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Jaime Hayon @ Switch Modern Exhibition + Event 6/22/17
By Scott Reilly
6/28/2017 2:36:00 PM  

Switch Modern is delighted to present a pop-up exhibition of the work of much celebrated artist and designer Jaime Hayon! The exhibition features a range of designs – furniture, lighting, accessories – that Hayon had created for several European manufacturers over the past decade. Jaime Hayon @ Switch Modern includes over thirty of Hayon’s designs produced by &Tradition, Denmark; BD Barcelona, Spain; Fritz Hansen, Denmark; Moooi, Netherlands; Nanimarquina, Spain; and Wittmann, Austria.

 

Left photo: Jaime Hayon’s Vuelta high back lounge chair in dark blue velvet. Right photo: Hayon’s Vuleta sofa in mesmerizing Irish green velvet is paired with the designer’s sculptural and enigmatic Grain Cut table – both pieces are produced by Wittmann, Austria. Resting on the sofa is Hayon’s graphic, rectilinear pillow that was newly introduced by Danish manufacturer, Fritz Hansen – in the foreground is Hayon’s Formakami suspension lamp for &Tradition, Denmark. (photo credit: Stu Snider)

The Jaime Hayon @ Switch Modern exhibition opening included over 100 guests including a range of Switch Modern’s clients, industrial design students, as well as a number of special guests who traveled to Atlanta specifically to attend the opening reception. Our guest of honor was Jaime Hayon who was joined by his wife, Nienke Klunder, and two young sons. The Hayon family was in Atlanta for the opening of two major exhibitions at the High Museum of Art – Merry Go Zoo and Technicolor.

 

Left photo: This dramatic outdoor lounge chair created by Hayon in 2006 as part of the designer’s Showtime Collection for Spanish manufacturer, BD Barcelona. Next to the lounge chair is Hayon’s Elements 002 table – sporting playfully quirky, canted legs, the table is produced by Dutch manufacturer, Moooi. Mounted on the wall are two recently introduced examples of the Hayon x Nani rug collection produced by Nani Marquina, Spain. Right photo: The designer’s whimsical series of zoomorphic vases from BD Barcelona’s Showtime Collection. (photo credit: Stu Snider)

Jaime Hayon’s visit was just fabulous! In addition to signing a number of books and catalogues for guests (many of which even included drawings), he discussed his designs with attendees and even participated in an informal interview – a transcription of such will follow in an upcoming blog post. While the opening has happened, the Jaime Hayon @ Switch Modern exhibition will remain up through July 23. Switch Modern has even set up an impromptu “gift shop” that includes a number of Jaime Hayon’s accessory designs that are available for purchase.

 

Left photo: Switch Modern’s Doug Henderson introduces Jaime Hayon to the crowd – the pair are standing in front of Hayon’s recent Wings bed design for Austrian manufacturer, Wittmann. Right photo (from left to right): Doug Henderson, Co-Owner, Switch Modern; Jaime Hayon; Hartmut Roehrig, Wittmann; Roy Otwell, Co-Owner, Switch Modern. Mr. Roehrig traveled from Austria to attend the opening of the exhibition that includes several of Wittmann’s recently introduced designs by Jaime Hayon. (photo credit: Stu Snider)

 

Two of our guests flew in from New York for the evening. Left photo: Andrew Luke, Area Sales Manager – North America, Fritz Hansen, enjoys a conversation in front of one of Jaime Hayon’s new graphic and uber-luxurious throws produced by the Danish manufacturer, Fritz Hansen. Right photo: Ben Anicet, CEO North America, Nanimarquina, taking a selfie with Jaime Hayon in front of two hanging examples from the Spanish manufacturer’s new Hayon x Nani Collection of rugs. (photo credit: Stu Snider)

 

