ARZU STUDIO HOPEÂ and live/work furniture company Coalesse have teamed up with six leading architects to design a series of bold rugs and also provide economic opportunities for Afghan women. Chicago-based ARZU first approached Stanley Tigerman and Margaret McCurry Â to design a collection of contemporary rugs, the proceeds of which support hundreds of rural women and their families through economic activity, and educational and health services.Â Rug weaving, which takes place in private homes, is one of the few industries where women can work safely.
As North Americaâ€™s largest interior design conference, Neocon is a great place to scout interiors trends. Here are a couple themes AN spotted during this yearâ€™s opening days.Â Video conference calls are an integral part of day-to-day office work for a growing share of businesses. Elegant office design and high-tech compatibility seemed to dovetail in many of the new products on display at Neocon. Read More
We’ll see you in Chicago at the showâ€”while you’re there, remember to pick up a copy of our latest Midwest edition, hot off the press! Until then, weÂ offer you a sneak peek of our favorite finds from this year’s contract furnishings market:
Bram Boo Bench, VanerumStelter
Belgian designer Bram Booâ€™s bench fosters socialization, rest, and work all in one piece of furniture. Four seats arranged in a square create four desktops and multiple ways to face others. The bench is available in red and black.
The mood was noticeably subdued at this yearâ€™s NeoCon Worldâ€™s Trade Fair in Chicago, which ends today, but many attractive and innovative new products were introduced. For our special Midwest issue we offered a preview of things to look for at the show. Here are a few additional products that stood out at the Merchandise Mart. Read More