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Moooi Perch Lights
By Doug Henderson
9/23/2017 9:46:00 AM  

 


Upper photo: Perch Light Branch suspension lamp, Umut Yamac, Moooi, Netherlands, 2016. Lower photos: Detail, Perch Light bird form diffuser and designer’s sketch for the Perch Light project.

The family of Perch Lights – suspension, wall, table, and floor – was recently introduced by Moooi, Netherlands, and is now available in the United States. The forms were inspired by the designer’s simple observation of the “elegance and beauty of a bird sitting on its perch.” Each version of the Perch Light features an abstracted bird form (singly or in multiples) composed of folded paper with brass finish details that is precisely balanced on a cylindrical brass finish integrated, truncated “perch.” The bird is illuminated through contact with its “perch” allowing it to actually move/rock with a gentle touch and remain illuminated while it again finds its balance.

Perch is available in several versions – table, floor, two wall sconces (corded and recessed), and two suspension lamps (“branch” and “tree”).  Illustrated in the above photo are the table and floor versions of the Perch Light.

Perch Light was also created as a wall sconce – available in corded or recessed versions. Each version of the Perch Light is composed of steel, aluminum, and PP. Its illumination source is solid state LED – all examples are 2700 Kelvin; the wattage and associated lumens vary based upon each design within the series.

The table and floor versions of Perch Light can be ordered now for delivery in October; the suspension and wall versions have an expected delivery date in early November. For more information on any of these exciting new lighting designs from Moooi, please contact Switch Modern at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com




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Seletti Banana Lamps
By Nekayah Snider
9/12/2017 2:35:00 PM  

 

Seletti Banana lamps designed by Studio Job. From left to right: Dewey, Huey, and Louie.

The much-anticipated Banana lamps by Studio Job are finally in production by Seletti. The table lamp is being offered in three slightly different “peeled” versions – Huey, Dewey, and Louie – affectionately named after the triplet nephews of Walt Disney’s Donald Duck. Each version features a realistic, detailed cast-resin form with a glamorously unexpected exterior gold finish – the banana-shaped diffuser is glass with a dimmable LED illumination source.

Left photo: Playful sketch by Studio Job for its Peeled Banana Lamp. Right photo: A group of limited edition bronze-cast Banana lamps that studio Job created for a gallery exhibition in Belgium.

Dewey, Huey, and Louie are based upon the group of seven Banana lamps that Studio Job created for the 2015 Banana Show exhibition at the Samuel Vanhoegaerden Gallery, Belgium. Each of the latter were cast in bronze in editions of 6 that are offered on the art market for $15K - $20K each.

The Seletti Banana lamps can be physically seen in our Atlanta showroom and ordered now in store or online – the first “bunches” will be shipping in late October. For more information on any of the Banana lamps, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com




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Extraordinary Mirrors
By Scott Reilly
9/6/2017 9:48:00 AM  

 

Left photo: The Miraggio mirror designed by the Campana Brothers for Edra, Italy, in 2009 features an assemblage of laser-cut pieces of varying sizes that have been “stitched” together to create a reflective surface that blurs the boundaries of fine art and design. Right photo: The Francis mirror recently designed by Constance Guisset for Petite Friture, France, explores the aesthetics associated with the interaction of pigments with fluid – available in several engaging colorways.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall – which of you is actually the fairest of them all? Hmmm... let’s see… with over 70 incredible options from nearly 20 design manufacturers, that’s not an easy answer. Well… actually it is easy… of course, it’s all of them! Ranging from wall-mounted to leaning, rectilinear and round to atypical and amorphic, from early 20th century designs through postmodern, contemporary, and avant garde, Switch Modern offers an amazing range of mirrors – all have a common denominator… your reflection will be contextualized within an extraordinary design.

 

Left photo: Eduard Samso’s Mirallmar mirror from 1991 features an assemblage of deconstructed reflective squares and is now considered an icon of postmodern design. Right photo: Jaime Hayon’s playful treatment of his 2016 King Kong mirror form “reflects” this designer’s burgeoning iconographic visual vocabulary. Chronologically separated by 25 years, both mirrors are manufactured by BD Barcelona, Spain.

