Posts Tagged ‘Furniture’
Creative and inspiring styling from Muuto’s recent catalogue featuring the Leaf lamp series, modular Stacked shelf system, Under The Bell pendant lamp, and the Nerd chair. Styling: All The Way To Paris / Photos: Petra Bindel
Ever since receiving the divinely organic Flow Jug designed by Danish designer Jakob Wagner as a gift a few years ago, I have been an avid follower of Nordic design company Muuto. Deriving its name from the Finnish word muutos, a new perspective, this simple ethos is interpreted and brought to life by a myriad of highly accomplished design talent. My personal highlights from Muuto’s lighting, furniture, and home accessories collections are; the Rest Sofa designed by Nordic design duo Anderssen & Voll, which comes in a two and three seater sofa and pouff, the Nerd chair which comes in a delightful array of gorgeous hues by twenty-something Berlin talent, David Geckeler, Under The Bell pendant lamp made of recycled plastic felt by Copenhagen based design studio, Iskos-Berlin, the LED Leaf lamp series by Swedish design and architectural partnership Broberg & Ridderstråle, and inspired by traditional weaving with a thoroughly modern twist, the Wicker Bread Basket comes from one of Denmark’s most lauded designers, Cecilie Manz. Home accessories can be found in Auckland through Douglas & Bec, The Object Room, and the Auckland Art Gallery Shop. For Muuto furniture and lighting, click here for a list of international stockists.
This whimsical animated film for Muuto by the dynamic all-female design quartet, All The Way To Paris, is bound to make you smile!
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On a day like today with unrelenting torrential downpours, it may be hard to believe that spring is just around the corner, but these punches of acid yellow and turquoise are bound to lift your spirits and have you day dreaming of warmer, brighter days to come.
Clockwise from Top Left – Green Canary #1 photographic print by Luke Stephenson //The Photographer’s Gallery / Faceture resin vase by Phil Cuttance //Douglas & Bec / Ikea pendant light //Ikea / Audley open-toe heels also available in orange and fushia //Head Over Heels / ‘Tab’ stool by Nadadora for Sancal //UFL / Helen Cherry Liliana dress in Calypso (pictured), Ballet, or Ink //Workshop 7 Orla Kiely Tarpaulin Print Tillie Bag //Small Acorns 8 Scribble powder-coated stainless steel brooch in Turquoise (pictured) and assorted colours //In Sync
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Auckland based magazine and website, Design Folio, is holding its inaugural Incubator Award. This award will give one talented New Zealand designer the chance to meet some of the most influential designers and manufacturers in the world at the Salone del Mobile in Milan 2012 with Design Folio’s Editor-in-chief, Claire Sullivan. This is an incredible opportunity that promises the possibility of being offered an internship with leading Italian manufacturers following the fair. From the 15 talented finalists, Mint Style Studio singled out two designers for their modern and classic designs, respectively; Tim Webber and Sam James. Tim Webber’s on-trend mix of wood and brightly coloured powder coated steel Y Stool and Ample Pendant. A recent design graduate, Tim completed an internship under industry leader David Trubridge and has since founded his own design company, Tim Webber Design, which has produced 20 designs and boasts five stockists nation wide.
Sam James’ hall table made from solid American ash and Zebra wood has a definite contemporary feel with its spare, modernist lines, while Sam’s keen attention to hand crafted precision give this piece a timeless, classic appeal. Sam runs his own studio, Sam James Designed, which creates bespoke pieces implementing traditional techniques. These two young New Zealand designers both have what it takes to take on the global market and winning the Incubator Award would be just the ticket to help them on their way.
To view the full list of competitors and vote for your favourite designer visit Design Folio and be in to win the new Mini Coupe for a week!
