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By Alex
8/16/2014 1:20:00 PM  

 

Arne Jacobsen Drop Chair

 

Designed in 1958 by famed Danish architect/designer Arne Jacobsen, the Drop™ chair recently re-launched to much acclaim following an over 50 year stint in hibernation. The chair's compact and lovable form was originally produced alongside the iconic Swan™ and Egg™ chairs for Jacobsen's masterwork, the Radisson Blue Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. "It's a gorgeous little chair that inspires deep affection."* - nonetheless, the Drop™ was produced in extremely limited quantities and soon disappeared in the shadow of it's more famous siblings. That is until the people at Fritz Hansen decided it was time for a comeback.


 

Arne Jacobsen Drop Chair

 

Arne Jacobsen Drop Chair

 

As part of the re-launch, the original upholstered Drop™ was also translated into plastic form. We invite you to take a closer look (both past and present) at this charming chair through the lens of those who know it best - the people at Fritz Hansen. Enjoy the short film!

 


 

* Quote taken from The return of the DROP

 




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By Alex
8/2/2014 8:43:00 PM  

 

Luminous Table

 

Switch Modern is proud to announce that Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka's Luminous Table has recently received the prestigious Menzione D'Onore Compasso D'Oro ADI. Established by Gio Ponti in 1954, the award stands as the oldest and most influential international design honor in the world. Adding to its import, in 2004, the Compasso d'Oro's Historical Collection was decreed by the Italian Cultural Heritage Ministry to be "of exceptional artistic and historical interest" and included in Italy’s national heritage.

 

Luminous Table 2

 

With its groundbreakingly thin and transparent structure, Luminous now joins ADI Compasso d'Oro's past, present and future inductees as part of this renowned Historical Collection. Oh, and it also just so happens to join us, right here at Switch Modern!

 




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By Alex
7/27/2014 12:04:00 AM  

 

aalto vase 1

 

Designed in 1936 by renowned architect Alvar Aalto, the Aalto vase's simple organic form was revolutionary for its time and met with immediate success following its 1937 debut. Today, this deceptively simple work of art is crafted just as it was over 70 years ago - meticulously and laboriously by a team of skilled craftsman out of a glass factory in Iittala, Finland. 

 

aalto vase 2

 

aalto vase 3

 

At nearly 80 years of age, the Aalto vase holds a place as one of the most iconic glass objects in the world. We invite you to learn more about its fascinating story and crafting process in the video below. 

 

 



The Aalto vase along with the entire Iittala line of products is on sale through August 5, 2014.




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By Alex
6/27/2014 2:51:00 PM  

 


rabari 1

 


Born of a collaboration between the London design firm Doshi Levien and the renowned Spanish rug manufacturer Nanimarquina, the new Rabari collection was inspired by the intricately hand crafted embroideries of the nomadic Rabaries of Kutch, India.


Unique in their use of color, texture and rhythm, the line of three rugs has been raking in awards ever since launching earlier this year. Accolades include the ICFF Editors Award for outstanding product, Metropolis Likes for innovative design, and the DELTA Awards 2014 for conceptual originality. But enough talk on our part... we invite you behind the scenes in an interview with designer Nipa Doshi and Nanimarquina's founder, Nani, to offer a bit of insight into the the process, inspiration and people behind this outstanding new addition to the Switch Modern collection

 


rabari 2

 


rabari rug 3




 

 

 




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By Alex
6/6/2014 11:51:00 AM  

 


bourgie 1


Designer/musician, Pharrell Williams' strong-arm rendition of Kartell's Bourgie.

 


Designed in 2004 by Kartell's art director Ferruccio Laviani, the Bourgie Lamp is one of the Italian brand's best sellers and at just 10 years of age, something of a design icon. In the spirit of design collaboration and to help celebrate Bourgie's successful first decade in production, Kartell has invited 19 A-List designers and creatives to re-imagine the traditional baroque-inspired lamp for a traveling international exhibit.

