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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Causual Dining Chairs with a Plantation Feel

 

Evoking visions of warm island breezes and colorful sunsets over the ocean, the Bahama Breeze Side Dining Chair offers a beautiful option if you're looking to buy new casual dining chairs. This piece is one of the many designer modern dining chairs available at StylePath.

These chairs would work well with many table styles and can be easily customized since the white cushions are just begging to be covered in your own fabric to tie them into your existing décor. Need more seating? The Bahama Breeze Collection also includes a matching arm dining chair, plus bar and counter stools.

Bahama Breeze Side Dining Chair

With its thick comfy seat cushion and sculptural woven back, this chair may just cause you to linger a bit longer at the dining table.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Meet Vish & Asia of FOKal.com | LivingWithWhite.com

Vish & Asia Vish & Asia came into my life one day while I was wandering around the web looking for inspiration to cure a ferocious case of writer's block. I was in luck. I stumbled upon one of their modern design blogs, "LivingWithWhite.com," and was captivated with a fabulous post about Romolo Stanco's Hi Fi Modern House. I explored the site for awhile, then ran across a link to another of their home decor blogs, FOKaL.com. With so much engaging and useful content  and eye candy on both sites, I knew I had to see who was behind the magic.

I found Vish and Asia to be warm, welcoming, and uber talented. They graciously agreed to take time from their super busy schedules to grant me an interview so I could share with you. Enjoy! 

 

What makes you want to get up in the morning?

A: The idea of being able to do and see everything I love.

V: Everything about life makes me feel deeply grateful and thankful to get up and tackle each and every single day. I enjoy the challenges, the fun stuff and all the in-betweens.

 

What makes you animated? Excited?

A: Good food, finishing up a project, a good book, contemporary design and architecture, dogs, spending time with family.

V: There are really too many things. I would say the top would be Hockey, Animals and Films. I also love all forms of creative expression.

 

What makes you laugh?

People and Chris Rock. We find humor everywhere we look and just love to laugh everyday.

 

How would you describe each others personal style? 

When it comes to personal style, we don’t like to fuss but like to look good. We’re generally very relaxed but can switch it up whenever we’re in the mood.

Decorating style?

When it comes to interior design, we lean on clean, modern with a strong emphasis on natural elements and personal touches. Good design and functionality over trends. We believe that a home has to be in-sync with your inner and outer being in every way.


How did you get into blogging?

We’ve been working online, designing and building online businesses for over ten years. When blogging started picking up steam over the years, we transitioned many of our newest projects into this wonderful form of online publishing.


Looks like you have your hands full with your LivingwithWhite.com and Fokal.com blogs.

Though we own many blogs and websites in various industries, we have a handful of blogs that are connected with our personal passions. FOKaL and LivingWithWhite fall into the passion category because as Designers, we’re always keeping an eye out for inspirations and quality companies. Both of these projects allowed us to share, catalog and generate awareness for designs and ideas we love.

LivingWithWhite was a project we had on the back burner for several years. We’ve been really humbled and amazed by all the support, love and appreciation LWW has received since it officially went live. It’s really encouraged us a great deal to keep scouting and growing the project. There’s just something really magical about living with white.

 Do you blog full-time? 

Yes, we do blog full time but our duties revolve around many of the other aspects that come with running a primarily online business. We design, produce, market and handle a gazillion things. We also have a small team of amazing people that work for us and help us keep everything running the way it should.

We’re always going creatively nuts over here!


What is your mission with your blogs?

Turning heads and inspiring good design that makes you feel alive.


How many years have you been blogging?

We’ve been online for what seems like forever. Blogging specifically, we would say about 4 years now give or take.


What is your most favorite post you've ever done?

Talk about putting us on the spot! Really Jo, we cannot pick just one. We just can’t do it! :P Generally, if it’s been posted, we love it in some way. What we can say is we’re suckers for fresh interiors and visually stunning homes.