 

Switch Modern shows nearly 20 different mirrors created by critically-acclaimed designers for Glas Italia, Italy. Left photo: Alessandro Mendini’s Lesena employs the schematic shape of a column. Right photo: Johanna Grawunder’s Color on Color mirror sports rectilinear fields of overlapping color.

 

Two striking floor mirrors from Piero Lissoni for Glas Italia – Kooh-I-Noor (left photo) and Paradox (right photo). Both leaning floor mirrors are characterized by their fabulously irregular perimeters – each functions on a highly sculptural level and will instantly become a focal point in any interior.

 

Some early 20th century classics – Antoni Gaudi’s iconic Calvet mirror (center photo) from 1902 is flanked by two 1927 designs by Eileen Gray – the Castellar mirror (left photo) manufactured by ClassiCon, Germany, is hinged so that the user can swing out the upper left square; the designer’s Satellite mirror (right photo) produced by Ecart International, France, sports an integrated light that can be rotated (and reflected) within the mirror. The clever features that Gray has integrated into these two mirrors are not only practical, they provide great visual interest.

 

Ren Standing Mirror (left photo) designed by Neri & Hu for Poltrona Frau, Italy, provides a luxe combination of materials – brass finish, saddle leather, and walnut. The Narcisse floor mirror (center photo) manufactured by Giorgetti, Italy, is another example of the sophisticated aesthetics achieved by combining the mirror’s reflective surface within a frame of bronze finish and solid canaletto wood. Marcel WandersDream Wall mirror (right photo) for Poliform infuses minimalism with grandeur through its large-scale leaning form.

 

Combining the effects of molded polycarbonate and the material’s inherent translucency, Kartell has created some remarkable mirrors. Ludovica + Roberto Palomba’s All Saints Mirror from 2013 is flanked by Philippe Starck’s Francois Ghost mirror (left) from 2004 and Only Me mirror (right) from 2012. Not only are all available in different sizes, all are available in clear/transparent as well as a range of translucent and opaque colors.

For more information on any of these extraordinary mirrors manufactured by Alessi, BD Barcelona, Bensen, ClassiCon, Driade, Edra, GAN Gandia Blasco, Giorgetti, Glas Italia, Haymann, Hive, Kartell, Kenneth Cobonpue, Moooi, Petite Friture, Poliform, Poltrona Frau, and Verpan, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com




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Alessi + Sottsass: Iconic Design in the Late 1970s
By Roy Otwell
8/15/2017 1:38:00 PM  

 

Ettore Sottsass (1917 – 2007) would have turned 100 this year. In honor of this occasion, a number of museums and galleries have mounted retrospectives that explore Sottsass’ illustrious career over five decades as both an architect and product designer. Many of Sottsass’ designs are still in production for several manufacturers that Switch Modern represents – Alessi, BD Barcelona, Bitossi, Glas Italia, Kartell, and Zanotta. Throughout the remainder of the year, we thought our blog would be a great medium with which to explore various aspects of the objects developed for each of these brands. Today, we highlight the early part of Sottsass’ collaboration with Alessi in the late 1970s.

Along with several architects and designers in the 1970s – Franco Sargiani + Eija Helander, Alessandro Mendini, Richard Sapper, Riccardo Dalisi – Sottsass helped transform this Italian stainless steel manufacturer into Alberto Alessi’s vision of a “Design Factory.” While Sottsass started producing objects with Alessi in the 1970s, he continued to develop tabletop designs for Alessi in porcelain, wood, plastic, and metal throughout the 1980s and 1990s. His designs from the late 1970s are still in production today and are now considered icons.

 

1978: Sottsass develops an extraordinary range of tableware accessories – each piece like a small piece of architecture. The designer’s oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper shakers all feature a cylindrical form in thick, clear glass with caps in polished stainless steel akin to domes. In addition to the hugely popular 5070 set, Sottsass also created the 5071 parmesan cheese cellar and 5073 condiment set. Each of the components with each of these sets is also available separately – well-weighted cradle bases in polished stainless steel were developed for all of the sets allowing the user to easily move/present/place the group on a surface.