 


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The Stockholm design trio behind Front infused Bourgie with a little swagger by applying heat to its plastic form.

 

 
bourgie 3


Patricia Urquiola really mixed things up via a complete deconstruction / reconstruction of the Bourgie into a glitzy chandelier.

 


bourgie 4


The Brooklyn based duo behind Snarkitecture honored or maybe snubbed the birthday boy, by making him disappear beneath a beautifully draped fiberglass sheet.

 


Kicking off the design fueled tour, fourteen re-imagined Bourgies made their debut at this year's Milan Design Week only to be joined in New York City by five additional pieces at last month's International Contemporary Furniture Fair. The growing collection of one-off lamps are slated to continue their travels before being sold in an online charitable auction later this year. We'll keep you updated but if a one-of-a-kind Philippe Starck, Kelly Wearstler or Lenny Kravitz designed lamp seems a bit out of reach... we invite you swing by and check out the original Bourgie over on SwitchModern.com.




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By Alex
5/30/2014 1:54:00 PM  

 


Bocci 22

 

The contemporary design and manufacturing house Bocci is challenging the standard electrical cover plate concept with its newly released 22 series. Comprising a full suite of wall accessories, the 22 is designed to "mud" directly into drywall, rendering only the sleekly minimal outlets exposed. 

 


Bocci 22 series

 

Leaving no detail untended, the creative minds behind Bocci also designed the outlet system to install flush with the surface of mill-work, marble, glass and more. The UL approved 22 series is currently available in 15A and 20A outlets for North American plugs. Stop by and explore the full collection online at SwitchModern.com or in our Atlanta showroom. 

 




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By Alex
5/6/2014 3:36:00 PM  

 

egg chair
 The Fritz Hansen Egg Chair designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958

Original or copy, authentic or counterfeit? It may seem a simple question but within the design and manufacturing industry it's becoming one of the most polarizing topics on the table (pun intended). Exacerbating the issue is an increasingly global world with intellectual property laws that are decidedly regional. The result has left companies like Fritz Hansen with designs that are thoroughly protected in Europe but open to copy in countries such as the U.S. where intellectual property protections are less stringent and expire earlier.

 

swan chairs
Fritz Hansen's Swan Chairs designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958

As Fritz Hansen's vice president of North American sales David Obel Rosenkvist explained in an interview with Dwell Magazine, "Fritz Hansen has always been invested in original design. Every piece of furniture we produce is original and authentic, designed by an architect and designer-this is a part of our company's culture and DNA, it's our value system. Copies are not only an infringement upon Fritz Hansen's design rights, but it's an exploitation of the original design history and heritage that has been built up over the last century."

 

ant chair
Fritz Hansen's Ant Chair designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1952 

Recently, in a quest to protect their designs from copy, Fritz Hansen has been embroiled in legal arguments with one well known American brand regarding said brand's copy of Fritz Hansens's iconic Egg, Swan, Ant and Series 7 chairs. Last week we received news from Fritz Hansen that the lawsuit was settled, with the American brand agreeing to cease their copy and sale of the Fritz Hansen chairs. The legal action and ensuing settlement is an interesting and potentially important step towards what will likely become the changing landscape of design rights and laws in the years ahead.

 

series 7 chairs
Fritz Hansen's Series 7 Chairs designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1955 

So how can you spot the real deal? Since 2006, Fritz Hansen has been marking it's products with unique serial numbers and special tags to show their authenticity. As for the rest of your furnishings? Be assured that we at Switch Modern remain uncompromising in our promise to carry only original, licensed designs.... no knockoffs ever. 








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By Alex
4/21/2014 12:31:00 PM  

 

milan design week 2014 1

 

Earlier this month Switch Modern's founders, Roy Otwell and Doug Henderson, set off to Milan for the city's annual design festivities. Centered around the main Salone Internazionale del Mobile - a veritable mecca for those in the home furnishing sector - the week-long events roughly translate to some intensive mingling and design treasure hunting. Shown here is a small selection of the many pieces that were on display, all of which will soon be available through Switch Modern. Enjoy!