Left photo: Hartmut Roehrig, Wittmann, enjoys a conversation with architect Peter Drey and Jaime Hayon’s wife, Nienke Klunder. Hayon’s new reversible, graphic throw for Fritz Hansen is suspended in the background. Right photo: Jaime Hayon and Sarah Schleuning enjoy a conversation. Sarah is the decorative arts curator at the High Museum of Art and organized Hayon’s two recently-opened exhibitions – Merry Go Zoo and Technicolor. For each exhibition, the Museum commissioned pieces by Hayon that are now part of the High Museum’s permanent collection. (photo credit: Stu Snider)

 

Left photo: Marcia Weber of Gardens to Love enjoys a conversation with Atlanta architects, Cara Cummins and Jose Tavel of TaC Studios. Right photo: Bill Musso and Seth van den Bergh of Musso Design Group sharing a laugh. (photo credit: Stu Snider)

 

Left photo: Switch Modern team members, Tola Ogun, Chris Butler, and Elaine Lees having fun and enjoying an assortment of Spanish wines. Right photo: Switch Modern’s Guillermo Vargas talking to Wittmann’s Managing Director, Hartmut Roehrig. Not only does the exhibition include a number of Wittmann pieces designed by Jaime Hayon, Switch Modern also recently received some fabulous Wittmann pieces by several other designers – Josef Hoffmann, Marco Dessi, Jorg Boner, and the design team of Nada Nasrallah and Christian Horner. (photo credit: Stu Snider)

 

Left photo: Included in the exhibition is Hayon’s Lounger from 2009 manufactured by BD Barcelona, Spain – this extraordinarily comfortable lounge chair design even swivels. Right photo: A select group of Hayon’s new accessory range for Fritz Hansen that includes (from left to right) the Ikebana vase, tealight holder, candleholders in two sizes, as well as a triple candelabra. All of these accessories are in well-weighted, beautifully finished brushed brass – several combine glass. The juxtaposition of the materials is just extraordinary! Ikebana is spectacular and allows for sophisticated arrangements of flowers. Above these accessories are two examples of the designer’s Formakami lamps for &Tradition. Available in three shapes, these suspension lamps are composed of hand-crafted soft white rice paper and punctuated with collars in black-stained oak – each version features a distinct upper form that culminates in a truncated sphere. (photo credit: Stu Snider)

 

Left photo: Exhibition opening guests including some recent graduates of Georgia Tech’s College of Design including (from left to right) Colin Noronha, Paul Reynolds, Sebastian Garcia, Switch Modern’s very own Regan O’Connell, Russ Kroll, Hannah McCord, and Alyssa Mellett. Right photo: Noronha and Mellett enjoy a conversation in front of two examples of Jaime Hayon’s new rug collection for Nanimarquina. (photo credit: Stu Snider)

 

Left photo: Suzuko Hisata, Formation Design Group, and Greg Walker, Houser Walker Architecture, sharing a laugh. Right photo: Suzanne Cornell and Switch Modern’s Nekayah Snider having some fun. Suzanne’s firm, Cornell Munzer, represents Austrian manufacturer Wittmann in North America. Snider is responsible for outside sales at Switch Modern handling inquiries and orders from a plethora of architecture and design firms throughout the US that specify many of Switch Modern’s brands for use in commercial projects. (photo credit: Stu Snider)

 

Left photo: Ben Anicet of Nanimarquina chatting with Manuel Mestre. Manuel is the US Managing Director for Santa & Cole Lighting and was here earlier in the month for an event at which Santa & Cole’s Nina Masó and Nina Ordeig unveiled several of the Spanish firm’s new designs that were recently shown at Milan’s Euroluce. Right photo: Liz Lapidus, Liz Lapidus Public Relations, enjoys a conversation with Switch Modern’s Roy Otwell – undoubtedly discussing yet another one of Switch Modern’s upcoming events – there are some great ones on the horizon! (photo credit: Stu Snider)

 

Left photo: Roy Otwell, Switch Modern; Suzanne Cornell, Cornell Munzer; and Jaime Hayon. Right photo: Shawn and Ed Alshut of A2 Studio Architecture discussing the exhibition. (photo credit: Stu Snider)

 

