Archive for November, 2006
The proper poolside chaise ain’t easy to come by, but the Coast Collection’s Arc is lovely for a cozy side-by-side tete-a-tete with your loved one. Waterproof and weather-resistant poly-fiber, a sturdy aluminum frame, and a storage bin for sunscreen and lazy afternoon reading make the Arc essential for sunbathing.
Pollack Associates have come up with a delightfully whimsical collection of fabrics silky to the touch. The season may not be coming up botanicals, but Sketchpad, which comes in quilted silk with viscose stitching, polyester padding, and cotton backing, will fill your home with floral enchantment for months to come. You can choose from five colors: Dogwood, Larkspur, Pussywillow, Black Tulip, and Nasturtium.
Who said it wasn’t possible to float on a cloud? Ever our perennial favorite, designer Karim Rashid has created a retro-reminiscent chair suggestive of sci-fi pods. A foam body, tubular steel frame, and soft, organic plumpness make it the perfect chair for practical decadence.
Kate Spade came up with the concept of her playful, pre-boxed Here Comes Trouble Baby Announcements after becoming a mom herself, but given the line, we think it’s appropriate to use for less domestic proclamations—perhaps a birthday party or a pick-up gimmick?
Here’s a piece to satisfy your sweet tooth. This funky polka-dotted island (which can be upholstered in various fabrics, including Spinneybeck leather and Kvadrat wool) is a playful, modular piece that belongs in the sunniest of sitting rooms. A towering backrest and cushy seat come astride stainless-steel legs or an upholstered plinth – your choice. Available from Modus Furniture.
Incense is supposed to be a tool for inner cleansing, and Harry Allen’s chic Om incense holder is purity at its best. A polyester-resin cast of Allen’s own hand, the snow-white incense holder is fashioned to resemble a hand striking a meditative yoga mudra pose. It’s a charming and mysterious reminder of the sacredness of being still. Available from Areaware
Sori Yanagi’s playful elephant stool is emblematic of the fleet of innovative modern designs that came out of post-war Japan. The stackable, dyed-through polypropylene fixture is still as modish as ever and great for picnics, parties, and al fresco lounging. Available from Vitra.
Top Floor Rugs’ fairy-tale inspired Effervescent rug reminds us of stepping stones through magic forests. The plump, sculpted-pile circular pieces jut out from a dark background, and the 3-D effect is further accentuated by subtle color progressions. But the best part is that the rug is unavoidably soft, and you just can’t resist the urge to roll around in it.
There’s certainly no ego boost like Niedermaier’s Mirrored chair—a gorgeous artifact of polished retro. Made of wood coated in a sleek mirror finish, the chair has a regal 70-inch seatback that strikes us as simultaneously glam and German expressionist. Perfect for the diva in you.
Kevin Williams, a partner in the swanky Brooklyn design firm Make Product Development, designed a bowl that’ll make you think of stars, sea anemones, crowns, and anything else with a distinctly spiny specialness. Available from Cake, Williams’ so-called Huge Bowl is versatile, to say the least—prop it up in a corner as abstract wall sculpture, use it to display fresh flowers or fruit, or keep it on the down-low as a foyer key box.