Best of 2011 – Top 10 Designer Furniture Picks

Friday, December 30th, 2011

2011 ran the gamut as far as modern design goes, from awe-inspiring yet functional elements courtesy of mega talents like Karim Rashid and Marcel Wanders to eccentric show pieces from new-comers like Sophie De Vocht.  Each of these pieces commanded attention in its own way, and without further ado, here goes the time-honored tradition of compressing 365 days of modern design, into 10 best pieces that moved us or made us pause.

1.  Loop Chaise by Sophie De Vocht for Casamania

Loop Chaise by Sophie De Vocht for Casamania

2.  La Fiorita Sofa by Gaetano Pesce for Meritalia

La Fiorita Sofa by Gaetano Pesce for Meritalia

3.  Inlay Cabinet by Front for Porro

Inlay Cabinet by Front for Porro

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Top 10 Lighting Designs for 2011

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Lighting is an essential part of any interior decor and without a doubt, one of its more dramatic elements.  While most conventional lighting fixtures draw attention simply because of their mere essence, modern lighting, especially lighting fixtures that were introduced throughout 2011 exceed expectations in terms of ingenuity and functionality.  Without further ado, here are our top 10 modern lighting fixtures for 2011.

1.  Stream Chandelier by Christian Lava for Terzani

Stream Chandelier by Christian Lava for Terzani

2.  Standelier by Todd Bracher for Swarovski Centerpieces

Standelier by Todd Bracher for Swarovski Centerpieces

3.  Niagra Chandelier by Bodo Sperlein for Lladro

Niagra Chandelier by Bodo Sperlein for Lladro

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10 Rules for Modern Lighting

Monday, December 19th, 2011

1.  Enjoyment
Lighting up a space should be pleasant.  Nothing harsh and irritating.

2.  Customization
Activities that happen in a particular space, should dictate the type of lighting it requires.  Often times, a combination between decorative and functional lighting is the ideal solution.

3.  Moderation
An overly bright space as well as a space that’s dim is not inviting.  Lighting fixtures should be added gradually.

4.  Dynamism
Lighting fixtures create shadows in addition to illumination.  Shadows are also important to the ambience of the room as they create movement and add drama to the space.

5.  Reflection
Light surfaces reflect light better then dark surfaces.  The same applies to shiny surfaces versus dull ones.  Lighting fixtures are as good as where they are placed.

6.  Durability
Lighting fixtures is not a temporary solution.  Its reliability, longevity, and user-friendliness should be vital deciding factors.

7.  Focus
Lighting fixture can be the focal point of a room as well as put the spotlight on a focal point of the room.  Lighting type must be parallel to its functional requirements.

8.  Eco-Friendliness
Lighting fixtures with dimmers, that are made from recycled materials and have a degree of consciousness have a greater intrinsic value.

9.  Design
One great looking lighting fixture is always more attractive than a number of mediocre ones.  Lighting should be treated as a decorative source with ambient enhancing qualities.

10.  Light Bulb
Light bulb is the source of light while the lighting fixture is its “packaging.”  It should have sensorial warm that is both seen and felt.

Let’s Get Physical

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Inspired by the human body, designed by brilliant human minds, produced by talented human hands, made to be appreciated by the human sensorial system.

  1. Manomorta Stool by Enzo Berti for Bross Italia
  2. Nemo Armchair by Fabio Novembre for Driade
  3. Mano Dining Table by Alessandro Bosco for BBB Emmebonacina
  4. Fornasetti Plates by Piero Fornasetti
  5. Him & Her by Fabio Novembre for Casamania
  6. Frame Wall Mirror Philippe Starck for Driade
  7. Bronze Stool by Phillippe Starck for XO Design

Be Thankful

Monday, December 12th, 2011

With Thanksgiving just behind us, thoughts of deep gratitude, appreciation and everything that it entails seem to dominate the atmosphere that quickly turns everyday life into the Holiday Season.  A time of the year that’s defined by joy, excitement, and other positive emotions, gratitude is at the forefront of it all, strengthening our bond with loved ones while reinforcing our hopes and dreams for the future.

Stumbling on this treasure of poem whose author is unfortunately unknown, was a great surprise that needed to be shared with all our fans.  “Be Thankful” is a poem that gives new meaning to the word gratitude, redefining it as an inspiration for trying times as well as a guiding light for life in general.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we did and as always, thank you for all your support!

Be Thankful poem by unknown