time, it moved from Weimar to Dessau and then to Berlin under the control of three directors, Walter Gropius, Hannes Meyer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The progressive school’s teaching was cut short in 1933 by the growing influence of the Nazi Party. The party deemed the Bauhaus a centre of communist intellectualism and the school was closed. Its staff and students emigrated across the world, spreading the Bauhaus’ principles far and wide.
Discover more about Heal’s and the Bauhaus here.
8. B) Colour
You only need to look at some of Verner Panton’s designs to see that he was a master of colour. Vibrant reds, greens and yellow adorn his collections, as do innovative manufacturing techniques and materials.
Discover some of his most famous quotes on colour here.
9. A) Wishbone Chair
The name ‘Wishbone’ was inspired by the CH24 Chair’s distinctive Y-shaped backrest. The role of the Y was to add stability to the chair, luckily adding it made it even more comfortable. It was back in 1949 that Hans J. Wegner designed the Wishbone Chair as his first chair design for Carl Hansen & Søn. The prestigious design house has been expertly crafting them ever since.
Discover the CH24 Wishbone Chair in more detail here.
10. C) George Carwardine
Already an established automotive engineer George Carwardine turned his hand to lighting design in late 1920s. He built upon his longstanding fascination with spring and lever-based mechanisms and unveiled the original Anglepoise Lamp in 1932. The 4-spring lamp offered movement and functionality, making it ideal for homes, offices and workshops. Soon after, the Anglepoise name was registered and its legacy began.