October 12, 2010

Tio Collection

Designing with metal wires is like drawing in 3D space. By carefully considering how a few bent steel rods are positioned, Massproductions have created a truly comfortable, elegant and stackable chair.

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A feeling of transparency is achieved with this material, especially evident in the easy chair version, which uses the same diameter of rods but has more voluminous dimensions. 

www.massproductions.se

 

October 06, 2010

Patricia Urquiola: Vieques Island

An earlier post at 2Modern design blog covered Patricia Urquiola's tile work which was delightful! Her focus on creating industrial products with personality and her approach to integrate layers of history into the memoriable patterns surely trigger sensation and success.

Patricia Urquiola's advise for new designers is to find “a few cultural references and people who can give you guidance to develop your personality,  try to defend your ideas and projects, create your own formula.”

She created a great formula for herself; her interiors are sensible, orginal and moving. The colors are plenty but they are relative and pleasing within the context of its surrounding.

The dynamics of colors in Urquiola's interiors can be explained by intuition and observation.

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The corners are created with a sense of comfort which drives its energy from colors, lighting and patterns.

  

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The outdoor furniture fits well into the nature's color scheme and also constitutes a lively drop within the earthy tones of the outdoor structure.

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The colors of the pillows intensify each other with hues that complement and contrast in design. The lightness of colors gets affected by neighboring tones. The light source brightens the overall affect.

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The colors and patterns in the living room are not used in a limited manner.

The color design develops around the amount, shape and placement of each design element in an interactional manner: The relativity makes the design pleasant and harmonious. 


 

October 05, 2010

Jens Risom’s Classics

The 94 year old Danish-American designer Jens Risom has entered a collaboration with Rocket Gallery in London.

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Benchmark has secured the production rights to re-launch Jens Risoms classics from the 1950s and 60s. Risom was born in Denmark in 1916 and went to Design School with Hans J. Wegner and Børge Mogensen, but migrated to the US at the age of 23. He was based in New York where he founded Jens Risom Design in 1949. The first collection of nine furniture classics is exhibited at Rocket Gallery – www.rocketgallery.com

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October 02, 2010

Art + Design = Life

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When it comes to design, we forget that it is handmade, just in a different way.

Certainly this had some labor involved in its making.

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(NYT Logo - made of chairs)

But design can be fun and lite (or light).

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Design can be inspired from anywhere and anything.

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Ikea has put out a visually stunning cookbook (notcot.org) titled: Homemade is Best

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Is this the future? Will everything be broken down into a global visual language?

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Which begs the question:

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Design + life = unexpected delights in everyday life
(blend of hand-made, mass-produced, creative applications)


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Remember:

Everything is going to be alright

That goes for everyone. (below: Kumi Yamashita)

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And anyone.
After all, this is our world.

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(above: Richard Galpin, "Noosphere", 2006)

September 29, 2010

Acrylic Is Back

 

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moon chair - HStudio


Am I dreaming or did I just wake up and is it the 90’s?  Fashion these days is a reinterpretation of the 80’s and 90’s.  Why should furniture be any different?   We have seen the revival of acrylic, and for some of us it never left.  But now it is back in a big way with furniture designers adding their own expressions  mixing fabrics, steel, wood and texture with acrylic in fun colors and prints.  Not that acrylic isn’t fabulous all on its own, we do love something thrown into the mix.   

Here are a few notables.  

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The Tuilleries Coffee Table from Spectrum West mixing wood and acrylic.  

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French-born and tokyo-based designer Emmanuelle Moureaux has created the 'shibafu table'.
56 slender colored acrylic sticks are randomly arranged into a piece of transparent acrylic,
creating an aesthetic, reminiscent of a colorful shibafu or lawn.  Add a chair and you have a set.

 

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Founded by designer Jean Christophe Bernard, Acrila of France.  The innovative Acrila team has designed furnishing ranging from pop art  to baroque and painted city scapes.
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Admiral Bench - HStudio

 

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Wilson Chair - HStudio      Hstudio by Shlomi Haziza which was founded in the early 1990’s.  

 

 

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Red Console - AVF

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And from the The House of Alexandera Von Furstenburg bright almost neon colors captivate.  Still modern and chic today as it was decades ago is what I say.

I even have a couple of acrylic bar stools myself.


Have an infinitely modern day!  

September 24, 2010

Modern Marvel

All was a flutter yesterday afternoon and into the night at the New York Design Center’s What’s New, What’s Next, a virtual, in-the-flesh celebratory open house with programs by editors from top design and shelter publications, dealers, curators, authors and designers about every imaginable topic. Yours truly was present for the New Curators Event where bloggers were situated in showrooms on the 4th floor, and invited to yap, post, + tweet away about products, findings and news from the day’s events.

  Flwhouse                Frank Lloyd Wright Chair commissioned for Drexel family from 1955 

I am convinced that my gig was the swellest, perched in the extraordinary Weinberg Modern, a newly opened showroom of incredible vintage modern findings, furniture, accessories, books and outsider art. So many incredible things, and by names rarely seen: Tony Paul, David Cressey, Alvin Lustig, Maurice Martine, Josef Frank, and atypical pieces from familiar names: Frank Lloyd Wright, Marcel Breuer, Brandt, Ponti, Nelson, Vignelli, and myriad others. I could barely contain my excitement.

