Royce Nelson sees commonality between his two primary passions and professions: design and skateboarding. “Both are about creating fluid lines with balance and power,” says the San Francisco area designer. (A bit of trivia: An “ollie” is a no-handed aerial skateboarding trick.) Nelson also understands grand statements, so when we decided to bring a large-scale, versatile outdoor collection into our assortment, he was a natural choice. “Design should be fun,” says Nelson – which in the case of the Ollie Collection doesn’t negate its practicality. Made of weather-resistant synthetic rattan and responsibly harvested solid teak, this clean-lined, materially compelling collection suits a variety of large outdoor settings, from patio to poolside. Suitable for residential, hospitality and contract use. Seat Cushions (sold separately) are available in Sunbrella® “Linen” or “Meridian” acrylic fabric, which resists fading or mildewing, even when exposed to extremes of sunlight, temperature and moisture.
Rusa is the work of KAA Design, a Los Angeles-based firm known for its work on the homes of Tom Hanks and Larry Ellison, and for commercial spaces like Hugo Boss. With beauty and craft as the cornerstones of their practice, this integrated team of architects and designers worked together to develop this collection. Rusa (2010) is all about casual comfort – an emphasis that was inspired by a trip Grant Kirkpatrick took to New Zealand. By spending time in small vacation homes called “bachs,” where people relax and connect with nature, the designer discovered innovative ways to create a rural retreat without sacrificing clean, contemporary design. He returned home and translated those ideas to the furniture the team was creating, employing simple joinery and classic lines to achieve a modern aesthetic. Suitable for residential and contract use.
The only things you should buy for your apartment are the draperies and a new sofa. You can’t imagine how time consuming that is (unless you had to do it, too) with all those models up there, if you’re a picky customer like me. But things may change today, because we’ve just seen the Rolf Benz VERO sofas and at least a couple of them would blend in perfectly with my living-room. These guys have the experience to build long-lasting modern sofas that offer a highly comfortable seating experience and first-class quality. Secondly most important for a sofa, after the design, is how practical it is. Well the new Rolf Benz VERO was designed for everyday use, and that says it all. It’s an 116cm wide and 170cm long sofa, with a luxurious touch.
With the dark exotic Claro Walnut wood offering a modern appeal, the solid wood furniture from Hudson Furniture is a daring but original choice. Their range of products is large enough to give multiple solutions in decorating any interior. Whether you go for a stunning wood table to be the center piece of the dining room, it’s up to you. But it would be a shame not to consider an entire set. Chairs, tables, benches or consoles. The items are all available in custom sizes. All the pieces follow the natural shape of the trees and their inner, organic lines. The final product is designed by using traditional methods and by using hand rubbed oil for the finishes.
Italian company Moroso has unveiled its new furniture collection – Fergana seating by Patricia Urquiola, which combines tradition with technology. Patricia Urquiola artfully incorporated old and new into this innovative seating line; history and evolution meld together on this broad seating modeled in Oriental salon interior design and embellished in an embroidered motif where ancient scribes and symbols meets modern characters with a pop aesthetic. Specially made for large interiors, this furniture line invites you to flop down and sprawl out, casually and comfortably. These modular pieces can be arranged in any configuration, to any proportions, making them ideal for a den, family room or home theater.
The Swing Stool from Gaber is something you’d expect to see in a contemporary art gallery. Created by designer Stefano Sandona, this ultra-modern barstool is a reflection of fine Italian furniture – the artist’s expression of a true love of interior design and creativity. This modern barstool features a sleek seat made of technopolymer, and is equipped with a sculptural backrest, which doubles as an arm rest, and makes this stool totally unique part of furniture. The frame and footrest are chromium plated, and the stool offers a gas-adjustable height for an equally versatile and conformable design. The base matches the seat. Ideal for the cool bar, a contemporary kitchen or as a conversation piece anywhere in the home, the Swing barstool comes in three classic colors – black, white or vibrant red – or for an added touch of luxury, opt for the leather-clad furniture design.