Madison Seating Featured Product: Leap Chair by Steelcase

Madison Seating Featured Product: Leap Chair by Steelcase

April 19, 2013

Leap Chair by Steelcase

The Leap chair by Steelcase has a back that changes shape to support the entire spine. This can reduce the chance of lower back sag and a hunched posture, which may weaken disc walls, stress back ligaments and cause deterioration of the spine.

With its Natural Glide System As you recline: the seat glides forward so you can recline without leaving your Vision and Reach Zone, so you stay oriented to your work. This encourages more varied postures so there’s less static load on the spine.

Thermal Comfort Thanks to slats in both its back and seat, and the special foam it uses, the Leap chair offers excellent “breathability.” It effectively controls a balance of heat and moisture so you stay comfortable.

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Milan Furniture Design Week 2013: Headline Pieces

Milan Furniture Design Week 2013: Headline Pieces

April 17, 2013

Right around this time every year, from amidst the frenzy and electricity that is the Milan Design Week festival, there will emerge a number of new headline design concepts that will steal the show. Of the many new furniture pieces exhibited by the participating designers, we have selected the following photos as a representation of some of the headliners.

Would love to hear some feedback on these…

Take a look…

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Milan Design Week 2013: The Future of Auditorium Seating by Zaha Hadid

Milan Design Week 2013: The Future of Auditorium Seating by Zaha Hadid

April 16, 2013

Zaha Hadid, architecture and design guru, and winner of the 2004 pritzker prize, unveiled her latest furniture project at the recent Milan Design Week festival. Entitled  ‘Multiplicities Exhibition’, and as expected, the design is consistent with the nature of Hadid’s overarching philosophy and is a vibrant composition of visual continuity, with it’s complex geometries and not-so-subtle futuristic influences.

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Organic, Sustainable Furniture Made From…Cow Droppings?!

Organic, Sustainable Furniture Made From…Cow Droppings?!

April 15, 2013

Sounds a little crazy doesn’t it?

Tel Aviv-based designer Adital Ela doesn’t think so.

The dome shaped stools (and stools they are, in more ways than one…) pictured above, are made entirely of recycled agricultural waste, such as compacted earth, construction debris and certain form of, ehhem, organic waste.

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The 411 On The Milan Furniutre Fair, The Hottest Trade Show In The Industry.

The 411 On The Milan Furniutre Fair, The Hottest Trade Show In The Industry.

April 12, 2013

The Milan Furniture Fair, or “Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano” in Italian, was first launched in 1961 as the largest trade fair of its kind in the world, showcasing the latest in furniture and design from countries around the world.

The Salone del Mobile, which opened this year this past Tuesday at the Rho fairground and will close Sunday, is rooted in the expansion of Italian manufacturing during the golden era  of “la dolce vita”  in the 1950s and 1960s, when visionary industrialists collaborated with talented designers to develop technically innovative products in an elegant, modern style.

The current show occupies an area of nearly 230,000 square metres (2,500,000 sq ft), and includes 2,500 companies, along with 700 young designers at the Salone Satellite, a secondary satellite exhibit. About 338,000 people attended the fair in 2012, more than in 2011, but less than 2008’s record of 383,793 visitors.

Stay tuned for follow up posts detailing some of this years “hits and horrors” of the show…

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Know Your Furniture: Drafting Chairs

Know Your Furniture: Drafting Chairs

April 11, 2013

If you are not familiar with the concept of drafting and drafting chairs, seeing one for the first time could prompt you to wonder if the designers were just a wee-bit distracted when they rolled out this particular model. They truly do seem like a chair design gone wrong. The truth is however, drafting chairs are a god-send for all engineers and workplace professionals who work long hours at tall or oddly shaped desks and tables.

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Madison Seating Featured Product:Tufted Leather Office Chair by Flash Furniture

Madison Seating Featured Product:Tufted Leather Office Chair by Flash Furniture

April 10, 2013

Make no mistake about it, chairs can talk.

They may not speak very loudly, but they do speak subtle volumes.

Your chair has a message to share with the world, with your colleagues and with your clients.

It tells a story. The story of you.

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Popcorn Furniture!

Popcorn Furniture!

April 09, 2013

I mean seriously! How do they come up with this stuff!?

In this sneak preview of a popcorn furniture design concept – originally slated to first appear in a grand unveiling at the Milan Design Week festival next week – we may be witnessing the kind of innovative design that will shape the future of the furniture industry (and perhaps other industries as well.)

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Furniture Makers Innovative Salvaging of Beetle-Blighted Trees Nets Him $100,000.

Furniture Makers Innovative Salvaging of Beetle-Blighted Trees Nets Him $100,000.

April 08, 2013

Since the mid 1990′s, Mountain Pine Beetles have ravaged almost 4 million acres of wood in the Rocky Mountains, killing the trees and drying them out causing them to become highly flammable and a major source of forest fires in the region.

The world looked on, and saw a terrible blight.

Corbin Clay, custom furniture designer of The Azure Furniture Company, looked, and saw an opportunity.

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Madison Mythbusters: Interior Design Myths Debunked!

Madison Mythbusters: Interior Design Myths Debunked!

April 05, 2013

Crafting the layout and design of a room in your home or office can sometimes be a challenge. There are always so many decor options to choose from and so many different design trends and layout theories.

The following are five interior design myths that, as we address and expose them, should help cut down on some of the confusion of interior design and give you a better idea of what to do and how to go about doing it.

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Furniture Uniquely Designed… Using Your Own DNA!

Furniture Uniquely Designed… Using Your Own DNA!

April 04, 2013

WIRED, a monthly American magazine and online periodical, ran this story a few weeks ago, and the piece caught my eye immediately.

Perhaps because the word furniture and the word DNA are not ones that are often used together in the same sentence.

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Funky Furniture Friday

Funky Furniture Friday

March 22, 2013

TGIF!

Another week comes to an end, and as all you regular readers know, we like to do something a little “different” to close out the week on a lighter note.

Pictured below are some funky furniture  designs that I thought were just “different” enough to be noteworthy.

Take a look and let me know what you think!

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