Nike partners to build a training room in the sky

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

It is only natural that athletic readiness and recovery should not be hindered by travel and that the loaded travel schedules of professional athletes serve as a driver behind Nike’s recent partnership with Teague consultants to address this growing needs gap by collaborating on a sports facility or a training room in the sky.

Nike training room in the sky concept

Nike concept modern interior

Nike training room in the sky concept

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Inside Yelp’s headquarters

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Yelp’s city guide and directory headquarters in San Francisco can be called a small (self-contained) neighborhood, spread across multiple floors.  Mostly without partitions and doorways, Yelp’s open layout spaces suggest of an industrial interior style complemented by exposed brick walls, concrete ceilings, reclaimed doors and mid-century inspired modern furniture. Quirky common areas like “semi-private pods for chess or chatting”, coffee bar, The Library and The Tool Shed are styled to epitomize their names whilst offering curious meeting spaces.

Yelp open layout spces in San Francisco

Yelp headquarters in San Francisco

Yelp interiors in San Francisco

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Choose your Exes

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

The “X” is certainly got legs.  From slang vernacular to pop culture icons like X-men and X-files, from architecture to fashion, and many other aspects of our everyday living, the symbol and character is certainly an inspiring element.  It is no different in the realm of modern furniture design, and now more than ever, it is pronounced and reinterpreted in variations that challenge gravity and beguile attention.  This is especially noticeable with the vast selection of modern dining tables that adapt this geometric chameleon.  Here are a few examples from leading Italian manufacturers like Cattelan Italia, Tonin Casa, Bonaldo and Bross.

W dining table by Bross

W dining table by Luciano Marson for Bross

Spyder Wood dining table by Cattelan Italia

Spyder Wood dining table by Philip Jackson for Cattelan Italia

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Pilgrimage to nature continues

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Another year at the Milan furniture fair further solidified the organic nature of modern design; a trend that’s been catching fire for the last few years.  More wooden tables with live edges, lighter, blonder wooden finishes like bleached ash, walnut, and oak adorned the showrooms of top Italian brands.   Showing natural grain and the history of a tree, dining surfaces were rustic and modern at once.  Walnut was still a strong choice, displaying a combination of tonal diversity and the natural integrity of the tree featuring straight grain in the trunk and wavy grain towards the roots while natural oak or as some call it, Heritage oak was the newest craze.  With visually prominent properties like rings and large pores, oak’s texture has visible medullary rays that contribute to its unrefined appeal and consequently make choice du jour for the bucolically inclined interiors.

Bonaldo’s Big dining table is reinvented with corten legs and anthracite grey polished solid oak wood.

Big dining table by Bonaldo

Big dining table by Bonaldo

Eliot Wood dining table by Cattelan Italia features a live edge walnut top.

Eliot Wood dining table by Cattelan Italia

Eliot Wood dining table by Cattelan Italia

While Skorpio dining table features a Heritage Oak wooden top

Skorpio Wood dining table by Cattelan Italia

Skorpio Wood dining table by Cattelan Italia

Skorpio Wood dining table by Cattelan Italia

Skorpio Wood dining table by Cattelan Italia

Demand more from your furniture

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

As consumers of modern furniture, it is time we stop thinking about what furniture is and start thinking about what it can do, complementing the direction many European designers and Italian factories have taken in the past decade.  Demanding more of your living space is the new standard within the modern furniture design, briskly substituting the yesteryears of uncomfortable, at times futile, yet stunning furniture that inadvertently earned the movement a bad reputation and a permanent stigma.

The second decade of the 21st century intensified the importance of a space that continually works for individual and ever-changing needs.  And now the fruits of this laborious paradigm shift are finally realized in exquisitely designed interiors around the globe.  Modern is no longer an attribute of a style but rather of the denotive function(s) it serves.  From the clean lines of wall units with sliding wall panels that alter a room, ingeniously created Italian extension tables, sofas that turns into queen size beds to  stylish chairs that unfold into comfortable chaises and bar stools that can double as dining chairs with one swift movement.  Design is no longer a singular attribute related to the appearance of a furniture piece, but rather to its performance and suitability within the context of everyday needs.

Livingston extension table by Tonelli offers a unique extension mechanism

Livingston extension table by Tonelli offers a unique extension mechanism

Capri sleeper sofa by Gamma turns into a queen size bed with a simple movement

Capri sleeper sofa by Gamma turns into a queen size bed with a simple movement

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