Foscarini, a leading Italian design and manufacturing company that produces masterful and innovative decorative lighting, is one of my favorite showrooms to visit in NYC’s SoHo design district. The company was founded in 1981 on the famous glass-blowing island of Murano in Venice, Italy, and their award-winning and iconic designs are the results of passionate collaboration with world-class designers. To create light is the central vision of each Foscarini project, never losing sight of the connection between the form and the function of illumination.
One of my favorite designs of theirs is the Lumiere Table Lamp, which was created for Foscarini by Milanese architect and designer Rodolfo Dordoni. The Lumiere has an elegant gradation of tones in the glossy finish of its blown glass shade contrasted with the finish of the characteristic tripod base. This light is both beautiful and beautifully crafted. It has a elegant look and emits a soft light. Each of the elements, the glass shade and the metal stand, are well made and have a nice weight — which, with a table lamp, is a desirable. This is a classic lamp that will complement the decor of virtually any room. The blown glass shade comes in your choice of colors that include Polished Cherry (shown), Polished Turquoise and Warm White, with metal-base finishes of Champagne (shown), Aluminum, and Black Chrome. The Lumierecomes in small and large sizes, with this small size lamp retailing for $727.00.
Every year without fail, my favorite exhibitor at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is PolArt Designs of Mexico. Each piece of their Victorian style furniture is custom-made to the end-user’s specs of finish color and fabric type, to make these pieces suitable for either indoor or outdoor use. At ICFF 2018, I was particularly smitten with this Modern Victorian Ottoman and Sofa created in a pale pink finish with complementray pink velvet fabric upholstery. Simply breathtaking.
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!
Sit On It
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.
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.
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.
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!
When I first saw this minimal-yet-gorgeous modern Daybed, I thought I might choose it as a Pink Thing of the Day, but ultimately its functionality swayed me towards the week’s featured design post. Spotted as part of Chamber Boutique’s latest collection, Berlin-based design practice New Tendency has developed a daybed made from honed stainless steel and hand-selected, pure vegan tanned leather. I’m not sure if the cushion is available in other colors, but I think the pale pink looks just perfect against the silver-toned, brushed metal finish. You could build so many looks around this piece.
New Tendency applies modernist design principles onto the everyday contemporary objects. In Bauhaus tradition, they create products characterized by conceptual design, clean aesthetics and functional form, all handcrafted in Germany. The collection of furniture and accessories develops under the creative direction of Manuel Goller, and consists of original products developed with associate Sebastian Schonheit, as well as collaborations with selected designers and architects such as Clemens Tissi, and others.
Photographed By Gail in the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum
In the mid-to-late 20th century, an atmosphere of innovation and a desire to question the tenets of modernism led some designers to explore a variety of ways in which to shape space. American Architect and Designer Alexander Hayden Girard utilized color and pattern in textiles, particularly in this colorful abstract, or folk art-inspired work for Herman Miller.
Photographed at Albertz Benda Gallery with Robot Cabinet By Ettore Sottsass
By 1970, Japanese Architect and Interior Designer Shiro Kuramata (1934 – 1991) was introducing alternative materials such as acrylic and industrial plate glass into his furniture. Utilizing a newly developed adhesive, Kuramata achieved material and visual minimalism with this Glass Armchair (1976). Flat planes of glass are bonded together along their edges, without mounts or screws, to create a functional chair that seems simultaneously visible and invisible. The transparent form invites users to question notions of materiality, utility and comfort.
What kitchen or dining area would fail to make a statement with something like this in the room? The Chariot Rullebord (2012) is a mobile table/trolley consisting of three simple elements joined together: wheels, trays and structure. The wheels, which in common carts are usually small, are brought to the extreme size, becoming the iconic element of the project. This fantastic piece, shown here in its eye-grabbing bright Red finish, is designed by Copenhagen-based firm Gamfratesi and manufactured from lacquered MDF board, metal and rubber by Casamania in Milan, Italy.
Photographed in the Designmuseum in Copenhagen, Denmark.
This week we are introducing a new, reoccurring feature, Eye on Design, with American Industrial Design Legend Raymond Loewy (1893 – 1986). Loewy was a French-born American industrial designer who achieved fame for the magnitude of his design efforts across a variety of industries.
Among Loewy’s designs were the Shell, turning Esso into Exxon, TWA and the former BP logos, the Greyhound Scenicruiser bus, Coca-Cola vending machines, the Lucky Strike package, Coldspot refrigerators, the Studebaker Avanti and Champion, and the Air Force One livery. He was involved with numerous railroad designs, including the Pennsylvania Railroad GG1 and S-1 locomotives, the color scheme and Eagle motif for the first streamliners of the Missouri Pacific Railroad and a number of lesser known color scheme and car interior designs for other railroads. Raymond Loewy’s career spanned seven decades.
Loewy’s popular design for the Lawn Chef Portable Grill revolutionized outdoor cooking and greatly enhanced the leisure time of the American family of the 1950s.
Raymond Loewy’s Lawn Chef Portable Grill (1950) was photographed at MOMA in NYC, where it is on currently view on the 3rd Floor, in the Architecture and Design Lobby.