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Monday, January 16th, 2012

2012 Design Trends: Tufted Furniture Goes Modern

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Tufted furniture is having a moment right now. While this design trend is typically a traditional design element, some mid-century modern designers embraced tufting, giving it a more streamlined and modern look (think the Eames Lounge Chair or Edward Wormley for Dunbar). Others would reduce the number of buttons; some sofas had just one button centered on each back cushion.

Much in the same way, today’s designers are taking the trend and embracing it in contemporary ways. Here’s a look at how some of our designers are playing with tufted furniture in 2012.

TrueModern has several fresh takes on tufting. The Luna Sofa has just one simple row of buttons that create a subtle tufting across the back cushions. These buttons also emphasize a horizontal line:

On all versions of TrueModern’s Dane Sofa, the back pillows just a hint at tufting. It hints at a less-rounded grid pattern and there are no upholstery buttons required.

The One-Night Stand Sleeper Sofa from Blu Dot only has four buttons but they all stand out and are a wonderful graphic touch:

Blu Dot also applied some tufting fun to an armchair. The Animal Lounge Chair has four simple dots on the seat that play off its blocky shape.

The OFFI Perch Lounge Leather Chair pays homage to Mies van de Rohe’s Barcelona chair, complete with sleek tufted leather (and a handy shelf on the bottom):

Fatboy’s Avenue First Blocks have a grid like pattern of stitching that’s a modern take on tufting.
Wondering exactly what these pieces are? They come in different shapes and colors and can be used singly as ottomans or seats, or put together into all sorts of  configurations, from a big square to the letter “f”. Here it’s kind of like a snake:

Has tufted furniture caught your eye or do you like your upholstery strictly streamlined? Please weigh in in the comments section!

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Monday, November 28th, 2011

Steelcase Sale: Scoop Up Classic Modern Office Furniture Bargains While You Can!

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Hey All! Just a reminder that Steelcase is on sale for 10% off through November 30th, so act fast!

Why buy Steelcase? Well, without even getting into the classic aesthetics that have stood the test of time since before the Mad Men era, Steelcase seating means comfort.  If your alignment feels out of whack, save yourself on chiropractor bills and invest in a proper desk chair. You deserve it; think of how many hours of your life you spend perched in it!

One of the most popular of Steelcase’s desk chair offerings is the Think Mesh Back Work Chair with Arms. You can roll across your office in no time flat thanks to its speedy casters, adjust your height for maximum ergonomic comfort, and most importantly to me, choose from a plethora of killer colors, from bright purple to cool neutrals; there’s something for everyone.

Looking beyond the office, I’m also partial to the Steelcase Turnstone Alight Lounge Round Ottomans. They are super clean and modern, but somehow they look a little like fun marshmellow-esque cartoon characters, and I mean that in the best possible way. They work great as footrests, as extra seating, and when you place a tray on top of them, they transform into coffee table.

These guys also come in a rainbow of fun colors, as well as black and white. Shown above we have Wasabi.

Finally, we have one of the most hard-working chairs in the business, the Steelcase Move Multi-Use Chair (Without Arms). This chair can easily transition from the conference table to the dining room table, from the desk to the eat-in-kitchen, bringing with it a simple, clean-lined, mid-century modern style wherever you place it. In this image, you can see that it has fresh cafe style:

In addition, the chair stacks, so you can keep extras stowed away and bring them out when you have extra guests:

That’s just a quick teaser of all that Steelcase has to offer. Any company that has been producing furniture for over a century is certainly doing everything right! Hop on these deals while you can!

Shop the Steelcase Sale at Design Public.

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Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Green Idea of the Week: Coffee Bag Chic

Becky

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Sometimes we design bloggers get worn out. We look at so much design all day that it takes a lot to impress us; sometimes nothing seems new. Sometimes I think if I hear “Hollywood Glamour” or “Brooklyn Modern” one more time I might just throw up, and those are two styles I actually like.

Then there are some times when you go on a virtual house tour that gets you really buzzing with excitement again. This was the case when I saw Alysia’s Treehouse by the Lake on Apartment Therapy L.A. Alysia’s decorating philosophy was inspired by The Recycled Home by Sally Bailey. She begged, borrowed, swapped and repurposed. One of the best results was this ottoman she reupholstered with an old coffee bean sack a local roaster gave her.

via Apartment Therapy L.A.

via Apartment Therapy L.A.

See the entire house tour here.

images via Apartment Therapy L.A.

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