Cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz

Posted on 23rd May by admin with Comments Off

Exotic Cupboard Called Magistral Cabinet is another extravagant work by famous artist and designer-experimenter Sebastian Errazuriz. The surface of capacious vertical cabinet placed on itself more than 80 000 bamboo sticks which form looks like a pencil.

Chilean by its origin Sebastian Errazuriz lives and works in New York creating conceptual and original objects pretending on the dominant of any placement where they will be placed. Capacious cupboard hiding behind “the protective bristle” will be able to protect your things with unique style owing to its dynamic effect created with the numerous of “needles” which “animates” this functional furniture hiding its real destination.

Like all the inventions of author Magistral Cabinet is the handmade work. Twelve high-qualified carpenters worked at the creating of this piece furniture element during six weeks. Every bamboo stick was hammered in the hole in the wooden “body” made before.

As the result of laborious process they got the ideally balanced cabinet which niches and pull-out cases are invisible for eye when the construction is in close condition. The guest who does not let into the secret will feel quite difficult to guess the functioning mechanism of this surprising furniture which looks more like the conceptual art-object which is created not for the discourse about comfort of taking off dust or cleaning.

Nowadays Magistral Cabinet is the part of exposition of New York Cristina Grajales Gallery where the impressive construction can be seen and touched by everybody.

What to do with a long hallway?

Posted on 19th May by admin with Comments Off

It is surprising how many homes are exquisitely decorated with exceptional decor yet their hallways fall short. Why do hallways, especially long ones, seem to be such an afterthought or completely neglected? According to Taoist beliefs that are reflected in Feng Shui, chi (energy) travels through your home. However, if a long dark and dreary hallway is uninviting, it may not make the journey to enter into the other rooms of your home. Hallways need to be welcoming and as thoughtfully decorated as the rest of your house is.

Lighting

If your hallway is closed off and dark, lighting is crucial. This doesn’t necessarily have to rely on overhead lighting either. A small decorative lamp on a table or shelf or a motion light is a wonderful addition as well.

Mirrors

To help positive energy flow down your hallway to the next room, mirrors or other reflective objects are essential. Not to mention, they make visitors feel a little more comfortable as they pass through as well.

Plants

A lovely leafy plant at the end of the hallway will draw energy in that direction. Just be sure to move it into the sun sometimes throughout the day as needed. Plants have a way of breathing new life into a room so use them wherever you can!

Floor

In a long narrow hallway, providing visual interest wherever possible helps give guests the sense that their journey is shorter than it actually is. Many homeowners focus on the walls as the main place to add color, pattern and artwork, but do not overlook your hallway’s floor. In particular, it is an ideal place to create visual interest without adding too much bulk to a long, narrow hallway.

Making a studio apartment modern

Posted on 12th May by admin with Comments Off

Just because you have a small space does not mean that you cannot create a completely modern home that you are proud to show off. Sometimes, having a smaller area to work with is actually easier to decorate because you don’t have to be worried about the design of one room flowing to the next!

Welcome the Sun – Natural lighting will amplify the size of your room. Heavy curtains should be avoided at all costs in small spaces.

Flexible Furniture – While you want to be able to entertain your guests at a full-size table, this will only take up a lot of space when not in use. Using a drop leaf table is the perfect solution. Also, don’t underestimate seating cubes or footstools that provide a modern appeal and can double as a coffee table or an extra chair when needed.

Shelving – Small spaces can really benefit from shelving, not just for aesthetic purposes but for storage as well. Use decorative boxes that accent your decor to hide things you have no room for.

Minimal Furniture – That overstuffed sectional may look fantastic on the showroom floor but it will dwarf your room size. Keep furniture minimal with nice clean lines.

Don’t Forget Rugs – For whatever reason, many people feel that need a large space to lay down rugs. This is not true! You can even lay contrasting rugs over one another to give your studio apartment an ultra chic look that will leave your guests wondering if you hired a professional to design your interior.