What is your favorite piece of furniture?

A: Polder Sofa by Hella Jongerius

V: Emeco Navy Chair
 

Who is your favorite home furnishings designer?

Wow! So many, five favorites would be Marcel Wanders, Tord Boontje, Alvar Aalto, Tom Dixon and Jaime Hayon.

 

What one decorating or design element could you not live without?

A: Our Skygarden by Marcel Wanders.

V: My Herman Miller Embody office chair.

 

Any message you would like to send to our readers? 

Just to be yourself and let your creativity flow. You can find beauty in the most mundane things. Life is so fast nowadays, you just have to allow yourself to take a moment and observe the inherent beauty in everything around you. When it comes to designing your space, don’t rush into it. Wear the pieces and potential colors for a little bit before investing in them. Less is always more and feeling deeply connected with all the elements in your space will invite positive energy into your home and life.

We’re always on the lookout for stylish and interesting inspirations for FOKaL and LivingWithWhite. Don’t hesitate to share your ideas with us. If you like our blogs or any of our posts, please leave a comment – we sincerely love hearing from our passionate readers! 

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Friday, October 01, 2010

Foster + Partners Simple Modern Dining Chairs

 

Emeco 20-06 Stacking Chair London-based architect firm Foster + Partners, had a revelation to create a subtle all aluminum chair suitable for inclusion in their world class interiors. Simple modern dining chairs such as this were not available at the time among the many designer modern dining chairs on the market. So they set about to remedy this.

The objective: The chair’s design had to be low-key enough not to compete with the interiors it was placed in; be stackable to ten-high; be made from recycled materials; be super strong; light weight; fireproof; and comfortable.

The solution: Foster + Partners designed the chair with all the features they were looking for and worked with Emeco, builders of great chairs since 1944, to produce the chair.

The result: The Emeco 20-06 Stacking Chair made of brushed recycled aluminum king-sized and equipped with a stacking base.

The consensus: Very cool, classic and subtle enough to blend with most contemporary, modern and eclectic interiors.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Mid Century Modern "Mad Men" Style

Betty Draper on set looking demure and elegant. You see it everywhere, from House Beautiful to Mid Century Modernist, so I thought StylePath should take part in lauding the interior design of the hit series "Mad Men". It really is undeniably chic and impeccably done and surely not “textbook mid-century modern America” as Dan Bishop, Production Designer of the "Mad Men" set explains.  

Sleek chrome, vinyl and teak wood are at the forefront of this ‘60s style with a mix of 50s and 40s thrown in to make it authentic. Danish modern takes front stage in Don Draper's office with an all teak desk. The sofas in other areas of the office are boxy very reminiscent of Herman Miller’s Goetz Sofa.

If you like the "Mad Men" look, StylePath has all the resources you need to create your uber-chic mid-century pad. Take a look at these designs from Eames, Herman Miller and Saal.

Goetz Sofa by Herman Miller

Herman Miller Goetz Sofa

Eames Soft Pad Group Lounge Chair  Herman Miller

 

Herman Miller Eames Soft Pad Group Lounge Chair

Saal Modern Chair - American Walnut

Saal Modern Chair in American Walnut is a fine example of Danish modern design.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Three Famous Modern Chair Designs

The German-born American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe once said of chair design, “A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous.” In tribute to the modernist chair designers who created some of the most famous designer chairs in the world, we've given them a place on our list and given you access to the alternative designer styles on StylePath, so you can easily choose your favorite!

