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Extraordinary Mirrors
By Scott Reilly
9/6/2017 9:48:00 AM  


Left photo: The Miraggio mirror designed by the Campana Brothers for Edra, Italy, in 2009 features an assemblage of laser-cut pieces of varying sizes that have been “stitched” together to create a reflective surface that blurs the boundaries of fine art and design. Right photo: The Francis mirror recently designed by Constance Guisset for Petite Friture, France, explores the aesthetics associated with the interaction of pigments with fluid – available in several engaging colorways.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall – which of you is actually the fairest of them all? Hmmm... let’s see… with over 70 incredible options from nearly 20 design manufacturers, that’s not an easy answer. Well… actually it is easy… of course, it’s all of them! Ranging from wall-mounted to leaning, rectilinear and round to atypical and amorphic, from early 20th century designs through postmodern, contemporary, and avant garde, Switch Modern offers an amazing range of mirrors – all have a common denominator… your reflection will be contextualized within an extraordinary design.


Left photo: Eduard Samso’s Mirallmar mirror from 1991 features an assemblage of deconstructed reflective squares and is now considered an icon of postmodern design. Right photo: Jaime Hayon’s playful treatment of his 2016 King Kong mirror form “reflects” this designer’s burgeoning iconographic visual vocabulary. Chronologically separated by 25 years, both mirrors are manufactured by BD Barcelona, Spain.


Switch Modern shows nearly 20 different mirrors created by critically-acclaimed designers for Glas Italia, Italy. Left photo: Alessandro Mendini’s Lesena employs the schematic shape of a column. Right photo: Johanna Grawunder’s Color on Color mirror sports rectilinear fields of overlapping color.


Two striking floor mirrors from Piero Lissoni for Glas Italia – Kooh-I-Noor (left photo) and Paradox (right photo). Both leaning floor mirrors are characterized by their fabulously irregular perimeters – each functions on a highly sculptural level and will instantly become a focal point in any interior.


Some early 20th century classics – Antoni Gaudi’s iconic Calvet mirror (center photo) from 1902 is flanked by two 1927 designs by Eileen Gray – the Castellar mirror (left photo) manufactured by ClassiCon, Germany, is hinged so that the user can swing out the upper left square; the designer’s Satellite mirror (right photo) produced by Ecart International, France, sports an integrated light that can be rotated (and reflected) within the mirror. The clever features that Gray has integrated into these two mirrors are not only practical, they provide great visual interest.


Ren Standing Mirror (left photo) designed by Neri & Hu for Poltrona Frau, Italy, provides a luxe combination of materials – brass finish, saddle leather, and walnut. The Narcisse floor mirror (center photo) manufactured by Giorgetti, Italy, is another example of the sophisticated aesthetics achieved by combining the mirror’s reflective surface within a frame of bronze finish and solid canaletto wood. Marcel WandersDream Wall mirror (right photo) for Poliform infuses minimalism with grandeur through its large-scale leaning form.


Combining the effects of molded polycarbonate and the material’s inherent translucency, Kartell has created some remarkable mirrors. Ludovica + Roberto Palomba’s All Saints Mirror from 2013 is flanked by Philippe Starck’s Francois Ghost mirror (left) from 2004 and Only Me mirror (right) from 2012. Not only are all available in different sizes, all are available in clear/transparent as well as a range of translucent and opaque colors.

For more information on any of these extraordinary mirrors manufactured by Alessi, BD Barcelona, Bensen, ClassiCon, Driade, Edra, GAN Gandia Blasco, Giorgetti, Glas Italia, Haymann, Hive, Kartell, Kenneth Cobonpue, Moooi, Petite Friture, Poliform, Poltrona Frau, and Verpan, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com

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Kartell Goes Sottass: A Tribute to Memphis
By Scott Reilly
8/12/2017 10:17:00 AM  


As part of a tribute to Ettore Sottsass (1917 – 2007), Kartell has created a collection of designs that take their inspiration from the graphics and forms pioneered by the designer through the Memphis Movement in the 1980s. In addition to offering historic, graphic textiles by both Ettore Sottsass and Nathalie du Pasquier on many of Kartell’s extant upholstered designs like Philippe Starck’s Mademoiselle chair and Piero Lissoni’s Trix daybed, Kartell put into production for the first time three of Sottsass’ designs. The Calice vase along with the Colonna and Pilastro tables/stools are exciting Kartell additions. All were designed by Ettore Sottsass in 2004/2005 and were posthumously placed into serial production by the Italian manufacturer in 2015.


Sottsass’ Pilastro and Colonna tables are perfect as occasional/side tables or impromptu stools, these also look great when presented as a cluster in front of a sofa.


Pilastro is reminiscent of Sottsass’ totemic sculptures with their tubular rings organized around a columnar form. Each of the five colors – black, green, pink, purple, and red – all sport a fabulous interplay of glossy and matte surface treatment.

