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By Alex
7/29/2015 8:11:00 PM  

 

Arne Jacobsen's Series 7™ Chair

 

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Arne Jacobsen's Series 7™ chair, manufacturer Fritz Hansen has invited 7 renowned architects from around the globe to re-imagine this icon of design through the tint of their own lens. Unlike Jacobsen's other chairs, the Series 7™ is unique in that it was created with no particular project or setting in mind, making it the perfect choice for an updated spin.

Meeting the lofty challenge of redesigning a classic, were architects from Bjarke Ingels Group, Carlos Ott & Carlos Ponce de Leon, Jean Nouvel Design, Jun Igarashi, Neri & Hu, Snohetta and Zaha Hadid Design. To date, each of the 7 teams has put forth a single chair proposal and the combined 7 chairs have now joined forces as part of a traveling exhibit in honor of Jacobsen's Series 7™ classic. The show kicked off this July 14th at Belgium’s Design museum Gent and will travel around the world in the months that follow. Shown below are just a few of our conceptual favorites. What do you think?!

 

Arne Jacobsen's Series 7™ Chair

 

Arne Jacobsen's Series 7™ Chair

 

Zaha Hadid's take on the Series 7™ chair re-structures it as a dynamic seamless expression - where the iconic curves of its original plywood seat now integrate with its newly sinuous base.

 

Arne Jacobsen's Series 7™ Chair

 

Arne Jacobsen's Series 7™ Chair

 

Jun Igarashi Architects had the environment in mind when they devised a use for unsalvagable post earthquake building material. The idea is to collect and process waste wood into boards which can then be used to creat furniture of many forms.

 

Arne Jacobsen's Series 7™ Chair

 

Arne Jacobsen's Series 7™ Chair

 


Bjarke Ingels Group took inspiration from the Series 7™ chair's stacking capability and layered veneer construction to create the new seat based upon the subtle repetition of an iconic form.

To view Jacobsen's Series 7™ in all its original glory, we invite you to click through to SwitchModern.com or swing by for a visit to the Atlanta showroom.






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By Alex
7/26/2015 2:16:00 PM  

 

BOCCI 73 Light

 

Bocci is a bit of a darling of ours here at Switch Modern and we couldn't resist sharing this mesmerizing behind-the-scenes peek at the creation of their new 73 series. The line explores an unusual technique in which glass is blown into an ultra heat-resistant pouch of ceramic fabric...

 

BOCCI 73 Light - Switch Modern

 

The result is a brilliant combination of artisanal expertise and a counter-intuitive design mix of soft fabric texture and sleek hard glass. Each 73 blown is intended for use in clusters which, when viewed as a whole, read as a stunning hybrid between small ethereal clouds and luminous rock crystals. Enjoy the show!

 

 

Discover the full BOCCI collection at SwitchModern.com.


 




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By Alex
7/3/2015 4:27:00 PM  

 

Poltrona Frau's Bird Table by Tapio Wirkkala

 

Born in the Finnish port city of Hanko, Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985) achieved international renown by the time he was in his thirties and remains to this day one of Finland's most celebrated designers. His work traverses a wide range of mediums ranging from the design of Finland's longest-used series of banknotes to glass work for Iittala and Venini, to product, furniture and exhibition design.

Wirkkala first hit the wider international stage in 1951 with his curation and design of the Finnish section of the 9th Triennale di Milan for which he won three Grand Prix. This was only to be followed by true international fame in 1954 with his win of another 3 Grand Prix at the 10th Trienial.

 

Poltrona Frau's Bird Table by Tapio Wirkkala

 

Although Wirkkala's portfolio is vast and varied, his explorations in woodwork would remain a constant throughout his career, beginning with his formal education as a sculptor specializing in wood at the Central School of Applied Arts in Helsinki. In retrospect, his oeuvre can best be characterized by a study in dynamic and abstract shapes often pulled from nature.

