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  • Nanimarquina marks 30 years with new collections!

    Nanimarquina is marking thirty years of creating unique carpets and they are releasing several new rug collections to celebrate. Driven by a singular desire, Nani established Nanimarquina in 1987 with a clear goal: to design unique and surprising handcrafted rugs for people to enjoy. The idea of blending contemporary design to traditional rugs was well received and soon Nanimarquina embarked on the adventure of outsourcing production to those countries that offered cultural value and unlimited possibilities for rug craftsmanship.

    The perfect gift for a 30-year milestone, the Nanimarquina Hayon x Nani is a dreamy, wild collection with a great sense of humour. Created with the hand tufting technique, a manually operated pistol injects pieces of wool, intuitive and fluid lines are achieved, as well as an organic composition. The definitive and faithful reproduction of the original sketch by the designer. A first glance reveals a chaotic tangle of colors and shapes that invade the rug. However, after looking carefully, the imagination of Jaime Hayón springs to life: turtles, lips, hands, stools, fish, half men – half birds. The perfect gift for a 30-year milestone, the Nanimarquina Hayon x Nani is a dreamy, wild collection with a great sense of humor. A first glance reveals a chaotic tangle of colors and shapes that invade the rug. However, after looking carefully, the imagination of Jaime Hayón springs to life: turtles, lips, hands, stools, fish, half men – half birds.

    Created with the hand tufting technique, a manually operated pistol injects pieces of wool, intuitive and fluid lines are achieved, as well as an organic composition. The definitive and faithful reproduction of the original sketch by the designer. Created using the hand tufting technique, the definitive and faithful reproduction of the original sketch by the designer is achieved. 100% New Zealand wool, many size options available.

     

    Nanimarquina is a family-owned company, and a pioneer in the field of contemporary rug design. They are always searching for innovation, handcrafted techniques, and new materials. They are invested in conveying the essence of their brand, highlighting their values to produce quality rugs that blend traditional techniques and modern design.

    Designer Begüm Cana Özgür emphasizes: "this is a handmade flat-weave rug that generates an incredible and well-rounded diffusion of color. The surface releases a sense of tranquillity and well-being that is balanced by the penetrating vibration of colors." When creating the Shade Collection, designer Begüm Cana Özgür emphasized: "this is a handmade flat-weave rug that generates an incredible and well-rounded diffusion of color. The surface releases a sense of tranquillity and well-being that is balanced by the penetrating vibration of colors." Shade is available in three ombré palettes: from turquoise to eggplant, russet to Klein blue, and raspberry to forest green.

     

    Working with local and international designers Nanimarquina ensures a diversity of themes and experimentation with various textures, materials and shapes. The result: one-of-a-kind Nanimarquina rugs for each customer. A rug for each individual space and emotion.

    Inspired by stems from a feather, drawn by hand, each design is organic and subtle. As with all nanimarquina rugs, the Quill Collection is handmade resulting in each piece being unique and different like nature itself. Quill expresses the understanding of the beauty that lies in the modest, rustic and imperfect. What the Japanese refer to as wabi sabi, a philosophy that is apparent throughout Tamura’s work. Available in three sizes and a pastel palette including: ivory, pale olive, and stone green, the Quill rugs are beautiful alone and can also be placed together to form inspiring combinations. “Like Nature where no two shapes are alike, each Quill rug has its own expression like a living creature.” - Nao Tamura Inspired by feathers, the Quill Collection is drawn by hand, each design is organic and subtle. Quill expresses the understanding of the beauty that lies in the modest, rustic and imperfect. “Like Nature where no two shapes are alike, each Quill rug has its own expression, like a living creature.” - designer Nao Tamura.

    Available in three sizes and a pastel palette including: ivory, pale olive, and stone green, the Quill rugs are beautiful alone and can also be placed together to form inspiring combinations. Available in three sizes and a pastel palette including: ivory, pale olive, and stone green, the Quill rugs are beautiful alone and can also be placed together to form inspiring combinations.

     

    Global thinking. This is one of Nanimarquina’s values — being aware of others and trying to do their bit to improve the lives of people who live in the areas where the rugs are produced. Nanimarquina relocated all their production to these areas of the world allowing them to boost local economies in these countries and offer new opportunities and improved living standards for the local people.

