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Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Back-to-School: Finding the Right Desk

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Now that the school year is getting into full swing, it’s time to make sure your workspace suits you. In fact, even if you aren’t in school, check out your workspace and make sure it’s inspiring you to do your best and enjoy it as much as possible. We’ll start with some smashing contemporary desks. Here are six favorites – see if you (or your little homework-doer) are cut out for any of them. Enjoy!

Blue Dot Desk 51. You’re a minimalist, and you like fast cars, or at least, Matchbox cars. All you need is your laptop and everything else is in the cloud or in your head. This desk is powdercoated and glossy, sleek and clever. There’s also an extending keyboard tray/shelf that glides on metal/ball bearing side runners; you can’t even tell it’s there.

The OFFI Half Pipe Desk. You love to board, whether on pavement or snow, but you also like to put your feet up. You like to fidget and love having a few items close at hand. You’d rather make a diorama than write a report, you collect matchboxes (not matchbooks) and you love to curl up in a cozy nook. This desk has some cool curves, niches for stowing things and a footrest.

Stoller Works Yellow Frame Standing Desk. You are so tired of sitting at school all day that you need to stand. You dream of a career where you’re at a drafting table, designing a zero-energy skyscraper, a bridge, a new public park or a motorcycle like the one in Tron. While you embrace technology, you also have an appreciation for handmade things, and enjoyed using the jigsaw in shop class. This desk has a beautiful trestle sculpture and will keep you from succombing to a sedentary lifestyle.

The MASH Studios LAX Wall-Mounted Desk. You hate wasted space, probably because your room is tiny. You like hiding things between your mattress and your box spring, and have a particular affection for stash boxes that look like books. You love the concept of floating and you played with building blocks a lot as a kid. This desk mounts to the wall, saves floor space and combines walnut wood with powdercoated aluminum.

The Brave Space Design Delta Desk (shown: Maple). You’ve always been fascinated by airplanes, and you’re quite good at fashioning your own from paper and drilling your friends in the head with them. You’re a piler, not a filer and you prefer a good old fashioned corkboard to one on Pinterest. This desk has a very cool silhouette, and its sculptural wings serve as shelves.

The Blu Dot Modulicious Power Deskette. Legos were always your toy of choice. You tend to make a mess but like to be able to hide it with one sweep of your arm. You think Mike Brady was a dang good architect and wish you could have seen more of his work, and you think your Mom’s vintage Fisher Price A-Frame House was way under-rated. This desk has mid-century modern flair, yet it’s fresh, and you can totally customize it with fun colors on the drawers.

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Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Five Must-Have Dining Chairs

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I’m a chair nut. When I moved, my moving men kept putting every single side chair I owned into my dining room, their permanent locations, T.B.D. By the time the dining room table arrived, there wasn’t any room to put it in the sea of chairs. Remarkably, they all found a spot, as I love an occasional chair here or there and don’t really tend toward matchy-matchy sets.

Anyway, from one chair nut to others or potential others, here are chairs to be on the lookout for at yard sales and chairs to invest in for your permanent (museum-ish yet functional) collection. I’m going to stick to five dining chairs as otherwise we’d be here all day and I have other stuff to do, but it’s a solid start.

1. Anything by Thonet, particularly with bent wood. These date back to the mid-century. Of the 19th century, that is, somewhere ’round ever-stylin’ Vienna. They still look fly today. Love. Scour second-hand websites and yard sales. A Thonet is a great score.

2. The Emeco Navy Chair (1006 Chair). These chairs were built to stand up to violent seas and dudes in the Navy. We’re talking torpedo blasts on the side of a destroyer. Not only are these suckers strong, they have classic mid-century industrial style that will never fade.

3. The Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair (1949). This versatile chair adds warmth and style to many different kinds of dining rooms. Though first impulse is to go all Danish modern around it, it works very well in more traditional spaces, spaces with Asian style, eclectic rooms as well as very minimalist rooms.

4. Arne Jacobsen’s Series 7 Chair (1955). Re-released, this classic is often imitated by chain stores and catalogs – don’t fall for the imitations; having a licensed chair is worth the investment. This versatile and curvy little number looks great for formal dining, casual eat-in kitchen dining and at a desk or dressing table.

5. The Kartell Masters Chair (2010-ish?). Philippe Starck mashed up the silhouettes of three chairs here – Jacobsen’s Series 7, and two others we didn’t have room to include – Eero Saarinen’s Tulip armchair, and the Eames’ Eiffel Chair to get this meaningful back.

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Friday, May 31st, 2013

Magis Is On Sale!

