Furniture

NY NOW + Pablo = Contour.

At the end of the month the NY Now show takes place at Jacob Javits center. To gear up for it a ton of manufacturers are starting to send out emails asking to stop by their booths and check out new products, and designs for 2016. Pablo design is no exception to this. this morning I found an email waiting for me introducing 4 new products that I wish I would be in New York to see in person. Unfortunately I won’t. One of those products is the new UMA Sound Lantern. A portable lamp with a bluetooth speaker that actually looks pretty intriguing. Another product that is not a new release, yet still stunning is the “Contour Table”.

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Contour Table is really a lamp, don’t let the name fool you. It is a minimalist lamp that is designed in many ways to showcase objects framing them, and a case of extruded aluminum, and wood. Contour’s elegant open frame is enhanced by warm LED illumination from the top of the slender extruded aluminum structure. The minimalist design has been refined to the bare essentials, creating a rich interior space for your personal belongings while providing an unobstructed view of its surroundings. The interior space provides an inviting resting place for your books, precious objects, or for charging your mobile devices with its integrated USB port.

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This is another object I’d love to see in person at Pablo’s booth at the end of the month. I just need to figure out a way to get there in 2 weeks.

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Dead Flowers.

This morning while going through my weekly design reading list I came across some work by artist and designer Marcin Rusak. There is something so refreshing about the Art Deco aesthetic that he has applied to his Flora collection. The line of of furniture, feels like it could have been made in the 1920’s and at the same time feels fresh and unique, in part do to the choice of materials used. Rusak’s new line is constructed in part by using real flowers that have been encased in resin to form the primary sections of each piece. Accented with a muted brushed brass, the line takes on a new, yet vintage feel. The Flora collection features hand made brass structures with blown glass, black resin, and dried flowers. The flowers are cast in the resin, which over time will shrink slightly allowing small slivers of light to pass beside them.

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Chiuet.

Creating something with a minimalist style is harder than you think. It’s more than just stripping away superfluous decoration, pattern, and color. It requires that keen ability to create something visually balanced, visually appealing, stripped down to bare geometry and form. 

  
Earlier today I had an email from a friend pointing me to this stunning table from Jay-Design. The Chiuet table is a masterpiece of balance, line, and form, abstracted from the shape of a pond or perhaps a water lily floating in it. The table top becomes both the shape of the pond and the lily, while the thin steel legs become the roots. 

  
Executed in a high grade steel the table is at times almost invisible, especially in profile. The legs disappear beneath, creating a floating surface that appears to hover. Chiuet is realization of minimalist finesse, that is representative of his Asian aesthetic mixing nature and minimalism, in a deep black. No word on where to get this, or if it was ever produced. If I find out more, I’ll post an update.

   

  

  

  

  

“Jeeves” For the Modern Dandy.

The other day at a job interview I was called a “Dapper Dandy” by one of the interviewers. Now the fact that she actually said this to me after I walked in the room, was pretty questionable, and considerably unprofessional, but the fact is I was dressed up for a hot summer day. While the other candidates in the waiting area were all wearing black wool suits, I was wearing a seersucker jacket, light grey pants, white shoes, shirt and tie. Did I mention it was 100 degrees outside? It was, and the heat index was close to 110? Sorry, I am not going to wear a black wool suit on a 100 degree day for anyone unless they are dead and I’m attending their funeral. So, I guess I was a bit of a “Dapper Dandy”, and I’m cool with that.

All of this brings me to the object below. The “Jeeves” valet. Incase you don’t know what a clothes valet is, a valet is usually a floor standing wooden rack designed to hold your wrinkle prone clothing while you are not wearing them. For the most part they are the same uninspired piece of furniture your grandfather might have had in his bedroom or office.

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So the Jeeves Valet a much better looking version of the afore-mentioned clothes valet. Jeeves is a functional, beautiful,high-end luxury piece of furniture your clothes would love to rest on. And since I am such a dandy, I’m trying to justify how I could willingly drop between $400.00 and $1000.00 on an item to hold my linen sport coat or suit. Frankly I can’t, but it doesn’t stop me for lusting after this sculptural piece of furniture with its clean lines, geometric shape, and beautiful finishes.

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If you  are in need of Jeeves, and have the means in which to acquire it, I think you should because it’s a pretty amazing upgrade to an old standard.

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K-1 Stationary Kit For Those Who Still Write Letters and Such.

One thing about setting up a home office is you get to search for all sorts of cool office accessories. This morning while looking for desk accessories, lamps, cable management, and bulletin boards I came across the K-1 stationary kit designed by Maxim Scherbakov. The look reminds me of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s “Memphis School” led by Etore Sottsass. According to Scherbakov the K-1 kit is based on Soviet construction toys. I love the retro vibe, and I can almost get behind the copper, but not quite. Sorry bad brass and copper fixtures from my youth have scarred me deeply and I have a hard time embracing the retro warm metal revival going on. None the less this is a beautiful set of desk accessories.

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“K-1 means “Konstruktor-1″. The name was inspired by Soviet construction toys. K-1 is a construction set for a stationery and also It has modular system with a wide range of variations. Every kit part has it’s own unique function and colaborate with each other. For instance a little casket box could transform into phone stand. All kit parts are fitting together, so anyone can build their own stationary system and than modify and playing with it. The main basis element is a pencil case and other elements are adjusted to it. All set made of maple, white marble and copper.”
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Modern House Shelves.

Probably impractical as a useable shelf, still totally fun and something I kind of want. The brain child of artist Judson Beaumont of Straightline Designs, House Shelves is a series of wall-mounted shelves inspired by the modern residential architecture found in Palm Springs. Beaumont is planning additional designs based on warehouses, grain elevators and other architectural icons, but these have me sold. Now I just need to collect a series of Vitra miniature furniture pieces to go with these.

  
“from the eyes of a furniture designer. Each shelf is made from recycled materials including scrap wood from the shop, recycled plastic laminate and cork. They have been built with the intent of using left over materials from other jobs. The Walled Estates are designed to hold items that don’t necessarily have a home – such as keys, glasses and mail. Alongside ordinary household items, miniature furniture pieces are also displayed. Acting as doll houses for grownups, this combination creates for a playful and whimsical sense of scale.”

  

   
    
 

Anabella Vivas 100 Percent Sand Vases.

Anabella Vivas has created a series of vases that investigate how the design process is benefitted by using natural materials during the creation of the object. Vivas, wants to create a balance between the materials used and the final outcome. To reach that goal on this project Vivas has mixed concrete and glass, both reliant on sand for their existence.  Each vase is a balance of 40 percent glass to 60 percent concrete in materials use.  Working with the most amount of sand possible in her concrete mix, Vivas was able to blow glass into the concrete vessel, because of the slightly cooler than normal temperature which helps to fuse the pieces together. Each piece is hand made and no two are truly identical. Each one has a unique textural qualities to it in both the concrete and glass components. I love the subtle tonal color ranges in the cast concrete combined with a minimal aesthetic. And the balance between the heaviness on the concrete and the lightness of the glass is simply sublime.

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