    A slim, hand-woven Kilim, Blend rug applies the basic rules of color theory, with three available models in which hue, luminosity, and saturation vary. A slim, hand-woven Kilim, the Blend Rug Collection applies the basic rules of color theory, with three available models in which hue, luminosity, and saturation vary. This original rug from Pakistan will delight those passionate about color. Made of 100% Hand Spun Afghan Wool.

    An artisanal flat-weave made in India, the Mía rug is a Dhurrie created by joining three pieces, individually dyed, to obtain a worn, lived-in effect. Made of 100% New Zealand Wool. An artisanal flat-weave, made in India, the Mía Rug Collection is a Dhurrie created by joining three pieces, individually dyed, to obtain a worn, lived-in effect. Made of 100% New Zealand Wool and available in four color options.

     

    Caring for the environment is a key preoccupation at Nanimarquina. Under the international premise of “reuse, reduce, recycle”, they pay the utmost attention in caring for and preserving the environment that surrounds them. Using biodegradable and recycled products, experimenting with different types of textures and fibers and using traditional production techniques all contribute towards preserving natural resources for the use and enjoyment of future generations.

    The Nanimarquina Tres Collection reflects nanimarquina’s passion for craftsmanship, specifically paying tribute to the ancient craft of weaving. With this collection, the desire is to reclaim the basics, to appreciate the beauty in details and respect tradition. Tres is a traditional Indian flat-weave Dhurrie rug. Its unique quality lies in the production of three independent parts in which different fibres predominate. The Tres Collection reflects Nanimarquina’s passion for craftsmanship, specifically paying tribute to the ancient craft of weaving. Tres is a traditional Indian flat-weave Dhurrie rug. Its unique quality lies in the production of three independent parts in which different fibers predominate.

    Neri & Hu takes inspiration from the tile patterns of Shanghai streets, a place where life literally happens. The name of the collection corresponds to Jie, the Chinese character that embodies the essence of a city: the constant movement, dynamism and frenetic activity. “The character “Jie” is made up of a radical and a phonetic character. The ancient ideograms of the Chinese Jie character depicts on one side the street as an intersection, evoking “life” at the crossroads, while the center portion of the character is made up of two “earth” characters whose ideogram shows a clay on potter’s wheel... a connection to the ceramic colors used by Neri&Hu in the series.”, according to Neri & Hu. The result is an eclectic hand-tufted rug presenting different pile heights and finishes, made of 100% New wool. The Jie Collection was designed by Neri & Hu, who take inspiration from the tile patterns of Shanghai streets, a place where life literally happens. The name of the collection corresponds to Jie, the Chinese character that embodies the essence of a city: the constant movement, dynamism and frenetic activity. The result is an eclectic hand-tufted rug presenting different pile heights and finishes.

     

    Why do you need a rug? Because “a carpet is the soul of the apartment” says Edgar A. Poe.

    Rugs define spaces, frame ambiences and establish interfaces while conveying a sensation of warmth that creates a welcoming work or home environment. Beyond the impression created by their beauty, colors, textures and design, rugs also affect mood. Architects and interior designers consider rugs an essential part of a room’s decoration. Rugs and ceramics have been a companion for human beings from prehistory to today. A rug is a house in the desert.

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  • Happy 100th Birthday to Florence Knoll

    Last week marked the 100th birthday of Florence Knoll whose signature style and pioneering spirit are at the core of everything Knoll. Her influence on the "total design" sensibility of Knoll cannot be overstated. Florence broadened the company’s existing array of furniture offerings, developed the Knoll Planning Unit, an interior design division of the company that set the standard for the mid-century modern interior, and in 1947 she launched a textile program to fill another gap she perceived in the market for furniture upholstery. This would later become KnollTextiles.

     

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    Florence Knoll's early life was marred by tragedy when she was orphaned at age 12. After boarding school Florence enrolled at the Cranbrook Academy of Art where she met Harry Bertoia, who would also collaborate with Knoll on modern furniture designs. During her formative years studying architecture in Chicago, Florence met many of the leading architects of the time, including Alvar Aalto, Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe.

