Archive for January, 2007
Looking for the occasional side table to hold the occasional hallway knick-knack or bouquet of flowers? Look no further. Greystone Home Collection’s Rhine Side Table, based on the Parisian Art Deco pieces of the 1920 and 30s, is a work of art in and of itself. Made from mahogany plywood covered with highly polished stingray skin, this petite fixture will be certain to dazzle bystanders.
Not just any designer can pull off the Persian rug motif without sinking into cliché, but Brad Davis and Janis Provisor give the formula a much-needed overhaul with their heavy, lush Circles rug. This hand-woven, super-soft wild-silk carpet comes in soft foresty tones with a burnished antique feel. Available from Fort Street Studio.
Shane Bradford is the artist best known for his unique dipping process, in which objects are repeatedly dipped into multi-hued emulsions. Bradford’s pieces include enormous oil paintings, glass installations, and sassy objets d’art dripping with wry social commentary and erratic creativity. You’ll want to add his delightfully baroque rainbow-dipped pieces to your permanent collection. They include the Rococco Fork, the Stirring Rainbows wooden spoon, and the Chromaform 1/6 Alfa Romeo/WW2 Graves—a model car in painted gloss. All pieces are displayed in handmade glass or Prespex boxes. Available from Vivre.
Jonathan Browning never makes a fallible design, and the same is true for his Richelieu chandelier. A cast-bronze ring props up a dozen finials holding opal-glass diffusers with 20-watt halogen lamps. It’s a piece summons up the infamous eponymous cardinal’s maxim that “the ends justify the means.”
Maarten Van Severen’s 2000 MVS chaise is nothing less than a modern classic. At first glance, it looks like a slinky Z-shaped sculpture but come in a little closer and prepare to be ladled into pure luxury seating. The polyurethane foam upholstery is smooth and elastic, molding to the body’s contours. It’s also easy to move from a sitting to reclining position—and it’s ideal for both indoor and outdoor lounging. Available from Vitra.
Housework just got more fun. Okay, maybe not “fun” per se but it’s certainly more colorful since Sweep Dreams introduced these hard-working brooms. They’re handmade in Thailand from renewable sorghum and bamboo then stained with natural nontoxic dyes. There are several color combos and sizes from which to choose.
Phaidon Press’ super-glossy overview of iconic photographer Guy Bourdin’s career allows this lesser-known contemporary of Richard Avedon and Helmut Newton to shine alone. In surreal images that are both playful and darkly intense, Bourdin (one of Vogue’s most famous photographers) took themes like sex, death and violence and created transcendent art perfect for any sophisticate’s coffee table. Available from Amazon.
Designers Kyra and Robertson Hartnett create bold statements to convince anyone they’ve never met a color they didn’t like. Their new collection was inspired, of all things, by springtime in full urban bloom (Brooklyn Heights, in this case). Pop-inspired, handprinted wallpaper in seven colorways, including audacious shades like Hothouse and Cherry Lime Ricky, aren’t just lusciously playful—they’re also water-based and eco-friendly. Available from Twenty2.
Definitely one of our favorite lamps at this years IMM is this fabulous elegant lamp by Smoge Berlin that changes it lamp shade shape depending on what it is you need: Prefer reading in your Eames Lounge Chair – then have the light shine down. Have friends over for a drink and need some more ambient light – just change the orientation with the flick of a wrist and you are done: Voilá, the light is going up… Really nice, and the craftsmanship as well, we only hope that we’ll see it stateside soon!
Another trend we saw at the IMM – which goes into a similar direction as the 3-D printing – was the aspect of personalization. This particular example comes from the guys at Desktop Design but you should also look at N’Table to see it pushed even further… It should be very interesting to see how the whole personalization concept influences the larger brands and where it will go…