At almost 19” in height, the Calice vase will certainly have great visual impact on any surface where it is placed. Its assemblage of “vertical steps,” integrated truncated column, and exaggerated base footprint are all elements that figure prominently in several of Ettore Sottsass’ designs.

Like the Pilastro table/stool and Calice vase, Colonna is also available in five different colors. Ideal as occasional tables or stools – their vertical flutes engender a mesmerizing optical effect.

Philippe Starck’s Mademoiselle chair (2001) is now offered in several textile patterns that Sottsass designed in the early 1980s – iconic Letraset, frenetic Schizzo, and criss-crossed Rete – each textile is available in three colorways. Also offered is Nathalie du Pasquier’s 1981 Burundi pattern for Memphis – its available in two colorways. With any of these new Mademoiselle upholstery options, one can select the chair’s polycarbonate frame in glossy black or transparent.


Piero Lissoni’s Trix daybed (2006) has never looked as engaging as it does in Sottsass’ iconic Letraset textile. Sottsass developed the Letraset pattern in 1981 – Kartell now offers this textile in three colorways for Trix (shown here in vibrant fuchsia).

In addition to the aforementioned designs, Piero Lissoni’s Audrey chair as well as his Pop and Plastics Duo collection of lounge chair and sofas are available in all of the Sottsass textiles. Patricia Urquiola’s Foliage lounge chair and settee are available in Nathalie du Pasquier’s Burundi textiles. For more information about these new Sottsass designs or any of the other Kartell pieces that are now available in these engaging textiles that pay homage to Memphis, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com

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Petite Friture: WEEK-END Collection
By Scott Reilly
8/7/2017 12:16:00 PM  


The WEEK-END Collection of outdoor furnishings designed by Studio Brichet Ziegler was recently introduced by French manufacturer and editor, Petite Friture. A comprehensive collection that includes dining chairs with or without arms, dining and bar-height tables of varying sizes, coffee and occasional tables, stool, lounge chair, bench, chaise longue, and even a child’s table and chair.


While slatted aluminum seating and surfaces for outdoor use have existed in various forms for decades, the designers, Pierre Brichet and Caroline Ziegler, have re-imagined these in a fabulously engaging way through their WEEK-END Collection. Slats are organized both vertically and horizontally within the same piece infusing the resulting form with an unexpected levity. The horizontally-oriented slats forming the upper portion of the backrest are objectified within an ellipse-shaped perimeter.


The entire collection is available with a choice of nine UV-resistant painted color finishes. Upper row (left to right): anthracite, white, blue, burgundy, and brown. Lower row (left to right): gray, yellow, black, and gold.

Switch Modern has recently started representing Petite Friture. We invite you to peruse some of the recent additions to our website. For more information about the WEEK-END Collection, or if there is a particular piece from this French manufacturer in which you are interested, 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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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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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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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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BD Barcelona: Sideboard or Sculpture… Perhaps Both
By Scott Reilly
5/25/2017 8:31:00 AM  


Dreams cabinet, Christian Zuzunaga, BD Barcelona, Spain, 2015.

The recent arrival of Christian Zuzunaga’s Dreams credenza at Switch Modern’s Atlanta showroom has been a visual catalyst for prompting a number of conversations about what actually constitutes concealed storage and what functions as sculpture… are these sentiments mutually exclusive? We think not.

What is a sideboard? Historically, its function has been as a cabinet that is typically placed within a dining room. Early examples were simple rectilinear forms for storage that included an expansive horizontal surface providing a place for presenting and preparing food – pragmatically, this surface was often composed of stone that would function like a trivet for hot dishes and pots. By the late Middle Ages, this expanse had also started to do double-duty as a surface for displaying decorative plates and vessels.


This illuminated manuscript from the mid 15th century illustrates a sideboard being used as a surface as well as for presenting decorative objects like vessels and plates. As the sideboard’s function was changing, so was the way in which the surfaces of its form were both treated and expressed. By the Renaissance, the sideboard had become a vehicle for elaborate and ornately carved exterior decoration.

Fast forward to the 20th century throughout which the sideboard or credenza form mirrored the numerous salient styles of modernism and was now also rendered in a number of materials other than wood – Bauhaus tubular steel from the 1920s, exuberant yet streamlined Art Deco patterned veneers from the 1930s, clean lines and forms by midcentury, new materials like plastic and lucite in the 1960s and 1970s, and the enigmatic composite forms and patterned laminates associated with the Memphis movement in the 1980s. It was at this point that the sideboard’s visually expressed form began to overtly blur the lines between functional storage repository and sculpture.


