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Friday, March 8th, 2013

On Sale Right Now: Kartell and Pablo

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Hey All!

Just wanted to let you know we have some great sales going on right now. If you’ve been coveting an iconic piece from Kartell, now is the time to hop on it! Prices have been slashed 20%, today through March 25, 2013.  You may not even realize how many iconic pieces Kartell offers; check them all out here.

Kartell FL/Y Suspension Lamps

Here are a few that have been on my wish list for quite some time; I think if I had to choose just one today, it would be the Kartell Masters Chair as it is so clever, and because The Master just arrived from Netflix, so I’m taking it as a sign. The Masters Chair combines the silhouettes of three iconic mid-century modern chairs, Arne Jacobsen’s Series 7 Chair, the Eames Shell Chair and Eero Saarinen’s Tulip Chair. It’s the one in the top left corner below:

Kartell on sale

Pablo Tube Top Colored Small Table Lamps


Also, Pablo is 15% off now through March 19, 2013. From floor (lamps) to ceiling (lights), Pablo has an innovative and stylin’ solution for just about any lighting you may need. Check out all Pablo products here. Here’s a sneak peek at at a few of my favorites.

Pablo Lighting
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Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Designer Interview: Damian Velasquez of Half 13

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Today we’re sitting down with Damian Velasquez of Half 13 to learn more about his vibrant and sculptural line of outdoor furniture.


How did you wind up designing furniture?

I started my path of design and fabrication at 11 – I used to hang out with my father while he made silver jewelry. The time we spent together at the bench was when I started learning about the joinery of metals. I continued to make jewelry throughout high school and college, but it wasn’t until I returned from backpacking through Europe in 1989 that memories of Italian furniture design would unknowingly shape my future forever.

I embarked on a journey of self education from that moment on – I taught myself to weld, to work with wood, acrylic, glass and concrete. I continue to build on that base of knowledge 23 years later.

Half13 O Table

What is your studio like? How do your surroundings influence your designs?

My studio is 7500 square feet of machinery and tools. All aspects of fabrication including CNC plasma cutting, woodworking and powder-coating is done in-house.

I haven’t ever been able to attribute a direct influence from my surroundings to my work. I started back in the day when “Southwestern Style” was at its peak. Modern furniture was not very strong in New Mexico back then. I think what does influence me is the fact that I do live in a unique part of the country and that fosters my desire to be unique in my endeavors as well as my designs.

Where did the name Half 13 come from?

Half 13 is the term for the size of the diamond and guage of the expanded metal that is used in the construction of my outdoor furniture line.

Are there any furniture precedents or designers who inspire your work?

The Half 13 line came about from my love of the chair “How High the Moon” by Shiro Kuramata. Because I was not formally educated in furniture design I never really had any exposure to the history of designers before me to latch onto. I have always loved Shiro’s chair and never though of it as an influence until one day I decided to try my hand at using expanded metal as a medium for furniture. I soon appreciated the challenge posed by this material and the difficulty manipulating it. After much persistence, the current line was born, and adheres to my core values of function blended with aesthetics.

Did you see a hole in the outdoor furniture market? If so, how are you filling it?

I actually envisioned the Half 13 line as a way into sculpture, but soon realized after much feedback from clients that there was a lot lacking in the outdoor furniture market. I quickly addressed the issues posed such as comfort, durability and ease of maintenance; that is why these pieces are now fabricated from stainless steel.

Thank you so much to Damian for letting us get to know him better today.

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Friday, February 15th, 2013

SALE! Get To Know MASH Studios Dark Collection

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Ah contrast. Dark walnut-stained teak wood combined with sleek white powder-coated aluminum accents makes for beautiful balance in the sophisticated Dark Collection from MASH Studios. Whether or not your weekend plans include shopping for a piece or two of furniture, be sure to check out the clean lines and beautiful finishes on these clever contemporary pieces. We have a number of beautiful pieces on sale at 20% off while supplies last. All of these pieces are limited editions, so there is only a limited supply. Here’s a peek at some of my personal favorites.

