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Seletti Linea Lamp
By David
7/27/2017 9:13:00 AM  


The Seletti Linea lamp designed by Alessandro Zambelli is yet another playful, “illuminating” design from this Italian manufacturer. Clearly paying homage to American minimalist artist Dan Flavin’s contextual exploration of space with tubular fluorescent bulbs in the 1960s, Seletti has created a versatile tube of light that can be leaned against, mounted to, or hung on a wall, rest on a surface or the floor, or even be presented upright with the addition of a modular base.


The Linea lamp is available in a choice of six colors – green, pink, red, blue, white, or yellow. As this image illustrates, even the color of each power cord coordinates with the color of the tube. Each Linea lamp’s tube color is juxtaposed with light, natural wood that forms cylindrical encasements that are located on the top and bottom of each tube.


Left photo: Each Linea lamp features an integrated looped tab that allows the user to hang the lamp from a wall or ceiling. Flexible plastic cradle mounts/brackets are also included should the user desire to affix the lamp to the wall at a gravity-defying angle. Right photo: An optional, cruciform-shaped wooden base is available separately should the user wish to create a free-standing floor lamp.

These “light tubes” are fun and allow tremendous flexibility for presentation in clever ways. Imagine several of these suspended from a ceiling, a pair presented across each other on the floor, an arrangement mounted at different angles on a wall… perhaps even a “grove” of free-standing floor lamps. All colors of the Linea lamp including the optional base are available to order online or through Switch Modern’s Atlanta showroom. For more information about Linea or any piece within Seletti’s extensive range, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com

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CVL Lighting – Earth Wall Sconces
By Doug Henderson
7/25/2017 12:41:00 PM  


Sun wall sconce, Émilie Cathelineau, CVL Lighting / CVL Luminaires Contract, France. Part of the designer’s Earth collection that features six new wall sconce designs. Illustrated here is the Sun version with an engaging pattern of radiating linear perforations – each in varying lengths and culminating in a circle of varying diameters.

The Earth wall sconce collection from CVL Lighting / CVL Luminaires Contract, France, was recently created by Émilie Cathelineau and sports six different designs – Sober, Radian, Sun, Mandala, Palm, and Turtle. All feature a disc form – most with decorative perforations that diffuse light in spectacular ways. Many of the Earth sconces are available in two sizes.


The Earth wall sconce collection is available in several satin finishes – brass, nickel, copper, and graphite – noted here are magnified images of each of the six different designs illustrating their respective decorative perforations.


Radian wall sconce, Émilie Cathelineau, CVL Lighting / CVL Luminaires Contract, France. With perforations that mimic a fan, Radian creates a fabulous interplay of light and shadow.


Sober wall sconce, Émilie Cathelineau, CVL Lighting / CVL Luminaires Contract, France. As its name suggests, Sober is the only example within the Earth collection that does not feature disc perforations – this sconce diffuses light in a uniform fashion around the disc perimeter.

Switch Modern has recently started representing CVL Lighting / CVL Luminaires Contract 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 any of the wall sconces in CVL’s Earth collection or any of the other CVL Lighting / CVL Luminaires Contract designs that Switch Modern presents, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com

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Replacement Covers… Bensen, Flexform, Giorgetti, Poliform, Walter Knoll, Zanotta
By Roy Otwell
7/20/2017 7:57:00 AM  


Groundpiece sectional, Antonio Citterio, Flexform, 2001. Since its introduction, Groundpiece has been one of Flexform’s most popular seating systems.

Many of the European brands that Switch Modern represents use tailor-made upholstery covers that are cleverly affixed to the upholstered form’s structure and cushions. Several sofas, sectionals, beds, and lounge chairs from a range of manufacturers – Bensen, Flexform, Giorgetti, Poliform, Walter Knoll, and Zanotta – all provide replacement covers for most pieces within their respective collections. Most even still produce these replacement covers for designs that have long been out of production. At a fraction of the cost of what a new example of the same piece would cost, new replacement upholstery covers represent a wonderful way to renew and refresh an existing piece that you’ve enjoyed over the years while protecting your long-term investment.


In addition to Groundpiece, the Flexform Patrik sofa shown in this print ad from 1985 was popular for years. You always loved the upholstery on this piece but perhaps your adorable pets also “loved” Patrik’s original upholstery way too much? Regardless of when they were purchased, all Flexform furniture pieces were an investment worthy of protecting by simply refreshing these pieces with new upholstery recovers.