Left photo: Seth van den Bergh of Musso Design Group engaged in a conversation with Atlanta-based designer, Chris Hardy. Hardy has recently created pieces for Fontana Arte, Buzzispace, and DWR. Right photo: Another great shot of the Switch Modern team… Regan O’Connell, Robyn Jackson, and Roy Otwell. (photo credit: Stu Snider)

 

In addition to helping organize the exhibition with Roy Otwell, Switch Modern’s Regan O’Connell also conducted an informal interview with Jaime Hayon during the event. A transcription of O’Connell’s questions and Hayon’s answers will be available in an upcoming blog post. (photo credit: Stu Snider)

Switch Modern shows a substantive collection of Jaime Hayon’s designs both online and in our Atlanta showroom – many of the pieces are now also available through our Quick Ship Program. As part of celebrating the exhibition, please enjoy a 10% discount on all online orders through July 23 – simply use coupon code 10JAIME when prompted at checkout and the discount will be applied before your order is submitted. For more information about Jaime Hayon @ Switch Modern or any of the designs including our exhibition, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com




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Seletti Mouse Lamps
By Roy Otwell
6/26/2017 8:29:00 AM  

 

The Seletti Mouse lamps have just arrived at Switch Modern and are available both online and through our fun Seletti-branded shop within our Atlanta showroom. Like the Seletti Monkey lamps, they’ve already been a hit. We just love this image of a thoroughly bewildered cat surrounded by these adorable decorative lamps. (photo credit: elestudiostore)

 

The Seletti Mouse lamps are available in three versions – scampering, standing, and sitting – each cast resin white finish mouse holds an E12 1 watt LED exposed bulb (included) with 98.4” of white cord.

 

Left photo: Seletti Mouse lamps – standing and sitting versions. Right photo: Designer Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba having some fun with his new lighting design for Seletti. Like the designer’s Seletti Monkey lamps, the Mouse lamps are amusing, quirky, kitschy, adorable, and, frankly, just downright clever. All versions of the Mouse lamp are available to order online at switchmodern.com




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Jaime Hayon Wittmann Wings Bed
By Regan
6/21/2017 1:11:00 PM  

 

Jaime Hayon’s Wings bed for Wittmann, Austria, just arrived this week at our Atlanta showroom – it’s spectacular! In fact, several pieces from the Hayon Wittmann Workshop Collection are now in the showroom. We have all been admiring these pieces and we thought that it would be great to share some thoughts about the collection and the Wings bed from both Wittmann’s Managing Director, Hartmut Roehrig, as well as designer, Jaime Hayon.

According to Roehrig, “More than ever, it is essential for companies to be on the lookout for an external impulse and work together with contemporary personalities – in the current project, with the designer Jaime Hayon. The objective of this project was to develop a new collection which emphasizes but also subtly alters the identity of Wittmann. Jaime Hayon has succeeded with his designs to communicate cheerfulness and confidence – almost playfully. Whether art, architecture, or design – all of his designs show a keen sense for that necessary touch of extravagance without sacrificing precision. Under the working title Hayon Wittmann Workshop, a product line has been created that is characterized by lightness and a certain sense of buoyancy. His designs, however, are still very recognizable Wittmann – timelessly elegant with perfect craftsmanship and highly practical.”

 

Wittmann takes sleep seriously. As with all of the Austrian manufacturer’s beds, the Wings bed is available in several American sizes. Wittmann also produces exquisite mattresses and bedding accessories – all available à la carte– to accompany their beds.

Wittmann: We have been producing beds for decades but this is your first bed design; can you tell us about your approach to this design?