I love a hard-working piece of furniture, and the Limited Edition Dark Low Storage Unit certainly fits the bill. What’s great is that you can use it in your living room for books, display and media storage today, then use it as a nightstand or linen storage in your bedroom when you’re switching things up. It has two large drawers for storage and an open compartment complete with an adjustable shelf. I think it also makes a beautiful TV stand; you could simply drill a few holes for wires in the back for the cable and ROKU boxes, then stash all of your DVDs in the drawers.

The Limited Edition Dark Coffee Table has clean lines that you won’t need to clutter up. Why? Because it has a secret…

… the white aluminum panels slide out, revealing a spot for remotes, trashy magazines, pens, and other items that aren’t up to coffee table book status.

Next we have the Limited Edition Dark Entertainment Shelf. It has three divided compartments for organization, complete with a white sliding aluminum panel. You can slide the panel over to hide the unsightly electronics when they are not in use.

The Limited Edition Dark Nightstand has a minimalist look but plenty of room to stash all of your goodies and room for your bedtime reading underneath.

Finally, a beautiful Limited Edition Dark Occasional Table is an elegant perch for cocktails. The simple construction, clean lines and beautiful wood color make it the perfect piece to center your furniture around.

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Friday, February 8th, 2013

Designer Interview: Peter Novague

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Today were sitting down with Peter Novague, Chief Designer at Novague. Peter is a product designer who has tackled items from tweezers to yachts. Somewhere in between the two lies The Novague Edge Chair – its form was inspired by Japanese origami, though it’s function, comfortable ergonomics, was the priority. 
Do you have any favorite chairs that inspire your designs?
There are many chairs I love for their form, among which I could name those by Eames, Panton or the Bouroullec Brothers (Vitra). For me, however, the key aspect of a chair is whether it is comfortable to sit on and many products don’t meet this standard; the ergonomics aren’t optimal. My flat is full of beautiful chairs, including the T3 by Maarten Van Severen, one of the most interesting pieces I know.

How did you come up with the Edge Chair?
In our small country, a designer like me gets contracts of a very different type. As my primary focus is on the product design, I work on items as varied as glasses or a smartphone. All my past projects were the result of a compromise between my idea and other circumstances (such as the production costs, technological limitations, deadlines, or continuity of the company product line). When I was working on a smartphone, for instance, I could only choose from a limited selection of plastics, and both the connector positions and dimensions were already fixed.

Yet as I’m now able to fund my own projects, I decided to work on a furniture piece and designing a chair seemed to be a challenging and interesting enterprise.

How do the wide array of items you design inform each other? That is to say, how does designing a yacht or a car influence how you design a chair or a smart phone? Are there any universal ideas that cut across all of these areas in your design philosophy?
Certainly. I think daily about why I do design, what I can bring to it, and what it brings to me in return. And it’s always inspiring to meet with company owners, CEOs and executives. I learn a lot from them, and it’s also perhaps what I enjoy the most about my job.
As for my contribution in making a new product, I find myself as a cleaner: I practically remove an idea of its unnecessary parts. I’m playing with the form and content, aiming to produce a natural-looking product. It’s important that in the end, it only consists of what should be there. In other words, while some products are complex sets of parts due to the manufacture and assembly processes, it is the aim of design to consider the product as a whole, something complete and seamless. The final product should be more than a some of its parts.
The second important idea that resonates with me is a kind of respect towards the history of the product and its previous models.
Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world; how does it inspire you?
Prague is a splendid place for relaxation at cafés and enjoying the many cultural events it offers. Yet it loses touch with the latest developments in industrial design. In that sense, I’d prefer to have an office in London, New York, or Munich.
What are you working on at Novague right now?
An electric bicycle or a paddle, a typical product of which many people think there’s no more space for further designing and innovation.
Do you have any advice for people who are interested in a career in product design?
Don’t focus on the designers, study the individual products.
What kind of  products do you recommend buying?
Concentrate on things you enjoy. Buying one thing of quality and and keeping it in an empty flat is better than filling one’s life with products that mean a compromise.
Thanks so much to Petr for chatting with us today. Check out The Novague Edge Chair here; check out Novague’s other designs here.
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Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Gus Modern Sofas Are On Sale!

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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.

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