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Hey All! Now through June 10, save 15% on all pieces from Magis! This is great news for those of you who are looking to add some bright color to your screened-in porch like I am (or your deck, or your patio, or your dining room or desk…) I choose these amazing Folding Air Armchairs in grasshopper green myself:

The Magis Chair One with 4 Star Base adds some mad geometry to any space. I think it would be extra cool in a Buckminster Filler-designed geodesic dome, but how many of us have those? I’ll put it in my funky cottage, thank you very much.

By the way, this chair also comes with concrete base and four legged base style options.

I don’t have a pool, but I’d pretend I did and just lounge in this beauty underneath the sprinkler. The Magis Paso Doble Chaise Lounge‘s  sexy curves would distract me from my sad, pool-less situation.

Need a spot to rest that pitcher of refreshing mojitos? Look no further, the Magis One Bistro Table is here, just waiting for you to order it up and perch your cocktails atop it.

Moving indoors, Magis Steelwood Shelving Systems have a gorgeous contemporary look that will hold everything without clunking up a room. Use it for media, office tomes and binders, books, kitchen stuff. It’s also great for people who like to keep things folded and stacked in the closet.

So peeps, get on it, because this sale is only through June 10, 2013.

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Friday, May 17th, 2013

5 Ways With the Saarinen Dining Table

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We are so proud that we offer Saarinen Dining Tables from Knoll. They are a mid-century modern classic designed by Eero Saarinen to help “clear up the slum of legs,” both table and chair. Pedestal bases reduce the number of legs from four to one, and both the tables and chairs have come to be known more commonly as tulip tables and tulip chairs.

Available with marble, laminate, granite, wood veneers and more, the tables come in several sizes. The greatest thing about these tables is that they fit in everywhere, from serving as the main dining table in the center of an elegant dining room to a small kitchen table in a colorful eat-in kitchen. The table is a classic mid-century modern piece that does not go out of style.

A nod to Sputnik. This retro-inspired room by Kristen Grove is definitely mid-century modern inspired, but has a fresh look with its lovely floors and updated takes on .

Clean organic contemporary. Croma Design mixes pedestal and legs, marble and wood with a backdrop of grasscloth in this harmonious contemporary dining space.
A mix of old and new. A wide age-range of furnishings within traditional architecture creates quite the combination. The table fits nicely into a modest-sized corner, and in this case, plays off the curves of the classic Cherner chairs and Patricia Urquoila Caboche light. (via Remodelista, photograph by Photography Lisa Duncan and Wayne Miller)

Paired with its old friends, the Eames and Mr. Nelson. This room has a warm yet somewhat minimal vibe, combining several mid-century classics in including Eames chairs and a Nelson Ball Pendant Light. The sideboard, pewter pieces and artwork warm it up and infuse it with the owners’ personalities, thus keeping it from looking like a catalog shot. (via Plastolux, photograph by Chris Nguyen)

Partying it up with bentwood chairs. A Saarinen table paried with fanciful bentwood chairs makes for an yummy eat-in kitchen table, slum of legs be damned!

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Friday, May 10th, 2013

Richard Schultz Is On Sale – Check It Out!

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Spring has sprung, summer’s on the way and it’s time to think about loungin’ and sipping cold G&Ts, poolside, patio or even on a tiny balcony. That’s why we’re offering All Richard Schultz Collection pieces for 15% off right now. You can shop ‘em all here. Want more info? That’s what I’m here for.

Richard Schultz was good pals with Florence Knoll, and back in 1966 she asked him if he could whip her up some outdoor furniture that wouldn’t rust and corrode due to the salt air and other elements. Teflon thread and powdercoating met killer classic style, and an iconic collection was born. It’s known as the Richard Schultz 1966 Collection, and it’s still going strong today. Oh, and it also has MoMA’s seal of approval, as part of its permanent collection.

Check out an inspiring video of Mr. Schultz talking about design

Richard Schultz 1966 Serving Cart

The matching cart is perfect for mixing up cocktails for your patio guests, or doing that whole tea thing if that’s more your speed.

The Richard Schultz Petal Coffee Table

Schultz’s Petal tables will stand up to the elements, but they also look fantastic indoors. They come in dining, coffee and side table versions. While the bottoms of their stands do a little bit of that “slum of table legs” thing that Florence Knoll’s other pal Eero hated so much, they still have some hot pedestal action going on.

Richard Schultz Topiary Bench

More whimsical than his other classic pieces, Schultz took inspiration from clipped shrubs and hedges and topiaried up a fun bench that looks like an abstracted hedge. Not feeling his classic whites and tans? Don’t fret, the Topiary collection comes Daffodil Yellow, Dark Bronze, Forest Green, Onyx, Sky Blue, Terra Cotta, well and yeah, White.  It also comes in a dining table version:

Richard Schultz Topiary Dining Table

Here are a few more highlights from his collections:

Richard Schultz Fresh Air Dining Chairs

Richard Schultz Swell Three Seat Sofa

Richard Shultz 1966 Contour Chaise Lounge

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