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By Alex
5/24/2015 5:49:00 PM  

 

Hôtel d’Almeran

 

Set within a 17th century palace in the leafy town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, lies the petite yet luxurious Hôtel d’Almeran. The once sleepy area, much famed for Van Gogh's love of its light and landscapes, has become a cosmopolitain hotspot complete with world-class restaurants and shops where the anceint and modern regularly intermingle and become one. Falling lockstep with its surrounds, the Hôtel d’Almeran's meticulous renovation and restoration, led by architect and hotel co-owner Margot Stängle, highlights the beauty of its 17th century architecture with contrasting modern and contemporary pieces from the likes of Eileen GraySebastian Herkner and Konstantin Grcic. The color scheme was kept simple and fresh with light woods, earthy tones and ample doeses of white, and while the former palace once served hoast to 24 rooms, Stängle made the descision to convert them into seven spacious suites. The hotel also boasts a innovative nouveau Mediterranean restaurant and private dining space below and a rooftop pool uptop. South of France here we come!

 

Hôtel d’Almeran

 

Hôtel d’Almeran

 

Hôtel d’Almeran

 

Hôtel d’Almeran

 

Hôtel d’Almeran

 

Hôtel d’Almeran

 

The Hôtel d’Almeran was furnished by ClassiCon's...

 

Roquebrune Chair by Eileen Gray
Bell Side Table by Sebastian Herkner
Euvira Rocking Chair by Jader Almeida
Bibendum Armchair by Eileen Gray
Triton Bar Stool by Clemens Weisshaar....

 

We invite you to veiw more of the Hôtel d’Almeran's furnishings here at switchmodern.com.

 

 




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By PK
5/6/2015 12:19:00 AM  

Create a living space to reflect your highest aesthetic values, taking inspiration from finely crafted modern furnishings. You can develop a living room that you will never want to leave—after all, it is meant to be “lived in.” Your room should offer physical comfort and visual joy, while reflecting the quality that comes only from the finest craftsmanship and modern design principles.

Before you begin furnishing the ideal living room, take some time to plan. Even if you are working with the most qualified interior designer, understanding a few simple principles will help you achieve a beautifully balanced room. Each coordinated component should work together to build a subtly sophisticated look and feel, for the perfect environment in which to live your life.

Use Design Principles

The fundamentals of design influence nearly everything that helps us live in the physical world, from architecture to interiors, furniture, textiles, and more. Keeping these principles in mind, even loosely, makes planning and furnishing a room easier, and makes the outcome more satisfying.

  • Scale and Proportion

The size and dimensions of your room determine the scale you must work within. If your space is small, choose smaller sized furnishings. If your living room is expansive with high ceilings, you will need larger pieces to avoid having them appear small and insignificant. Remember to consider proportion as well as size, meaning how each piece relates to the other, and how it balances in relation to the length of a wall or the height of the ceiling.

The core element in furniture for most living rooms is typically a sofa. The Andersen Sectional Sofa, an example of modern Italian style from Minotti products, illustrates how a large, two-piece sectional sets the scale in a sizeable living room. Choosing from the coordinated line of a total collection, with added armchairs, a bench, or ottoman, makes the task of proportional furnishing much easier, as these principles are built into the design of each piece.

  • Balance

Achieve balance in your living room by arranging objects and furnishings according to their visual weight. This comes through placement of objects in a consistent pattern. Examples of symmetrical balance include placing a pair of sconces with one on each side of a fireplace, or a pair of armchairs facing one another across a coffee table. An interesting variation is radial balance, with objects radiating around a central focus, in a circular arrangement. Remember to vary high and low heights of objects to keep the eye moving around the room and avoid a monotonous repetition of form.

  • Rhythm

Introduce rhythm to a room by repeating patterns at intervals, just as you would in music. Rhythm attracts the eye to keep moving around a room, naturally seeking out the next occurrence of a repeated shape, texture, or color. Rhythm comes from elements like one accent color repeated in cushions, on a rug, and in a painting on the wall. It could come from repeating a pattern or motif that recurs in different context on a vase, or woven into the texture of upholstery fabric.

  • Harmony

Harmony can be difficult to define, but you will know it when you see it—or rather, when you feel it. The successful blending of all elements in a room into a related, harmonious whole creates an environment that is at once functional, relaxing, and pleasing to the eye. It can be achieved with a neutral color palette that coordinates multiple shadings within one color range, often done using shades of beige and white, or gray and white, carried out in a variety of textures to add depth and dimension.