Bibendum Chair by Eileen Gray

Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen

Tulip Chair by Eero Saarinen

 

 

 

Barcelona Chair by Mies van der Rohe

 

Barcelona Chair by Mies van der Rohe

 

Barcelona Chair by Mies van der Rohe

Tulip Chair by Eero Saarinen
Tulip Chair by Eero Saarinen

 

Tulip Chair by Eero Saarinen

 

Tulip Chair by Eero Saarinen

Monday, July 26, 2010

Karim Rashid Butterfly Chair

Karim RashidThere is no doubt Egyptian-born, globally-trained designer Karim Rashid is trending volcanic right now in the design world. His designs are fun, feisty and rare gems. His self-proclaimed style—“sensual minimalism” or “sensualism” as he tells designboom.com in a Proust-style interview. Rashid accomplishments are so vast, we won’t begin to list them here, albeit he has seen and done it all. He even published a book entitled, Karim Rashid I Want to Change the World published by Thames and Hudson, 2001. (Photo Credit)

If you are the life of the party, people immediately befriend you wherever you go and you love color and lots of it, then Rashid’s style could be your own. He uses every color from the rainbow and some he has even created himself. Anyone that can wear a cotton candy pink suit and manage to look delicious and dashing at the same time has it going on in more ways than one. His designs have his personality written all over them. His penchant and talent for design is far reaching outside of his interior design spaces, he has his own lines of house wares, lighting, packaging, art, fashion, branding and logos, surfaces, fabrics, and furniture.

Everything he touches leaves a trail of vibrant color and shapes and curves that literally dance before your eyes in the most delightful way.  Smashing hues of pink, purple, blue, green, red and more cover everything from sofas to hangers.

In honor of Rashid’s design genius, we’re excited to offer one of his brilliant designs…the Karim Rashid ButterflyChair in a bold turquoise hue, chrome steel frame and Italian design. This designer chair would make a perfect armless dining chair to accompany one of Rashid’s exuberant tables. If you can relate to this elegant seating then you may have just found the entry to your own StylePath. For more information about Karim Rashid and his world view his presspak.

Karim Rashid Butterfly Chair

The Karim Rashid Butterfly Chair. This designer chair is made for Magis.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Blu Dot: Three Stand Up Guys

Being the obsessive chair fanatics we are—our furniture editor had "quite a few" in her home at one time and I’m on the hunt for the perfect chairs for every room in my house—it’s no wonder we see ALOT of chair designers and designs. A favorite, we want to share with you,  is the Blu Dot crew. They create the most amazing chairs in comfortable and fascinating shapes. Chair fanatics themselves, they even conducted a Real Good Experiment with one of their chairs and produce movies about their designs featuring a large furry squirrel.

John Christakos, Blu Dot’s CEO and founder, recently interviewed with Bradford Shellhammer over at dwell.com. In the interview, he touches on what makes Blu Dot different from other design houses. He tells Shellhammer, “As one of the few design firms that also manufactures and markets its own designs, I have learned that design is really the easy part.  And the most fun part, although I suspected that from the beginning.  Getting a design from sketchpad to marketplace is much harder than I originally thought.”

Blu Dot Designers Charles Lazor and Maurice Blanks join Christakos to make up the three Blu Dot principals. The three college friends share a profound passion for design, art and architecture. Their mission?  To “bring good design to as many people as possible.” Their design philosophy? To "create simple straightforward objects in a complicated world. Clarity is very important to us." We like the way they think!

Another character trait we love about these guys is they don’t take individual credit for their designs. They approach concept, design and production as a collective effort. Christakos says of the process, “We are a design collective and have been from the very beginning. For the first several years, Charlie, Maurice, and I designed everything and we did that collaboratively. Some pieces may have started in my sketchbook or Charlie's or Maurice's but by the end they were truly a group effort. We are firm believers that the collective effort often yields results that can't be reached on a solo basis.”

Others are talking about the Blu Dot trio too. Marissa Bartolucci of American Contemporary Furniture, says of the three designers,  "With their inventive, can-do spirit that characterized the work of the Eameses, Blu Dot has resurrected the values of the Good Design movement and its popular potential."

Design on you terrific three! The Blu Dot Buttercup Rocker below would work great as a living room chair and has my name written all over it. Simply b-e-a-uuuu-tiful!