Upper photo: Neo Sectional and Neo Sofa, Bensen, 1998. Lower photo: Canyon sectional seating system, Bensen, 2002. Designed by Niels Bendsten, the Neo and Canyon seating ranges have been popular since their respective introductions. Allright… you’ve become tired of that late 1990s fashion color upholstery that you originally ordered but you still really enjoy the comfort and look of these sectionals… replacement covers are the answer.


The Onto bed designed by Niels Bendsten in 1996 has been a Bensen classic for two decades… you still love the form and associated ergonomics but have become tired of the way the upholstered headboard looks after 15 years. It’s so easy to simply keep the bed and just order replacements covers. Swapping these out is easy and your bed will look and feel new again.


The iconic Gilda lounge chair (1954) and Sacco chair (1968) have been produced for years by Zanotta. Replacement covers are available for all upholstered Zanotta designs at a fraction of the cost of replacing the entire piece.

Whether your piece is still in production or now long out-of-production, all were designed with removable upholstery to not only enable periodic cleaning of the textile covers, but to actually change it up when you desire something different – color, pattern, or texture. Switch Modern provides quotations on a regular basis for replacement covers for various manufacturers that we represent. Please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com to get a quotation as well as review current textile options available.

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Ingo Maurer Lucellino LED + Delight Lamps
By Doug Henderson
7/18/2017 8:31:00 AM  


Lucellino LED lamp, Ingo Maurer, Germany, 1992/2015. This design icon from the early 1990s is one of Ingo Maurer’s best known lighting designs. Its name is a clever portmanteau – in Italian, “luce” means light and “uccellino” translates as little bird. Its form is quite literally a proprietary light bulb with affixed hand-crafted goose feather wings that has been “tethered” to its thin brass flexible support wire support and soldered to its thin red power cord. The base plate of Lucellino LED is equipped with a touch sensor for switching and continuous dimming. Lucellino is included in the permanent collections of several museums worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.


With Lucellino, Ingo Maurer’s treatment of the bulb form is an integral part of the lamp’s overall aesthetic. Employing elaborate LED technology that was developed collaboratively by Ingo Maurer and Toshiba Materials, the goal was to update Lucellino by creating an LED bulb form that mimics the aesthetics associated with the frosted bulb of the original design yet also dims like an incandescent bulb. The resulting TRI-R bulb is a technological masterpiece and is difficult to distinguish from the bulb used in the lamp’s original design. It’s manufactured exclusively for Ingo Maurer and can only be used in Lucellino LED. Left photo from Ingo Maurer illustrates the first batch of Lucellino LED lamps being produced.


Delight lamp, Frans van Nieuwenborg and Martijn Wegman, Ingo Maurer, Germany, 1980. Like Lucellino, this fabulously conceptual design is another Ingo Maurer icon. Delight is such a simple, clever piece… it features a special heat-resistant white fiberglass square cIoth with an integrated bulb socket in the center around which the soft cloth with its luxe woven subtle shimmer can be “draped” in various ways by the user to create an “illuminated object” – functioning in this photo as a table lamp.


With its integrated loop tab on one side, Delight can also be hung on a wall functioning like a sconce – gravity also assists with the way in which the cloth drapes. For many years, the manufacturer recommended a frosted incandescent 40 watt E27 base bulb for use with the lamp. With the advent of LED technology, clearly other bulb options (and associated resulting aesthetics) are now available. Delight is included in the permanent collections of several museums worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Switch Modern has just started adding Ingo Maurer lighting designs to its website. For more information about either Lucellino LED or Delight as well as any other extraordinary lamp manufactured by Ingo Maurer, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com

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Poltrona Frau Quickship Sale: 30% Off Thru 7/31
By Scott Reilly
7/14/2017 9:56:00 AM  


Poltrona Frau and Switch Modern are having an incredible sale! Thru July 31, all Poltrona Frau Quickship items are 30% off – dining and lounge chairs, dining tables, sofas, beds, occasional tables, and lighting. Not only is this discount just phenomenal, it applies to all Poltrona Frau pieces that are in-stock in the United States. While Quickship items are only available with select upholstery and finish options, they are also available with an expedited lead time that is typically only 4 – 6 weeks from order. As pieces will sell out quickly, if something strikes your fancy, please give us a call at 404-605-0196 to review current Quickship inventory along with associated options and pricing.


This special Quickship sale includes (clockwise) iconic pieces like Jean-Marie Massaud’s popular Archibald lounge chair and optional matching ottoman; Gio Ponti’s Dezza lounge chair – a mid 1960s classic – is available with either black or Nest Madreperla leather upholstery and black lacquer legs; Roberto Lazzeroni’s chic Montera chairs in two versions; and Gastone Rinaldi’s T904 bench that combines a black frame with a teak-stained ash seating plane along with cushions in a choice of latte leather or taupe textile.


