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Bensen Sleeper Sofa
By Chris
4/28/2017 12:28:00 PM  



The Bensen Sleeper Sofa designed by Niels Bendtsen is not your ordinary “sofa bed.” What we love about this piece is that it’s simply a great-looking minimalist, low-profile sofa design with clean lines and tailored details. With a form that effortlessly blends within any interior, Bensen’s Sleeper sofa functions beautifully for sitting and relaxing yet easily converts into an impromptu, comfortable single bed whenever you need one.



Bensen’s impetus for the design was that “conventional sofa beds involve complex, heavy systems of springs and levers that require several motions or placements – the result is inadequate spring suspension and poor cushioning that compromises comfort in sleeping or sitting. What differentiates the Sleeper from other sofa beds is that the fully supported foam seat and back changes position in one smooth motion.”




Sleeper features a welded steel frame that not only provides internal strength but creates a relative levity compared to wood for ease in moving the piece. The padding is composed of high-resilience foam that has been layered in various densities. Niels Bendtsen developed a unique pivoting system that uses gravity and Sleeper’s own weight to lock itself into place, allowing for an effortless transition from a sofa to a bed. Expertly tailored upholstery is available in a wide range of Danish and Italian textiles that Bensen fabricates as removable covers – all with precisely integrated Velcro that affixes perfectly to the form. These removable covers are ideal for periodic cleaning and can easily be replaced to change up the color and texture while retaining your investment in the sofa. For more information, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com.

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We Remain “Blown Away”
By John
4/27/2017 7:56:00 AM  


Moooi Blown Away


Swedish design collective, Front, metaphorically “blew us away” with their Blow Away vase for Moooi, Netherlands, that expertly marries the centuries old tradition of Delftware (white and blue tin-glazed Dutch earthenware) with 21st century technology to enable its remarkable form.




Front approached its Blow Away design by converting the physical form of a Delftware vase into a digitized 3D file and then subjected this now “virtual vase” to simulated wind in order to capture its resulting aesthetic. By freezing this animation, they were able to convert this virtually engendered form into an actual Delftware vase mold that appears to have wind gushing through it – Blow Away is the physical manifestation of a virtual moment. These newly formed mold parameters afforded the mechanism for serially producing the vase. Royal Delft, the legendary Dutch pottery founded in 1653, fabricates Blow Away for Moooi; as with all of Royal Delft’s pieces, each example is hand-decorated.




Given the inherent design significance of this piece, Switch Modern donated an example of Blow Away to Atlanta’s High Museum of Art for its permanent collection of decorative arts and design.

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CVL Luminaires Calée: Luxe Illumination from France
By Doug Henderson
4/26/2017 8:12:00 AM  


CVL Luminaires


Calée is an engaging and luxe collection of lighting from French manufacturer CVL Luminaires Contract that was recently designed by Pool, the Paris-based creative studio of Léa Padovani and Sébastien Kieffer. The Calée Collection includes several lighting typologies – table, floor, as well as pendant and wall sconce versions.




Each of the Calée forms is an atypical combination of brass or copper cylindrical, square, or rectilinear aspects in various sizes that have been expressed in striking combinations of matte, polished, or graphite finishes. The ways in which the designers have both assembled and dramatically punctuated these juxtapositional forms engenders a visual precariousness – yet, ironically, it is this precisely engineered “imbalance” that ultimately ensures the stability of each shape. Calée’s resulting forms are a fabulous pastiche of Art Deco elements coupled with the aesthetics of enigmatic structural assemblage and visual imbalance associated with early postmodern design in the 1980s.




Switch Modern has recently started representing CVL Luminaires Contract in the United States. All of the manufacturer’s designs are meticulously hand-crafted in France; most are UL-approved making them ideal for either residential or commercial applications. For more information on CVL Lighting / CVL Luminaires Contract, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com.

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Verner Panton Mirror Sculptures
By Nekayah
4/25/2017 8:01:00 AM  




Known for his futuristic designs from the 1960s and 1970s, Verner Panton originally designed these multiple pyramid form Mirror Sculptures in 1965 as modular panels for use in his home. American plastics manufacturer, Beylerian, started producing each of the three panel versions in 1974 and marketing them as framed set of four. Examples of these vintage Mirror Sculptures from the 1960s and 1970s are extremely difficult to source and command thousands of dollars at auction.



Verpan, Denmark, is now the licensed manufacturer of the corpus of Verner Panton’s designs and has recently made the three original styles of the Mirror Sculptures – single large depth pyramid, four medium depth pyramids, nine small depth pyramids – available anew.



