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March 20, 2006

New from Vitra USA

Vitra_4VitrA USA, manufacturer of contemporary bathroom furniture, has just announced several new products, including the Nuovella Collection.

The Nuovella cabinet features drawers with gentle glides for soft closing, side cabinets finished both inside and out with adjustable height shelves, side cabinets made with frosted front panels and hanging cabinet/shelf with mirror features self-leveling mechanisms.

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March 19, 2006

Karim Rashid Reminisces

When Karim Rashid talks, Pure Contemporary listens. Find out how one of design's most innovative minds made it to the big time.

Karim New York trip left designer in pink
Julie Earle-Levine

How I Made It: Karim Rashid, Founder of Karim Rashid Inc

When Karim Rashid was in London recently to give a lecture and receive a European award for hotel design, he found himself in Piccadilly Circus. The half-English, half-Egyptian interior and product designer realized he was close to the basement apartment where he grew up and first started to draw.

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Palatable Palettes

F96_f45f05c_mediumSpeaking of the Bouroullecs, kudos to them and Ligne Roset for capturing Cologne's 2005 design award for the Facett Collection. Here is one of my favorite pics, a behind the curtains look at the fabric/foam chair deconstructed. When the line was introduced a year ago, it was shown in a palette of caramels and fudge (my terms). This year check them out in palate-cleansing hint of mint, icy tourquoise and vanilla.

(My apologies to the Ligne Roset marketing department: i was hungry when posting this.)

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Fabric Tiles by Bouroullec


The frères Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have concocted tiles of fabric and foam for whenever you are in the need of a new wall. Voila! -- thanks TrucDesign!

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March 18, 2006

Bronzed Wriggle Chair

Gehry_wiggle_brassFrank O. Gehry's 1972 Wiggle design made waves because of the material, corrugated cardboard, and the design -- a single fluid shape. Bronze sculptor James Vilona asked Gehry if he could bronze the iconic Gehry chair. The architect nodded -- and the results can be purchased through Millenia Fine Art.

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Happy 40th Richard Schultz!

It was great fun to see Richard Schultz, the master of chic outdoor furniture, with friends and family at the Joseph Del Grecco & Co showroom in New York City last week. Dick, who was on hand with his wife and son Peter, was celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1966 Collection he designed for Knoll all those years ago. The 2004 version is true to the 1960's version -- with a few variations, including a loveseat with optional rails for rocking. Schultz wasn't sure he liked a rocker de deux, although he and his lovely wife seemed quite at home on it!

While there, I tried out the contoured chaise lounge, which was stunning in white, but the contours didn't quite hit my 5'2 frame very well. The new stainless collection, available in shiny or satin, is made for outdoor but would be perfectly at home in a living room.

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Chic Crib by Miguel

Miguel_cribThe chic Italian white leather and red (stain-resistant) Crypton crib-come-bed was a head turner at the Architectural Digest show. Father-to-be (again) Miguel Ruiz's labor of love for his daughter Cassandra features European-style rails that descend when the baby is small and raise as the child grows until they pop out all together. There is also an American-version for those who can't fathom the ease of lowering the sides versus re-adjusting the mattress.

Ruiz created his eponymous company because he loathed the frilly frou-frou that is the staple of babydom, and wanted sophisticated furniture that would morph to the needs of a growing child. The collection includes a changing table with storage drawers that turns into a dresser with just the addition of a lid.

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March 16, 2006

Ping Pong Wishes & Chandelier Dreams


Pushing ten feet, 130 lbs. and comprised of over 3,000 ping pong balls, the Troy chandelier lit up the Circular Ligne Roset Lounge at the The Architectural Digest Home Design Show last week.

The enormous French Empire/Deco Moderne inspired piece left us wishing we had the kind of vision and imagination that fuel a project like this. The Troy's long strands of glowing orbs declared ping pong balls upscale, and nobody argued.

The Home Show version of the Troy, the only one in existence, was auctioned off at in a lot that closed today, just an hour ago. And what a deal some lucky bidder got. The Troy's value is estimated at $40,000, but the highest bidder on CharityBuzz? $2,000.

For those of us without the room for a ten-foot chandelier there are 48" by 24" versions of Troy available, and you don't even have to bid for them.

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Modern Faucet


The Integrity faucet by Graff gets modern flowing in a style Mies himself would have adored. It's available in the shiny chrome seen here, for about $695, and in a more understated brushed nickel for $825.

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March 15, 2006

Musings with Richard Schultz


He's offset nature's playful shapes and random beauty with elegant, sculptural and restrained outdoor furniture for over 50 years. Still, Schultz continues to explore materials and design to create comfortable, balanced forms that are weatherproof.

He's the man behind Knoll's classic Leisure Collection, available, with many others, as the 1966 Collection through Schultz's own company, which he started with his son Peter.

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