    In 1941 she met Hans Knoll who was the third generation of a Stuttgart-based furniture manufacturing family, who sought to bring European Modernism to a new audience in the United States. They married in 1946 and renamed the company Knoll Associates.

    With a spare, geometric profile—an expression of the rational design approach Florence Knoll learned from her mentor, Mies van der Rohe—the Relaxed Lounge Sofa is utterly modern and totally timeless. Compared to the standard Florence Knoll Lounge Collection, the Relaxed Edition offers a softer version, with deeper proportions for a more relaxed sit. With a spare, geometric profile—an expression of the rational design approach Florence Knoll learned from her mentor, Mies van der Rohe—the Relaxed Lounge Sofa is utterly modern and totally timeless. Compared to the standard Florence Knoll Lounge Collection, the Relaxed Edition offers a softer version, with deeper proportions for a more relaxed sit.

     

    In 1945 Florence Knoll started The Planning Unit, an interior design division of the furniture company that set the standard for the mid-century modern interior. Florence Knoll’s meticulous methods of assessing a client’s needs were clear in her sketches, annotations, and especially the "paste-up" cardboard models she used to demonstrate envisioned spaces.

    Finding the marketing lacking, Florence Knoll also designed individual pieces of furniture. "I needed a piece of furniture, it was not there, so I designed it." - Florence Knoll.

    The Florence Knoll Executive Desk exudes executive quality and epitomizes Mies van der Rohe’s impact on Florence’s approach to design. Each detail was endlessly refined to achieve simple, seemingly effortless beauty. Available in six table top finishes. The Florence Knoll Executive Desk exudes executive quality and epitomizes Mies van der Rohe’s impact on Florence’s approach to design. Each detail was endlessly refined to achieve simple, seemingly effortless beauty. Available in six table top finishes.

    Florence Knoll's Credenza Collection is perfectly proportioned and immaculately detailed. The iconic Florence Knoll Credenza works as well in the dining room as it does in the office. Florence Knoll's Credenza Collection is perfectly proportioned and immaculately detailed. The iconic Florence Knoll Credenza works as well in the dining room as it does in the office.

     

    In 1947, Florence Knoll  launched a textile program to fill another gap she perceived in the market for furniture upholstery. This would later become KnollTextiles. "It became apparent to me that suitable textiles were not available for our furniture and interiors," she wrote.

    Florence's use of small fabric swatches—the simple but effective practice of stapling fabric samples to pieces of cardboard—in client presentations led her to develop a tagged sample and display system that eventually became an industry standard. Florence's use of small fabric swatches—the simple but effective practice of stapling fabric samples to pieces of cardboard—in client presentations led her to develop a tagged sample and display system that eventually became an industry standard.

     

    In the early 1950s, under Florence Knoll's stewardship, the company developed a distinctive graphic identity, collaborating with Swiss photographer and graphic designer Herbert Matter to design everything from advertisements and stationery to the company’s distinctive logo.

    But in 1955, her life was struck by a second tragedy when Hans Knoll was killed in an automobile accident and she suddenly found herself as Knoll’s sole owner. In 1957 she married again and continued in her capacity as Knoll's president and later as its director of design, but eventually sold the company to Art Metal Construction Company in 1959. Even after her departure from Knoll, the company continued to be inspired by her synthetic view of design and rigorous standards.

    To celebrate a century of Florence Knoll and her inspired brand of modernism, Knoll expanded the Florence Knoll Collection with the addition of new and archival products.

    Revived from the Knoll product archive 70 years after its initial introduction, Florence Knoll’s Model 75 Stool is now available as the Knoll Hairpin Stacking Table. The early design was based on her wire studies done while a student at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, which were eventually translated into the immensely popular design for Knoll. Revived from the Knoll product archive 70 years after its initial introduction, Florence Knoll’s Model 75 Stool is now available as the Knoll Hairpin Stacking Table. The early design was based on her wire studies done while a student at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, which were eventually translated into the immensely popular design for Knoll.