 

1979: In conjunction with Alberto Gozzi, Sottsass undertakes Alessi’s Programma 5 that carefully considers tools associated with preparing and serving cocktails, wine, and champagne. All of the resulting objects become some of the most popular barware pieces that Alessi produces. The forms of the various ice buckets are striking in their simplicity… the 5051 was designed for ice; the 5052 (available in two sizes) was designed to function as a wine or champagne cooler. While these can be used independently, they become uber-luxe when paired with the 5059 stand – a profoundly elegant piece that can be used adjacent to a table – moreover, in any interior where you would like to have easy access to an open bottle of champagne. Objects for the bar were also developed – the 5050 Boston cocktail shaker, 5053 strainer, 5054 stirrer, and 5055 ice tongs. Not only is each piece a beautiful object; each functions perfectly. The two-piece 5050 Boston shaker features a stainless base with a glass repository that is inverted to snugly fit within the base when shaking a cocktail. Using this piece is profoundly sensorial – not only does the transparent glass reveal the colors of the various liquors and mixers, the varying sounds of ice striking the stainless and glass creates a “symphony” in anticipation of that delicious libation. Bottle/drink coasters and a round tray in two sizes completed Programma 5.

We hope that you’ll check out all of the amazing Sottsass designs for Alessi that we show and stock in our Atlanta Alessi store – and, of course, all are also available at switchmodern.com. Stay tuned for additional blogs about Ettore Sottsass’ work for several other manufacturers.




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CVL Lighting: Tetra Wall Sconce
By Doug Henderson
8/9/2017 10:01:00 AM  

 

Tetra wall sconce, Émilie Cathelineau, CVL Lighting / CVL Luminaires Contract, France. Left photo: A dramatic installation of Tetra sconces – eight were used to create each of these flanking “wreath” forms. Right photo: Tetra used as a single wall sconce.

The Tetra wall sconce gets its moniker from its formal geometric shape… the tetrahedron. Its four-sided form is composed of an integrated back plate that affixes to the wall or ceiling along with three visible sides – two are composed of solid brass and one of opaque polycarbonate that functions as diffuser. Tetra is offered in choice of four finishes including graphite, nickel, brass, or copper – all versions are available in polished or satin finish.

Nekayah Snider, Switch Modern’s Outside/Contract Sales Representative, remarked that “Tetra always receives an enthusiastic response whenever I present this sconce to architects and designers – its unexpected and engaging form makes it an excellent choice for hospitality interiors."

 

Tetra can be configured to create a number of engaging installations. Left photo: Five Tetra are installed with partially touching sides. Right photo: This group of six Tetra touch sides at the lowermost part of the installation and then are presented as if they are visually “breaking away” from the others. When the sconces are presented as adjacent, up to five sconces can share the same power source.

 

Left photo: Tetra can be used independently as a single source of illumination or presented in multiples to create striking assemblages of illumination. Right photo: Organized like an “illuminated wreath,” this installation of eight Tetra sconces creates an octagonal reveal on the wall or ceiling.

 

The designer working on this project specified a Tetra sconce at each end of the bed’s headboard in all of the hotel rooms – these not only provide illumination but function as sculptural punctuation within the wall’s expanse.

 

 

CVL Lighting / CVL Luminaires Contract has provided some line drawings of the most popular Tetra sconce installations.

Switch Modern recently started representing CVL Lighting / CVL Contract Luminaires in the United States. All of the manufacturer’s designs are meticulously hand-crafted in France; all are UL-approved making them ideal for either residential or commercial applications. For more information about the Tetra sconce or any of the manufacturer’s designs that Switch Modern presents, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or info@switchmodern.com




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Oluce Atollo Lamp: A Design Icon at 40
By Doug Henderson
6/2/2017 2:36:00 PM  

 

Atollo lamp, Vico Magistretti, Oluce, 1977. This design icon is celebrating 40 years of continuous production. This photo illustrates the three available sizes of the Atollo lamp as well as three of its finishes – brushed gold along with black or white in glossy finishes.

 

Since its introduction in 1977, Vico Magistretti’s Atollo lamp has become an icon of 20th century lighting design and a well-known symbol of Italian design. The Atollo lamp was the recipient of prestigious Compasso d'Oro in 1979 and was quickly included in the permanent collections of several museums worldwide including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Munich’s Die Neue Sammlung.

