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Monday, October 7th, 2013

Guest Post: Designer Interview with turnstone’s Jenny Gauld

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Recently, writer Carla Turk had a chance to pick turnstone designer Jenny Gauld’s brain about how the process of designing a harmonious functional office works. Take it away Carla and Jenny!

Turnstone Bivi Holders

So how does this process begin? In any design project, it all starts with a good set of questions. It is about finding solutions to your needs, discussing how you want to use your space, the type of storage requirements and how to use color and materials to support your brand. The budget, move-in schedule and any other pertinent details are addressed at this point. This is about you and how you want your space to be.

It also starts with your vision. There are online tools you can use to create an overall scheme or get a better idea of what you like, such as Pinterest or turnstone’s past work.  I’ve known designers take their clients to check out spaces that might be in line with what they are looking for. Co-working spaces are also good places to visit since they have the same amenities as an office: open and private spaces, break room and copy/print areas.

Turnstone Bivi Rumble Seat

What are the office trends you’ve seen/designed in projects that you’ve completed recently? Startups tend to create a workplace that speaks so vividly about their culture, foster a tight community and exude fun. An office is traditionally where we collaborate, meet with clients and facilitate our day to day business. With planning furniture, we can help foster activities that will encourage interactions like dotting the space with comfortable soft seating to capture a sense of your home’s living room or a communal table to get everyone to each lunch together. It is about culture and how to stay true to it everyday.

Turnstone Scoop Stools

Supporting different postures is becoming important in the office. Almost everyone works from their laptop and being mobile is a common activity in the office. Allowing different seat heights, ranging from standard seat to stool and bar height chairs, allows you to move around and support posture.

Turnstone Buoy Chair in Chili Red

We are pretty content with my existing reclaimed furniture. Does design really matter?Of course it does! Your office is where you create, collaborate and reach project milestones. But it’s not only about having a space conducive to productivity, it is creating an inspiring and comfortable space to share with peers who you spend most of your time with.  Just take a look at Fracture. A company which started with randomly placed “reclaimed” furniture, but has taken the big step by creating a well-organized and branded space. It brought a sense of ownership and a positive future.

Fracture's Offices

Letting go of the reclaimed furniture is a big step. But if you are serious about your company and its future, I believe it is time to outgrow the hand-me-downs and invest in the tools to help your business grow.


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Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Makeover Your Bedroom with Area {A Giveaway!}

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If you’re not already familiar with the amazing modern bedding from our friends at Area, then you should remedy that, pronto.  Area is a small independent company that creates products for the modern life.  They have an incredible line of furniture and bedding that is based on the modern Scandinavian concept of good design for everyday living.  Area started as a collection of screen-printed cotton duvet covers and has expanded immensely since their inception in 1990, and now they make a wide variety of products such as organic cotton sheets, linen duvets, and blankets made in baby alpaca.

I was able to speak with Area’s designer, Anki Spets, on the phone about a month ago and was struck by her dedication to a product that encompasses beauty, simplicity, modernity and practicality in design. Her talent for imbuing her products with both refined design sensibility and a human touch is what makes each collection truly distinctive.

Anki and I spoke about the most important place in the home – your bedroom.  A bedroom should feel comfortable and peaceful, and your bed is the place where that comfort begins.  I was recently researching Feng Shui for the bedroom and stumbled across an article which states “a ‘good looking’ and well-balanced bed is very important in creating a perfect feng shui bedroom. A good mattress, solid headboard and high quality sheets from natural fibers are also very important in creating harmonious feng shui energy.

What does your bedroom, and namely your bed, look like?  Are you creating a peaceful environment for your mind and body to rest and recharge or do you have a mish-mash of bedding products that just make you look, well, confused?

Area wants to help you by offering one of our very lucky readers the chance to do a little spring cleaning in their bedroom, and give their bed a complete makeover. The winner of our giveaway will receive the following from Area - 1 fitted sheet, 1 flat sheet, 1 duvet cover, 1 blanket, 2  pillow cases, and 1 body pillow with insert.  That’s a value of over $1,000.