Decorate Your Living Room

Now that you’ve internalized some basic design principles, you can confidently interpret them to decorate the perfect living room. Begin by studying the space for dimensions, window placement, and natural light (or lack of light).

  • Lighting

Study the patterns of natural light in your room, and then decide on the types, locations, and amounts of lighting needed. Artificial light is mostly used in the evening, but it may also be part of the mix throughout the day. Recessed ceiling spots or track lighting along molding, for example, can subtly add to the important balance of ambient light throughout the day and eliminate gloomy shadows.

Living room lighting is both functional and decorative. Overall or ambient light sets the mood of the room and softens hard edges. Task lighting concentrates light on task areas for reading or other close-up activities. Floor or table lamps serve the dual purpose of task lighting and color accent in the room.

Innovative lighting fixtures, like the Surface Mount 14s or hanging spheres from Bocci Lighting, bring highly dramatic accents to a room, setting the tone of a modern aesthetic and functioning as works of art in their own right.

  • Color

Decide your color palette, choosing three main colors. One color should be dominant, for use on large backgrounds like carpeting, walls, and basic upholstery fabric. A secondary color is used for accessories or selected furniture pieces found throughout the room, and a third accent color should be used sparingly, to stand out and add excitement.

Before painting a wall or choosing large-scale furnishings, test swatches in the room to see how the color “reads” at different times of day. Light, whether natural or artificial, will change the look of most colors. Consider painting walls with a light, neutral background color that will show off the couch and other furnishings by contrast. Create interest by choosing one wall for a bold accent color, to set off furnishings and draw the eye.

  • Focal Point

Decide on a focal point—the central visual attraction that forms the focus of the room. It can be a built-in feature like a fireplace, a picture window, or an added feature like a large console and bookcase with TV. Arrange most seating to face toward or around the focal point. Without a focus, the room will feel jumbled and haphazard.

Place larger furniture pieces first, such as a couch or sectional, and then balance with secondary pieces, such as a pair of side chairs, or, if your style is spare and uncluttered, with a bold accent piece like the softly rounded, inviting Bao Armchair from Walter Knoll products.

Finally, accessorize to give the room the benefit of your personality. Even in a spare, modern room, accents like best-loved paintings, sculptural pieces, and decorative items on some surfaces, or family photos in carefully selected frames, make a room truly livable, without adding clutter.




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By Alex
4/28/2015 1:39:00 PM  

 

Bocci 16 Lighting Series

 


Our friends at Bocci have done it again with the debut of their incredible new 16 series. Upon first glance, the modular fixtures read as futuristic branching forms, highlighted by illuminated 'petals' of glass. Each petal is formed by pouring three separate layers of molten glass - white, gray, and clear - one on top of the other, to form a single tactile disc. From there, each disc is partnered with another to create a one-of-a-kind petal.


 

Bocci 16 Lighting Series

 

Bocci 16 Lighting Series

 

Bocci 16 Lighting Series

 

Bocci 16 Lighting Series

 

Designed for complete modularity, the 16's system of branching armature carries low-voltage electricity and allows for an infinite variety of forms, ranging from the tree-like structures Bocci installed at the famed Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver to the chandeliers they debuted at this year's Euroluce in Milan. We're absolutely smitten!

The 16 series will become available through Switch Modern this May, 2015.


 




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By Alex
4/20/2015 1:44:00 PM  

 

Moooi Milan Design Week 2015

 

Last year, Moooi’s presentation at Milan's Salone del Mobile was described as nothing short of Haute Couture and this year the Netherlands-based brand brought their magic once more - presenting an exciting new range at via Savona 56. The focus of this year's show centered around a new line of lighting, furnishings and the debut of a groundbreaking new carpet collection. All pieces were showcased in a series of inspirational living vignettes / "product haikus" set against backdrops of monumental portraits by photographer Rahi Rezvani in a marriage of creative minds and mediums.

 

Moooi Milan Design Week 2015

 



Moooi Milan Design Week 2015

 

Some stand outs among the company's new offerings include the limited edition Arion rocking horse by the brand's founder, Marcel Wanders, the ethereal Coppélia Suspended Lamp by Arihiro Miyake and the striking new carpet collection made possible by the innovative use of a chromojet printer which makes it possible to print photorealistic images in an unlimited mix of colors... imagine the possibilities!

