Michele Keith

Swanning Around with Dalí

A good friend of Salvador Dalí’s and a renowned architect, Oscar Tusquets formed Bd Ediciones de Dise–o with four friends after years of designing furniture for acquaintances who couldn’t find things they liked. Given the exclusive world rights to make the pieces that Dalí had drawn for furniture maker Jean-Michel Frank, Tusquets’ team began production. A replication of the chair…

Chilewich Gets Boxed In

Always looking for new ways to interpret fabric, Sandy Chilewich first used Plynyl flooring to upholster small rolling ottomans for her eponymous firm. Woven on a loom, the flooring is made of vinyl strips, comes in different weaves and colors, and is sold both as sheet goods and as floor mats. “Boxes” is one of her several new patterns that…

Going with the Flo

Inspired by the origami that designer Andrea White has been creating for years, Brave Design’s Flo 400 sports an undulating translucent shade made from a wood veneer strip laminated onto a core of lexan, a polycarbonate plastic. While the smaller version of the lamp is more pliable, able to be reconfigured into a variety of shapes, the larger version’s shade…

Evolved Design’s Raffia Chair

Inspired by the iconic Corbusier chair, Milo Naval designed this square-arm chair from natural-colored raffia palm. The palm is first handwoven into strips, then woven into a checkerboard pattern, and finally placed over a plywood frame. Created and manufactured in Manila, it is part of the Raffia Collection that includes a dining chair, bench/coffee table, club chair, and corner chaise….

A Little Night Light

Known for seeing the “lighter “side of life, and for incorporating their whimsical humor into the products they make, Black+Blum partners Dan Black and Martin Blum created this funny little reading lamp that is just that, a read-ing light. The “reader’s “legs are of polished zinc; the semi-translucent shade is polypropylene, and the translucent lamp holder is polycarbonate. He comes…

Dakota Jackson’s Re-wind Cocktail Table

Dakota Jackson’s latest cocktail table, “Re-wind,” is like a huge lazy Susan. “I’ve been fascinated with perpetual motion since I was a kid, “he says,” and I wanted to combine that element with a sense of discovery. “The movable base made of figured English sycamore doubles as a storage space, visible to the eye or not, depending upon where ion…

Float’s Flexible Droplet Bowl

Made of durable, transparent silicon rubber, the Droplet Bowl is non-toxic, heat-resistant, and break-proof, making it wonderful tableware for indoors and out. Thanks to its gentle lip, liquid contents pour as easily from it as from a pitcher, so it’s perfect for soup or purees, as well as for more substantial items like fruit or cereal. As an added touch,…

A Temple to Creativity

Molded of glass-reinforced plastic, the Temple from Hill Jephson Robb is a huge, spherical-shaped object that is as much a toy as it is a sculpture as it is a sofa. Since it is made-to-order, it can be created in any color, including one to match an already existing product. Robb, who is based in Based in Glasgow, Scotland, created…

Coloroo: A Colorful Acrylic Chair for Kids

Like a whimsical Chinese puzzle, Jump Designs’ Coloroo is a seat comprised of colorful, one-inch-thick slabs of laminated acrylic. Produced in a limited-edition run of 1,000, the chair—which is emerald green, ruby red, royal blue, lemon yellow, and violet—is available directly from the company. Unlike most acrylic furniture, which is held together by glue, the sections of this chair are…

A Chandelier Inspired by the Ocean’s Floor

Inspired by the underwater world he sees when snorkeling, London-based glass blower Adam Aaronson created this three-dimensional chandelier to reflect the vegetation that grows on the ocean’s floor. “Similar to brush strokes, as well as to sea plants, the glass tubes look as though they’re moving because they’re a bit wavy, ” he says. “Whether in natural or artificial light,…