 

Poltrona Frau's Bird Table by Tapio Wirkkala

 

Today, on the 100th anniversary of Tapio Wirkkala's birth, Poltrona Frau celebrates the Finnish master with the first mass production of his early 1950s Bird Side Table. While up until this point only a handful of these tables were ever made, Poltrona Frau took on the challenges of its layered and splayed birch table top to perfection - recreating Wirkkala's graphic portrayal of a bird wading in water, with its black beak tucked down and its legs emerging from a common seamless strip of black birch. In completion, the Bird's simple sinuous form stands as a perfect example of Wirkkala's "natural and organic poetry" and it is one that we are now thrilled to welcome to our Switch Modern offerings.

 

Poltrona Frau's Bird Table by Tapio Wirkkala

 

We invite you to view more of Wirkkala's work at our Atlanta showroom or online at switchmodern.com.




 




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By Alex
6/21/2015 5:11:00 PM  

 

Casa Olivi

 


The lazy days of summer have arrived and we're diving in with a tour of some flawlessly choreographed outdoor living courtesy of Casa Olivi. Located in the heart of the Marches in Treia, Italy, Casa Olivi is the result of a four-year renovation led by Swiss architects Markus Wespi and Jerome de Meuron. While the main house and smaller guest home's interiors have been entirely redone to today's standards, their exteriors have been preserved in accordance with their Italian Cultural and History Administration's protected status and set off by newly integrated terracotta patios, an infinity pool, a dining area with outdoor kitchen and grill, and of course, a gorgeous hectare of olive-tree-spotted Italian countryside. As for the sleek white furnishings... they all hail from designer Pablo Gironés' 356 collection for GANDIABLASCO - which was inspired by the elegant curves of the first Porshe 356, manufactured in the 1940s and 50s...


 

Casa Olivi - Landscape Design

 

Casa Olivi - Landscape Design

 

Casa Olivi - Landscape Design

 

For those looking to experience Casa Olivi for themselves, the rentable holiday property is located in what is now referred to as The New Tuscany just 5 minutes from the city of Treia and 20 minutes from Macerata where they hold an open air opera festival each summer. La dolce vita!

 
Sources: Casa Olivi blog, GANDIABLASCO

 




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By PK
6/5/2015 7:04:00 AM  

A modern living room is a reflection of an individual’s personal sense of style.  From modern minimalism to understated elegance, designing a living room requires a discriminating eye, a sense of balance, and an appreciation of contemporary luxury décor.  

A thoughtfully chosen color palette creates a unifying theme to guide the selection of individual pieces.  The palette also defines the overall character and ambience of the space.  With the sofa as the centerpiece of the room, choose from complementary furnishings by international design houses such as Minotti, Bocci, and Walter Knoll.  These contemporary craftsmen are recognized for their attention to detail and distinctive variations on classic themes. 

The photography of fine furniture pieces in the accompanying infographic will inspire you as you design a modern living room to fit your own personality and lifestyle.  As Minotti so eloquently suggests: Surround yourself only with things you love.

Designing a Modern Living Room



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By Alex
5/28/2015 12:47:00 AM  

 

New From Glas Italia

 


Last month Switch Modern's founders, Roy and Doug, took Milan Design Week from top to bottom in search of the very best furniture, lighting and accessories making their way to market this 2015. While heads may still be spinning from the sensory overload of it all, we've been itching to share several new introductions from the crystal glass specialists at Glas Italia. Each piece or collection of pieces represents a collaboration between Glas Italia and a renowned international talent, ranging from Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka to Italy-based designer Patricia Urquiola. We hope you love the new additions as much as we do!


 

New From Glas Italia

 

New From Glas Italia

 


The Boxinbox series by French designer Philippe Starck plays with color, reflection and transparency to delightful effect.


 

New From Glas Italia

 

New From Glas Italia

 

New From Glas Italia

 


Patricia Urquiola’s new Shimmer collection uses a special iridescent, multichromatic finish to add warmth, color and dimension to a traditionally cold material.


 

New From Glas Italia

 

New From Glas Italia

 

The PRISM Cabinet & Bench by Tokujin Yoshioka  is composed of high transparency glass, beveled at the perfect angle to create a prism like sparkle. We're in love!

To view the full Glas Italia line we invite you to visit us at switchmodern.com.


 




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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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