March 31, 2008
Love these Modern Light Fixtures
The Jonathan Browning Collection embodies a classically modern aesthetic with a nod to the early 20th century French Archetype of clean, bold and simple designs. The modern pieces take inspiration from the best of the French Industrial and Decorative Arts era of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s.
Jonathan Browning designs complement such diverse styles as Beaux-Arts mansions, classic brownstones modern lofts and even outdoors.
Being produced by world-class, premier foundries specializing in the Vulcanian arts, the Jonathan Browning Collection achieves an extraordinary level of detail seen in the fine polishing, crisp edges, hand worked arms, shades and chandeliers.
To view more of the collection, including many new offerings for indoor and outdoor check out www.jonathanbrowninginc.com
Pictured (top to bottom, left to right): Informal dining room, Formal dining room featuring 17.1 Omer Arbel table for Bocci, Bedroom and etched door detail, Informal living room, Formal living room at night, Formal living room during the day.
The Sheet Bench by the UK's John Glinister makes use of the "unusable" and challenges conceptions of waste and scraps. We love is thoroughly modern approach to design execution as also seen in his 666 Table and Slot Bench, below.
March 28, 2008
Introducing the Spring Screen Lounge Chair from Aswoon.
Do you love it? I DO!!!
Check out more at Aswoon, or visit their new storefront at during the DUMBO First Thursdays Gallery Walk. Thursday April 3rd from 6pm - 8:30pm. Located at 14 Jay Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn, 11201.
March 27, 2008
New Washer and Dryer from GE
The new GE Profile™ SmartDispense™ Frontload Washer and Dryer are positioned on an exclusive SmartDispense pedestal that stores and automatically dispenses detergent and fabric softener based on each load's size, soil level, water hardness and fabric or cycle type. The washer features one of the most comprehensive stain-removal systems available: it treats more than 40 different combinations of stains and fabric types. CleanSpeak™ communication between the washer and dryer begins the drying process to eliminate guesswork about settings for the load.
My husband and I agonized over the picking of a new front door. We wanted modern, but something that would be inviting to home buyers when we decide to sell. We wanted some glass detail, but nothing with gold trim or intricate design. We were also on a budget!
If your budget is slightly larger than ours, check out the Neoporte Modern Doors sale.
March 26, 2008
Tis the season to redecorate – and with green flourishing outside, it’s only appropriate that green should grow inside the home.
With a budget of $20,000, Harmony Design Studio set out to make a family room more comfortable for both the home owners and the environment. But one big question loomed -- Are there adequate green and sustainable products on the market that support great interior design without having to sacrifice in terms of quality and comfort?
Used primarily for TV, reading and lounging, the seating in the family room needed to support these activities and address the following problems:
• The new seating needed to accommodate the homeowners’ size differences (she is petite, he is average) & individual preferences
• Inadequate lighting needed to be addressed
• Additional seating was needed to accommodate large family gatherings
• The overall look was to be contemporary and streamlined
The custom-designed sectional was locally made and sized appropriately for both the husband and wife, and is covered in eco-friendly Satin Wool by ‘Q Collection’, which produces biodegradable, environmentally friendly fabrics made from natural materials. The company also uses non-toxic dyes and finishes. This particular fabric is highly durable, which is ideal for a family room setting.
FLOR carpet tiles in sand-colored wool were chosen for the new area rug. Made from highly renewable wool, FLOR encourages end-of-life recycling. The custom-designed solid walnut coffee table fits over a separate piece of furniture – a low combination bench/table manufactured by Bright Chair Company. The bench is covered in Cork fabric.
The lack of lighting was remedied with dimmable-floor and table lamps (dimmable options are great energy savers) and an overhead ceiling pendant. The color palette is neutral tones of ivory, sand and chocolate brown, chosen to blend with the existing furnishings and extensive granite on the countertops. As with any project, there was meaning and purpose to everything selected.
Learn more about Harmony Design Studio.
March 25, 2008
Modern Outdoor Flower Pot
The perfect floral focal point for those of us lacking a green thumb. Plus, these provide shade and a singularly sculptural flair.
By Markus Boge & Patrick Frey for Skia, about $2,045 at PID.se.
The EZ hammock by Royal Botania explores a minimalist design with extra functionality. This hammock rocks and swings for easy summertime relaxation.
$1,202 through PID.se.
Mix It Up
Balancing the cool, sophisticated feel of glass with the warm, natural, laid-back vibes of rough-cut wood, the Velia Table by Ulrich Koessl, Tishch und Stuhl Willisau, Luscern, Switzerland, is a welcome and ingenious composition.