Kolorado Modern Outdoor – via Paris

How sleek are these? I especially love how the scuptural nature of the design plays out in the chaise. Kolorado by Mark Robson for the French company Sifas (sister company to Dedon). Available in black or white, a beautiful line from a company that has been making outdoor furniture since the 1960’s. Available state side at Interieurs New York.

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May 5, 2008 at 8:22 pm Leave a comment

Porada Italy Knows How to Hang

Porada Italy has some of the sleekest looking butlers and coat hangers around. Their geometric forms make them stand-alone artworks. Add in the function on keeping you clothes neat and your room tidy and you’ve got a winning combination. In New York, you can find Porada furniture and accessories at Eurotrend on Broome. Porada has some really great looking tables, chairs and an awesome collection of mirrors that I will definitely post very soon.

April 24, 2008 at 8:58 pm 2 comments

La Z Boy as Shield

Hot off the press from Lafayette, Tennessee… a man named John Spencer weathered a tornado, sitting on his La Z Boy recliner. He reports that the wind started to pull him out of the trusty chair, but he refused to go, held on for dear life, and made it, La Z Boy and all. After hearing the story, La Z Boy provided John a gift certificate for $1000 to purchase a new recliner. Understandably, John considers the original recliner pretty lucky and will likely keep it.  So if I were John, I think I’d go for the Carmen Leather Recliner from La Z Boy. Whether or not you embrace the recliner concept, this one looks pretty darn comfy. Its 54″wide, that is really big and there is extra padding on the arms, seat and wings.

April 22, 2008 at 6:48 pm Leave a comment

Happy Salad

Coming up with a functional, stylish and affordable gift is never easy to do. Awhile back, I came across these cool salad tongs at Scandihoovians in Los Angeles.  The product is by Menu, a Danish company that designs home accents – from wine accessories to vases and the salad tongs pictured here. Designed by Bent Falk, this ingenious set combines a smiley faced fork and a spoon that can be used alone, or in tandem. What is so cool about these servers is how they interlink to become tongs. Once linked, they are springy to the touch. At $42, these are a great find.

April 16, 2008 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

In Search of the Perfect Plastic Chair

Modern furniture juxtaposed against a rustic interior can create a beautiful contrast.  So, I am searching for a contemporary chair for a great old beach cabin. My requirements are that the chair be tough, able to withstand water, sand and salt air; affordable, nobody is expecting these to last a lifetime; and relatively small, the house is used for many gatherings, so extra seating is a must. The chair needs to be able to work with an eclectic mix of antiques and basic upholstered pieces. So far, I’ve narrowed it down to the six chairs you see here: The Air Arm Chair by Jaspar Morrison for Magis ($118 or $95 with no arms), Joe Colombo Chair for Kartell ($223), Bellini Chair for Heller ($125), Supernatural Chair by Ross Lovegrove for Moroso ($200), Extra Chair by Xavier Lust for Driade ($160) and Selene Chair by Vico Magistretti ($185).  I selected these six because they are all plastic, I don’t think chrome would do well in salt air. The chairs are priced in the $100-$200 range and are under 21″ wide and deep. Right now I’m leaning towards the Air Chair and the Bellini chair. I think the designs are slightly elegant and chameleon-like. Any thoughts?

April 10, 2008 at 5:26 pm 2 comments

Blik Surface Graphics

I like to post articles about things I am willing to pay for because it lends some credibility. By now, many of you have at least heard of BLIK. If not, its an LA based surface graphics company. Does that = stickers? Not really. Surface graphics are more like a custom mural. They are ultra-thin and lay flat on the wall. Blik offers a wide variety of wall graphics, text for creating prose on your walls or windows and all kinds of custom applications. I have given Blik as graduation gifts (teenagers think they’re cool) holiday gifts (I especially like the Blikmas Tree). One thing I didn’t realize with my first Blik purchase is that the removable graphics are single use and it does take some work to get the stickers off the wall. One exception is the Re-Stik line. I purchased Re-Stik Blik Robots for my youngest son. Its more fun for him to move them around. I did notice that the Re-Stiks seem a little thicker, which makes them really easy to get off the wall. In the $25 to $40 range, this makes a really nice gift.

April 9, 2008 at 5:04 pm Leave a comment

FLOR Carpet Tiles

I like to think myself as an early adopter when it comes to FLOR carpet tiles. Several years ago, I remember receiving one of their first mailers, which was more in an earthy looking newspaper format. Since I am not a big fan of carpet – it just always seems dirty – I was taken with the concept. I ordered up a few squares for our small family room, which takes an inordinate amount of abuse. As promised, the squares were attractive, hard wearing and pretty easily to clean. I then ordered additional FLOR tiles for our living room, dining room (pictured) and entry.

That was over five years ago and the tiles are still going strong. How often can you say that?

April 9, 2008 at 3:58 pm 1 comment

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