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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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By D
9/5/2014 1:04:00 PM  

 

Pietro Seda Tattoos Fritz Hansen

 

In celebration of the re-launch of the original wooden legged version of Arne Jacobsen's 1957 Grand Prix chair, the furniture brand Fritz Hansen has teamed up with Italian designer Diego Grandi and famed Italian tattoo artist Pietro Sedda to create nine tattooed chairs (two in leather and seven in wood). The concept behind the collaboration was devised by Grandi who, as the project's art director, created a narrative in which the graceful forms of the chairs would to be treated as if human and the embellishments added as defining marks - tattoos - to its 'skin'. The result is a melding of the over half-century-old designs of Jacobsen with the contemporary tattoo art of Sedda, linking great talents of the past and present - in celebration of the Grand Prix's launch into the future. 


 

Pietro Seda Tattoos Fritz Hansen

 

Pietro Seda Tattoos Fritz Hansen

 

Pietro Seda Tattoos Fritz Hansen

 

Pietro Seda Tattoos Fritz Hansen

 

Pietro Seda Tattoos Fritz Hansen

 

Pietro Seda Tattoos Fritz Hansen

 

Pietro Seda Tattoos Fritz Hansen

 

Pietro Seda Tattoos Fritz Hansen

 

The chairs will make their debut in an installation designed by Diego Grandi on September 11th and will remain on display at the Republic of Fritz Hansen Store in Milan through November 13th . During this time, they will be available for purchase via silent auction, the proceeds of which will go to the Dynamo Camp Association - a camp designed for children whose lives are affected by disease. 

 


Photos via Republic of Fritz Hansen™ & PietroSedda.com.
 

 




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By Alex
8/30/2014 6:57:00 PM  

 

Eileen Gray - The Price of Desire

 Orla Brady as Eileen Gray and Alanis Morissette as her lover, Marisa Damia, in The Price of Desire. Photo by Julian Lennon.

 

Nearly 40 years after her death and some 80 + from the height of her career, famed Irish furniture designer and architect Eileen Gray's (1878-1976) star continues to rise with a much anticipated movie due out this fall. Entitled The Price of Desire, the film is partially shot at one of the most important modernist homes ever built - Eileen Gray’s Villa E1027. The story line is a controversial one, focusing on how a cocktail of 20th century envy and chauvinism nearly effaced Gray’s name from design history. 

 

Eileen Gray - The Price of Desire

 Eileen Gray's Villa E1027. Photo by Manuel Bougot.

 

In a recent interview at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the film’s director Mary McGuckian describes the heavily researched furnishings and sets as 'incredibly authentic' – elaborating that “[The film] is an art piece and it is intended to… to an extent elucidate a cinematic visual experience that is inspired by [Gray's] aesthetic…” 

 



The Price of Desire's director Mary McGuckian talks to DoCoMoMo's Shane O'Toole

 

The Price of Desire will have a festival launch this autumn, the location of which will be released on twitter at @EileenGrayE1027. For those able to carve out an hour, the video above offers some fascinating details on the making of the film and its historically-based dramatic storyline. To view more of Eileen's work we invite you to swing by her page on SwitchModern.com.

 




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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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