In addition to the white, black, and gold finishes, the Atollo lamp is also available in the aforementioned three sizes in a frosted/opal glass. The small and medium versions sport an inline on/off switch; the large version of Atollo also features an inline dimmer slide.

 

These photos of the Atollo lamp beautifully illustrate the illusion that the hemispherical diffuser is hovering over or precariously balances upon an imagined point of its concially-tipped cylindrical base.

 

The Atollo lamp’s engaging form instantly becomes a focal point on a hallway console or bedside table.

 

For more information about any of the Atollo lamp sizes or finishes as well as current lead times, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or e-mail us at info@switchmodern.com.




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Moooi: New in 2017
By Elaine
5/30/2017 4:21:00 PM  

 

Switch Modern just added some exciting new furniture designs from Moooi, Netherlands – the Amami sofa and pouf, as well as the Charleston and Jackson lounge chairs. All were recently shown to critical acclaim at Milan’s 2017 Salone del Mobile where Moooi presented its installation, A Life Extraordinary – “creative luxury for a well curated life; innovative, provocative and poetic at the same time."

 

Characterized by their generous use of fringe, Lorenza Bozzoli has created the Amami sofa and matching Amami pouf as part of Moooi’s recent introductions. Upholstered in a choice of blue as well as dark or light gray velvet, Amami’s spectacular fringe exudes softness as it cascades around the upholstered perimeter with a complementary gradient colorway as it approaches the floor. This decorative fringe provides an unexpected levity and playfulness to both the sofa and pouf designs.

 

So engaging! Marcel Wanders has quite literally upended the classic Chesterfield sofa by presenting its form vertically at a slight cant where the rolled armrest has become the seat and the user is dramatically engulfed within a luxe, capitonné expanse. The designer’s Charleston lounge chair is supported by a short columnar base that culminates in a dramatic disc footprint..

 

Wanders’ Jackson chair features an exaggerated, thin profile back that thoroughly recontextualizes the swivel lounge chair form in unexpectedly fabulous ways – the sitter’s upper body is beautifully “framed” by Jackson’s back. Available in a number of upholstery options including the embroidered leather back version that is illustrated here. The Jackson lounge chair also includes an optional matching footrest.

For more information on these new Moooi designs along with their respective available upholstery options and finishes, please contact us at 404-605-0196 or e-mail us at info@switchmodern.com.

 




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David Trubridge Navicula Lamp
By Doug Henderson
5/11/2017 9:45:00 AM  

 


The Navicula lamp, like so many of David Trubridge’s lighting designs, was inspired by a form that occurs in nature. Here, the designer’s muse was the diatomic boat-shaped algae also known as Navicula – quite literally from the Latin meaning “small ship.”

 


Microscopic detail of navicula algae. The Navicula lamp’s namesake is a critical part of the global ecology – actually responsible for approximately 25% of the oxygen in Earth’s biosphere.

The Navicula lamp’s flowing, segmented form is composed of precision computer-controlled cut bamboo plywood and is lit from within by a row of LED pinpoint lights. Its resulting modular design has allowed Navicula to be easily shipped in a flat pack fashion and quickly assembled by the end user with push-in nylon clips.

 

 

Navicula’s curved form, coupled with its striking fenestration, diffuses light in the most hypnotic way.

Navicula is available in three sizes varying in lengths – 57”, 77”, and 100”. The form’s engaging curves not only create a wonderful juxtaposition suspended above an oval or rectilinear surface, its diffused light is downright mesmerizing. For additional information about Navicula or any of David Trubridge’s extraordinary lighting designs, please contact us at 404-605-0196.




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MOOOI SHIFT CHAIR
By Regan
5/10/2017 9:10:00 AM  

 

Shift, lounge chair, Jonas Forsman, Moooi, Netherlands. With Shift, the designer celebrates the time-honored foldable function with engaging new aesthetics and heightened comfort. Illustrated in the warm ochre and blue gray colorways.

Designed by Jonas Forsman, the Moooi Shift chair and Shift lounge chair challenge preconceived notions of how a folding chair can look. Most of us think of those tubular metal frame, flat pad chairs that were often quickly “worked” around a dining table to accommodate additional guests – always practical, yet always profoundly perfunctory. With the Shift chair (and its larger Shift lounge version), Forsman has retained all of the wonderful associated function and flexibility of the folding chair yet “dressed” it with unexpected textures and colorways – these not only engender a thoroughly new aesthetic but a remarkably comfortable experience for the user.