Whether this is your first apartment or if you are simply downsizing, get comfortable in your space! You will find you may love the smaller area more than you ever imagined with the right accents.

Choosing the right kitchen island

Posted on 6th May by admin with Comments Off

During new construction or a remodel, the kitchen is one room that can greatly benefit from the latest products and features. Energy-efficient appliances, sleek new cabinets that automatically close, and a kitchen island are a few of the most desired features. Adding an island to your kitchen is the most effective way to give the space a facelift without actually performing surgery on the entire room. Not only are they aesthetically-pleasing, they are actually meant to make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable and productive. Choosing the right placement, shape and style will ensure that you get the most use out of your kitchen island.

Size – The island should be appropriately scaled to the size of the kitchen. One that is too big will result in an area that’s just too crammed but a tiny island in an enormous room will appear misplaced.

Placement – You should be able to move around your island and flow from the stations in the room that you use the most. If you’re using your island to prep dinner, there should be a clear path to the stove.

Storage – Do you need extra storage? If so then your kitchen island should have cupboards and drawers to make use of this valuable space.

Seating – Have a large family or do a lot of entertaining? Choose an island that will be comfortable to set tall seating around for additional place settings.

Islands are really just an extension of your personality. Choose one that fits your needs and that will compliment your space and you may find yourself spending a lot more time in the kitchen!

Lamp-Vase by Roger Arquer for Bosa

Posted on 4th May by admin with Comments Off

London designer Roger Arquer has designed these lamps which are operated by touching the flowers in the adjoining vase, presented in Milan earlier this month by design brand Bosa. Using touch sensitive technology the Touch Lamp Vase is operated by the flowers in the vase. This piece has been launched at the Salone di Mobile, Milano 2011.

Touch is an hybrid between a lamp and a flower base. The flowers work as a switch for the light: when touched, the light goes on or off.

Touch invites you to a playful experience combining water with light, yet being 100% safe. Touch sensitive technology is being used here, while the high content of water on the flowers makes them conductive and sensitive when touched. This piece will add an accent of colour as an ambient light. It can be placed in restaurants, hotel rooms, lobbies, home entrance or hallway.

The vessel is made of one entire ceramic piece. The lampshade is made of fabric. Electricity runs on 12V. The water can be easily replaced when need it.

Roger Arquer graduated from Escola Superior de Disseny Industrial, Sabadell in 1998. Soon after graduating, he moved to New York, where he worked for several designers and artists. In 2003, he moved to London to attend an MA in Design Products at the Royal College of Art. He opened his studio in London in 2005 and since then has worked for companies such as Royal VKB, Eno, Thorsten Van Elten and Mathmos. He teaches at Central Saint Martin’s and in Camberwell. Arquer is interested in how quotidian objects have the capacity to give us pleasure as we use them, “good designs have that extraordinary power of making life easier and more enjoyable”. His work has been exhibited around the world, from Milano to Tokyo and his native Barcelona.

Tables by Raw Edges for Arco

Posted on 25th April by admin with Comments Off

London design studio Raw Edges presented its dressing table and a desk with hinged drawers for Dutch brand Arco at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan last week.

The piece is a development of the designers’ Pivot project for the brand, originally launched with a cascading two-drawer unit in 2008. Two drawers hinge, rather than slide, out of the body of the cabinet, which is made from lacquered oak. The desk and dressing table versions have shorter legs and either a deeper table top or recess for a mirror along the back.

The highly successful Pivot, a wall cabinet with two drawers, launched by Arco in 2008, has since been publicized and exhibited worldwide and has won various awards. The designer, Shay Alkalay, created the prototype in just three days. The fact that the drawers hinge rather than slide makes it possible to open both drawers at the same time, creating a new typology.

There are now two different versions of the Pivot. Alkalay: “The Pivot is ideal if you don’t have much space, and also for things that don’t require much space. It also makes a very handy little work table with drawers – a writing desk that is just the thing for a laptop.”

The original cabinet has been made slightly lower and has been given an integrated desk top to create the Pivot Desk. The Pivot Vanity is a make-up table with a recess for a mirror in the top.