Sirrah AM-AS Series Table lamp                 Sirrah AM-AS Series Table lamp from the 1970's found in Italy 

Owner/founder Larry Weinberg, is a font of information. It was fascinating listening to stories of his hunt process, venturing to estate sales, antique shows, yard sales at 3 AM no less in pursuit of illusive finds. His first piece: a Noguci table for $24 in Delaware. His collection of Robert Lustig paintings and 20th art by unnamed artists is simply superb. Plus, he is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly and dogs are welcomed too.

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Please, if you find yourself afoot and near East 33rd Street, I strongly encourage a visit. Or, if you must, please go online to www.weinbergmodern.com

Weinberg Modern 

New York Design Center

200 Lexington Avenue, Suite 420

New York, NY

Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

646.291.2059

 

 

September 23, 2010

Rita Chair + Table :: RS Barcelona

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I love this steel and wood furniture series from RS Barcelona: bright and colorful with all the right angles.  Could you ask for more?  I mean, really.  Just look at that gorgeous blending of materials!  Mm-mm!

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The secret of her beauty is her simplicity, her sincerity. Rita doesn’t try to hide behind fancy trappings. This is a collection of bold, strong tables and chairs, set apart by the way the wood is bonded to the metal. The metal penetrates the wood right through to the other side, adding a touch of color to the surface of the wood.

Available in 5 colors and the choice of Natural Maple or Wenge.

More pics after the jump!

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September 20, 2010

Panton Chair

Verner Panton has said that he started working on the Panton Chair in 1959/60, so we celebrate the 50th birthday for the Panton Chair. The chair has become one of the Danish Design Icons. Produced by Vitra in 1967 for the first time. I like that they later made a miniature version of the Panton Chair for Children.

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 www.vitra.com

 

September 13, 2010

New from 2Modern: Leucos, Petunia Pickle Bottom, Heller, Fatboy, Shine Labs, and more

New Fatboy Metallic Soul Bag!
  Introducing the new Metallic Soul Bag from Fatboy! This fashionable bag has the same familiar feel as the origanl Soulbag, but this shiny variant gives a different shine to the soul.

 

New Sparrow Walnut Options!
  Oeuf has added walnut options to their popular Sparrow Collection which include their Dresser, Crib, and Conversion kit.

 

Blu Dot Strut Tables - now available in Slate!
  Everyone loves Blu Dot's line of versatile Strut Tables, but now we can love them in a new color... Slate! Available for all sizes of the Strut Table, Strut Coffee Table, Strut Console Table, and Strut Square Coffee Table.

Introducing Shine Labs

Introducing Shine Labs on 2Modern. Shine Labs offers a meticulously curated collection of contemporary lighting and accessories that will captivate audience with their unique designs. Between lighting, vases, and votives, you'll find something from their collection that you will love.

 

New item from Heller
  Heller has released their Left Twist Cube in multiple gorgeous colors. Each Color Cube is made of one piece roto molded polymer and is perfect for indoors or outdoors.

 

New Petunia Pickle Bottom items

Petunia Pickle Bottom has released 2 new items and several new colors to their existing items for the fall of 2010. The Sashay Satchel moves effortlessly from satchel to backpack, and from diaper bag to handbag, defining modern style. Hello, little black dress? Meet the Sashay Satchel. The Wistful Weekender is the day and night bag that expands and contracts as if by magic. Have Weekender, will travel. Both of these new bags are lightweight and earth-friendly, made from certified organic cotton. They each have internal pockets and a removeable, wipe-able changing pad.

 

Introducing Leucos

We are happy to introduce Leucos on 2Modern. Leucos has progressed alongside the evolution of design, exploring new techniques of glass manufacturing and developing “light” through constant engineering innovations. With its artistic philosophy focused on the value of design, the company’s offerings continue to mature, emphasized by collaborations with renowned international designers.

September 09, 2010

Lucienne Day: colorful and whimsical

Lucienne Day, a 20thcentury English textile designer whose fabrics inspired by abstract patterns, nature and modern art, brought the contemprorary design into everyone's homes. I enjoy exploring Lucienne Day's design which has timeless qualities: cheerful, doodle like, fun and fresh.

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Lucienne Day made her name and career by Calyx, a richy colored textile design printed with floating bizarre shapes. The inspiration for Calyx is originated from the paintings of her favorite artists Paul Klee and Joan Miro. She first exhibited Calyxm at the Festival of Britain in 1951. The original colorways of the design was lime yellow, vermilion,black and white, on an olive background.

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Dandelion, Sequoi and Flotilla

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One of the upcoming exhibitions at the Textile Museum, DC, Art by the Yard:Women Design Mid-Century Britain, will showcase the works of the groundbreaking women's artists after the World War II. These mid-century women artists transformed the textile market by bold colors, motifs and inspiring but yet affordable lines. One of the ladies, Lucienne Day, replaced the pre-war floral design of interiors with non-representational patterns in vivid, fresh and bold colors.

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The Design Museum tells us more about Lucienne Day:

The playfulness and linearity of her early patterns was superseded from the late 1950s by a growing interest in architectural compositions, as 1950s Sequoia. After a series of textural patterns during the early 1960s, her designs became bolder, simpler and flatter, as in 1966’s Pennycress. Several of her later designs had full-width repeats, such as 1967’s Causeway designed specifically for the large floor-to-ceiling picture windows then in vogue.

An inspired colourist, Lucienne was always meticulous about selecting the colourways for her patterns. She also acted as colour consultant to several clients. Colour relationships were the key feature of her one-off ‘silk mosaics’, a new medium that she developed during the late 1970s.

  

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