The 30% discount applies to (clockwise) Jean Marie Massaud’s popular John-John sofa and John-John bed – each is available in a neutral leather choice – the bed is available in both American king and queen sizes as part of the Quickship Program; Roberto Lazzeroni’s Bolero dining table is available in the 98.4” size that will comfortably seat six with a top surface choice of wengé-stained solid ash or marble; and the Bretagne bed that combines leather and textile upholstery is also available in American queen and king sizes.


Discounted Poltrona Frau Quickship items include (clockwise) Mossimosistema in two different upholstery options; Tito Agnoli’s Aurora Due bed with its engaging capitonné headboard in latte leather is available in American king or queen sizes; the Obi dresser and Obi nightstand – each with latte leather upholstered drawer fronts juxtaposed with walnut frames; Jean-Marie Massaud’s Bob tables are available in two heights – each Quickship version sports a combination of latte or anthracite leather with a chic anthracite base finish; and Roberto Lazzeroni’s luxe Ginger Ale swivel chair.


Discounted Poltrona Frau Quickship items include (clockwise) Jean-Marie Massaud’s Grantorino bed available in both American king or queen sizes; Roberto Lazzeroni’s enveloping and sensual Mamy Blue lounge chair; the timeless Liz dining chair that evokes midcentury simplicity and elegance is available with wengé-stained beech wood legs and latte leather; Massaud’s sophisticated glass Dido (table) and Holly (floor) lamp designs; Lazzeroni’s Fiorile occasional tables in three engaging forms – triangular, square, and rectilinear – each with a choice of surface in wengé-stained ash or marble; and Massaud’s Grantorino sofa.

For more information about any of the aforementioned Poltrona Frau Quickship pieces or to review associated samples along with current inventory and pricing, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com

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Bensen Endless Sectional Seating
By Roy Otwell
7/12/2017 8:15:00 AM  


Bensen’s Endless sectional and sofa seating designed by Niels Bendtsen truly lives up to its name! Endless is a modular seating system with seemingly an infinite number of possible configurations.


This Endless sectional configuration viewed aerially illustrates how several different components can be combined. From left to right – a terminal element in standard depth, inwardly curved element in standard depth, armless element in standard depth, and deep terminal element. Eight optional loose square cushions provide additional back comfort as needed.


This simple rectilinear composition of three elements becomes visually engaging by having varied the depth of one of the Endless terminal elements. Each Endless modular element sports an internal composition of coils, memory foam, and fiber – all of which create the overall effect of a well-proportioned seating expanse that appears to “float” above the ground. Each element features a removable cover – its legs also function as connectors for the various pieces.


In addition to complex configurations, Endless can also be simply configured to create standard rectilinear “sofas” in various lengths and/or depths. As with all Bensen seating, 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 resulting sofa or sectional.


Bensen’s Endless includes nineteen different modular elements – with arms, without arms, inwardly and outwardly curved, full backs, partial backs, varying depths, as well as a loose square pillow/cushion. These elements can seemingly be combined in a staggering number of ways to create a seating expanse that not only provides an ideally-suited footprint for any interior but meets the user’s personal expectations of function and enjoyment. Bensen’s commitment to quality materials and construction ensures that Endless can be used in both contract and residential applications.


Just a few of the possible resulting Endless sectional configurations…. for more information about Bensen’s Endless seating system including possible configurations, upholstery options and associated pricing along with current manufacturer lead times, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com

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Nanimarquina Sale: Select Rugs 20% Off
By Scott Reilly
7/7/2017 2:57:00 PM  


Nanimarquina and Switch Modern are having a summer 20% off sale thru July 31 on select rug styles that are in the process of being discontinued including Antique in all colorways and sizes, Eduardo Chillida’s Manos 1995, Losanges III designed by Ronan + Erwan Bouroullec, and Rabari 3 and Rabari 4 designed by Nipa Doshi + Jonathan Levien. The price noted for each style and size represents a 20% discount while quantities last. As always, free shipping applies to all Nanimarquina rug purchases. Similarly, if you are located outside of Georgia, there is no sales tax. Need to see a physical example in person? Switch Modern is happy to arrange for a sample of any of Nanimarquina rug to be sent to you.