Raw-Edges is the official collaboration between Yael Mer & Shay Alkalay which started after many years of sharing life, thoughts, ideas and everything in-between. Yael’s main focus includes turning two-dimensional sheet materials into curvaceous functional forms, whereas Shay is fascinated by how things move, function and react. Now is their work they share a common goal to create objects that have never been seen before.

 

Chair by Zaha Hadid for Sawaya & Moroni

Posted on 20th April by admin with Comments Off

Architect Zaha Hadid presented this zig-zag chair for producers Sawaya & Moroni in Milan last week. The Z-Chair is made of polished stainless steel in a limited edition of 24 pieces.

The design of the Z-Chair Chair summarizes the essence of contemporary design and the research developed by Zaha Hadid Architects over the last three decades. A simple three-dimensional gesture zigzags in the space as part of the continued discourse between form and function, elegance and utility, differentiation and continuity.

Geometric abstractions inform the design’s linear loop, which is articulated along its path in a language that alternates thin wire streams and large surfaces to provide both ergonomic affordances and inherent stability to the overall shape. The dichotomy between the elegance of the composition and its articulation is negotiated through a subtle play of contrasting angular corners and wide, smooth curves.

The resulting form echoes the calligraphic gestures of Hadid’s two-dimensional works; a controlled brush stroke on a canvas, the perfect synthesis of an idea: the sketch.

Zaha Hadid, founding partner of Zaha Hadid Architects, is internationally known for her built, theoretical and academic work. Each of her dynamic and innovative projects builds on over thirty years of revolutionary experimentation and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design.

Founded in 1984 as a result of an idea by William Sawaya and Paolo Moroni, the company bases its production on a number of exponents of contemporary design with differing cultural backgrounds and design concepts.

Colorful furniture by Lubo Majer

Posted on 16th April by admin with Comments Off

Merry, colorful youth furniture called Iris by Slovakian designer Lubo Majer – this is three striped armchair and one soft and long sofa for living room, hall or reception in the office decorated in democratic style. Designer took inspiration from the rainbow to create Iris. The furniture not just replicates the rainbow colors but also the design. The multi-colored foams are attached together to form chair and broader sofa designs. The bright shades for Iris will help the home get a different feel altogether. Especially with the walls painted in white.

Probably the fans of uncommon interior in the apartment will not refuse from such positive ray of light. Turning Iris into the sofa it is pleasant to have rest on it in front of the TV-set and when the guests come one element of furniture will be quickly turned into three ones. As people say, one in three – and this is its’ power.

Here we should make it more exact that this sofa is not suitable for sleeping, – it will be hard, not comfortable and in general it is desirable to sleep on the bed. But in our case Iris is the “hard” sofa made of foamed material covered with the wool upholstery so it is comfortable to clean but not to sleep. Conventional upholstery method – osb+wooden frame with springs, cold foam with various density and woolen cover provide comfortable sitting also.

Lubo Majer works together with DIZAJNO – a group of people which sees ideas for what they truly are, take time to understand and perceive them with humor. Company’s designs are inspired by everyday life. Company’s products are designed with love and are full of fantasy. Their originality and honest workmanship bring pleasure and positive emotions to your home.

Job Cabinet by Studio Job for Lensvelt

Posted on 13th April by admin with Comments Off

For the first time at the Milan Design Week, Lensvelt, the Dutch brand for contract furniture, is pleased to announce the FuoriSalone event “Just solutions”.

The installation curated by Studio Job, presents the new “Job Office”, together with a selection of iconic pieces from Lensvelt collection, including the “Skull” by Atelier Van Lieshout and the “Krattenkast” by Mark van der Gronden.

Cabinets, lamps, tables and sittings perfect for home or office. Non-conventional solutions suitable for work, play, relax and creative spaces.

For the brand new collaboration with Lensvelt, Studio Job has developed “Job Office”: a concept solution for a new office furniture collection. The first piece, “Job Cabinet”, is ready to be unveiled in Milan.

