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  • Moving outside: Introducing 3 new outdoor furniture brands to our lineup

    The transition has begun: from hot toddies to crisp Pinot Grigio, chunky knits to loose-fitting linens, après ski to summer reads, we emerge from our woolen cocoons eager for the laid back socializing and outdoor livin' that comes with summer.  Although our seasonal migration from inside to out is much less impressive than that of a Monarch traveling 3000 miles for its' summer bliss, it can still feel like something of a regeneration from our tired winter pattern.  With this revival you might find yourself ready for a little patio refresh for dining al fresco or lounging poolside and we can't help our excitement to introduce several new furniture lines to boost your outdoor living experience this season.

    Cane-Line, a Danish design company best known for their hand-woven wicker furniture that they have been manufacturing for 30 years is built to sustain all types of weather.  Low-maintenance, comfortable, weather-proof, and classy, Cane-Line is built for function and flexibility without compromising on its easy-going esthetic.

     

     

    Bend Goods, now 9 years in, is making its mark in the industry with its punchy colors and unique shapes.  We love their youthful and fearless approach, pulling inspiration from Palm Springs' mid-century design and infusing their own creativity and innovation to ensure

     

    BendGoods_2017Catalog_SpreadView-4 Featuring: the Lucy Side Dining Chair by Bend Goods.

     

    Dodekaa Canadian outdoor furniture brand that offers <drum role please>...heated seats.  Yes!  This is more definitely a stroke of genius!  This line is all about form and function while keeping the tush toasty -- perfect for extending your patio program into the cooler fall months.

    Dodeka- heated seats in the desert- final All from Dodeka: The Lemma Loveseat, Chair, and Side Table

    Dodeka- premise couch for premise header mirror Showing: Dodeka's Premise Couch and Side Table

     

    fugue chair and ottoman Showing: The Fugue Chair and Ottoman from Dodeka

     

     

  • Our Visit With Gregg Buchbinder From Emeco

    We had a such an amazing evening here in our showroom with Emeco CEO Gregg Buchbinder. Gregg spoke quite passionately about what inspired him to take his company towards sustainability. It was great to hear about his younger days growing up in Huntingdon Beach California and surfing every day, to his current passion creating a product made entirely of recycled material, that is not destined for the landfill.

    Gregg and Ross

    Gregg described how, unlike most contemporary design companies, their designs are materials driven. Emeco’s materials developers go to incredible lengths to create bespoke raw materials that are now used in some of their competitors products as well.

    Some interesting facts about the materials that go into the 111 chair:

    • Originally produced in partnership with Coca Cola as a way to upcycle used PET bottles.
    • After years of experiments Emeco developed a 100% recycled plastic that is itself 100% recyclable. The 111 chair can be ground up and turned into a brand new chair. True cradle to cradle sustainability.
    • The “Coca Cola” red 111 chair is made with a custom red dye that is highly UV resistant and specially formulated for Emeco to be non-toxic. A rarity for red dyes, most of which fade easily. If you want to know the dark side of red dyes, check out the Wikipedia page on Red 3 here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erythrosine

    It was a pleasure to host such a visionary.

  • 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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