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Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Stellar Designers: Patricia Urquiola

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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.

Urquiola working on new designs and showing off her fabulous ring

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.

Re-Trouvé High Back Chair

“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.

Re-Trouvé Pouf

The line, produced by Italian manufacturer Emu and distributed by Coalesse, also includes this eclectic stool/ottoman.

Last Minute Stool

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:

Kartell 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!

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Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Emeco Chairs and Stools Are as Fresh and Modern as Ever

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I love seeing my favorite pieces used in fresh designs, both commercial and residential. We recently received some gorgeous shots of the iconic Emeco chairs in action that I thought I’d share.

This is Urban Farmer bar by environmental designer, David Ashen of D-ASH Design. The space combines the 1951 Barstools from Emeco with reclaimed materials such as a 20-foot communal table. You can visit it on the 8th floor lobby of the Nines Hotel in Portland. The restaurant honors local culinary traditions, sourcing ingredients from organic farms nearby. But can you can go visit the cult that raised the chicken you want to order like Fred and Carrie did on Portlandia? I’m not sure.

Here’s a closer look at the 1951 stool. It’s looking better than ever in 2012.

This may be one of the most aesthetically pleasing workplace cafeterias I’ve ever seen. Well, it’s more of an intimate kitchen, and it’s at the headquarters of Clif Bars. It’s called Kali’s Kitchen and their website is pretty great; check it out. The employees over there are eating a lot of other things besides energy bars! Designed by ZGF Architecture, the kitchen design prioritized sustainability and re-using materials. Appropriately, the seating includes the 1006 Navy Chair and Navy Stools, which are made with 80% recycled aluminum.

Here’s a close up of the Navy Stool.

If you have an Emeco fetish like I do, you’ll love checking out their Tumblr stream. I also rounded some Navy Chairs up a long time ago for my other gig at Houzz. Designers tend to pick the chairs for the freshest rooms around, whether at a home’s kitchen island or in the chicest of bars and restaurants.

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Friday, August 20th, 2010

Flickr Faves on Fridays: Living Space

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There’s something about this space that’s pleasing, even though I’m not seeing the middle of the room or how the space planning really works. I think it’s just a combo of the fireplace, the shelves, the fact taht I think I see actual ALBUMS, and the red Panton chair:

These photos come from flickr member designcuriosities, who shamelessly added them to our Fresh New Spaces group in the hopes of garnering votes for The Selby contest that’s currently going on with another retailer that’s not design public. About that…we don’t care, it’s great, I’m pissed I didn’t think of it first, and thanks for sharing d.c.! Plus, our competitor does not sell Panton chairs, but we do ;)

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Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Happy Holidays from Design Public

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I know next week most folks will not be as attached to their computers, so I thought I would send a Happy Holidays from Design Public! greeting to all of you now. Here is a virtual version of my holiday card for this year:

Happy Holidays from DP
A bit of a step up in style from our holiday card last year: Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday, September 4th, 2008

A Panton Party

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While on way home from France last month I leafed through the Air France magazine (which was really pretty impressive for an airline magazine!) and stumbled upon these fantastic images of Panton chairs used in conjunction with The Wapping Project. As far as I can tell (feel free to shed more light if you know more than I do), the team associated with The Wapping Project have essentially converted an old hydraulic power station in London into a restaurant and art installation space. I wish I could “hop the pond” as they say and see the place in person.

Nonetheless, how amazing would it be to have the space to house an incredibly long table with rows and rows of Panton chairs? Ahhh, eye candy.

Vitra New Panton Chairs

And while the adults are eating, the kids could sit on more Panton chairs (near the old energy converters, of course) and watch cartoons.

http://www.designpublic.com/shop/vitra/1179

Photos courtesy of Air France and The Wapping Project

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