Jaime Hayon: The first thing I’d say about the bed is that I approached it as a system, not in the accepted bed design sense of standard sizes or inbuilt storage, or in an architectural, dimensional kind of way. To be honest I knew that Wittmann were world class experts in that area so I was free to not even think about the dimensions but more about the bed as a total concept, not the modularity but to ask myself what are all the elements that I want to access when I am in bed. How can they be arranged in such a way that reaching for them is intuitive and comfortable as well as innovative if possible. I asked myself what do I want in my own bed. Hmmm, well always a glass of water nearby, my phone, good light to read by, total comfort and support for my back, privacy so that I can watch something or rad while maybe my wife is sleeping. Then I added in my experience for creating hotel rooms. For those rooms there are so many elements to do with cost and practicality for the cleaners to have access. For square footage and for how it fits the room, I reversed that approach and instead of starting with the bed I started with the bar that rises from the back. It was an elegant solution to contain the electricity and the mechanics to make our system come together. I thought of it as a tree with many branches – some of them weight bearing and others reaching out to the light – a combination of safe haven and cocoon that not only provides a protective shelter but also opens outwardly. The beauty of it is that more things can be added. Right now there is a table for example that is mobile but maybe in the future it’s a tray that extends, or a small seat. In the flexibility and possibilities, I think we have created something quite unique. It can be placed in the center of the room as statement piece or against a wall if that’s more practical - it’s very clever in that way.

 

Left photo: A detail of the signature “ear” associated with the Wings bed. Right photo: Hayon’s Vuelta low back lounge chairs with Grain Cut table. The Hayon Wittmann Workshop Collection is characterized by the designer’s signature curves.

Wittmann: Can you tell us about the “ears”?

Jaime Hayon: The ears act as a doorway to the bed as well as, of course, bringing a touch of humor as you should try to go to bed happy! On a more serious note, though, they reflect the same curvature you see expressed across the whole Hayon Wittmann Workshop Collection. One of the things that is important in the visual language of design and architecture is geometry and how it affects our way of experiencing things. There is a real visual comfort in the repetition of certain angles – it’s very mathematical, in fact. In this collection we repeated the same circular edge, the same radius each time. It is balanced across each piece. Balance is everything – whether it’s the balance of empty space or the repetition of one shape next to another, a sense of symmetry and order is crucial. You see it in architecture all the time and the geometry is perhaps the most important element of the collection as a whole but one that is in many ways invisible yet nonetheless makes an enormous subliminal and visual impact. If the Vuelta chair is in the same room as the bed it might not be immediately obvious but what you are experiencing when you see them together is the visual comfort of the geometry. If I had changed the radius of the curve or added a sharp angle in one piece and not the other, it would disrupt the order and the sense of balance so it’s a subtle but crucial element.

 

The Hayon Wittmann Workshop Collection includes a number of pieces – seating, surfaces, shelving, and a bed. This photo illustrates the Vuelta lounge chairs – low back and high back – as well as the Vuelta sofa that is available in several sizes. In the center of this grouping is the elegant DD Table that features a juxtaposition of luxe materials – marble, leather, and bronze.

Switch Modern shows all of the Hayon Wittmann Workshop Collection on line as well as a number of pieces in our Atlanta showroom – all of which are being included in our upcoming pop-up exhibition entitled, Jaime Hayon @ Switch Modern. In addition to the furniture developed for Wittmann, the exhibition will also include Hayon’s designs for several other European manufacturers – &Tradition, BD Barcelona, Fritz Hansen, Moooi, and Nani Marquina. Switch Modern’s exhibition will be presented in our showroom from June 23 through July 23 with an opening reception on the evening of June 22 – we are delighted that Jaime Hayon will be in attendance. If you would like to join us, please click here for an invitation in order to RSVP. For more information about Jaime Hayon’s designs for Fritz Hansen, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com




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Jaime Hayon Fritz Hansen Accessories
By David
6/19/2017 2:32:00 PM  

 

Jaime Hayon has created a luxe collection of accessories for Fritz Hansen – vases, throws, pillows, candleholders, and a tray. These were introduced in 2016 and 2017 and beautifully complement his growing collection of furniture designs for this Danish manufacturer. Illustrated here is the designer’s Ikebana vase – a sophisticated combination of brushed brass and glass through which the user can individually arrange blooms that are supported upright. The floating plane visually bisects the stems – the lower stem is further objectified through the transparency of the glass and water. Ikebana is available in two sizes.

