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Roll Chair by Joe Colombo

07.22.08   |   Posted in: Modern Home   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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The armchair made of rollers, hence its name, Roll, is composed of an elegant chromed steel structural frame and removable shaped, expanded polyurethane cushions, covered in soft leather. The cushions, along with the independent steel framework and broad elastic bands, make this chair particularly comfortable. Hand-crafted workmanship increases the value of an object which in itself is unique. A comfortable footrest with the same features completes the armchair. Available in black leather. Designed by Joe Colombo in 1962. Chromed steel, polyurethane cushions, and leather upholstery. Made in Italy.

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Skate Study House

07.18.08   |   Posted in: Modern Home   |   By: Andrea Tumino
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Skate Study House (SSH) is a concept based on the passion of mid-century design, skateboard culture and California lifestyle. SSH collection pays tribute to the renowned project, Case Study House that took place in Los Angeles from 1945 until 1966. Fifty homes were built and were furnished with new and innovative pieces of furniture from which many claim that “The Birth of Cool“ was created.

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Skate Study House finds their inspiration in the Case Study House furniture by recreating it, and giving it a feel of déjà vu-with-a-twist by incorporating skateboard decks. All while still being environmentally friendly since they use recycled and second hand products mixed with custom parts to create their great collection.

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Tomita Designs

05.27.08   |   Posted in: Modern Home   |   By: Andrea Tumino
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Ken Tomita, of Tomita Designs, draws inspiration from traditional Japanese forms and the multi-cultural context of his upbringing when designing his furniture. A majority of his Asian-inspired pieces are custom-made from bamboo plywood and highlighted with a black ink called sumi, a Japanese calligraphy ink. Hard at work in Portland, Oregon, this architect turned furniture designer understands the need and use of more earth friendly materials.

“The potential of bamboo ply as a renewable contemporary building material is only starting to be appreciated” says Tomita. “Bamboo retains the warmth and tradition within the framework of modern design. I think my of my pieces as sculptures. I design each piece specifically for the area in which the client plans to use it, so I always visit the site before I begin.”

We appreciate the use of bamboo as a more sustainable and renewable alternative to wood. With the addition of Tomita’s stylish mix of organic and modernist design sensibilities it just sweetens the eco-friendly deal that much more.

Botainst Blank Canvas Sneak Peak

05.16.08   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Events   |   By: Andrea Tumino
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Our Friends at Orange 22 released a new teaser for the Botanist Blank Canvas debuting later this month at ICFF. We did a few more in depth posts here and here about the rock star list of designers contributing to this project, and the refreshingly philanthropic twist that convinced them to get on board. To get it straight from the horses mouth you can check out Orange 22′s site.

Sheeps Table by Itay Ohaly

03.27.08   |   Posted in: Modern Home   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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This table, by Israeli designer Itay Ohaly, Encourages the removal of smaller internal tables to be used separately before being herded back to the larger table. Walnut and Corian. 100 cm x 120 cm x 28 cm.
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Botainst Blank Canvas Update

03.24.08   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Kellis Landrum
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We told told you about the Botanist Blank Canvas project a few weeks ago and we can finally allowed to brake our vow of silence on the impressive list of participating designers. The full list includes-

Karim Rashid
Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Yves Behar
Margo Chase
Milton Glaser
Kahi Lee
Joe Ricchio
Claude Zellweger for One & Co.

If you missed last weeks post, the Botanist Black Canvas Project is one of the first ever product design endeavors to incorporate philanthropy. For the rest of the details click here.

Greenform: Natures Outdoor Solution

03.21.08   |   Posted in: Modern Home   |   By: Toshi Jones
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This year’s CA Boom expo in Santa Monica featured Greenform, recyclable, fiber cement, e form products. Hand made in Switzerland, these beautiful large scale pieces are perfect for those of us who want to limit waste, and maintain taste. Their collection includes Willy Guhls 1954 chair and 2008 Ecal collection from Nicolas Le Moigne.

Botanist Blank Canvas

03.13.08   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Kellis Landrum
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 We were happy to show you the Botanist from our friends at Orange22 way back when, but they’ve just take it to a whole new level by giving designers the chance to give back. The Botanist is a minimalist indoor outdoor table made from a single sheet of aluminum. The fun comes in as designers use hydrojets to cut or etch designs into the table surface.The Botanist Blank Canvas project has recruited some design heavyweights by giving them a royalty, then giving a match donation to the charity of their choice. This is a new twist for the product design community, and hopefully one that will continue.We promised not to release the list of collaborators until the public launch of the project at ICFF next week, but if we made a list of our top ten favorite product designers, at least five of them are doing this. Place your bets now!For more info you can check out the Orange22 website.

Asteroids Coffee Table

02.26.08   |   Posted in: Modern Home   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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If you’re anything like us then you grew up on low-fi graphic video games like Asteroids. This coffee table is a fitting tribute. The only thing missing are the coordinating spaceship coasters. Made of glass. As of right now it is a concept with plans for a limited production run later this year. Thanks to Zack and Kristy for the tip.

Eddie’s Room Cat Cave No 2

01.7.08   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Modern Home   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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Designed by Lene Nendel & Michael Ryding. The aim is to create furniture and accessories for cats and dogs befitting the modern, cosmopolitan home. The design approach is Scandinavian and items are made from natural materials such as leather, lamb wool, steel, wood and glass. Products are minimalist yet have a comfortable feel and are made to blend in the modern home rather than being hidden away in a corner. Walnut cave, ultra-suede cushion & stainless steel frame. Cushion can be machine-washed h 22.8″ w 17.7″ d 19.7. You can get it here for $650.