Is one of your design goals for 2013 to replace that sofa? Whether your cat has used your current sofa as a large scratching pad or you’re just plumb tired of its oversized rolled arms, January 2013 is a great time to save some bucks on a sofa from Gus Modern. These sofas will be on sale through January 31, 2013. Here’s a look at a few of the beautiful styles available. Please note that most of the styles are available as sofa and sectional sofas.
The Gus Modern Atwood Sofa. This sofa takes a dash of Chesterfield, a pinch of mid-century modern, a dollop of fresh creativity and results in an appealing cushy piece that is hemmed in by a large rectangular frame. It is also available in a chair and a sectional.
The Gus Modern Adelaide Sofa. The Adelaide could easily slip into a Mad Men set. I can just see Don Draper binge drinking at work, then curling up for the night in his office, on this sofa.
The Gus Modern Carmichael Sofa. This high-backed sofa is 72″ long and sits atop elegant ash legs.
The Gus Modern Thatcher Sofa. This sofa throws a diamond pattern into a room via a subtle harlequin tufting pattern. It sits atop a sleek stainless steel frame.
The Gus Modern Jane Loft Bi-Sectional Sofa. This sofa’s chaise can be swung to the left side or the right. It’s neatly tailored tufts add depth and comfort while its streamlined frame and lines keeps things contemporary. This version is for those of us with smaller living rooms; a larger Jane Sectional is available as well.
The Gus Modern Carter Sectional combines tufted upholstery with un-tufted pillows that you can steal and stack for extra lazy movie viewing.
The Gus Modern Richmond Bi-Sectional Sofa. Not so into tufting? Then the the Richmond is for you. It’s a great way to go sectional without having the sectional eat up your room. The great thing about this shape is that is can work with rooms from traditional shabby chic to contemporary.
For the past few years the standing desk has been getting a lot of buzz. Determined to cure us of our sedentary lifestyles, health gurus advocate that we spend much less time sitting and stand, even treadmill our little hearts out, at our desks.
image via FitSugar, read more about perching atop a stability ball here
So, are you a sitter, stander, kneeler or stability ball? It’s odd, when I was in architecture school, we mostly stood but had adjustable drafting stools for those times when our feet needed a rest, but now that I’m on the laptop all the time, I feel like I have to create a lap to use it.
I know I need to change my ways; according to a 2010 article in The New York Times, “part of the problem with sitting a lot is that you don’t use as much energy as those who spend more time on their feet. This makes it easier to gain weight, and makes you more prone to the health problems that fatness often brings.” That is not cool. Not cool at all, and the trend is ramping up to the masses.
Evan Stoller of Stollerworks has created several standing workstations, including the Station Table seen above. The great thing about these desks is that they are unobtrusive enough to serve as second workstations in an office. The even greater thing about them is that they very cleverly designed and look super-stylish.
If you work from home and a new desk isn’t in the budget right now, try adding a flat podium box or play around with other stands atop a high counter at home.
If you’re already a stander, good for you! Please tell us about it in the Comments section.
Lately it seems every light fixture or chair that catches my eye was designed by the fabulous Patricial Urquiola. Urquiola is a Spanish designer of many talents; she’s an architect, she designs exhibitions, she speaks at conferences and her furniture and lighting designs are well on their way to icon status. She’s collaborated with the most pre-eminent furniture manufacturers in the world, creating artistic, thoughtful and most importantly, highly functional products, from rugs to sofas, and side tables to outdoor furniture. Her use of the latest technologies and materials provides the function, while her imagination informs the form.
Her artful approach and dedication to function makes her designs stand out; one of the first ones I fell for is the wonderfully loopy Re-Trouvé chair. Available in a wide range of bright powder coated colors, the designs combine Urquiola’s contemporary sensibilities with some whimsical nostalgia.
“Inspiration came from the marvelous icon chairs of the ’50′s, so full of curls and doodles. I wanted to create new models which would bring together a re-interpretation of this old fashioned design with a more humorous twist, produced with numerical control technology,” she says.
The line, produced by Italian manufacturer Emu and distributed by Coalesse, also includes this eclectic stool/ottoman.
Coalesse is also distributing Urquiola’s Last Minute Stool, a streamlined and ergonomic piece that comes in counter and bar height. The seat is made of flexible steel and covered in leather; the legs are sleek chrome.
I am so happy that Design Public is carrying these stellar pieces from a superstar like Urquiola. We also carry a few items she designed in partnership for Kartell, including the flirty and strong Frilly Chair:
as well as the clever Matelasse Vase:
Kartell Matelasse Vases (these are 11.8″ high; I know it’s hard to tell the scale from this photo)
I look forward to seeing what she come up with next, and I’ll keep you posted when I find out!
People, we’re having a sale on all things Vitra for the next week (through Oct. 18, 2012). In honor of that, let’s take a look at some of Vitra’s iconic products.
These are Panton Chairs, also known as “S Chairs” – designed by Vernor Panton back in the sixties. They come in lots of yummy colors. If you’ve been waiting to pull the trigger on some of these, do it this week while you can save 15%.
In addition to the cutest product shot ever, we have the Eames Elephant. The prototype was designed by Charles and Ray Eames back in 1945, and was rendered in plywood. Vitra actually put it into production over 60 years later, this time in polypropylene.
This is Jasper Morrison’s Cork Stool. There are three different shapes to choose from. I like them because they are so versatile – you can tuck them underneath a console table as extra seating in a tight space, use them to hold a table lamp and cocktails as a side table, or just enjoy them as sculpture.
Sori Yanagi’s designed this Butterfly Stool in 1954. I feel calmer just looking at it.
This is a thick composition of Vitra’s Algue. These are plastic pieces that snap together to form anything from small sculptural wall hangings to thick, vine-like screens.
Finally, take a virtual visit to Vitra’s campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany. My favorite building is Vitrahaus and Lounge Chair Atelier by Herzog & de Meuron, which received a ton of buzz when it first went up back in 2010.