To celebrate, we’re also offering 15% off of Area’s new EDITH & SWEA lines which are both gorgeous and decadent.  Also, don’t let the giveaway stop you from purchasing something – if you win the contest and you’ve purchased the bedding, we will fully refund your money – so make sure you snatch it up now while it’s on sale!

Ready to enter – we have lots of ways to win!  See the entry form below — good luck!

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Friday, November 25th, 2011

Black Friday Sale – 15% off and Free Shipping

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I’m still wiping the last crumbs of turkey and stuffing from my mouth, but the lure of Black Friday has not escaped me.  Not that I was out this morning in the dark trying to score a deal on a flat screen TV or anything – I like my sleep way too much for that – but I have been checking out all of the deals around the web and getting a good bit of my Holiday shopping checked off of the list.

Naturally, this is where I have to insert a shameless plug for Design Public – because we are having a huge sale ourselves. For 5 days only, you can score 15% off of orders over $99 and get free shipping.

You totally read that right.

This sale includes designers like Thomas Paul, Kiel Mead, Unison, Ameico and more!

So, you know, if you had been eyeing up the awesome Thomas Paul Octopus Bedding?  Now is the time to snatch it up in our awesome Thomas Paul sale!

Or maybe you’re searching for a gift for the lady in your life?  We have some lovely pieces from designer Kiel Mead in our Black Friday Sale including one of our absolute best sellers – the “Forget Me Knot” ring!

What do you get for the guy who has everything?  He’ll love the Broadmann Blades Ping Pong Set by Ameico.  Tell me this set is not just the coolest?

So what’s the one thing that I’m dying to get as a gift this holiday?  This Carl Mertens Slate Fireplace for the tabletop.  Seriously?  I die.  How fabulous is this?  Think I could use it to roast s’mores?

To continue the theme of warm and toasty – how awesome are these Modfire Outdoor Fireplaces?  Talk about a conversation piece!  Think I could fit one on my 4×4 patio?  Hmmm…

Of course – these items are just barely scratching the surface!  We’ve got great gifts for kids, gifts for baby, for couples, and even gifts for the office!  Go check out our sale – and don’t forget to enter code “DRUNKUNCLE” in the promo code box at checkout!

Happy Shopping!

Of course, as with every sale, there are a few exclusions – so please check those out before ordering!

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Monday, November 7th, 2011

Spot on Square Sale

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Yip yip! Spot on Square is on sale! From Nov 8th to the 30th the Roh and Hiya Collections are 15% off*.

We are big fans of their clean modern designs, especially since so many pieces can easily transition a design-lovers drool worthy nursery to a super chic modern adult pad without any obvious overlap. So, when little Timmy grows up and moves out you can use his Roh Bookshelf in your living room or bedroom…a gift for him is a gift for you.

Of course, we are still drooling over the Spot on Square Roh Crib in the photo above.  Does it look familiar?  That’s because it is the same modern crib we posted about a few weeks ago as seen in Rachel Zoe’s home. Talk about a room with a view – this beautiful crib is every modern design loving parent’s dream – in place of the traditional wooden crib bars you’ll discover that the Spot on Square Roh Crib has half-inch clear acrylic.  (And don’t worry – it’s BPA free, phthalate free, and 100% recyclable!) Bob and Nicole Springer, the husband and wife team who founded the company and created this incredibly modern crib, believed that children should be surrounded by simple, eco-conscious, high-quality products that promote an appreciation for design.  To Bob and Nicole, we say – congratulations – mission accomplished!  So dive in now, because for a limited time, you can get these gorgeous products at a discount*!  Score!

Spot on Square sale pieces…Check it!

*Sorry, Eicho pieces are excluded from the sale and this promo cannot be combined with any other discount.

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Friday, October 28th, 2011

Welcome Modern Playhouse! And a Sale!

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We are super excited to welcome Modern Playhouse to Design Public and with their addition to our site the Puzzle Playhouse and furniture set will be on sale from November 1-8! Thanks, Modern Playhouse! We are thrilled to have you.

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