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By Alex
1/29/2015 6:59:00 PM  

 

Poltrona Frau + Alexander Wang Furniture Line

 


Luxury Italian furniture brand, Poltrona Frau, has teamed up with fashion's wunderkind, Alexander Wang, to create a small but swank capsule collection of home furnishings. The collaboration builds upon Poltrona Frau's tradition of working with other luxury fashion brands, including the likes of  Bottega Veneta, Prada, Hermès and Burberry.

 


Poltrona Frau + Alexander Wang Furniture Collection

 


Poltrona Frau + Alexander Wang Furniture Collection

 


In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Wang offered a little insight into his latest foray into furnishings, “When I started working in fashion, I always had an idea of an environment in my head, but how to actualize it, and what the references meant, that’s new... Over the last 10 years, furniture is where my interest has really evolved." 

 


Poltrona Frau + Alexander Wang Furniture Line

 


Poltrona Frau + Alexander Wang Furniture Line

 


Poltrona Frau + Alexander Wang Furniture Line

 


The new line is a melding of luxury and edge, all wrapped up into two bean-bag poufs (one in shearling, the other in leather) and one Mini Bar Trunk in luxe shagreen and brass. Switch Modern is pleased to announce we are accepting orders beginning February 1st.

 

Bean Bag Armchair in Black Shearling leather with brass stand – $8,800.00

Bean Bag Armchair in Soul Solomon Leather with brass stand – $8,800.00

Mini Bar Trunk in black shagreen leather - $18,500.00

 

Photos via Alexander Wang.

 




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By Alex
1/9/2015 3:26:00 PM  

 


Lou Read Chair

 


Lou Read Chair

 

Five years ago, famed designers Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet created a new take on the traditional English armchair for the Royal Monceau Hotel in Paris. Inspired by the late architect/designer Carlo Mollino and Danish design of the 1950s, the resultant chair was a groundbreaker with its sinuous form, superior comfort and flawless ergonomics. A Lou Read Armchair now resides in each bedroom at the Royal Monceau - garnering its name from a chance meeting between Philippe Starck and musician Lou Reed in the very same hotel in the mid 1990s. Today, this covetable armchair is newly available to the public and Switch Modern is thrilled to add it to our collection. We invite you to get to know Lou Read a little better through the video below which documents the complex handcrafted process involved in bringing it to life.  



 


 




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By Alex
12/23/2014 11:16:00 AM  

Switch Modern Best of Atlanta 2014

Each year, Atlanta Magazine curates a list of the very best the city has to offer, and this year Switch Modern is thrilled to have won Best of Atlanta in the category of 'Contemporary Classics'. According to the magazine, Switch Modern “is as close as Atlanta gets to Milan…” To view our full review, alongside all of the 2014 Best of Atlanta Winners, we invite you to swing by atlantamagazine.com. Grazie mille Atlanta Magazine!

 




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By Alex
12/23/2014 11:00:00 AM  

 


 

A game changer in the world of dining room tables – the Draenert FONTANA is new, patented, and already the recipient of the Interior Innovation Award. Available in pedestal, four leg and side-wall versions, FONTANA’s stone tabletop completely extends and contracts at a single push and pull. Who knew adjusting your dining room table could be this good?!? For more information contact us at 404.605.0196 or stop by our Atlanta showroom for a visit.

 




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By Alex
12/8/2014 2:22:00 AM  

 

 

Luxury Italian furniture brand Poltrona Frau has partnered with renowned French interior designer Gérard Faivre to create one palatial Parisian property. Located in the city's Golden Triangle, the 2,900 square foot abode is located on the fourth floor of a typical Haussmann building. The apartment is in keeping with Faivre's turn key concept in which he designs one-of-a-kind residences, in his own taste, for the luxury real estate market.

 

 

Paris Apartment - Poltrona Frau

 

Paris Apartment - Poltrona Frau

 

Paris Apartment - Poltrona Frau

 

Currently available properties by Faivre can be found at Gerard Faivre Paris, but be warned, they tend to go quickly. As for the interior furnishings... the Poltrona Frau collection can be found right here at Switch Modern.

Photography courtesy of Poltrona Frau Italia.

 




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By Alex
11/24/2014 5:31:00 AM  

 

Ettore Sottsass

Ettore Sottsass with gold prototype of his Shiva vase, designed in 1973 for BD Barcelona.


 

Born in Austria to an Austrian mother and Italian father, Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007) is best known as the founder of the Memphis collective - a 1980s movement characterized by its bold, colorful and highly geometric approach to furniture, ceramic and lighting design. A designer of furniture, buildings, textiles, ceramics, lighting, jewelry and electronic products, Sottsass was also a (if slightly less skilled) painter, sculptor, author and publisher.

 

Ettore Sottsass

Carlton Room Divider designed in 1981 for Memphis


 

A student of Turin Polytechnic, Sottsass opened his first studio in Milan in 1947. He collaborated with Olivetti from 1958 to 1980 where he designed the iconic Valentine typewriter. In the 70s he worked for Alessi, creating a range of products including condiment sets and coasters, and in the 80s there was of course the launch of the Memphis collective.