Each panel is composed of 3mm thickness acrylic/PMMA and measures 18.9” x 18.9” with varying depths of 3.9”, 5.7” and 10.6”. Any of the panels can be hung individually or arranged in dramatic clusters on a wall. Each version of the Verner Panton Mirror Sculptures is available through Switch Modern.


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Jacopo Foggini’s Surreal Ines Lamp for Edra
By Roy Otwell
4/24/2017 8:54:00 AM  


Ines Floor Lamp


Artist Jacopo Foggini has collaborated with Italian manufacturer Edra over the past few years to create several chair designs that push the limits of manipulating polycarbonate – the results create profoundly engaging new aesthetics that blur industrial design and fine art. We are absolutely smitten with his recent, fabulously surreal Ines floor lamp design. As Foggini remarked in a recent interview, it was the first time that he had designed a lamp for a company and Edra was the artist’s logical choice of partner for the collaboration. As Foggini explained, “With Edra, I always felt total freedom to create without limits or boundaries. Edra is one of the few companies able to realize an industrial product with such high craftsmanship to make it somewhat unique.”



Foggini wanted to create a lamp that “could dialogue with those beautiful sofas that characterize its production—an important lamp, with the dynamics and proportions of an inverted chandelier. I wanted it to be read as a natural element, a stem that branches out like a tree, but also in some polymorphic way as the sinuous body of a woman with long legs, like my former girlfriend Ines, to whom it is dedicated.”



Foggini remarks that he was inspired by the work of artists, Giacometti and Salvador Dali, as well as filmmaker Tim Burton. Rather than infusing color into the polycarbonate material as the artist had done previously with his range of chairs for Edra – Ella, Gilda B. Alice, Gina – Foggini describes that the lamp’s luxurious finish was applied to create the effect of “gold dripped as wax, in an irregular manner.”



Switch Modern is delighted to present the entire range of Jacopo Foggini’s work for Edra online as well as highlighting several examples of his work in our Atlanta showroom. For more information on Jacopo Foggini or Edra, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com.


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Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair + Free Matching Egg Stool
By Elaine
4/21/2017 3:03:00 PM  



Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair for Fritz Hansen is an icon of 20th century design.  Designed in the late 1950s specifically for use in the architect’s Royal SAS Hotel project in Copenhagen, its engaging and precise balance of curves was actually achieved by hand in the late 1950s – needless to say, a time period that didn’t afford computer-assisted technologies that now enable today’s complex forms.  The Egg chair also involved emerging technologies like cold-molded foam and the application of a textile onto a curved form to achieve its new aesthetics.  While the Egg chair is often seen in living rooms and lobbies, Jacobsen also designed an ottoman to accompany the chair that can also be used independently.  Not only does the gently “scooped” silhouette of the Egg stool create wonderful visual synergy when used with the chair, it actually enhances the comfort of the Egg by allowing the user to relax with their feet up.  When not being used with the Egg chair, the Egg ottoman becomes a great occasional stool that is easily moved around or becomes an impromptu resting place for a stack of magazines.

Through August 31, Fritz Hansen and Switch Modern are providing a complimentary Egg stool with the purchase of an Egg chair.  The complimentary Egg ottoman will be fabricated in the same textile or leather as the Egg chair.  An amazing deal as the stool alone retails from $2,306 - $3,644 depending upon the textile or leather selected. Please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com for additional details about this special promotional opportunity as well as to review the numerous available textile and leather upholstery options.

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Frank Gehry: Tea Kettle as Investment
By David
4/20/2017 11:24:00 AM  


Frank Gehry Tea Kettle


Renowned for his signature architectural masterpieces around the world, Frank Gehry has only created a handful of furniture and accessory designs over the past few decades. His Easy Edges range of cardboard furniture debuted in 1972; Vitra still produces a few pieces from the range. His collection of bentwood tables and chairs for Knoll was introduced in 1992 and many of these designs are still in production today. In the late 1980s, Gehry also created a seldom-seen piece for Italian manufacturer, Alessi. Introduced in 1992 as part of a range of tea kettles introduced by Alessi, Gehry’s Pito kettle combines a canted conical form in highly polished stainless steel juxtaposed with his signature abstracted leaping fish form rendered in mahogany for both its handle and whistle. It’s always been a luxe piece and part of Alessi’s Officina Collection. Although, compared to the prices for the architect’s furniture pieces let alone the commission for a building, his Pito kettle is seemingly an incredible value. And now, even more so as an investment as Switch Modern has recently discovered that it is now in the process of being discontinued by Alessi. Once the manufacturer’s limited stock is depleted, it will no longer be available. We are delighted to still have the Pito kettle in stock and available for purchase. 




Frank Gehry Objects: Wiggle chair, Vitra, 1972; Hatrick chair, Knoll, 1992; Fish necklace, Tiffany, 2006.

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