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Thursday, August 30th, 2012

The New Classics: Predicting Iconic Furniture for 2050


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I ate up the cover story on The New York Times’ Home Section today; “The Classics, Circa 2050.” For one thing, I’m always trying to determine what the new classics are (i.e. new furniture that will eventually gain icon status, today’s equivalent of a mid-century icon like a Wegner Wishbone Chair or an Eames Shell Chair). Beyond aesthetics and one’s own judgement, a sign that a piece may be well on its way to icon status is if it’s a part of a museum’s collection. Another when prominent architects choose to use it in their own homes.

Anyway, I was very pleased to see a handful of my favorite products that Design Public carries made the cut. Here they are:

The Louis Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck for Kartell (this probably inspired the most discussion)

The Emeco Navy Chair already had mid-century icon status in my book, now the experts are choosing the latest version, made from 111 recycled plastic bottles, the 111 Navy Chair.

Kartell scored again, with their Bourgie Lamp by Ferruccio Laviani

Vitra’s Algue made the cut

Tod Boontje’s Until Dawn Curtain made the cut, we love the way his botanical cuts look on the Midsummer Light

There were a few others I would have added to the list:

Sori Yanagi’s Butterfly Stool, manufactured by Vitra

The Coral 600 Pendant Lamp by David Trubridge

Bend Seating Lucy by Gaurav Nanda

Blu Dot Modulicious Case Goods

Nobody asked me, by the way! But I’m asking you – Which recent furniture and accessories do you think will achieve icon status in 30 years? Keep in mind the process can involve becoming unpopular or passé for a decade or three and then re-appreciated later. Personally, I have trouble looking beyond chairs and lighting most of the time.


Monday, June 13th, 2011

Designer Interview: Nick Sheridan, Bret Englander and Dan Wacholder of Cerno


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So, I’d have to say, the designers for Cerno Nick Sheridan, Bret Englander and Dan Wacholder are three dapper dudes. Not only do they create quality stellar lighting pieces but they make time to surf and support the local taco truck. Oh, and check out their “Start to Finish” video…great insight in to what makes these guys tick.

Tell us about the process of starting Cerno and how you got where you are today. What did you guys do before Cerno?

Bret Englander: Honestly Cerno’s roots started growing when were really young and whether we were on the beach or at each others house we were always starting the next project. We built anything and everything from sailboats, to a beautiful fanned out stairway and archway to memorialize a friend, to a huge palapa at our favorite beach, later we restored an RV, that we drove from Laguna all the way up to Canada, and the list could go on. Prior to Cerno and after College, Nick teamed up with his cousin to form a custom residential architecture firm that designed several exquisite modern homes in Southern California. Daniel helped expand a boutique manufacturing firm from a small garage into respectable company with an international presence, and I worked in land acquisition and marketing for several of the nations’ largest Home Builders, and later for my dad, which was a true gift and learning experience.

How did you guys come together as a team?

Bret Englander: The three of us were restless and itching to once again collaborate like we had when we were younger and apply what we had learned in academia and the professional workplace to something that was our own creation and we knew it was time. One morning in December 2008 we woke up early and were on a mission to find some waves, but the ocean had something different in mind for us. After driving for several miles along Pacific Coast Highway the ocean was uncooperative and not going to give us any surf. We ended up sitting on the beach brain storming about how we were going to manifest this childhood dream of working together into a viable business. It was a pivotal conversation that would quickly materialize into Cerno. After about 9 months of working nights and weekends the 3 of us left our previous jobs and started working full time just down the street from where our original drawings and prototypes were conceived. Nearly 3 years later we are still motivated by the same passion for design that originally ignited the fire and desire to form Cerno. We design what we want to see built and enjoy “almost” every moment of it.

So the word cerno means:  -Verb (Latin) 1. To resolve, distinguish, decide, sift, determine, to perceive. How did you guys come upon this or decide on this as your brand name?

Nick Sheridan: In architecture school at the end of a project critique the teacher would often say – you have not fully resolved x, y, and z or on rare occasions would say a design was resolved. That stuck with me. In architecture, like all design, it was clear that success is measured on many different levels and only when the design has been fully resolved, all levels addressed, did it have that feel of good design.

Cerno Start To Finish from Cerno on Vimeo.

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Thursday, December 4th, 2008

And I Said “Let There Be Light!”


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Whoa. Imagine going nearly two months living in a loft (aka a box) with only one floor lamp and some lighting from the kitchen. Let me tell ya, these were two months of very long and dark nights, especially now that the sun sets at 5pm. But as of this past weekend we have light! (excuse the mess)

loft lighting

We had to get our electrical setup figured out before we could install the Lights Up! Deco Deluxe Pendant Lamps over our “dining” and “living” spaces. We actually decided to use just the two big sections of the pendants…after playing with the various pieces to the lamp we liked the simplicity of the two pieces. What is great though is if we ever want to change it up we can add the rest of the shades to the pendant and we’ve got a new lamp!

While going through this lighting process/challenge I have learned a bit about what it takes to give a home the right lighting. I’ve collected all of my findings in our lighting guide, but if you see anything missing or have additional insight, please share!