Buttercup Rocker

 

 

                  

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Van Gogh Designs Jane Chaise Lounger

Van Gogh would have surely loved this chic chaise lounger which boasts his name. Plush and curvy, this traditional chaise with a modern edge looks terrific in a rich warm cheetah print. Use in the bedroom for curling up with the one you love or in the living room with a good book. The quality construction is supported by a durable hardwood frame with a sinuous spring design.

Stylishly speaking it takes only a little bit of animal print to make a big impact, so leave the cheetah to the chaise to make your statement. Many fine homes can be found furnished with a hint of animal print here and there. What do you think of this style?

Random Fact: The American term “chaise lounge” is an erroneous English translation from the French term “chaise longue”. It has been so widely misused that it has become accepted as correct terminology even appearing as so in the English dictionaries.  

Van Gogh Designs Jane Chaise Lounger

Van Gogh Designs Jane Chaise Lounger

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Classic Panton Chair

You avoid the beaten path at all costs, you think outside the box (you hate the phrase), and you continually fight for your right to be funky. If this sounds like you, then Verner Panton surely must have had you in mind when he designed the limited edition Panton chair.

Panton, touted as one of Denmark’s most influential 20th century interior and furniture designers, is best known for his Panton chair design. Reinvented in a new color every year since 1967, this award-winning chair has seen the inside of many museums, famous homes and unexpected places like Bohemia’s St. Bartholomew's Church designed by QUBUS. (Sorry, the cross design isn’t available to the public.) Church Interior

The Panton, molded out of a solid piece of fiberglass-reinforced polypropylene, is manufactured by Vitra of Germany. This chair may be a piece of art, but its naturally flowing curves and flexible nature make an "oh, so comfortable" place to rest.

Make a strong design statement or add a splash of color (retro pink and light blue were 2007’s color offerings) to your dining room by pairing four or more with a bent glass table. Equally suited for outdoor use, the Panton can take a beating due to its UV and weather-proof shell which contains additives to prevent fading.

Due to the Panton’s limited edition status, supplies are, you guessed it, limited. The $260 price tag makes it a steal. It’s exclusively available through Hive.

Panton Chair

2007 Panton Chair in Light Blue

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

What Do the French and Swedish Have in Common?

Wisteria Linen  European Furniture - Natural Linen Settee W2506

This brilliant settee from Wisteria!  French provincial never looked so good than dressed up with a little Louis XV grandeur then subdued by Swedish-style linen. The curvy elegance of this settee is situated atop carved cabriole legs made of distressed wood. Two pillows are included for a bit of extra comfort. Use in place of a traditional living room sofa and pair with a couple of French chairs.

Even if you don’t own a manor house in the French countryside, you can pull off the look by pairing this beauty with patinaed metals, woven chair backs and seats and gold-gilded mirrors. If you have dreams of visiting Paris one day, tide yourself over by adding a touch of French style to your home.

Carry the French theme throughout your space with additional living room furniture that compliments your heavenly settee. Here’s our picks for a fabulous room…

Armoire - Wynwood Furniture - 1593-77

Paris Flea 
Golden Teak Eighteen-Light Chandelier

   

Old world style and romantic charm meet modern functionality in this patina-finished amoire. Pictured in Honey Ash by Wynwood.

Add a touch of the unexpected to your living room with this exquisite Paris Flea Golden Teak Eighteen-Light chandelier (if you thought that was a mouth full try saying it in French). This one is to completely die for.  So what if the chandelier costs more than your settee…if the $3,600 price tag doesn’t fit your budget take a look at some similar items that might. 

Ethan Allen may not be of French descent but he did one heck of a job fooling us with this antique-washed Kashan Rug in muted shades of soft green, khaki and terra-cotta. Get one for your room. Your feet will thank you and think they’ve just walked through a Persian garden.  Enjoy  the spoils of a perfectly-posh Parisian existence!

Ethan Allen Kashan Rug, Green/Ivory

         

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