Saturday, July 31, 2010

Great Idea: Round Dining Tables as Desks

Blu Dot is on my hit list of favorites for the second time this week. This organic looking forked stainless steel Sprout Table caught my eye. It may have been conceived in the designer’s mind simply as a round dining table, but I need a new desk, and I think this will do the trick!

Making my choice difficult, it’s available in three cool colors: a bright yellow that reminds me of a yield sign; a subtle ivory--great looking in contrast to the shiny base; and the unwavering tried and true basic black. I'm going for a black and white home office, check out the one on the Design Public blog. I think as far as round dining tables go, aka computer desks, it’s going to be the ivory. Which is your favorite?

Blu Dot Sprout Table
Blu Dot Sprout Table

Sprout Table Colors
Blu Dot Sprout Table available colors courtesy of Design Public

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




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