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Archive for May, 2007

May
02

1951 Chair by BMW Group DesignworksUSA for Emeco

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After an eBay auction turned up a chair made by Emeco 50 years ago, the company decided to reinterpret the design. Originally made for Navy hospitals in 1951, the chair needed a few modifications. Emeco invited Adrian van Hooydonk and his team at BMW Group DesignworksUSA to join the project. In the same way that the original Mini Cooper relates the new Mini, everyone was in favor of maintaining the original 1951 Chair’s simple utilitarian style and aluminum construction, but the lines and surfaces had to be reconsidered. Slightly reshaped, the new 1951 Chair (2005) has more “attitude” and can now be stacked up to 6 high (10-12 high with a dolly). New materials include durable molded ABS plastic and 80% recycled aluminum. The 1951 Collection was also expanded to include a counter stool and barstool. The 1951 in white is suitable for outdoor use. Emeco’s use of post-consumer recycled aluminum makes the collection LEED compliant. Made in U.S.A.
May
02

Globus Chair РLacquer/Chrome (Set of 4) by Jes̼s Gasca

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Introduced in 1994, the Globus Chair has already become a design classic, used in restaurants and public spaces around the world. Most recently, it was installed as the seating at Santiago Calatrava’s new pavilion at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The backrest and seat are made from smooth, curving pieces of plywood, molded to provide secure support, while the waterfall seat edge allows for comfort over long periods. The gently curved elliptical hole in the back of the Globus serves multiple purposes beyond its unique design: It allows for additional ventilation, the alleviation of back pressure and it can be used as a handle for easy maneuvering. Attachments on the seat bottom prevent damage during stacking and plastic glides protect floors. These colors are available only in sets of four of the same color. Contract quality. As the exclusive Stua retailer in the U.S., the Globus is only at DWR. Made in Spain.
May
02

Twilight Sleep Sofa by Flemming Busk

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Designed in response to a furniture competition at the Arhus School of Architecture in Denmark in 1999, the Twilight Sleep Sofa ingeniously accomplishes what many conventional convertible sofas cannot do: It functions as a single person daybed or easily unfolds for multiple sleepers. Intended for sitting, resting and sleeping, the design is ideal for dens or home offices that double as guest rooms, with its compact form and simple fold out double bed surface. Unlike many sleep sofas, which have uncomfortably deep seating surfaces, this design features a bolster pillow that adjusts to three different positions for customized seat depths (19.5″/23″/34.75″) and lumbar support. The slipcover is welted at the seams with contrast piping for a clean aesthetic, and is removable for cleaning. Grey sofa features black piping, light blue has tan piping and dark grey, grass and autumn feature light grey. Casters on the rear legs make for easy mobility. Uses two twin extra long fitted sheets and coordinating flat sheets or two twin extra long fitted sheets with one king size flat sheet. Made in Denmark.

May
02

Egg Chair – Classic Leather by Arne Jacobsen

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Arne Jacobsen designed the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, as well as many of the furnishings. For its busy lobby, he created the biomorphic Egg (1958) and Swan, which are believed to be the first swiveling upholstered chairs. For a public area, the handcrafted Egg Chair is unique in that sitters can swivel toward the conversation area or away from others if privacy is desired. A tilt mechanism allows for relaxed lounging and the high back and curving elements are reminiscent of a traditional wing chair. Together they cocoon the sitter in a single-piece molded shell that appears to hover over the floor. Almost 50 years after its design, the Egg Chair is still used in advertising, film and television as a symbol of sophisticated urbanism. Made in Denmark. Original design and licensed manufacture by Republic of Fritz Hansen.

May
02

Barcelona Chair – Volo Leather by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Chair and Stool (1929), originally created to furnish his German Pavilion at the International Exhibition in Barcelona, have come to epitomize modern design. Mies van der Rohe designed the chair to serve as seating for the king and queen of Spain, while the stool was intended to accommodate their attendants. Still produced to his original specifications, this Barcelona is of quality fit for royalty. The cushions — welting and buttons included — come from a single Spinneybeck® Volo cowhide and are supported by cowhide belting straps, dyed to match the color of the chair. To create the deep, precise tufting, individual panels of leather are cut, hand welted and hand tufted. The chromed-steel frame is hand buffed to mirror-like perfection. The Barcelona Chair was honored with the Museum of Modern Art Award in 1977.