 

Just fabulous! Hayon’s much loved figural graphics lend themselves beautifully to this luxurious, decorative reversible woven throw. An extraordinarily comfortable piece that will add a soft spot of whimsy and color to any surface. Illustrated here in two colorways – black/gold (taupe) and blue. Each sports a different composition.

 

Left photo: This rectilinear pillow features Hayon’s graphics in a palette of blues and ochre yellows. Right photo: This clever, expressive serving tray sports signature “ear” tabs on the perimeter; it also functions as a caddy with its central columnar handle – available in gray colored ash wood.

 

 

Through his accessories for Fritz Hansen, Hayon explores a striking juxtaposition of materials. Upper left photo illustrates the two sizes of single candleholder in well-weighted brushed brass – this series is also available in a triple candleholder as well as a tea light. Right side images show the two sizes of bulbous vase; each features a smoked glass repository that rests within a wood cradle – the random striations of the cedar wood create a pattern that is ultimately unique to each piece.

 

With the exception of the decorative pillow, all of the Jaime Hayon accessories for Fritz Hansen include a beautifully crafted gift box. The left side photo illustrates the range of packaging – the candleholders are even presented in cylindrical boxes with tab pulls on their respective lids.

Switch Modern shows and stocks all of Jaime Hayon’s accessories for Fritz Hansen – all of which are being included in our upcoming pop-up exhibition entitled, Jaime Hayon @ Switch Modern. In addition to the accessories developed for Fritz Hansen, the exhibition will also include Hayon’s designs for several other European manufacturers - &Tradition, BD Barcelona, Moooi, Nani Marquina, and Wittmann. Switch Modern’s exhibition will be presented in our showroom from June 23 through July 23 with an opening reception on the evening of June 22 – we are delighted that Jaime Hayon will be in attendance. If you would like to join us, please click here for an invitation in order to RSVP. For more information about Jaime Hayon’s designs for Fritz Hansen, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com




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Edra: Extraordinary Sofas
By Regan
6/15/2017 10:11:00 AM  

 

Boa sofa, Campana Bothers, Edra, 2002. A profoundly sculptural “nest” that is composed of 100 meters of tubular velvet that has been filled with polyurethane chips and goose down. As much “soft sculpture” as it is seating.

While the aforementioned Boa sofa has been one of Edra’s most recently talked about seating designs (perhaps due to Kendall Jenner’s having purchased an example for her home). In honor of the manufacturer’s 30th anniversary, we were eager to highlight some other extraordinary Edra sofas and sectionals that were all designed by Francesco Binfaré. The designer’s decades-long background in research and development for both C&B Italia and then Cassina not only afforded a level of creativity and imagination to rethink the respective typologies of sofa and sectional, it provided the expertise to solve technical challenges to bring these pieces to fruition.

 

 

On the Rocks, sofa and sectional seating, Francesco Binfaré, Edra, 2004. Akin to a “seating landscape,” On the Rocks features several polyhedric shapes that can be configured to create an engaging modular form – its meandering backrest allows the user to access the seating expanse in a plethora of ways. Click here to enjoy a video created by Edra that explores the versatility of the On the Rocks sectional.

 

 

 

Flap sofa, Francesco Binfaré, Edra, Italy, 2006. As it name suggests, this seemingly enigmatic form is actually organized as an arrangement of “flaps” that can be adjusted in numerous ways to provide numerous opportunities for several people to sit, lay, and relax. Click here to see a video created by Edra that explores this extraordinary sofa.

 

 

Absolu, sofas and sectionals, Francesco Binfaré, Edra, 2015. The Absolu range of seating features "smart" cushions that tilt with the slightest movements to satisfy any desire for comfort. Various modular elements are available that allow the user to create both linear and curved compositions. Click here to view a video created by Edra about Absolu.

 

 

 

Essential sofas and sectionals, Francesco Binfaré, Edra, 2016. Characterized by its elegance and flexibility, Essential was designed to stimulate the encounter between individuals underscored by comfort. Click here to watch a video created by Edra about this “essential” addition to the manufacturers’ range of soft seating.

