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December 20, 2004

Baby's Got a Modern Crib

It's been a pet peeve of ours forever that there are so few contemporary and modern bed sets for the littlest members of the family. But Traci Fleming and Kaye Popofsky Kramer have changed all. Nurseryworks, an LA-based modern baby furniture manufacturer, is coming up to its irst birthday. And what a year its been, as the duo have been featured in The New York Times, Time magazine and Baby Chic 101. This smartly appointed furniture comes in lots of yummy lacquer finishes to brighten up baby's room. Fun fabric patterns like Lollipop and Hopscotch were birthed by textile artist Rosemary Hallgarten. The inaugural collection features a spacious rocker; something really to coo over.

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Cassina: Real vs Ersatz

We've said it before, Cassina does a great job at educating its customer. Check out how to differentiate between an authentic Mackintosh Hill House chair vs a doweled-up one, and a genuine Le Curbusier LC-4 and a seam-y sham.

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December 17, 2004

Tell Me, Who are YOO?

YOO brings the excitement and freshness of Philippe Stark to the real estate world led, when it comes to selling savvy style and design themed buildings, by Europe's John Hitchcox. Among the hot spots the two have brought their innovative abodes to are London, Buenos Aires, and the always cutting edge contemporary Mecca, Miami. But they've recently spread their wings a bit further, and have opened their team to accept one more new member: Jade Jagger. Jade, who most recently revived British jewelry giant Garrard as their creative director, joins YOO as creative director of "Jade Jagger for YOO" and will be taking the reigns of projects as concept designer.
With YOO already having created over 4000 apartments worth over US $2 billion of worldwide development, this change is definitely something for YOO to keep your eyes on.

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Christmas Tree-Wrapping

Those tree lights in your front yard just not doing it for you? Check out Outdoor Senses' depictions of tree wrapping. Might be a bit late for this year, but put it on your things to do for next.

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December 14, 2004

Florence Knoll Basset Fresh Again in Philadelphia

If it were up to her, Florence Knoll Basset might choose to be left out of the limelight but, at least through mid-March,  the private design icon will be the subject of an new exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art entitled "Florence Knoll Bassett: Defining Modern." The exhibit explores her enduring touch on the modern world and especially the modern worker through her innovative designs of the CBS, Seagrams and Look Magazine headquarters in NYC and the Pittsburgh, PA HeinzCo. headquarters. Knoll turned the corner for designers by designing with people at the forefront of her mind--she interviewed the workers who would be spending their days in her interiors and gave them designs that met their needs. It may seem obvious now, but it wasn't always that way.Florenceknoll

Very ahead of her time––just like the entire Knoll company actually. Since the 1950s, unlike most companies then and now, Knoll put the designer's name on their production pieces. Hmmm, building brand and name recognition for over 50 years... Could that be part of why the Knoll name and the names of so many of their designers, Mies van der Rohe, Harry Bertoia, Eero Saarinen, continue to live on so successfully?

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What Rhymes With Orange?

There is still no good answer for that but I asked to get you thinking about the word orange. You'll want to have it at the tip of your tongue once you see the fresh lines and new designs by LA based design house orange22. Pure Contemporary interviewed Dario Antonioni, orange22's founder and principal designer and guess what he said...the market for contemporary and modern is a might bit slow on this side of the Atlantic. Well, we may have already known that but it's always nice to hear a little reinforcement, and  a little inside info on how the trend is starting to change. The good news is that orange22 is about cutting edge, modern, inventive, even fun pieces and they're doing their part to make forms like theirs function across the states. It's a heavy load to carry but with the pieces coming out of there––I love the Sputnik Desk, Bi_Lounge and Luna2––they shouldn't have much of a problem.

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December 13, 2004

Colibri Furniture Likes Lauro Preto

Canadian manufacturer, Colibri Furniture, is expecting a 10 percent increase in demand for Lauro Preto -- a South American veneer characterized by its very dark chocolate / brown coloring with a pronounced darker figuring. Colibri hopes to convert lovers of walnut to Lauro Preto, by introducing a walnut stain to its line, in addition to its mahogany-stained Lauro Preto. Teak still makes up about 75% of Colibri's sales however.

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December 10, 2004

Modernist Gift List

Always a toughie to find that certain something for the architect or designer who covets only the most innovative items. Pure Contemporary compiled a wide-range of gifts for the contemporary connoisseur, featuring items from artisans like Artcoustic,  o8o Studio, and Eva Solo.

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Pelli Chosen for Science Center

Renowned architect, Cesar Pelli, was selected from a short list of international powerhouses to create the $150m Hartford Science Center. Pelli's goal is to create a versatile structure that will house galleries and exhibits -- while providing a landmark on the capital city's waterscape. Pelli's prior homeruns include the jewels on the Hudson -- the Winter Garden, part of the World Financial Center complex, and Two IFC on Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong.

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Wallpaper* Design Awards

Wallpaper* announces its annual design awards. The UK-based magazine chose Miami as most exciting city, touting the city's architecture, arts and booming economy. Howz that for an ROI for investing in the arts?

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