When decorating a modern bedroom of his Los Angeles residence, musical legend Sir Elton John chose a piece by design legend Pierre Paulin. A seemingly fitting choice, Ribbon Chair is a legend in its own right. With a significant presence that spins over half a century, Ribbon is an accolade to the visionary design that Pierre Paulin came to be identified with. Clearly ahead of its time, Ribbon Chair pioneered, in a lot of ways, the incorporation of art into contemporary furniture making it an inspiration to sculptural furniture that followed. Considered an iconic piece, Ribbon Chair is permanently displayed at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.
Actual Design, a contemporary furniture manufacturer based in Russia is gaining momentum at the competitive world stage of designer furniture with three ingenious collections (Brazo, Virtuoso and Apriori) that feature contemporary dining room furniture, round modern beds, unique console tables, modern TV cabinets and ergonomic office desks. Using beech and birch wood, finished in cherry, mahogany, wenge, light oak, walnut, silvery, white, black, Actual Design focuses on the design of their pieces, granting them one overarching theme – curvatures and pliability that are sort of in contradiction with the fact that the main material used is wood.
Air Platform Bed by Lago
Adequately named, the Air bed gives the illusion that it is floating thanks to its four glass legs. And yet, Daniele Lago did not stop there when he designed this modern platform bed, he further proceeded to make it unforgettable with the “Kama Sutra” depicting positions engraved on the perimeter of its mattress support…just in case anyone needed a quick tutorial (the “at-your-fingertips” convenience is certainly there).
Fe-tisch by Walter Giers for Draenert
A limited edition functional art, the Fe -tisch modern coffee table is a part of the tisch collection of prototype table designed for the Draenert. The table showcases sexy lingerie, fixed between two glass surfaces. A conversation starter that may inspire other activities.
Into a world where “i” stands in front of many mainstream products comes the first “i” furniture piece – the iTable by Willisau Switzerland which is also a winner of the 2008 Red Dot Award. Generous in dimensions, this designer modern table is a symbol of pure minimalism, a sign of futuristic modernism, in tune not only with current design trends but with latest technology. Visually striking, the iTable comes ready for your iPod/iTunes in terms of technological and stylistic accommodations. The flush mounted docking station is integrated into the top of the dining table operable via remote control while the stereo sound system and a bass reflex box are mounted conveniently on the side. The white lacquered finish of the iTable serves as a beautiful backdrop to the iPod, providing unrivaled sensory experience, both visually and acoustically.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner with its most symbolic tribute to eternal love and passion being the red rose. In the next couple of weeks close to 200 million red roses will be bought in United States, but in our world of contemporary furniture, unique statements of decorum are realized through a selective conglomeration of rose inspired, personified pieces from top Italian furniture manufactures and European furniture designers. Any and all of this modern décor elements by default create romance, transforming dull spaces into exotic ones that ooze with passion, sentiment, and rapture.
Rose by Masanori Umeda for Edra is shaped like a rose and is even textured like one with luxurious velvet upholstery. A definite haute couture item, Rose Chair closely resembles its namesake with padded petals that shape its seat and a molded metal frame. Available in a variety of colors with the red version being its most popular/borderline iconic color.
Vitruvit Decorated Sinks with graphic rose patterns redefine modern bathroom décor, delineating grace, delicacy and distinctiveness simultaneously. Minimal in shape, these modern basins in unusual triangular shape feature beautiful flowery splashes that dramatize an otherwise mainstream décor, add depth, and intensify modern minimalist bathroom with vitality.