On September 6, 2013, Vitra announced it acquired Artek. The Finnish furniture company was established in 1935 by architect Alvar Aalto, his wife Aino, Â Maire Gullichsen, and historian Nils-Gustav Hahl to produce furniture that promoted modern living. Over the companyâ€™s last 80 years, it has expanded its business to include rights to Ilmari Tapiovaaraâ€™s furniture collection and collaborations with renowned designers and artists such as Shigeru Ban, Eero Aarnio, and Enzo Mari.
Artek will continue operations as a separate entity but it is anticipated the purchase will expand the furniture companyâ€™s reach further beyond Finland, where contract and residential domestic sales account for 60 percent of its business. â€œThe international dimension, which was a clear goal already in Artekâ€™s founding manifesto of 1935, needed to be revitalized,â€ said Artekâ€™s CEO Mirkku Kullberg in a statement. â€œThat arena is where we want to be and alliances or ownership arrangements are one way of building the future.â€ Read More
If design is all about the details,Â AlessiÂ has developed a successful formula for making thoughtful, fresh, and functional objects that delight design lovers worldwide. A new roster of architects and industrial designers have contributed sleek new accessories and decorative wares for the Autumn/Winter 2013 collection across theÂ Alessi, Officina Alessi, and A di Alessi collections.Â ANÂ got a first look atÂ Toyo Ito‘s newest tablewares, Mario Trimarchi’s jewelry, and much more.
Alice by Odile Decq
This year marks the French architect and designer’s first collaboration with Alessi Officina. Her angular serving tray plays on tradition with a planar twist from corner to corner that appears to originate at varying perspectives. It’s available in black (shown) or mirror-polished stainless steel.
Make the most of summer with a range of furnishings and finishings for hospitality, retail, and public urban spaces that can withstand the elements.
Sponeck Chair & Table
Designer and architect Julia von Sponeck connected two curved sheets of fiber cement for a sturdy yet forgiving outdoor seating solution (above). Optional felt covers in gray, red, or a vibrant chartreuse coordinate with the bodyâ€™s cement gray or custom coloring. Dimensions measure 31-by-24-by-20 inches with a seat height of 10 inches, while the coordinating 20-inch square table matches the seat height.
Between keynote sessions, awards presentations, and interviews at the American Institute of Architects‘ (AIA) National 2013 Convention, AN‘s editors joined 20,000 attending architects in the search for the newest and most innovative products on the floor of the Colorado Convention Center’s exposition hall. Following are a few notable discoveries.
SureClad Porcelain Stone
The Tennessee-based supplier of interior ceramics has partnered with Shackerley, a British manufacturer of porcelain ventilated facade systems, for an exterior cladding solution that meets U.S. building codes, including all seismic and hurricane standards. The system (pictured above) is supported by an aluminum frame and is delivered to job sites as a prefabricated system to ensure fast and efficient installation.
Getting excited for NeoCon?Â ANÂ is. In fact,Â ANÂ product editor Emily Hooper was so eager to see the latest design products for commercial interiors that she prepared this preview of some of best chairs, casegood systems, and acoustical panels that will be on view this year in Chicago.
To meet the needs of the nomadic workforce, Coalesse tapped Milan-based Toan Nguyen to design the Lagunitas line. Made to accommodate a solitary task session, a working lunch, or a brief touchdown to check emails, the collection features more than 50 combinations of seating, tables, and privacy screens perfect for laidback productivity.
Tight spaces shouldn’t dictate a sacrifice in style or function, particularly when it comes to outfitting the kitchen. Our round-up of sleek and compact kitchen products below proves good things do come in small packages.
G925 Door in Moka Glass
Small kitchens and baths call for innovative wall surfaces. Porcelanosaâ€™s semi-custom kitchen includes the G-925 (above), a flat surface door finish with the companyâ€™s Moka Glass and walnut veneer. The cabinets come in a choice of nine colors and feature integrated handles, which give them a seamless look that can be re-configured to fit any space.
For the final installment of AN‘s New York Design Week Q+A series, we talked with Todd Bracher about his Nest and forthcoming Asa collections, his design philosophy, and inspirations. And Kevin Stark stopped in to visit, as well.
How did your collaboration with HBF come about?
I reached out originally to Kevin Stark a few years ago, who was the vice president of design at that time. I’ve been in the [design] business for 15 years but worked mostly overseas, so I wanted to find the right partner [stateside]. HBF entered my radar because they produce European craftsmanship; their products are really high quality. A year later a mutual friend reintroduced us and that ignited the relationship.
The 25th edition of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) opened on Saturday, May 19, with approximately 500 exhibitors from around the world showing their wares to the design community. In addition to smaller designs studios from Brooklyn, New York to Portland, Oregon, international designers from Belgium, Spain, Italy, Norway, Japan, and Haiti were also onsite with all manner of interior products. The fair closes on May 21, and is open to the public on the final day.
A sanitary alternative to silk pendant shades, Two features 3Form’s Varia Ecoresinâ€”made of 40 percent preconsumer recycled contentâ€”formed around a fabric layer for greater ease of cleanability. The pendant comes fully enclosed with top and bottom diffusers for LED components that also feature dimming capabilities.