edited by Karen D. Singh -- Interior Design, 6/1/2004 12:00:00 AM
The queen of chairs
Paolo Rizzatto's impish Regina for Poltrona Frau updates the Victorian reading chair. This new spin on a bookish classic features a four-prong swivel base, a reclining mechanism, and aluminum-ringed holes in lieu of yesteryear's button tufting. Back and base are gray epoxy powder-painted metal; 90 colors of leather are offered. 145 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10012; 212-777-7592; poltronafrau.com. circle 312
Book smarts and smart design go hand in hand, thanks to the Robert A.M. Stern Library. To address the lack of stylish offerings for large institutions and small reading rooms alike, Stern partnered with three manufacturers to create this comprehensive collection, which exhibits his signature classic forms. stripped of superfluous detailing.
Stern's collaboration with Bentley Prince Street resulted in four timeless, graphic carpets. Reynolds and Forsyth are both large-scale grids; Telfair is a mid-scale square; the small-scale check is Ellis.
The architect's Athenaeum and Bibliotheque lines for David Edward update traditional furniture with modern wire-management capabilities. The study carrels, end panels, tables, and chairs all come in rift-cut oak in two stains, plus natural or ebonized walnut.
For Baldinger Architectural Lighting, Stern designed 10 brass fixtures named after New York Public Library branches. Check out the Hudson ring pendant, the Seward table lamp with urn-shape base, the Riverside torch sconce, and the Americans With Disabilities Act–compliant Hamilton sconce. Paired with frosted-glass shades, pieces come in four finishes.
With so many page-turning offerings, Library is guaranteed to rocket to the top of the best-seller list. Bentley Prince Street, 14641 East Don Julian Road, City of Industry, CA 91746; 800-423-4709; bentleyprincestreet.com. circle 313 David Edward, 1407 Parker Road, Baltimore, MD 21227; 410-242-2222; davidedward.com. circle 314 Baldinger Architectural Lighting, 19-02 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY 11105; 718-204-5700; baldinger.com. circle 315
She's the one
Since 1998, Dune has been at the forefront of contemporary design, tapping emerging talents to create products that start conversations. This time, president and founder Richard Shemtov embraces established names, too—and a gender bias. Previewed at the opening-night party for New York's International Contemporary Furniture Fair, the Wonder Women collection showcases 12 international, intergenerational female architects and designers.
Eva Zeisel sets the tone with her feminine and lyrical Raindrop tables in colorful cast resin. Laurinda Spear's molded-fiberglass Hollow bed is bit more pensive, exploring the concept of emptiness. Like a plant sprouting from a flowerpot, Monica Nicoletti's whimsical Tree of Everyday Life coat and umbrella stand captures quotidian domestic sweetness. And Yeon Soo Son mixed metallic vinyls for her chubby ottoman, Gooroom. (It means cloud in Korean.)
Other highlights include Matali Crasset's translucent-resin Chiara chair; Laurene Leon-Boym's shag rugs, which honor the Bic pen; and Victoria Meyers's striking bleached-hardwood waterfall table, with a sexy fringe of ball-and-chain drops that recall a flapper's dress. Pieces by Winka Dubbeldam, Sarah Fels, Emanuela Frattini Magnusson, Ana Mir, and Camila Vega round out the collection. 88 Franklin Street, New York, NY 10013; 212-925-6171; dune-ny.com. circle 316
Emanuela Frattini Magnusson's European-influenced Askew collection toys with gray, combining this timeless neutral with traditional elements such as plaids, stripes, and dots in strong colors. Check out Barcode Thick and Barcode Thin, two of our favorites. P.O. Box 8, Hickory, NC 28603; 828-328-2064; hbftextiles.com. circle 317
Designed over a century ago, Fritz Dietl's Vienna Tile speaks to today. This rayon-cotton blend is distinguished by a small-scale rectilinear pattern available in six timeless colorways, including a vibrant red-orange combination and a tailored gray-black duet. 607 Norwich Avenue, Taftville, CT 06380; 800-237-1625; unikavaev.com. circle 318
Inviting and sculptural, Andreas Struppler's refined Davos lounger harmonizes splined lines and gentle curves. The precision-built upholstered piece uses the sitter's weight to recline gently, and a magnetically attached headrest provides maximum comfort. Back stitching adds panache. 43-2735-2871; wittmann.at. circle 319
A gently flexing back lends support to the Bali chair in molded beech plywood. Available fully or partially upholstered, this simple beauty—which also comes in a gangable version—stacks six high. A wide variety of wood stains are offered, as are custom matches. Components come in polished or matte black chrome. 421 Manitou Drive, Kitchener, Ontario N2C 1L5, Canada; 888-578-5784; krug.ca. circle 320
Rare is the workstation described as sexy, but Alea's catcall-worthy Zefiro oozes appeal. Held together by rods and magnets, this easily reconfigurable desking system offers discreet wire management and off-module capabilities. This single-frame panel system can stand up to 7 feet high. LEED-CI certification pending. 912 NW 84th Avenue, Miami, FL 33126; 305-470-1200; aleaoffice.com. circle 321
In the course of his 35-year career, Dakota Jackson has put a sophisticated spin on American furniture. And his new collection—his largest to date—continues to celebrate elegant materials, flawless forms, and precise detailing.
