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Eye On Design: ergoErgo Seating!

ergoErgo Booth at ICFF
ergoErgo Booth at ICFF, 2017 (All Photos By Gail)

Ergonomic seating has been a hot ticket item for decades now; but the ways in which designs continue to evolve keeps the field exciting and on trend! At ICFF 2017 we fell in love with the ergoErgo office seating, not only for its funky and functional modern design, but for its availability in a spectrum of vibrant colors to please a range of personal tastes!

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The ergoErgo chair invites you to sit dynamically. Evolution designed us to walk and run, to chase prey across the plans, to stalk in the forest, to crouch around a campfire. But to sit rigidly in a chair for extended periods of time? Not so much. Our bodies were made to move! Traditional chairs make our muscles passive and weak by locking the body into a rigid position. Today’s worldwide epidemic of aching backs, sore shoulders, and stiff necks is caused in great part by poor by sitting. People slump and slouch on rigid chairs in offices and classrooms. Many think that they have to live with a ‘bad back,’ but often they just need to sit correctly.

ErgoErgo Signage

When you in on an ergoErgo chair, you shift through a whole range of large and small movements. Your breathing deepens. Your blood circulates freely. Your spine twists gently, bringing fluid to the inter-vertebral discs. The abdominal muscles keep the body upright and supple.

ErgoErgo Presentation

Replacing even your considered-to-be ergonomic office chair with ergoErgo not only strengthen your core, but  it will also awaken your mind. ErgoErgo is intelligent design that every body can benefit from.

ErgoErgo Multicolored

Available in three sizes to fit both kids and adults, ergoErgo has won both the Edison Award and the Good Design award! And best of all, it retails for around $100! Find out more about ergoErgo at This Link!

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Eye On Design: Dressing Table and Mirror By Norman Bel Geddes

Dressing Table and Mirror Norman Bel Geddes
Photo By Gail

This Vanity (1928) stands as a harbinger in the evolution of an American modern style. Norman Bel Geddes (1893 -1988) conceived of it only a year after founding the first industrial design firm in the United States. His prior experience on theater and film sets lent a dramatic flair to his consumer products, including  this dressing table and mirror, made of enameled and chrome-plated steel, which was part of a larger suite of metal bedroom furniture.

Designed a the height of the Roaring Twenties, it echoes the sleek modernity of Manhattan skyscrapers, a favored motif among Art Deco designers, with its sequence of setbacks from drawers to mirror top. The industrial materials emphasize the design’s mechanical production, while the polished enamel and elegant trim and drawer pulls suggest something of the luxurious finishes found in handmade Art Deco furniture.

Seen in the Mirror: A reflection of the painting, I Saw The Figure Five in Gold By Charles Demuth.

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Eye On Design: Oshibana Flower Chair by Annie Evelyn

Oshibana Chair
All Photos By Gail

Annie Evelyn is a furniture maker who creates alternatively upholstered chairs. Joy, laughter and the unexpected are at the heart of her work. Using furniture’s inherent interactive qualities and relationships to the human body, Evelyn sets out to invent new tactile experiences.

Annie Evelyn Booth

Oshibana Chair Detail
Oshibana Chair, Upholstery Detail

The Oshibana chair is covered with handmade paper flowers and silk flowers on a wood and foam base. See more of Evelyn’s work at her Website.

Oshibana Chair 1

Photographed in The Furniture Society Booth at ICFF 2017, Javits Center NYC

Eye On Design: The Pixel Fire Sofa By Cristian Zuzunaga

Pixel Sofa
All Photos By Gail, Except Where Noted

After four hours at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), we were still looking out for that one Wow! piece of the show. We knew we had found it when we spotted the Pixel Fire Sofa: part of the Pixel Series from Cristian Zuzunaga. I’ll say it now: Wow!

Pixel Fire Sofa From Website
Pixel Sofa Front View (Image Source)

It was not possible to get a good, clear shot of the front of the sofa, due to the Fair’s high volume of foot traffic, and of course many people stopping to look at, touch, and sit on this fantastic piece of furniture.  I pulled the above image off the website to let you really see the full sofa without obstructions.

