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May 23, 2008

Champagne Wishes and Modern Dreams

Champagne_cellar_full Champagne_cellar_detail There are some great wine and champagne cellars out there -- but this may surpass them all.

Champagne house Veuve Clicquot's Vertical Limit by Porsche Design Studio is a stainless steel cellar tower, made for housing the most exquisite and coveted bubbly. At 6 feet tall it holds 12 bottles, each behind a hand-soldered door.

Don't get too excited -- only 15 were made, and 8 were already snatched up for $70k each!


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New Modern Chandelier


We had to show you guys the new Atlantis chandelier immediately. It has all the swanky, edgy glamor of a mafia girlfriend, a definite nod to 80's excess and a melting, organic shape that softens those metallic glints.  In this shiny, cohesive package such a combination of references and feelings are downright irresistible and inescapably modern.

Need I say? We love it.

Here's a little info on how it came to be:

Terzani, a leading manufacturer of luxury Italian lighting, partnered with Barlas Baylar of Hudson Furniture, to create Atlantis, a stunning new chandelier. Designed by Baylar and manufactured by Terzani, Atlantis incorporates four miles of delicate nickel chain, looped and draped from three organically shaped metal bands to form a series of shimmering metallic tiers.

“My goal with Atlantis was to subvert the traditional connotations associated with metal by using it to create something soft, organic and flowing,” said Baylar, owner of Hudson Furniture Inc.

“We were very excited to work with Barlas on this exceptional new piece,” said Nicolas Terzani, of Terzani USA. “Created by hand using time-honored methods, but designed to express a totally modern sensibility, Atlantis represents the type of innovative lighting fixtures for which Terzani is known.”

Atlantis is currently on view at Hudson Furniture, 433 West 14th Street, Suite 2F, NYC. Showroom hours: Weekdays 9AM to 6PM, Saturday 11AM to 5PM. 212-645-7800. hudsonfurnitureinc

To view Terzani’s entire collection of lighting, visit terzani

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Trespa, Modern Dutch Facades, New Materials


Trespa, the Dutch creator of wild surface facades and a host of equally inventive Dutch designs, has gone to NYC's Greene st and opened a design center for creative thought, the Trespa Design Center. 

Material wonks and architects should be all over this place.

Congrats to the Trespa team. We'll see you at the Grand Opening May 29th!

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May 22, 2008

Stainless Steel Chaise??

Polo Spotted the Polo Pool lounger over at IconEye -- and of course was taken with the origami-inspired design but raised an eyebrow when I saw that this outdoor beauty is crafted from a single sheet of stainless steel. Now I know that there is heat-resistant paint -- but are you telling me that when the sun is directly overhead this won't be cellulite-searing hot? The makers, Volex Style, is a UK-based firm with designers in New Zealand (no stranger to the sun, I might add), so presumably they have this all figured out.

Its website is under construction -- so I wasn't able to locate someone to answer my questions. If anyone has more info please let me know. The form is gorgeous, although jury is still out on the function.


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May 21, 2008

Gio Ponti Vid

A nice overview of one of the iconic greats... Spotted on YouTube

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Modern Wallpapers: Custom & Handpainted!


We love the painted papers from AlphaWorkshops.  Done in everything from vivid florals to subtle stripes, 50s retro patterns, quiet textures and bold, dramatic patterns, these  hand-painted, hand-stamped papers will liven up any space- and save you a bundle on artwork, you wont need any. All papers are made to order and are available in custom colors and roll lengths.

What price for such luxury? Expect to pay about $85 a yard.

There are so many outstanding papers in this collection, you just have to check them out yourself: AlphaWorkshops

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May 20, 2008

Boom by Todd Bracher


Todd debuted Boom at ICFF intending to introduce an occasional table concept that would bring impact to a space.

It worked.

Bracher received the show's award for best new designer. Congrats!

:Todd Bracher Studio

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Modern Designer Lighting: Zia Priven

Debuting Now at ICFF May 17-20 in New York from Zia Priven, PC spotted the following items...

Omegalamp_3 Omega Table Lamp
Stately alabaster and black marble table lamp featuring solid, water jet cut alabaster with black marble base and top and a slightly tapered rectangular ivory silk pongee shade.

Zephyr Candelabra
3-arm, 6-light, movable candelabra with square arms and 7" square base. All 3 arms move independently and come in any finish, combination or solid. This piece is shown in sterling silver plate and black nickel.


:Zia Priven

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May 15, 2008

Eco Fabric

C1bd99f1_3 Spring is here and Q Collection is showcasing Savannah, its eco-friendly and non-toxic printed linen. This casual, elegant, large scale pattern is perfect for slipcovers, tight upholstery and drapery applications.

Most textile dyes are known to be harmful to the environment, humans and animals.

Q Collection textiles are colored with low-impact or natural dyes. The company screens all of its dyes to make certain they are free of toxins and carcinogens.

The Savannah pattern is hand printed onto a natural, eco-linen ground with heavy metal-free pigments. Available in three colorways: Chalk, Nightshade and Rainfall (shown).

View its complete residential fabric line here.

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May 13, 2008

Yves Behar's Newest Collection


New design thinking meets high functionality for a winning combination in contract furnishings: Renowned designer Yves Behar of fuseproject has created a bold collection of lounge, reception and private sitting area furnishings for contract furniture manufacturer HBF. The clean lines and contemporary styling of the C Collection integrates practical features such as supreme comfort, pull up work surfaces and complementary lighting to create an efficient and elegant option for the modern workplace.

“My vision for the C Collection was to create simple, uncluttered lines which appear geometrically iconic from any angle; all the while adding a new, seemingly effortless, dimension to modern work spaces,” says Behar. He notes that the C in the collection’s name denotes both the collaborative nature of new work styles, and the curve or single arc that is key to the design of each piece in the line.

HBF’s Director of Design, Kevin Stark believes the functional aspect of the collection reflects new ways in which people interact in today’s workplace, citing changes in technology use and collaborative work cultures. “Private offices and conference rooms will always be critical elements of any office environment,” says Stark. “Now more informal work areas are being added to the mix – and for these, the craft, modernist vision and sheer adaptability of the C Collection work brilliantly.”    

Continuing HBF’s commitment to being responsible global citizens, the entire C Collection is crafted throughout in sustainable materials.  Metal base options on the lounge seating are standard with a low VOC, powder coat, polished finish and also solid color painted finishes. Frames for Curve lounge seating incorporate Green-Blend – a SCS certified 100% pre-consumer, urea-formaldehyde free, recycled wood fiber panel material  – along with Popular plywood and Russian Birch. Soy bio-based HR foam with 12-15% bio-base content is used for seating and emits no harmful VOC’s.

The C Collection is to be presented at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair, May 17-20 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City -- Booth 2218 and during NeoCon, June 9-11 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago -- Booth 387.

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