     

    In 2002, Florence Knoll Bassett was awarded the National Medal of the Arts, the highest honor for achievement in the field presented annually by the President of the United States. In 2002, Florence Knoll Bassett was awarded the National Medal of the Arts, the highest honor for achievement in the field presented annually by the President of the United States.

     

    In the lasting acclaim for the planning projects she spearheaded and the pieces of furniture she quietly designed, Florence Knoll has continually proven her own mantra—that "good design is good business."

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  • Artemide Outdoor Lighting 15% off - May 31st

    Artemide is a worldwide leader in lighting design, with an unparalleled commitment to technological innovation, research and human interaction. Established in Italy in 1959 by Ernesto Gismondi and Sergio Mazza, the company specializes in the manufacture of lighting designed by top industrial designers and architects and has created award-winning collaborations with some of the world’s most talented designers including Naoto Fukasawa, David Chipperfield, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Karim Rashid and Herzog & De Meuron.

    The Artemide XXL Floor Lamp was designed by Michele De Lucchi in 1987. It earned worldwide recognition for its perfect marriage of design and engineering. Tolomeo XXL’s towering size gives the fixture a majestically powerful presence, becoming a statement piece when its grand iconic features are made part of any outdoor environment. The Artemide XXL Floor Lamp was designed by Michele De Lucchi in 1987. It earned worldwide recognition for its perfect marriage of design and engineering. Tolomeo XXL’s towering size gives the fixture a majestically powerful presence, becoming a statement piece when its grand iconic features are made part of any outdoor environment.

     

    Committed to the philosophy of “The Human Light,”  the awards won by Artemide’s designs and designers are, to name a few, Best of the Best by Red Dot Design, iF Design Award by World Design Guide and Wallpaper Magazine Design Award.

     

    The Artemide Tolomeo Mega Outdoor Collection includes a suspension lamp, a hook lamp and a floor lamp, all part of the very successful Tolomeo family of lighting. Tolomeo Mega's large size diffuser (diameter: 50 cm) adjusts to the visual proportions of broad, open spaces. The diffuser is coated with a durable and washable plastic material that looks like natural jute. The Artemide Tolomeo Mega Outdoor Collection includes a suspension lamp, a hook lamp and a floor lamp, all part of the very successful Tolomeo family of lighting. Tolomeo Mega's large size diffuser (diameter: 50 cm) adjusts to the visual proportions of broad, open spaces. The diffuser is coated with a durable and washable plastic material that looks like natural jute.

     

    An early proponent of LED technology, Artemide is committed to eco-sustainability through design and production, seeking to minimize energy consumption and waste through a product’s life cycle.

     

    The Artemide Tetragono Lights were designed by the father of Artemide, Ernesto Gismondi, who propelled his involvement in the Memphis Design movement into profoundly revolutionizing the field of lighting design. Tetragono’s body, crafted of extruded aluminum and painted steel, complements any exterior with its modern, sleek, and geometric look. Available in floor and wall models. The Artemide Tetragono Lights were designed by the father of Artemide, Ernesto Gismondi, who propelled his involvement in the Memphis Design movement into profoundly revolutionizing the field of lighting design. Tetragono’s body, crafted of extruded aluminum and painted steel, complements any exterior with its modern, sleek, and geometric look. Available in floor and wall models.

     

    Designed by German-born Klaus Begasse, and inspired by nature, Reeds is a modular, flexible outdoor lamp that is available as a single unit or a triple unit. Its light creates a spectacle of soft, bright light with its decorative appeal. Designed by German-born Klaus Begasse, and inspired by nature, Reeds is a modular, flexible outdoor lamp that is available as a single unit or a triple unit. Its light creates a spectacle of soft, bright light with decorative appeal.

     

    Artemide's Outdoor Lighting has a large selection of wall scones and floor lighting. Many of which offer discreet lighting for your exterior spaces.

     

    The Artemide Obice is a small, discreet outdoor light that offers you security in your outdoor spaces. Available in two finishes, black and white, and in two degrees of light beam width. The Artemide Obice is a small, discreet outdoor light that offers you security in your outdoor spaces. Available in two finishes, black and white, and in two degrees of light beam width.

     

    Check out all the Artemide Outdoor Lighting that is 15% off until May 31st at ModernPlanet.com

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