May
02

Cherner Armchair by Norman Cherner

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Norman Cherner is recognized as one of the most original of a generation of designers that explored post-war technological innovations in industrial design and architecture. His Cherner Chair (1958) is one of the most successful examples of mid-century molded plywood seating, and has recently been reissued from the original molds and drawings by ChernerÂ’s sons. Constructed of laminated plywood of graduating thicknesses-from 15 ply at the slender waist to five ply at the perimeter edge of the seat-the design possesses exceptional structural strength and dramatic sculptural beauty. Comfortable and elegant, the Cherner Chair is one of the most collectible of mid-century furniture designs and can be found in design collections throughout the world. Made in U.S.A.
May
02

Libre Corner Component – Fabric 2 by David Mocarski

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Configure your own sofa-that’s the idea behind the Libre Modular Sofa. West Coast designer David Mocarski has created a sleekly unified modular seating design for modern interiors-both large and small-with four sophisticated sofa components that can be combined in countless configurations. Unlike most sectional sofas, this one can be configured to fit any corner or face any direction, and even has an ottoman that easily turns one end of the sofa into a chaise. Each piece is sold separately and can be ordered in any number to complete the desired configuration. When used individually, the One Seater Sofa Component functions as a side chair; the Two Seater Component functions as a loveseat; the Corner Sofa Component functions as an armchair; and the Ottoman functions as a table or bench. Whether the pieces are used individually or used in larger groupings, the Libre is ruled by fluidly elegant looks, versatility and comfort. Beautiful cast aluminum legs lend a sleek lightness to the design. Simple assembly required on Corner Sofa Component.
May
02

Bottega Armchair by Renzo Fauciglietti

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In early 2007, designers Renzo Fauciglietti and Graziella Bianchi expanded on the success of their Bottega Side Chair (2003) with the introduction of an Armchair and Stool. Both of the chairs are constructed with harmonic sheet steel backs that flex with users for continuous support. All three pieces are wrapped in smooth-as-silk stain resistant leather that’s both luxurious and low-maintenance. Covering the slender but strong steel frames, the leather is hand-sewn to hug every angle and curve. The seats are lightly padded to encourage leisurely dining. This combination of suppleness and strength found in Bottega is not always easy to find in fixed seating. A choice of leather colors makes Bottega suitable for a variety of settings. Made in Italy.
May
02

Eames Aluminum Lounge Chair – Hopsak2 by Charles and Ray Eames

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When Charles and Ray Eames designed the Eames Aluminum Group (1958), they created a revolution in seating that has lost none of its edge. These chairs were originally developed as a special project for a private residence being designed by Eero Saarinen and Alexander Girard. Moving away from the Eameses’ shell forms of the 1940s and exploring newly affordable aluminum, the designers constructed a lightweight, corrosion-resistant and die-cast frame. They wrapped the frame in a sling – a “sitting pocket” that subtly conforms to the body’s shape – and gave it a wide seat for leisurely sitting. Set on a five-point base, these chairs sit on tubular steel columns and swivel for easy entry and exit. The Aluminum Lounge features a tilt swivel and its high back offers unparalleled support. This original is an authentic, fully licensed product of Herman Miller, Inc. Eames is a licensed trademark of Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A.
May
02

Magino Barstool by Karim Rashid

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Expanding his clear acrylic collection, Karim Rashid introduces his new Magino Barstool (2006). Simply shaped, his functional stool offers a comfortable, integrated footrest that doubles as storage space for magazines and other print materials. The clear acrylic, which is .6″ thick, brings playfulness to kitchens and workspaces. The barstool quickly dissolves into the environment and leaves an unobstructed view of anything beyond or below its surface. UV protected, the Magino Barstool is suitable for outdoor use. The stool has been tested to hold up to 300 lbs.

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