While Switch Modern shows an extensive range of Edra pieces online, we also have a number of remarkable and iconic Edra designs in our Atlanta showroom that you can experience firsthand. For more information on any of these extraordinary Edra sofas and sectionals, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com




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Jaime Hayon Formakami Lamps
By Doug Henderson
6/14/2017 9:54:00 AM  

 

Jaime Hayon’s Formakami lamps were introduced in 2015 by Danish manufacturer & Tradition. These suspension lamps are composed of hand-crafted soft white rice paper and punctuated with collars in black-stained oak. Formakami is available in three shapes – each features a distinct upper form that culminates in a truncated sphere. Right side photo (from left to right): The &Tradition Formakami JH4, JH3, JH5 lamps.

“Lamps play such an important role in people’s lives. For some cultures, they chase away the darkness by bringing hope. I’ve tried to keep this emotional angle about light – in a lamp that also appears light. By making the bottom part of the lamp open, the idea is to bring even more illumination to people everywhere in the world.” – Jaime Hayon

 

Left photo: A dining table is illuminated by the bulbous JH5 Formakami lamp. Right photo: The striking capsule form of the JH3 Formakami lamp. All versions of the lamp include 157” of black cord affording Formakami’s use with tall ceilings.

Switch Modern shows all of these lamps online as well as in our Atlanta showroom – in fact, all three versions are included in our upcoming pop-up exhibition entitled, Jaime Hayon @ Switch Modern. In addition to the lighting developed for &Tradition, this exhibition will also include Hayon’s furniture and accessory designs for several other European manufacturers - BD Barcelona, Fritz Hansen, Moooi, Nani Marquina, and Wittmann. Switch Modern’s exhibition will be presented in our showroom from June 23 through July 23 with an opening reception on the evening of June 22 – we are delighted that Jaime Hayon will be in attendance. If you would like to join us, please click here for an invitation in order to RSVP. For more information about Jaime Hayon’s lighting designs for &Tradition, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com




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Santa & Cole Lighting: Spotlight on Design Event
By Scott Reilly
6/13/2017 7:54:00 AM  

 

An impromptu exhibition of various Santa & Cole lighting designs – table, floor, and suspension lamps representing both classics and recently introduced pieces – was installed in anticipation of Switch Modern’s Spotlight on Design event at our Atlanta showroom on June 1.

 

Roy Otwell (center), Co-Owner, Switch Modern, enjoys a laugh and greets the group from Santa & Cole that included Nina Ordeig, Marketing Director (left); Nina Masó, Co-Founder (center); and Manuel Mestre, US Managing Director (right). Masó and Ordeig traveled from Barcelona specifically to introduce the 2017 lighting designs to select design audiences in United States. Atlanta was the first stop of a tour that includes Dallas, Los Angeles, and Seattle. In 1985, Masó co-founded Santa & Cole with Gabriel Ordeig Cole and Javier Nieto Santa.

 

Doug Henderson (standing left), Co-Owner, Switch Modern, introduces our distinguished guests from Santa & Cole who provided an illustrated presentation of this Spanish company’s 30+ year history while presenting several of the actual lighting prototypes that will be available in 2017. In addition to the presentation, attendees enjoyed an assortment of Spanish wines and hors d’oeuvres.

 

Assisted by her daughter, Nina Ordeig, Santa & Cole co-founder, Nina Masó, demonstrates new pieces like Tekio – a fascinating modular tubular paper lamp that can be combined in seemingly endless ways. Left photo: Masó is holding the basic Tekio modular element – akin to a tubular accordion. Right photo: Masó places Tekio on the demonstration table and illustrates the way in which LED light will be diffused through the form. Each of Tekio’s circular wooden ends contains magnets that allow the user to easily connect elements to assemble a range of forms.

