Staff -- Interior Design, 9/30/2001 12:00:00 AM
Lyle & Umbach: Antique shops are chockablock with andirons, but we have found that truly modern ones are hard to come by. These sculptural Douglas andirons, which are available in polished bronze or polished white bronze, are the perfect accent for a hearth in a contemporary setting. Lyle & Umbach, 509 Pendleton Point Road, Islesboro, ME 04848. www.lyleandumbach.com.
Vitra: Design junkies can halt their hard-target search of garage and yard sales for Uten Silo, a.k.a "The Wall-All." Vitra has reissued the highly prized piece of plastic design, which was created in 1969 by Ingo Maurer's wife, Dorothee Becker, as a place to stash odds and ends. Vitra, 149 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010. www.vitra.com.
HRS: The timelessly elegant Elipse mirror, which features maple or mahogany veneers, comes in three standard sizes, ranging in height from 29 in. to 48 in. Custom sizes and exotic veneers are available upon request. HRS Design, 2115 Winter Street, Houston, TX 77007.
Niedermaier: Big enough to hold a week's worth of cereal (but far too striking to stash in a cabinet), these painted-resin and chrome Berry bowls make a grand addition to any room. The small bowl is 91 1/2 in. in diameter and seven in. in height. The diameter of the large bowl measures 19 1/4 in.; it is 10 1/4 in. high. Niedermaier, 2650 W. Fulton Street, Chicago, IL 60612. www.niedermaier.com.
City Studio: The retro-glam Melrose screen is available in mahogany or rift oak veneers with metal hardware in polished nickel, antique brushed nickel, polished brass, silver plate, or 24-kt satin gold-plate. It measures 48 in. wide by 1 1/8 in. deep by 81 in. high. City Studio, 8444 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90069. www.citystudiola.com.
FunQuilts: Designers Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr definitively prove that "modern quilt" is not an oxymoron. Color Conspiracy is a contemporary design of overlapping circles that looks distinctly different than the type found in grandma's attic—but it's one that is just as lovingly made. FunQuilts, 634 Carpenter Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60304. www.funquilts.com.
Lalique: The Oceania mirror features crystal conch shells in a mother-of-pearl setting and measures approximately 35 in. in diameter. Lalique, 712 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10021. www.lalique.com.
Bang & Olufsen: The enormously popular range of BeoCom 6000 cordless phones just expanded to include new colors, like yellow, terra-cotta, gray, and new shades of blue, green, and red—which just might tempt you to buy your second. Bang & Olufsen, 1200 Business Center Drive, Suite 100, Mount Prospect, Illinois 60056. www.bang-olufsen.com.
Decorum: The Liquids glass collection is the first line produced by Decorum, Turkey's answer to stores like Moss and Totem. Made from soda-lime glass, each piece was conceived by designer Defne Koz to conform specifically to the liquid it holds. A variety of geometric shapes is used to create the appropriate vessels for drinks, ranging from basic water to raki, an anise-flavored liqueur that is Turkey's national drink. Available in the U.S. through Ameico, 53 Bank Street, New Milford, CT 06776.
Forms + Surfaces: Artifact is one of six strikingly architectural designs in the new Lever collection from Hardware +. Each is a solid metal casting of stainless steel or bronze and is available in a variety of finishes. Forms + Surfaces, 6395 Cindy Lane, Carpinteria, CA 93013. www.forms-surfaces.com.
Valli & Valli: We like the warmth that the sycamore brings to this handle created by designer Andrée Putman. Also available in brass and chrome. Valli & Valli, 150 E. 58th Street, New York, NY 10155. www.vallievalli.it.
Sóko Studio: Zen masters and lovers of the natural form are apt to admire these giant handcrafted door pulls from the Linea Oliva Collection, which depict the olive branch—a longtime symbol of peace and tranquility. They each measure approximately 15 in. in length and are available in a variety of finishes. Sóko Studio, 1855 Turk Boulevard, Suite 1, San Francisco, CA 94115. www.sokostudio.com.
Colombo: The Milla collection of door handles features a play of matte and shiny finishes, shown here in chrome with laser-dotting. Also available in a combination of brilliant gold and matte gold. Available through Orion Hardware, 80 Marycroft Avenue, Unit 2, Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada L4L 5Y5. www.orionhardware.com.
Furniture Co: For its first group exhibition, Furniture Co has assembled an international selection of renowned basket makers. Their designs utilize techniques and materials, such as willow, oak, and bamboo, gleaned from their respective homelands. Furniture Co, 450 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011.
VaVa New York: If you have a rubber ducky poised on the tub and you are no stranger to Mr. Bubble, you'll likely fall for Mace Duncan's playfully-hued shower curtains fashioned from hand-dyed Indian cotton and embellished with textured trims and fringes. VaVa New York, 380 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231. www.vavanewyork.com.
Anichini: Italophiles, as well as those who appreciate a taste of luxury, will covet the Verona merino throw, which is now available in an expanded range of colors. Anichini, Route 110, Tunbridge, VT 05036. www.anichini.com.
J. Pocker & Son: Ornately carved gilded frames are fine for museums, but we prefer these more subtle silver- and gold-leafed frames for the home. J. Pocker & Son, 135 E. 63rd Street, New York, NY 10021.
Charles P. Rogers: Longtime purveyors of fine iron beds, Charles P. Rogers has just gone into the business of dressing them properly with their own collection of fine linens. The line includes seven classically modern designs made from 450 thread-count Egyptian cotton or European linen. Charles P. Rogers, 55 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011. www.charlesprogers.com.