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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, September 30th, 2013

Hurry Up! One More Day To Save on Knoll!

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KNOLL!

Not to sound like a broken record, but you only have ONE DAY LEFT TO SAVE 15% ON ALL THE KNOLL WE’VE GOT! The sale ends on October 1, 2013.

I don’t mean to yell, I’m just, well,  shouting it from the rooftops. This offer does not come along very often and there are just SO MANY amazing iconic pieces to save on, including a slew of mid-century modern classics by the greats –  Richard Schultz, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Mies van der Rohe, Isamu Noguchi, George Nakashima, Warren Platner … if you’ve been saving up your spare change toward one of these investment pieces, now is the time to roll it up and buy.

Knoll Platner Stools

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Friday, September 27th, 2013

Hurry Up – It’s Your Last Chance to Save on Loll!

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Perk up your outdoor area this weekend and get ready to toast the marshmallows. Loll Outdoor is 15% through September 30.

Give the kids their own comfy seats with Loll’s modern take on the Adirondack chair for half-pints. Loll’s got plenty of modern seating options for grown-ups too, as well as tables.

Get some heat going for those s’mores with the Loll Fire Ring

Give the birds their winter home and add some color to the yard with the Pitch Birdhouse.

If you’re birds are more of the flat-roof types, go for the Loll Cube Birdhouse.

Planning a few DIY projects? Gather up your tools in this handy Loll toolbox. Better yet, do a little Christmas shopping early and fill it with the basics. This also makes a great housewarming gift and works great for gardeners.

Soon it will be time when you need a place to pull off snowy boots and get your winter gear together. Put a Loll Cubby Bench in the entry or mudroom for the perfect spot to stop, take it off or put it on.

Finally, don’t forget Fido and Fifi. Loll’s raised pet bowls keep the kibble off the floor with modern style.

Whether you’re gearing up for cold weather or want to save some bucks before the spring, now’s the time to shop Loll Designs at Design Public!

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Friday, September 20th, 2013

Doing Weekend Shopping? We’ve Got Great Sales Going on

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I wanted to let you know about two great sales we have going on right now.  First of all, if you’ve been saving up for an iconic modern classic from Knoll, now’s the time to bust open that piggy bank. Knoll is on sale from September 20-October 1st, 2013.

Personally, I’ve got my eye on George Nakashima Straight Chairs:

and a Noguchi Cyclone Table:

I love the way it looks with Eero Saarinen’s Executive Chairs; they aren’t just for Mad Men-ish offices anymore. In fact, I have one in my own bedroom.

Check out all the Knoll we have on sale

Speaking of offices we also have another iconic mid-century modern brand on sale. Selected items from Steelcase’s Turnstone collection are also up to 15% off right now. Steelcase is great for the office, the playroom, the living room, the family room and the bedroom.

This is the Steelcase Turnstone Jenny Coffee Table. Its shape is modern, yet it also has a contemporary sensibility. It’s a box that floats, and the wood grain adds warmth to any room, whether you’re a minimalist or a new traditionalist. The reason I love it so much is that you can keep that top cleared off; the bottom has plenty of room for your remotes, coffee table books, magazines, laptop, pet toys and whatever else tends to accumulate around the house.

This is the Steelcase Turnstone Big Lamp. I love the proportions; the shade is a narrow band that gets its heft from the black color, while the white stand is sturdy yet delicate. It has a clean look that will inspire you to keep those nightstands or your desk neat and organized.

See all Steelcase Turnstone items on sale

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Monday, July 29th, 2013

ModKat Is On Sale

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Let’s face it, most litter boxes are not only disgusting, they are ugly. Not true with ModKat’s Litter Box. It hides the scat, comes with a cool scoop that hangs off the side,  is easy to clean, gives Fluffy a private commode and it even looks great next to an Eames rocker:

Here’s a video all about ModKat’s Litter Box:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxRar3V2NSM&feature=player_embedded

While supplies last, we’re giving you, your puddy tat and your abode a break. Grab any ModKat box we have available for 20% off. This offer only lasts as long as our supply, so don’t pussyfoot around on this one.

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