 

Throughout the presentation Nina Masó demonstrated the versatility and function of several of Santa & Cole’s classic designs as well as several new pieces like Cestita Bateria (left) – this iconic midcentury design is now available in a cordless version with a rechargeable battery. And… Santa & Cole is more than just innovative lighting… Masó demonstrates the award-winning versatile Belloch stacking chair. Designed in 2009, Belloch is available in several colors and provides a fabulous visual and textural juxtaposition of plastic seat and back with natural beech wood legs. An outdoor version of the chair features aluminum legs.

 

Left photo: Tekio, Anthony Dickens, 2017. Tekio is a paper lamp that is available in a standard modular section – the ends of which are attached by magnets. This phenomenal lighting designs allows elements to be connected in seemingly endless ways – illustrated here as circular suspension lamp. Right photo: Cestita Bateria, Miguel Milá, 2017. Cestita has been an icon since its introduction in the early 1960s – Santa & Cole has recently introduced the lamp with a rechargeable battery that allows it to be used without a cord. As with all of Milá’s objects, Cestita strikes a balance between rational functionalism and the legacy of local artisan creation.

 

Left photo: Gira, Massana, Tremoleda, Ferrer, 1978 (reissued 2017). Conceived in 1978, Gira was originally produced by Mobles 114, an editing company founded by Massana and Tremoleda. Santa & Cole has reedited this classic with a black, natural anodized aluminum, or brass shade. Cirio Cascada, Antoni Arola, 2017. Cirio Cascada is the newest member of the Cirio family allowing light to vertically punctate a space by way of being hung at different heights from a variety of rectilinear or circular canopies. Cirio’s diffusers are available in white porcelain, white opal glass, and brass.

Switch Modern shows a substantive collection of Santa & Cole’s lighting designs both online and in our Atlanta showroom – many of the pieces are now also available through our Quick Ship Program. For more information about any of these designs including lead times for any of the aforementioned 2017 introductions, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com




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Jaime Hayon + Nani Marquina Rugs
By Elaine
6/12/2017 8:13:00 AM  

 

Presented recently at Milan’s Salone del Mobile, the Hayon x Nani collection features four rugs designed by Jaime Hayon for Nani Marquina – each example is a hand-tufted composition of the artist’s popular mythical iconography that includes lips, hands, stools, turtles, fish and hybrids of humans and birds. Left photo: Hayon x Nani runner version. Right photo: The artist sitting atop the rectilinear area rug version that is available in two sizes.

 

The Hayon x Nani collection coincides with the Spanish manufacturer’s 30th anniversary. Each rug is meticulously tufted by hand using a manually-operated pistol that injects pieces of wool. Nani Marquina sources its wool from New Zealand – world renowned for its superior quality sustainable sheep wool and the natural fiber’s associated dye absorption and colorfastness.

 

Left photo: Hayon x Nani area rug is available in two sizes – 5’7” x 7’10” and 6’7” x 7’10”. Right photo: In addition to the runner version, Hayon also created a small square rug that measures 3’11 x 4’3” – this is ideal for small floor spaces or is just fabulous when presented as wall hanging. In addition to the four versions, custom sizes of Hayon x Nani can also be created.

 

Nani Marquina (pictured far left) was recently the recipient of an award for “Best Flooring: Residential” for the Hayon x Nani rug collection. The award was given by Interior Design magazine and ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) and was held at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The award statuettes (right) were actually designed by Jaime Hayon and created by the Catalan firm of Lladró.

Switch Modern shows all versions of the Hayon x Nani rugs online. The runner and small square versions are actually included in our upcoming pop-up exhibition entitled, Jaime Hayon @ Switch Modern. In addition to the rugs developed for Nani Marquina, this exhibition will also include Hayon’s furniture, lighting, and accessory designs for several other European manufacturers - &Tradition, BD Barcelona, Fritz Hansen, Moooi, and Wittmann. Switch Modern’s exhibition will be presented in our showroom from June 23 through July 23 with an opening reception on the evening of June 22 – we are delighted that Jaime Hayon will be in attendance. If you would like to join us, please click here for an invitation in order to RSVP. For more information about Jaime Hayon’s rugs for Nani Marquina, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com




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Jaime Hayon: Fritz Hansen Fri and Ro Chairs
By Roy Otwell
6/9/2017 8:15:00 AM  

 

Fri low back lounge chair (right) and Ro high back lounge chair (left), Jaime Hayon, Fritz Hansen.