Pixel Sofa Back
And here’s the Sofa as seen from the back

The Pixel Sofa was born of a 2007-2008 collaboration with Moroso UK (designer of sofas, armchairs and accessories) and Kvadrat (Europe’s leading manufacturer of designer textiles) to design a limited edition sofa based on  Cristian’s pixel print designs applied to upholstery.

Pixel Upholstery Angled Front View

I think you will agree that the results are spectacular!

Pixel Upholstery Detail
Pixel Upholstery and Pillow Cover Detail

The Pixel sofa also comes with a generous selection of coordinating throw pillows and cushions for a comfortable and fully immersive experience! Fire is one of six distinctive design variations in the Pixel series. Each design is unique, so no two sofas will ever look identical.

Pixel Sofa and Pillows Detail

An intrinsic element to Cristian’s work is his belief in the way that color can positively affect human emotion. As a result, the covers are removable, allowing you to change the look of your sofa to reflect your mood and your individual style. Suggested price point: 5,995 Euros.

Pixel Sofa Lengthwise View

Eye On Design: YSL Color Block Couture Dress Circa 1965

YSL Couture Color Block Dress
Photos By Gail

Yves Saint Laurent’s fall 1965 collection was inspired by the paintings of Piet Mondrian. While it became one of Saint Laurent’s most famous collections, other designers had introduced similar designs before him. The Montreal Gazette claimed that color-blocked dresses by Michele Roiser had inspired Saint Laurent to “add a few black lines” to his own creations

Installation View

YSL dress seen here with a color block design by Lousi Feraud (circa 1967) on the left.

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Eye On Design: Ready-to-Wear Ski Jacket Circa 1966 By Michèle Rosier

Ready To Wear Ski Jacket by Michele Rosier
All Photos By Gail

French fashion journalist and designer Michèle Rosier (1930-2017), the daughter of Elle Magazine editor Hélène Gordon-Lazareff, ran her own popular ready-to-wear label, V de V was short for Vêtements de Vacance or Vacation Clothes.

Ready To Wear Ski Jacket by Michele Rosier

She specialized in stylish skiwear, exemplified by this boldly-printed nylon Ski Jacket (1966), and was nicknamed Queen of Vinyl for her pioneering use of that material

Ready To Wear Ski Jacket by Michele Rosier

Photographed at the Exhibit Paris Refashioned: 1957-1968, Which Closed at the Museum at FIT on April 15th, 2017.

Eye On Design: Snake Upholstered Sofa and Chair By Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari

Snake Sofa Installation View
Toiletpaper Paradise Installation View (All Photos By Gail)

Toiletpaper Paradise was an amazing, interactive art exhibit that was installed in the gallery at Cadillac House in Soho, NYC from February 9th to April 12th, 2017. The brains behind this fab happening are artist Maurizio Cattelan (whom you have read about previously on this rad blog) and his photographer partner Pierpaolo Ferrari. The exhibit, which was a surrealist wet dream of an apartment comprised of four rooms, was sponsored by creative media agency Visionaire and based on the duo’s image-heavy art publication, Toiletpaper Magazine.

Toiletpaper Paradise Signage

Because the exhibit — which was dubbed as being comparable to “Mad Men on Acid” — was so insanely Instagramable, it was always packed with Asian Millennials and, thus, virtually impossible to get any photos that didn’t include people literally crawling all over the various design items. Annoying!

Snake Chair 3

Through endless patience, I did manage to get decent shots of the crazy cool Midcentury sofa and armchair, both upholstered in fabric covered in lifelike images of many different writhing and colorful snakes. Fun!

Snake Sofa

The Spaghetti-patterned floors and wallpapers definitely detracted from the upholstery design, but that was obviously intentional.

Snake Chair 1

Really beautiful and comfortable as well!

Snake Chair 2

See photos of the full Toiletpaper Paradise Installation at Cadillac House at This Link!