Composite photo illustrating various sideboards throughout the 20th century. Clockwise from the left: Art Deco sideboard from the 1930s; Florence Knoll’s midcentury credenza with marble top from the early 1960s; Raymond Loewy’s DF-2000 cabinet with space-age plastic veneered doors from the late 1960s; Tartar sideboard designed by Ettore Sottsass in the 1980s for Memphis.

As with its 20th century precedents, sideboard design in the 21st century continues to challenge preconceived notions of both the function and aesthetics of this time-honored typology. In order to better illustrate this range of “sideboard as sculpture,” we’ve included Dreams along with three other contemporary sideboard designs produced by Spanish manufacturer, BD Barcelona. Designs by Jaime Hayon (Showtime Multileg, 2006), Antoine + Manuel (Tout Va Bien, 2009), and Doshi Levien (Shanty, 2014) all meet the functional expectations of a sideboard or credenza, yet each has been infused with a range of unexpected and engaging aesthetics.


The Dreams sideboard/credenza sports a pixelated, digital age aesthetic available in color as well as monochromatic, grayscale versions with black or white as the ascendant colorway.

Dreams does function masterfully as a sideboard/credenza by providing both concealed storage and an expansive horizontal surface, yet it also functions as a highly aesthetic object – indeed, much like a sculpture. Its front doors, sides, and surface expanse all sport an integrated tempered glass veneer that has been screen-printed with an exuberant geometric arrangement of exaggerated multi-color pixels. It’s also available in a monochromatic, grayscale version… either quite literally denotes a digital age aesthetic.


Tout Va Bien, Antoine + Manuel, BD Barcelona, 2009. Illustrated here as a long, horizontally-oriented sideboard; the design can also be configured as a small two-door cabinet. There is wonderful flexibility in customizing the design through panel selection and respective order as well as the combination and arrangement of the sideboard’s sculptural legs.

The much-celebrated French artist duo of Antoine + Manuel (Antoine Audiau and Manuel Warosz) met in Paris while attending art school and have developed a unique graphic style that combines hand drawing, computer illustration, photography, and typography. They created their first piece of furniture, Tout Va Bien (quite literally translated from French as “all is well”), in 2009 for BD Barcelona. Akin to some of the decorative credenzas from the 15th century, the artists have created a visual narrative that is presented within various levels of relief on the side and door panels – even one of the top panels. While channeling the relief aesthetic of ancient, medieval, and Renaissance art, Antoine + Manuel have imbued these with a profoundly engaging and enigmatic iconography.


Composite photo illustrating door details from Antoine + Manuel’s Tout Va Bien. A viewer literally sees something new from virtually every angle of this piece – truncated pyramids in various depths, complex architecture with an unexpected abstracted cat or dog waiting near a door, schematic landscapes that include clouds and even a cactus – one discovers something new every time. The reliefs have been organized within a rectilinear form and homogenized into a single monochromatic color of black or white akin to a Louise Nevelson Constructivist sculpture.


Tout Va Bien is also available as a vertically-oriented cabinet; either version is available in a choice of black or white finish. The intricate compositions for the doors and side panels are composed of injection-molded polyurethane that has been combined with a wood substrate.


Shanty, Doshi Levien, BD Barcelona, 2014. Illustrated here with a matching wall-mounted modular mirror system that mimics the outline of Shanty’s undulating façade.

Doshi Levien’s Shanty for BD Barcelona was imagined as a patchwork of corrugated surfaces that reference the ephemeral “shanty” dwellings from Brazil, Africa, and India. Shanty celebrates the inherent structural beauty of these seemingly temporary constructions. The credenza’s corrugated façade is presented as a composition of different colored surfaces that conceals a carefully considered storage volume. The form itself is asymmetric and every door opens in a distinct way. The Shanty collection is available in several different versions and finishes creating colorful or monochromatic combinations. The sideboard can also be presented with a wall-mounted mirror system that allows for different compositions and mimics the outline of Shanty’s form.


Clockwise from left: Detail of the distinct ways in which Shanty’s drawers and doors open; designers’ color-blocked sketch of Shanty; urban landscape with the ubiquitous corrugated metal that was the inspiration for Doshi Levien’s Shanty design for BD Barcelona.


Showtime Multileg sideboard, Jaime Hayon, BD Barcelona, 2006. Available as a modular two-door container with four legs, Showtime can be configured in several lengths as well as a vertically-oriented cabinet. As part of configuring the sideboard, the user may also select the combination and arrangement of underside supports from a choice of twelve different leg styles as illustrated in this six-door Showtime Multileg sideboard.

With Jaime Hayon’s Showtime Multileg sideboard, it’s truly all about the legs. Each underside vertical support (several are variations on a thick spindle) are all different from each other – when presented together, they create a visual symphony of ornate volume that collectively supports a minimalist, rectilinear container. Showtime is available in several horizontal lengths as well as a vertically-oriented cabinet. Since its introduction, Showtime Multileg has been available in several lacquer finishes as well as walnut; the sideboard’s top has options that include glass and marble.