“Good design should be problem-solving and long-lasting, this goes without saying. But I also make design for people, to be used by people. I believe that good design should provoke feelings. Design should make you feel comfortable. And design should generate happiness.” – Jaime Hayon

The designer’s Fri and Ro lounge chairs are exciting additions to the collection that Hayon has created with Danish manufacturer, Fritz Hansen. Not only is each lounge chair incredibly comfortable, each exudes a sensuality that Hayon has achieved through his expert manipulation of curves – either form is engaging from any vista.

 

This group of low back Fri chairs illustrates a number of the textile options that exist for the seating range. Coupled with a choice of brushed aluminum or oak legs, all options allow the user to personalize the resulting aesthetic of the chair.

 

The high back Ro lounge chair’s exquisite curves exude a sensuality that quickly conjures another Fritz Hansen icon – Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair from the late 1950s. Like Fri, Ro is also available in a number of upholstery options – several of these textile combinations were personally selected by Jaime Hayon.

 

Interior installations with the Ro lounge chair and ottoman (left) and Fri lounge chairs (right). The Ro lounge chair noted here illustrates the tonal color blocking that can be achieved by upholstering the frame and cushions in complementary textile colors. An optional matching footstool is available for Ro and Fri.

 

The neutral textile used on this Fri lounge chair provides a fabulous textural juxtaposition with the chair’s brushed aluminum legs.

Switch Modern shows both the Fri low back and Ro high back lounge chairs online as well as in our Atlanta showroom. Both lounge chairs will be included in our upcoming pop-up exhibition entitled, Jaime Hayon @ Switch Modern. In addition to furniture and accessories developed for Fritz Hansen, the exhibition will also include Hayon’s designs for several other European manufacturers - &Tradition, BD Barcelona, Moooi, Nani Marquina, and Wittmann. Switch Modern’s exhibition will be presented in our showroom from June 23 through July 23 with an opening reception on the evening of June 22 – we are delighted that Jaime Hayon will be in attendance. If you would like to join us, please click here for an invitation in order to RSVP. For more information about Jaime Hayon’s designs for Fritz Hansen, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com




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CVL Lighting Constellation + 14 Juillet
By Doug Henderson
6/5/2017 3:24:00 PM  

 

Constellation, Emile Cathelineau, CVL Lighting / CVL Luminaires Contract, France. Illustrated (left) as a wall installation that includes six elements. Each Constellation modular element includes asymmetrical “arms” that emanate from a central “hub” and culminate in six integrated diffusers – three face outward; three are oriented inward. Constellation can be used singly as a sconce or combined with like elements to create a dramatic wall or ceiling installation. There is also an option of selecting the diffuser diameter size – 3.2” or 3.8”.

Constellation and 14 Juillet are two new extraordinary additions to this French manufacturer’s growing collection of lighting that employs luxe combinations of materials to engender engaging new aesthetics.

 

Constellation is available in several satin finishes and combinations of black chrome, chrome, brass, and copper – noted here are examples in black chrome (left) and a combination of black chrome and brass (right).

 

14 Juillet, Kristian Gavoille, CVL Lighting / CVL Luminaires Contract, France. 14 Juillet takes its inspiration from the party lights associated with Bastille Day (French National Day) that occurs each year on July 14. Presented as a cable with five lights, 14 Juillet is available as a wall sconce (left photo) or as a suspension lamp (right photo) – either version is available in two sizes; each is also available in a choice of four finishes including gunmetal, nickel, brass, or copper.

Switch Modern has recently started representing CVL Lighting / CVL Contract Luminaires in the United States. All of the manufacturer’s designs are meticulously hand-crafted in France; all are UL-approved making them ideal for either residential or commercial applications. For more information about Constellation, 14 Juillet, or any of the manufacturer’s designs that Switch Modern presents, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com




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