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT White PH5 light by Poul Henningsen, 1958, ‘Plycraft’ lounger & ottoman by George Mulhauser, Armchair by Eero Saarrinen, 1951, Atollo lacquered lamp by Vico Magistretti, 1977, Pewter coffee set with teak handles by KMD Tiel
Affectionately known to Christchurch folk as Mr Mod, Ross Morrison has been collecting and restoring mid-century furniture for over thirty years and selling these highly collectable icons from a converted 1950s garage in suburbia. Since the earthquake we have seen the trucks come and go from the St Martins’ premise, as furniture has been moved out of the showrooms and into the shipping container now parked in its forecourt. As local residents and fans of Mr Mod, we were worried we may never see them again. So, when I received this invitation to the auction of Ross’s private collection, it tugged the corners of my mouth skyward. Ross’s impressive private collection of modernist furniture, decorative items and antiques has been carefully edited, no doubt (as I know he had a huge warehouse full to the brim), down to just over 200 items. If you live in Auckland, count yourself lucky for the chance to peruse one of New Zealand’s foremost modernist collections. The Ross Morrison collection can also be viewed on-line and at Art +Object over the next six days. The chance to own a piece of iconic modernist design will come this Tuesday night at Art +Object or via absentee bids either via email (by filling out a form on the website) or by telephone.
For Christchurch peeps just dying for a dose of classic mid-century design, Mr Mod plans to re-open his doors in a few weeks time. Watch this space!Art +Object 3 Abbey Street Newton Auckland Opening Times Thursday 1 September 9am – 5pm Friday 2 September 9am – 5pm Saturday 3 September 11am – 4pm Sunday 4 September 11am – 4pm Monday 5 September 9am – 5pm Tuesday 6 September 9am – 2 pm Auction Tuesday 6 September 6.30pm
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Upcycling makes yet another bold reinvention of furniture classics by reupholstering with fabric remnants, in a mad mix of vintage and contemporary. Riotous colour clashes are the order of the day in decadent damasks and sumptuous silks.
London bespoke upholsters Squint, have long been on my radar since living nearby to their Redchurch premises which I would pass everyday on my walk to work to the LSO (London Symphony Orchestra – yes, I have worked many diverse jobs in my time!) from Bethnal Green to the Barbican. Squint specialises in customizing furniture icons such as Arne Jacobson’s Egg Chair and the English stalwart, the Chesterfield. They not only meticulously revitalize seating with traditional upholstering techniques, using tied springs and hand stitched seams, but combine sofa shapes to create ‘bed settees’ (as above), and wrap lampshade, including their stands, and mirrors! The talented woman behind Squint, Lisa Whatmough, and her small team, will be expanding on the current ranges with the addition their own line of fabrics, wallpapers and ceramics in the coming year which will be available in store as well as online at Squint. The Squint range is also available at Harrods, Liberty, Conran, and Barney’s New York, among others.
The Beirut based design duo, Hoda Baroudi and Maria Hibri, joined forces in 2000 and created Bokja. Bokja is an old Turkish word for the embellished velvet wrapping containing the traditional hand-embroidered dowry of a bride, which is apt for the ancient textiles and tapestries used to envelop their furniture. Like Squint, Bokja employs age-old upholstery practices which keeps the local artisans’ craftsmanship alive. Bokja also supports local organizations which empower local women by donating a percentage of their profits. Bokja is available at Liberty and Mint in London and ABC Home in the States and various other stockists throughout the world. If you’d like to see photographs of the gorgeous Bokja interiors, click here for photographs taken by the talented Gemma Cagnacci, from Line x Shape x Colour blog.
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This comes under the catagory of ‘so-don’t-need but ‘oh-so-want’. I already own two Type 75 lamps (designed by Kenneth Grange), so I can’t really justify another…or can I? Designed by New Zealand father and daughter designer duo Douglas and Rebecca Snelling of Workroom, have turned the classic anglepoise on its head! Its powder coated base and shade, recycled oak and exposed red cord and screws make this lamp a covetable design item. Nothing like a simple yet striking red cord to catch the eye and capture the heart… See Workroom Design for stockists around New Zealand and Sydney. Workroom also offers a bespoke service to meet your every design whim!
‘Angle’ Table Lamp 2.0 in powder coated white & black and recycled oak by Workroom Design
Douglas & Bec, Workroom showroom and design boutique
If you’re in Auckland pop into Douglas & Bec, for a gander. It’s a beautifully styled boutique stocking Workroom products and a carefully edited selection of independent and international designers. For those of us who don’t reside in Auckland, we’ll be hanging out for the arrival of their on-line store, coming very soon!
Douglas + Bec
9 St Mary’s Road, Ponsonby, Auckland
Wednesday – Saturday 10-5
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday 11 – 4