Showtime can be configured internally with shelves and drawers including those with specialized functions like this bottle repository.

All of the aforementioned sideboards not only function beautifully as concealed storage cabinets, each also functions as an uber-aesthetic, visually engaging object – instantly becoming the focal point of any interior in which it is placed. Most also provide a high level of customization that allows the user to determine the resulting aesthetic and function through their respective personalization of the available options. Please drop by Switch Modern’s Atlanta showroom to experience the Dreams credenza firsthand or contact us at info@switchmodern.com or 404-605-0196 about exploring the numerous examples of “storage as sculpture” that are available through BD Barcelona as well as a number of other manufacturers that Switch Modern represents.

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Alessi Forma Cheese Grater
By Scott Reilly
5/22/2017 7:49:00 AM  


Left photo: The Forma cheese grater designed by Zaha Hadid for Alessi’s 2017 Spring/Summer Collection. Right photo: Detail of each side of the removable polished stainless steel grater. The cradle and grater become a fabulously enigmatic sculpture for any surface.

Referred to as the “queen of the curve,” Zaha Hadid’s architectural designs were infused with an eye-popping expressiveness the likes of which had no historic aesthetic precedent. Known for her statement sculptural buildings around the world, she had collaborated with a few manufacturing firms to create home furnishings objects – Sawaya & Moroni, B&B Italia, Established & Sons, Alessi – her projects with the latter produced several objects yet left two projects in development with her unexpected passing last year. According to Alberto Alessi, “the first is this cheese grater, which is so beautifully ‘Hadidian’ as to not require comment.” We absolutely agree! It’s like a small piece of architecture for the table. Hadid’s Forma cheese grater was inspired by the natural formation of pebbles eroded by the water and sand. It features a polished stainless grater that rests within a base cradle composed of matte black melamine. Its asymmetrical arrangement of holes is not only visually engaging, it allows the cheese to be grated and sprinkled unevenly providing an atypical texture to any dish.


Left photo: The Forma cheese grater cradles a chunk of parmesan cheese; simply remove the stainless portion to grate cheese and sprinkle cheese directly over a dish. Right photo: Portrait of Zaha Hadid (credit: Alessi)

The Forma cheese grater is one of several new exciting designs that are part of Alessi’s 2017 Spring/Summer Collection. Switch Modern has recently created a new section of our website that now highlights Alessi’s seasonal collections. We have already received several of these 2017 designs and are still awaiting others. And, remember… all of these new pieces are included in our 20% off Alessi Sale – a great opportunity to reserve yours now and lock into the special sale price.

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Stelton Cylinda Line: 50 Years
By Scott Reilly
5/12/2017 12:37:00 PM  


Stelton Cylinda Line designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1967 – presented here as “skyline” of cylindrical forms where function is expressed through the varying diameters and heights of pieces.

Stelton’s Cylinda Line remains as contemporary and visually stunning today as it was a half century ago. Designed by Arne Jacobsen, Cylinda Line is still an extensive range of engaging stainless steel tabletop, bar, and serving pieces – the range gets its name from the designer’s overarching use of the cylindrical form expressed in various diameters and heights based upon the object’s intended function. As the story goes, Stelton’s managing director in the 1960s was Peter Holmblad who happened to be Arne Jacobsen’s stepson. Holmblad was interested in creating a cylindrical range of stainless steel and challenged his stepdad to participate in the design process. From 1964 through 1967, Jacobsen and Holmblad overcame several obstacles in producing the range’s distinctive cylindrical form. New techniques were specifically developed to roll the sheet stainless steel around a cylindrical form where it was welded. As Jacobsen insisted that any resulting seam had to be invisible, new equipment was again developed specifically to polish away any weld marks.


Original Stelton Cylinda Line packaging from the late 1960s and early 1970s was even in the shape of cylinders and featured fabulous graphics that employed the circle.

In 1967, Stelton launched its initial collection of fifteen Cylinda Line pieces that included barware, table serving pieces, as well as a coffee and tea service. It garnered the prestigious Danish Design Award the same year. Throughout the late 1960s, new pieces were added to the initial core range and it quickly became a global sensation. Over the ensuing five decades, examples of Stelton’s Cylinda Line have found their way into the permanent collections of countless museums worldwide including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.

In addition to Arne Jacobsen’s Cylinda Line pieces, Switch Modern also shows and stocks many other Stelton classics by Erik Magnussen and Peter Holmblad from the 1970s as well as contemporary designs by Holmbäck Nordentoft, Christina Halskov, and Klaus Rath. As part of celebrating Cylinda Line’s 50th anniversary, we invite you to enjoy a 10% discount on any Stelton purchase through June 15. Simply use discount code CYLINDA50 when checking out.

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