Shown above - The spectacular Moooi exhibit, showcasing a number of new pieces (including those striking floor lamps) set against backdrops of Massimo Listri photos.

 

milan design week 2

 

Diapositive 2014 - Elegant glass desks by designers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Glas Italia.

 


milan design week 3

 

Prism chair - Made from thick high transparacy glass by Tokujin Yoshioka for Glas Italia.

 


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 milan design week 5

 



Up in the Air - a minimal occasional table, filled with environment-friendly resin, complete with hand-made fish. Design by Ramón Úbeda y Otto Canalda for Viccarbe.


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 milan design week 7

 


Step - a beautifully proportioned and detailed modular sofa by Vincent Van Duysen for Viccarbe.


 milan design week 2014 8

 


Now available in an array of transparent colors - the Uncle Jim chair by Philipe Starck for Kartell.


 milan design week 2014 9

 


Founder Roy Otwell loved the metallic finishes of the new Precious Kartell collection. Shown here - the Masters Chair in golden plastic by Philippe Starck.

 milan design week 2014 9

 


Designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen and reissued this year by the Republic of Fritz Hansen - The Drop™ chair!

 milan design week 2014 10

 


The new Noè bottle holder by Giulio Iacchetti for Alessi.

 milan design week 2014 11

 

Introducing Albero - a free-standing floor to ceiling bookcase designed in the late 1950s by Gianfranco Frattini. It has just been brought back into production by Poltrona Frau.

For more updates on news, products and events, be sure to join us on Facebook and Pinterest.



 




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By Alex
4/14/2014 11:00:00 AM  

 




 



Described by its designer as "Minimalism on four legs", the Hans J. Wegner CH88 chair made its first debut in 1955 at the international H55 Exhibition alongside works by the likes of Alvar Aalto. While one might have expected it to rapidly join the ranks of Wegner's other iconic chairs, the CH88's elegant form and stylistic versatility remained nearly forgotten for close to 60 years. Next month, in celebration of Wegner's 100th birthday, Carl Hansen & Son is about to change all this as it brings the CH88 out of prototype and into production for the very first time. 


 



CH88 Chair 2


 




CH88 Chair 4




 

While carefully maintaining the integrity of the original chair's design, Carl Hansen & Son has honored Wegner's obsession with comfort and ergonomics by updating the heights of the seat and backrest to account for today's taller population. They have also made slight adjustments to the seat shape to allow the chair to stack. Despite minor updates, the CH88 promises to be all Wegner, and even highlights his characteristic play with materiality, in its unusual fusion of organic wood and industrial steel. In sum, we think this old Danish Modern master's design has all the promise of an exciting new classic. Coming soon the a Switch Modern near you.


CH88 Chair 9




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By Alex
3/25/2014 12:25:00 PM  

 



david chipperfield


 

With projects spanning the globe, a recently bestowed knighthood, and an illustrious list of professional awards including the RIBA Stirling Prize 2007, the British born David Chipperfield can fairly be ranked among the great architects of our time.

Born in 1953, and raised on his father's farm in Devon, Chipperfield's love for architecture developed when he was just a schoolboy - an enduring fascination which would inspire his studies at the Kingston School of Art and later the Architectural Association of London. Following graduation in the late '70s, Chipperfield worked for such icons as Richard Rogers and Norman Foster, before founding his own firm in 1985. A critic of some of the more flamboyant architecture of his contemporaries, Chipperfield's work is often characterized by a more austere brand of modernism. 

Today, with over thirty years of practice under his belt, Chipperfield's portfolio ranges from the acclaimed reconstruction of Berlin's 19th century Neues Museum to more commercial endeavors such as his boutiques for Valentino. On a smaller more accessible note, Chipperfield has also applied his talent and thoughtful approach to products, as can be seen in his beautifully minimal lighting for FontanaArte and tableware for Alessi. We invite you to view the collections here.


 




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