Author: Edward Keegan

A Jellyfish for Your Laptop

This amoeba-shaped stand raises your laptop screen to eye-level; this more ergonomically correct position prevents back strain. A hinged, clear plastic leaf allows you to choose three different heights and angles for your machine, while carefully located openings at the…

A Trim That Helps Tiles Defy Gravity

By their very nature, suspended ceiling systems float free of a building structure. Many designers exploit this property by leaving their ceilings short of the wall. But then they run into a problem: The blunt edges necessary to conceal the…

A Go-Get-‘Em Seat

Fixtures Furniture claims that its Fetch chair is “your new best friend.” If so, you had better prepare for a lonely summer, since the company won’t be fielding orders for Fetch until September, and won’t be delivering it before Oct.…

Contessa Charms with Curves, Frills

Inspired by the forms of the human body, Teknion’s prototype for the Contessa was a tough seat to get into even during the quieter times at NeoCon. It always seemed as if the hoards needed to rest their weary feet…

Abacus Lamp is Honest, Elegant

Nessen’s Abacus table lamp takes a visual cue from the ancient counting instrument; that’s fitting, because the fixture is as graceful and pure of form as its namesake. The 24” lamp, which is comprised of three solid wooden beads joined…

Glass Tiles Broaden Range of Uses

Glass Tile USA’s Live Tile line is an example of old-world tradition being revived for modern needs. The tiles, which are produced by Czech glass craftsmen, come in different silhouettes and strengths, in order to support internal and external uses.…

Spot Chair: A Fusion of Old and New

Los Angeles-based designer David Dahl has fused several motifs in his Spot lounge chair, created for Carolina Business Furniture. The piece has the chunky solidity of a ’50s club chair yet floats above the floor on a quintessentially ’80s arched…

Liquid Keeps Work, Style Flowing

A response to the constantly evolving workplace of today, the Liquid Workspace is an assortment of kidney-shaped elements that add up to an extraordinarily flexible product with a highly contemporary look. Unlike typical systems workstations, the Liquid solution utilizes lightweight…

Thonet’s Genus Defines the Company’s Vision

“Bentwood” furniture has been synonymous with Thonet since the company’s inception in 1830. So it’s appropriate that the firm’s new Genus chair—which features a slick bent plywood seat and back—is a distillation of the elements that helped establish Thonet’s reputation.…

Artoleum’s Impressionist, Pointillist Tiles

For Denis Darragh, president of Forbo Flooring North America, sustainability is not a marketing issue: It’s a socio-economic responsibility. While Forbo’s linoleum products have been green since that term was only a color, the company doesn’t see this as a…

Split Forms, Uses for 50:50 Chair

Allermuir’s 50:50 chair has a cleverly cleft seat that can be adapted into a side chair, high stool, or low stool. The piece’s unremarkable, four-legged tubular steel frame supports a fascinating, origami-like seat that seems most appropriate when rendered in…

A Fiberboard That Favors the Environment

Verde Interior Products boasts that furniture made with its materials is “green to the core.” That’s because Verde’s core product is the innovative SONOBoard3D honeycomb fiberboard, a 100% post-consumer waste paper fiber that can be used as a substrate for…

Swirling Beneath Our Feet

As a preview to its forthcoming collection of carpets, Atlas is showing Spyro—a prototype pattern that’s reminiscent of your old Spirograph, because that’s exactly what Atlas’ designers used to create its swirling motifs. The sample utilizes a new interloop, full-repeat…

A Quiet Place to Sit

The Silencio chair looks like a cross between an egg and Volkswagen’s updated Beatle. Even without its optional acrylic side panels, it’s a virtual cocoon whose plush upholstery really does cut down surrounding noise—just as its name promises. Launched last…

Sports Technology Influences This ProActive Chair

Snowboarding, biking, and other technology-driven sports inspired the design of Christophe Marchand’s first chair. “Sports have intelligent systems that aren’t used in business,” explains the Swiss-based Marchand when describing the unusual assortment of materials he sculpted into the ProActive chair.…

Flexible Office Furniture for Working—or Relaxing

Metro extends its Bix line with a series of pieces specifically created to encourage office-wide collaboration. The podium and bench coordinate with the original lounges for intimate—and flexible—work areas that can start to resemble the seating found in an upscale…

USG’s Tough Hide

Tuff-Hide is a spray-applied product that eliminates the usual two-step skim coat and primer coat process necessary to achieve the highest level five gypsum board finish. As designers ask for more sculptural qualities from gypsum board, Tuff-Hide promises to translate…

USG’s TOPO Ceilings

If you’re looking to set sail on a tossed and rolling ceiling, the new TOPO system can make it happen, at least within the constraints of a typical 2-by-2 lay-in tile. TOPO is available in an 8- or 12-inch depth…