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October 13, 2008



Chi Wing Low describes his YFI collection as being like “a hull of a boat floating in space, which rocks and takes us on an imaginary voyage.” 


The frame of the YFI sofa is made of profiled steel embedded in cold expanded polyurethane foam. The seat cushions and those of the back and armrests are in different density expanded polyurethane, covered in fiber.  The frame is covered in non-removable leather whereas the internal cushions can be in removable fabric or leather. A range of headrests are available.

YFI comes as a sofa and day-bed, maintaining the same technical characteristics and having the same double function as a comfortable seat and bed.

Dimensions- (sofa without head rest) length- 73 ¼” width- 35” height- 29 ½”

YFI will be available this winter at Giorgetti.

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Ceiling Light Tiles


Lighted ceiling tiles by high-end architectural lighting manufacturer Vektron.Cool.

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Antique Herringbone Floors, Modern Furniture


4489_pp Paula Abdul knows it, scientists know it, and of course, the most interesting designers know it: Opposites attract.

Ask any artist or writer and they'll extol the virtues of juxtaposition. Having opposing items next to each other exposes the qualities of each to greater degree. This, I hope, explains the excitement I had when I first saw Herringbone Natural from Exquisite Surfaces. Although the floor is shown here in a traditional setting, imagine it under more modern furniture.

For dust haters like me, a floor with such warmth and variation in texture and color is a reprieve from rugs. Who would want them, with a floor like this?

The dark color is also a tribute to feng shui principles of nature. The floor, or ground, should be darkest in the room with the walls lighter and ceiling (representing the sky) lightest.

For me, these floors are the perfect backdrop to modern furniture icons, like the Le Corbusier Chaise or Platner's wire Lounge Collection, and the ideal base for a minimalist home.

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October 10, 2008

Updates from Adam Simha

One of our favorite designers, Adam Simha, precipitated today's trend toward metals in interiors with his minimalist line of steel chairs and tables.

We touted his work as being available at Orange22, (it was) and at LA design spot Twentieth, (it was). These days, though, Simha's wares are available on the west coast at FIVEten Studio in Oakland and in the east at NYC's Designlush.  Being much closer to Simha's Cambridge studio, Designlush carries some of his newest work, including the desk and bench he did for the most recent ICFF.

You can also score Simha's designs, like his latest knife collection, directly through his website, MKS Design.

Just for you, dear readers, we have a sneak peak of the 8'' Chefs and 5.5" Petty knives, and Simha's take on paring down in the kitchen:


The 8" is a significant departure in terms of geometry in that it is quite thin the entire length of the blade - more like Western style knives made by Japanese manufacturers.  It is also a good bit lighter.  The Petty, also thin and light, is the blade to bridge the gap between the Chefs and Paring knives.

I've seen a trend as I visit kitchens toward folks using just enough knife for the job rather than overdoing it - also using fewer knives.

His latest knife collection is also available at Souffle's in Newburyport, Ma; Bliss Home (Newbury St. Boston), and through Vessel (online and in store, as "Simha Knives").

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October 08, 2008

Pink Anziano Chair Proceeds to SGK


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month which usually motivates every commercial enterprise to plaster pink on products and hawk Pink Ribbons. Trouble is, this corporate giving is usually dubious. A five dollar ribbon from your favorite boutique (made overseas for less than pennies) is often a mere donation of 50 cents. Having had breast cancer I've been given zillions of these pins from very well meaning friends, and I always stifle the urge to say "just donate directly and bypass this ersatz donation." (While that may sound harsh, it angers me that some companies attempt to cash in on women's emotional ties to this issue -- without care that their products may be toxic to the environment, or whose corporate culture does not provide health insurance, or whose donation is nothing more than they would have given away with a coupon.)

Pink_ribbonSo it was from this perspective that I listened to representatives from Donghia tell me of their special offer: the iconic Anziano chair -- in Pink! But I really started paying attention when a company rep assured me that 100% of the trade price would be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation -- making this truly a one-of-a-kind, and very special corporate giving promotion.

Designed by John Hutton (Donghia's famed design director in the 1980s), the Anziano chair, with its bent-wood seat and back and metal klimos-styled legs,  was originally designed for the American Academy in Rome. The classic, which holds places of honor in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, is being revived by Donghia. The collector version has a shell of molded plywood veneer finished in pink lacquer, with steel legs in matte black powder-coated finish. Purchase a pink Anziano chair from any Donghia showroom across the country between Oct. 16-Dec. 21, and the wholesale cost of $475 will be donated to SKG.


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2 Juicy, the Sexy Juicer


When you chop an orange in half, why squeeze the two pieces separately? Now you can squeeze both halves at the same time using both hands. I know some people who would see this and immediately be interested in juicing.

The 2 Juicy by Suck UK is available online for about $43.

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Eero Saarinen Building at Risk?

The mid-century US embassy in Grosvenor Square, London and built by architect Eero Saarinen, may face the wrecking ball or a heavy-handed makeover unless preservationists step in to “list” the structure. For many, this building was not one of Saarinen’s better efforts, while others champion it as another important piece of 20th Century history. For while the history of architecture is certainly important, Hugh Pearman’s, architectural critic for The Sunday Times, London suggests that “buildings acquire personality not only through their architecture, but through the events that they witness.” What events in a mere 50 years? The war protests of the 60s and 70s, the show of support by more than 50,000 mourners following the 9/11 massacre, and indeed the fortification of the Embassy following terrorist threats. --diane

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October 07, 2008

Dan Golden Modern Rugs


The Dan Golden rug collection is for true lovers of modern art who are will take risks with their interiors.

Golden has two series: one comic strip humor more prone to a desktop calender than a $120 per square foot rug; and the Sherman Oaks Series, which comes across as a mod tribute to folk art.


October 06, 2008

Modern teen decor

News flash -- angst is in among the 14-21 crowd. And Flor is quick to provide a comfortable rug for the teen who favors skulls and crossbones.

And if you don't have a sullen teen to contend with, the rug will add a little "spook" to your home this coming Halloween.

Introducing the new Funny Bones rug.



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Etienne Meneau Strange Modern Carafe


Adding to the collection of Strange Carafe's, Etienne Meneau creates a "Little Heart" of glass in a limited edition of 12.

These useful sculptures are artful reminders to drink up - wine is good for the heart.

1,500 euros.


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