The 19 pieces exhibit Jackson's unmistakable tapered silhouettes, juxtaposition of materials, and play of volumes. Case in point: the Rewind cocktail table—its English sycamore base plays a game of hide-and-seek, spinning to reveal or conceal storage compartments. Other high notes include the suave 1930's-inspired Tofu chair, with a rotating chrome-plated steel base; the J-1 Cabriolet executive writing table in ribbon-striped mahogany; the timeless solid-cherry Double Back side chair; and the lightweight Scatter chair with a tubular-steel base.
This self-taught designer may moonlight as a trained magician, but his newest pieces display no sleight of hand. Just vision. 42-24 Orchard Street, 5th Floor, Long Island City, NY 11101; 800-776-9587; dakotajackson.com. circle 322
Michela Curetti's Le Qr leather rugs exude sophisticated downtown vibes. Featuring prominent stitch detailing, the rugs come in nine colors, from rich walnut to deep red. Maintenance is similar to that for standard flooring—except for an annual saddle-fat treatment. 476 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013; 212-226-4707; interiology-ny.com. circle 323
The Glassworks vertical-surfacing collection displays elegance for contract and health-care installations. The refined and durable ensemble includes Reminisce and Special Effect polyesters as well as Skim, a recycled Terratex polyester available in 15 colorways. 333 Bryant Street, Suite 160, San Francisco, CA 94107; 415-621-4171; deepa.com. circle 324
An aria to aluminum and a tribute to Gio Ponti's Superleggera from 1957, Frank Gehry's Superlight is a triumph of comfort, strength, and minimal mass. Weighing a slight 61/2 pounds, the brushed-aluminum stacking chair is suitable for outdoor use—unless you prefer to add the optional seat pad in industrial felt. 805 Elm Avenue, Hanover, PA 17331; 717-637-5951; emeco.net. circle 327
The slim Tango task chair's user-friendly, ergonomic elements include multi-position pivoting arms, a "floating" seat with forward-tilt and reclining capabilities, and side tension-control mechanisms. The collection includes mid-back, high-back, and guest-seat models. Polypropylene shells are avail- able in black or Mystic Gray, aluminum frames in a polished or satin-chrome finish. Designers can select from over 250 standard upholsteries. COM welcomed as well. 99 St. Pierre, St. Pie, Quebec J0H 1W0, Canada; 888-522-2773; groupelacasse.com. circle 326
Kirt Martin's Scoop is sure to turn heads. Easily assembled and dismantled, the stool features a powder-coated wire-rod frame in platinum or black, plus a plastic seat in sodium or cobblestone colors. P.O. Box 1967, Grand Rapids, MI 49501; 800-333-9939; turnstonefurniture.com. circle 325
Featuring curved seats and whimsically buckling legs, Pyllon stools represent the collaboration of Nicole Aebischer and Atelier Oi with the Ecole Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne. These skeletal beauties look more formal when decked out in upscale leather. Coordinating tables are topped in stainless steel. 150 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10155; 800-872-1697; bebitalia.it. circle 328
Doug Mockett & Company
Sourcing bells and whistles for contemporary contract furniture? Doug Mockett carries more than just grommets. The twin-wheeled CA32 series castors, available in three finishes, can support loads of up to 100 pounds apiece. The larger CA35 models, available in four finishes, can handle 350 pounds each. P.O. Box 3333, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266; 800-523-1269; mockett.com. circle 329
Minimalist aesthetics meld with maximalist comfort in the fully adjustable Xten task chair, cushioned in a combination of Technogel and self-extinguishing foam. The aluminum frame supports a stretched nylon-net back, and the arms move in sync. 7 Via Brenta, 36010 Carrè, Italy; 39-0445-314931; aresline.com. circle 330
Resistant to UV rays and detergents, adventurous Ibis is equally comfortable indoors or basking in the sun. Stacking and swivel versions come in standard chair and stool heights, both fully recyclable. Made of layered composite polymer, Ibis is offered in yellow, light gray, or ivory. 770 Atlanta South Parkway, Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30349; 404-982-9000; sandlerseating.com. circle 331