Two aspects of the Antique rug collection really stand out… its vintage look coupled with the innovative artisan technique that was especially created to enable the production of this rug.  As its name suggests, the design was inspired by antique rugs – its neutral colors and floral patterns will add warmth to any room. The hand-knotted sumac weaving technique used in this collection is the result of countless hours of work underscored by the imagination of its Indian weavers. Knot by knot, a thin braid is created that provides each rug’s distressed look. Composed of 100% hand-woven New Zealand wool. Antique is available in three colorways – Antique 1, Antique 2, and Antique 3 – each version is available in two sizes.


With their Losanges collection, the Bouroullec brothers continue their study of simplicity and elegance, reinterpreting the traditional Persian rug by using ancient kilim techniques. Technically complex, the Losanges collection requires great skill due to its sophisticated combination of colors within its atypical geometrical rhombic form. In addition to the plethora of handcraft techniques involved, the Afghan wool used in Losanges is also spun by hand in order to achieve the sophisticated color hues that ultimately make each rhombus different and each rug unique.


Celebrating 20th century artist Eduardo Chillida’s ouevre, Nanimarquina has created a rug collection based upon a chronological selection of his artist’s work – Figura Humana (1948), Dibujo Tinta (1957), and Collage (1966) – pieces that reflect the gestation process of his renowned sculpture, Peine del Viento, located in San Sebastián. The collection also includes two depictions of his much celebrated depictions of hands – Mano and Manos from the 1990s, as well as Gravitación from 1993 and 1994. Noted here is Manos 1995. This hand-knotted rug is composed of 100% hand-spun New Zealand wool.


Left photo: Rabari 4 rug with inset detail. Right photo: Rabari 3 rug with inset detail. Rabari is an outstanding design – indeed, each becomes a canvas on which Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien have designed a refined combination of rhythms with a unique graphic sensuality. According to Levien, “We decided to create a series of rugs that evoke the sensual and shiny world of tribal folk embroidery of India. We wanted our collection for nanimarquina to reference the unfinished embroideries like studies of different techniques in progress, as they gradually emerge over time. The spontaneous compositions of the rugs embody the serendipity and freedom to improvise inherent in each step of a handmade piece. Joyful, irreverent and unique.” Each Rabari rug is composed of hand-knotted, hand-woven 100% New Zealand wool.

For more information about any of the aforementioned Nanimarquina sale rugs or to request a physical sample of any Nanimarquina rug, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com

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Fritz Hansen PK22 + PK61 Anniversary Edition
By Roy Otwell
7/5/2017 12:47:00 PM  


Poul Kjaerholm’s iconic PK22 lounge chair and PK61 coffee table recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. In honor of the occasion Danish manufacturer, Fritz Hansen, recontextualized these two iconic designs with a new frame finish, velvety leather, and Vetra marble.

Poul Kjaerholm (1929 – 1980) was trained as a cabinetmaker and continued his studies at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts. He had a particular interest in different construction materials – especially steel that he considered a natural material with the same inherent, creative exploratory value as other natural materials. Kaerholm began a collaboration with manufacturer Ejvind Kold Christensen in 1955 to produce his furniture designs – this lasted until the designer’s death in 1980. In 1982, Fritz Hansen took over the production and sales of the extant Kjaerholm Collection that had been developed from 1951 to 1967. Kjaerholm’s designs are in the permanent collection of numerous museums worldwide including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. The designer was also the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Grand Prix at the Milan Triennale in 1957 and 1960.



Kjaerholm’s iconic PK22 was first produced by E. Kold Christensen in 1956. In 1982, Danish manufacturer Fritz Hansen starting producing Kjaerholm’s furniture designs. In honor of the 60th anniversary of one of the designer’s most popular pieces, Fritz Hansen created a new finish for the brushed stainless steel frame that has been electroplated in a chic anthracite color. This frame cradles the seat and back expanses that have been rendered in Royal Nubuck leather. This silky and smooth material provides an exquisite surface with a subtle, velvet-like texture.



To accompany the special edition PK22, Fritz Hansen applied the same anthracite electroplate to the brushed stainless steel frame of the PK61 and paired It with an elegant deep gray stone with striking white veining – this much-coveted Petra marble originates from Persia and is relatively easy to maintain given its hard, durable surface and low absorption composition.


Each piece is marked with a special logo that Fritz Hansen developed for the 60th anniversary.

These special 60th anniversary pieces are not only available on our website, but can be experienced firsthand at Switch Modern’s Atlanta showroom. For more information about these special pieces or any of the Poul Kjaerholm Collection produced by Fritz Hansen, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com

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