Furniture Design

Caruso is Not Just an Opera Singer.

Caruso-64Leave it to the Italians to come up with a Bluetooth speaker named after a famous opera star that looks like a piece of art. Caruso designed by New Black is a Bluetooth 4.0 enabled speaker that just screams “Look at me”. Clean, contemporary, fun, and unfortunately pricey. For your money though, you get a hand made wood cabinet and ceramic horn. Each piece is made to orderby Italian masters in Meolo (Venice) which also helps to explain the $2700.00 price tag. As Bluetooth speakers go the specs are pretty solid. Caruso has a frequency response rate of 50-19 khz, and pushes out 75 watts of blazing power to help make all the digital files stored on your phone or computer sound amazing. The cabinet comes in lacquered wood finishes in 6 different shades. The ceramic horn in 6 contrasting shades that you can mix and match with the wood to your hearts content. I simply love the look of it. Finally someone is making a speaker that doesn’t look like the cheap plastic crap you see everywhere these days. Plus it has enough power to fill your space and then some.

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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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Illuminated lamps and bed in modern bedroom

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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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“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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