 


Moooi Milan Design Week 2015

 

Moooi Milan Design Week 2015

 

For a roll out of the new Moooi products on their way to Switch Modern... stop by our Pinterest page where we'll be sharing products as they become available. For more on the current Moooi collection, we invite you to swing by our Atlanta showroom and/or explore the full line at SwitchModern.com.

 

Photos by Andrew Meredith courtesy of Moooi.

 




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By Alex
3/29/2015 2:16:00 PM  

 

Minotti Switch Modern

 


A classic houndstooth, windowpane plaids, herringbones and tweeds – it may sound like the toolkit of a well versed tailor but lately these highly textural and graphic patterns have been cropping up in some unexpected places – specifically, your furniture. So when exactly did your sofa start taking its fashion cues from you? Well according to the Wall Street Journal, nearly 50 years ago when Angelo Donghia, founder of the eponymous home furnishing brand, took inspiration from his father’s tailoring business by swathing everything from walls to furniture in suiting fabric.

 


In more recent years, the interiors sector has seen a resurgence in the look with menswear-inspired home textiles coming from the likes of Holland & Sherry, Ralph Lauren and, recently, one of our favorites, Minotti. Tailored and classic, we are loving the look – so much so we’ve gathered some of our favorite offerings dressed in their business best. What do you think?!

 


Minotti Fabric - Switch Modern

 


Minotti textiles showing off a definitive menswear slant.

 


Minotti at Switch Modern

 


Our Luggage Armchair goes business casual in a pale herringbone and leather.

 


Bibendum Armchair - Switch Modern

 

Eileen Gray’s 1929 Bibendum Armchair dressed in a Hermes houndstooth.

 


 




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By Alex
3/21/2015 10:12:00 PM  

 

Hans J. Wegner CH25 Chair

 

Designed in 1950, Hans J. Wegner's CH25 Armchair was created in post WWII Europe during a time of new ideas and innovation. Among them, was Wegner's vision of crafting furniture from woven paper chord - a war-time substitute material with a history dating back to the American Civil war. We invite you to view the video below to learn a bit more about Wegner's CH25 chair, its beautiful handcrafted construction and the wonders of paper chord weaving - a sustainable material that today is a mark of high end craftsmanship due to its labor intensive / skill demanding process.

 


 

Swing by and explore the Hans J. Wegner collection at our Atlanta showroom or at switchmodern.com.

 




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By Alex
2/28/2015 8:04:00 PM  

 

Bocci Light Installation at Canada House London

 

Set within an early 19th century Greek Revival building on Trafalgar Square, Canada House has stood as Canada's home base in the UK since its opening in 1925. And while it's enjoyed the status of a Grade II Listed Building since the 1970s, over the years it has fallen victim to a series of questionable design choices and renovations. Fortunately, as of this February, Canada House's dubious design past has been replaced with an impressive showcase of the motherland's rich reservoir of design talent. Of course we may be biased, but taking center stage in the new neoclassical entrance hall hangs a stunning cascade of glass and light designed by our friends at Bocci. What do you think?!

 


Bocci Light Installation at Canada House London

 



Bocci Light Installation at Canada House London

 


Bocci Light Installation at Canada House London

 


Bocci Light Installation at Canada House London

 

Discover Bocci's 57 series shown here as well as the full Bocci line at switchmodern.com. To further explore Canada House's new look, swing by wallpaper.com.

Photos via Bocci & Wallpaper.

 




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By Alex
2/14/2015 8:11:00 AM  

 

Viccarbe Up In The Air Tables - Switch Modern

 


Inspired by a dream, designers Ramón Úbeda y Otto Canalda have created a series of hyper minimalistic tables for Viccarbe and infused them with a fanciful twist. We invite you to view the video below to learn how they brought their dream to life.


 

 

Viccarbe Up In The Air Table - Switch Modern

 

Viccarbe Up In The Air Table - Switch Modern

 

Viccarbe Up In The Air Table - Switch Modern

 

Viccarbe Up In The Air Table - Switch Modern

 

Viccarbe Up In The Air Table - Switch Modern

 


Designed for home and contract use, Up In The Air tables are available through Switch Modern’s Atlanta showroom as well as through our online site.




 




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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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