 

Shift dining chair in the red colorway. Shift is easily folded creating a compact footprint for storage.

According to Forsman, he has “always been intrigued by objects that shift shape, transform and adapt to different situations. When folded, the chair is flat to facilitate shipping and storing, yet once unfolded it acquires a rounded, three-dimensional shape thanks to its comfy outfit, with a soft knitted backrest and padded seat."

 

Left photo: Shift chairs in the blue gray colorway around a Moooi Container dining table by Marcel Wanders. Right photo: Shift lounge chair in profile. Either version of Shift provides the same function and associated flexibility of the ubiquitous folding chair yet has been recontextualized through an innovative combination of knitted backrest textile, painted frame, and generously padded seat.

The Shift chair and lounge are lightweight and effortlessly moved around within an interior – it’s also easily collapsed and stored should you wish to do so. Either version of Shift is available in three colorway combinations – bright red, warm ochre, and blue gray – each creates fabulous juxtapositional synergies between the painted frame, knitted backrest textile, and upholstered seat textile. Please contact Switch Modern at 404-605-0196 to review these options along with current delivery times. If you are in Atlanta or find yourself passing through, please drop by and check out the pair of Shift lounge chairs that recently arrived in our West Midtown showroom.




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DRIADE ERBALE PLANTER
By David
5/8/2017 11:35:00 AM  

 

While the Erbale planter from Driade is new to Switch Modern, the design is now over 20 years old. Originally created in 1995 by the design team of Fabio Bortolani, Stefano Maffei, and Walter Becchelli, Driade first started producing this piece in 1996 – it’s been in continuous production ever since. Erbale is essentially a vertical planting system that features a long rectilinear panel in transparent PVC that has been fitted with integrated snaps with which to attach both transparent and slightly opaque PVC sacs – four open sacs for plants or flowers and four sacs for dispensing water that loosely resemble IV bags. Atop the panel are slender chains that allow the user to simply hook the panel to a U-shaped hook that screws directly into the ceiling – Erbale’s height can be adjusted by using the links within the chain. Four narrow wooden dowels are inserted horizontally above each plant sac that function as cross braces to maintain Erbale’s rectilinear shape; the resulting weight of the water, plants, and soil provides stability for the form as its cascades toward the floor or ultimately gently rests upon it.

 

Each Erbale planter panel includes four sacs for plants as well as four sacs that contain water; these simply snap into place on the panel. Erbale’s plant sacs can be used in a variety of ways – for soil and plants or simply filled with water and essentially used as vases. All of the components are easily unsnapped and removed for the planting process or simply refilling the water bags.

 

Left photo: a detail of a transparent sac filled with soil; this example was seeded in order to grow grass; as part of assembling Erbale, horizontal wooden sticks are inserted and function as cross braces to maintain the panel’s shape. Right photo: open sacs have been filled with flowering plants; the water sacs located above the plants resemble IV bags and function similarly allowing the user to set the frequency of the drip by sliding the roller along the integrated tube that hovers above the plant sac.

A single panel is a dramatic addition to any interior; multiple panels can be hung to create an installation for a wall or in front of a large window. Similarly, a group of these could even function as a screen in order to creatively divide a space. Presented as a vertical planting system, Erbale provides an unexpected and beautiful aesthetic that is guaranteed to prompt a conversation by anyone that sees it. As a conceptual piece, it’s laden with metaphor… quite literally the compartmentalization of nature into suspended sacs and, consequently, the need to care for such with a “feeding tube."

 

This image forwarded by a Switch Modern customer in Boston illustrates one of Erbale’s unexpected functions – the “feline joy” it enables by allowing your cat to enjoy a snack of wheat grass from its lowermost “plant sac.”

The Erbale planter is also infinitely practical. It provides a way to grow your own herbs for cooking. And, if you have a cat that loves plants, Erbale’s lowermost sac is a wonderful way to let kitty “graze” at their leisure on some wheat grass.

Erbale is sold as individual panels – each will hold four plants along with four water bags. For more information about this iconic design from Driade, please contact Switch Modern at 404-605-0196.

 




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