 

Ettore Sottsass

Yemen blown glass vase - 1994 for Venini


 

While his design work has been much celebrated - earning him, among other things, three Compasso d'Oros and places in the permanent collections of numerous prestigious museums - Sottsass was formally educated as an architect and considered himself an architect above all else. As he eloquently put it, "My furniture is an exercise in architecture or architectural mood." "When I began designing... I also began to think that these objects, which sit next to each other and around people, can influence not only physical conditions but also emotions. They can touch the nerves, the blood, the muscles, the eyes and the moods of people." - Ettore Sottsass a Critical Biography


 

Ettore Sottsass

Olabuenaga House in Maui Hawaii - designed between 1989 and 1997. Photo: Grey Crawford via Architectural Digest.


 

Switch Modern is proud to carry a selection of Ettore Sottsass' work, which we invite you to peruse at switchmodern.com.

 




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By Alex
11/10/2014 10:19:00 AM  

 

In the Atlanta area? Switch Modern invites you to join us next Thursday, November 20th - Saturday, the 22nd as we kick off the holiday season with a very special in-store Art Exhibit and Sample Sale event.

 

Praia Piquinia 10/08/11 13h21 by Christian Chaize

 


Enjoy sparkling Prosecco while browsing...

 

40-70% OFF SELECT SWITCH MODERN ITEMS


furniture, lighting, accessories, outdoor & contract furniture, and kitchens

+

10-15% OFF SELECT JACKSON FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY


Christian Chaize, Jeannette Montgomery Barron, Todd Murphy, Vee Speers and Ysabel LeMay

+

PRE HOLIDAY 20% OFF


Alessi & Kartell

 

Switch Modern     670 14th Street Atlanta 30318     404-605-0196

 




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By Alex
10/20/2014 12:38:00 PM  

 

Villa Necchi Campiglio
 


Designed by Piero Portaluppi between 1932 and 1935, Villa Necchi Campiglio once stood as a cutting edge modernist statement for Milan's fashionable elite. The estate, which was home to successful sewing machine manufacturer Angelo Campiglio, his wife Gigina and her sister Nedda, was built at the height of rationalist Fascist architecture and became well known for the exquisite parties it hosted.

 


Villa Necchi Campiglio
 

Villa Necchi Campiglio
 

Villa Necchi Campiglio
 

While elegant enough to entertain the likes of royalty, by the 1950s the villa's angular, at times severe brand of luxury, had fallen out of fashion prompting the Campiglios to bring in designer Tomaso Buzzi to incorporate ornate mantels, wood paneling, tapestries and antiques.

 


Villa Necchi Campiglio
 

Villa Necchi Campiglio
 

Today, Villa Necchi Campiglio has been restored and converted into a museum where visitors may view the grounds, architecture and imperfect mix of styles that mark the life of this historical home. It is a must visit according to our company co-founder Roy Otwell, and for those who can't make it to Milan, we recommend a peek at the 2009 Italian film "I Am Love" where Villa Necchi serves as set for much of the movie.

Photos: Fondo Ambiente ItalianoGiorgio Majno via The New York Times, Fosnova 





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By Alex
10/8/2014 4:51:00 AM  

 


The Jane Antwerp

 

Antwerp, Belgium has a new hot-spot and it goes by the name of The Jane. Part bar, part restaurant, part religious experience - the site previously served as a military hospital chapel and boasts all the design perks you'd expect from a former ecclesiastical building.

 


The Jane Antwerp

 


The Jane Antwerp

 


Heading up the transformation from rundown chapel to dining mecca was the restaurant's founder, Michelin-star chef Sergio Herman, his co-chef Nick Brildello and the renowned Dutch designer Piet Boon. The goal for the space was a sort of 'fine dining meets rock 'n roll' which the team of three achieved with the help of a select group of creative partners who brought in such pivotal pieces as the massive custom chandelier by .PSLAB, the penguin and gas mask infused stained glass window films by Studio Job and the furnishings by our very own Flexform (did you spot our Feel Good Chairs?).

 


The Jane Antwerp

 

As founder Sergio Herman put it, “To me, dining out is about more than a plate of fabulous food; the overall restaurant experience has become progressively important in recent years. So it’s not just the dishes that must reflect our vision and our ‘feel’, but everything that surrounds them too, from the front desk to the table cloths, the crockery – even the bread baskets. Everything at The Jane was specially made for us...” Delicious! A chef after our design-loving hearts.

Photos courtesy of Flexform. 




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By Alex
9/15/2014 5:07:00 PM  

 

John Lyle Firescreen

 

Vestal Firescreen by John Lyle 

 

Earlier this month, Switch Modern's co-founder Roy Otwell sat down with interior, furniture and accessory designer, John Lyle, to have a serious chat about some seriously great design. The topic of conversation - what design items are most pulling on Roy's heart strings right now. Shown here is a sneak peek at Roy's current obsessions. To view his full list of loves, we recommend a swing by his feature on John Lyle's blog. Also, while you're there, be sure to check out Lyle's spectacular portfolio. We promise it's a trip worth taking.

 

Nulla recessed pinspot
Nulla recessed pinspot light by Davide Groppi
 

 

Sampei Floor Lamp
Sampei Floor Lamp by Enzo Calabrese and Davide Groppi
 

 




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