Slow Furniture

Jean-Marie Massaud’s Holy Day Lounge for Viccarbe is now being manufactured in North Carolina. This Labor Day weekend, San Francisco will host the first annual Slow Food Nation, a massive coming-out party for the American branch of the international Slow Food movement, which promotes a sustainable food system (and such delicacies as Bosnian Sack Cheese). Last Monday, I visited the…

The Magic Lantern: Pushing the Limits for Daylighting Exhibition Spaces

Course# Met104 This course is AIA/CES registered for 1LU / HSW. As designers become more aware of sustainability issues, daylighting has become an increasingly important aspect of the beautiful and sustainable interior. Through materials and their placement the quality of sunlight can be manipulated in extraordinary ways that serve the specific needs and uses of a given project. In the…

USM Modular Furniture

The underlying impetus behind all USM Modular Furniture products is that form should follow function. USM furniture is characterized by timeless design and high-quality construction which enables their products to adapt to changing needs over time. The elegant proportions and minimalist design make each system appropriate for both home and office environments, able to assimilate with any architecture or interior…

Trends: Textiles

With durability and eco-friendliness as standard practices, manufacturers of contract textiles can pursue other features including technological innovations or high style. June 12, 2007 Categories: Textiles, Uncategorized

Trends: Lighting

Could Mies van der Rohe possibly have imagined how widely his famous maxim about less and more would be so broadly and almost indiscriminately co-opted? He would probably applaud the way it’s become a mantra for lighting design. Energy efficiency and heat reduction remain paramount to every corporate program goal. June 12, 2007 Categories: Lighting, Lighting Products, Uncategorized

Trends: Outdoor Furniture

Teak, with its rich color and moisture-friendly properties, is increasingly ubiquitous in outside uses, although other technologies are making new ideas come to life for al fresco spaces. June 12, 2007 Categories: Furniture, Uncategorized

Ilse Crawford

Ilse Crawford answers a few questions on interior design, inspiration, and process—using her thumbs.

Ilse Crawford answers a few questions on interior design, inspiration, and process—using her thumbs.

Alfresco Textiles

In a giant leap from the backyard patio barbecue, outdoor kitchens of surprising complexity have become a new fetish area for acquisitive homeowners. And as exterior kitchens have begat exterior dining rooms, outdoor dining rooms have sprouted outdoor living rooms. These new spaces necessitate upholstered pieces for the outdoors and are rapidly replacing simple garden furniture of metal or plastic….

Taking Textiles to the Streets

Carnegie continues on a path of targeted marketing with its Street & Sport textiles. Their imagery is meant to evoke a mix of extreme sports , graffiti and various expressions of youthful rebellion. While this type of textile might seem improbable for many contract installations, it’s aimed at the Gen-Y staffers who are the ones that specify contract textiles for…

Multi-Tasking Textiles

Takashi and Maki Ifuji established their design studio in Gifu, Japan, in 2002, and have since created a range of clever furniture, housewares, and lighting products. Their booth is part of the British European Design Group’s exhibition at this year’s ICFF and features the polyester Coprimi wine bottle cover by Maki and the reversible felt Barchetta trays by Takashi. Each…