The cabinet represents the perfect alchemy between the industrial product and the personal object: a standard metal cabinet, icon of mass production for office furniture, enhanced with a giant, polished bronze key!

From now on, you can keep your valuables in a “Job Cabinet”. To celebrate the debut of the new partnership between Lensvelt and Studio Job, “Job Cabinet” the first 35 pieces will be featured in a smart colorful edition with keys signed and numbered by Studio Job.

Some funny facts about furniture

Posted on 11th April by admin with Comments Off

Some people go to work every day, some of them write books and articles, some make money at the stocks, some travel by air every day, some cook perfectly, some of them just smile and cry, think and innovate, some sing and make an advertisement…This list is endless, it speeds to eternity. For all of us there is something in our life which is crucial for us, which creates unique features of us. So there are activities which become significant part of our life, they are particles which build the “whole construction” – our life. That is why when we talk about home decorating it is very important to know that it is also a way of life for some people. We actually spend more money on decorating our home than on buying clothes and other goods. As you’ve guessed our nests weren’t always so well furnished. May be you can not imagine but in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, furniture was so scarce that it was moved around from room to room. During the Gothic period from the 1100s to 1500s A.D. furniture was heavy and without any hint of beauty. Toward the later end of that period, the style became quite decorative and ornate-borrowing from church design. The furniture at that period could be found mostly in churches and it was rare case when it was in home. Chairs were rigid and chests were massive and almost immovable because church discipline decreed that furniture was to be formal not comfortable.

The Chest, Trunk or Bed

The most popular piece of furniture was the chest. It was a multifunctional piece of furniture because at day time it played the role of a seat or bench and at night it had the function of a bed or a couch. But it not only could be a piece which was playing the role of surface on which somebody could have a rest but also a place where all household goods were stored in, thus implementing an option of a trunk.

Chairs

For the first time chairs were found in churches (during the Gothic period) where they were used as seats for clergy. The ornate designs came directly from Mother Nature. With the introduction of fabric covers the prevalent pattern was the fleur-de-lis. It resembled local foliage. As time was passing more attention was given to details and design. In the Victorian era, Queen Anne furniture ruled with ornate wooden furniture in curved lines. However Oriental motifs were dominating at that time because the Victorians loved the exotic designs from China and in many wealthier homes the furniture was decorated in accordance with specific Oriental patterns.

Adding Comfort

As the furniture was made of wood In Medieval times the comfort was at the minimal level. That is why in order to ease the hardness of a wooden stool or chair, cushions or chair pads were used. Chair pads came in colorful patterns-adding color. By the way it did not matter whether these pads were used in poor or wealthy homes.

Slipcovers

Some historical facts discover that in wealthy homes in 18th century England, tailored slipcovers were used to protect fine furnishings. Slipcovers were also used in order to protect rare and expensive silk brocades. By the 19th century slipcovers were commonly used in all households, in both America and Europe. The functions were the same: to serve a shield against dirt and sunlight and to add the interior with more colorful and bright tints.

Going Electric

Interior design in the 1920s went toward the extravagant and romantic. In 1920s electricity and the era of TVs came, so changing the life of many people on Earth. With the development of technologies the way of life also was under great changes. Consequently the interior design had changed a lot. At this time colors were muted. Soft tone Oriental rugs and cheaper factory produced imitations came in soft blues, greens, and taupe. Walls were painted or paneled in wood. Wall-to-wall carpeting wasn’t around. Instead, beautifully wooden floors were covered with Oriental-style rugs. And in some homes, linoleum was used in the living room.

The 1970s to the Present

As the time passed the more comfort were coming to our life, to our homes. Wall-to-wall carpet was also becoming popular. Comfort was a major factor in furniture design. For example you could go barefoot at home and walk on a shag rug in the 1960s and 1970s. As we spend more and more time at home working, watching TV or having a rest at front of entertainment center we pay more attention on furniture comfort capabilities and its options. The setting can be elegant, but it has to be comfortable as well.