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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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  • Niche Modern Lighting - handmade in NY State

    Made, not manufactured is the mantra of Niche Modern Lighting. Every piece of Niche glass is hand-blown in their factory in upstate New York. Over the last decade, Niche has established a signature collection of stunning modern lighting products that combine natural elements, simple lines, and gorgeous colors. They are committed to bringing the most luxurious of modern lighting to the world.

    Niche's creative director, Jeremy Pyles, starts each new modern lighting piece with a sketch. Following that comes a lot of hard work, patience and expertise until they see their vision come to life, right in the studio. Niche is a strong believer in authentic and original design, and is proud to be carrying on the tradition of glass-blowing in their local New York State community. Niche's creative director, Jeremy Pyles, starts each new modern lighting piece with a sketch. Following that comes a lot of hard work, patience and expertise until they see their vision come to life, right in the studio. Niche is a strong believer in authentic and original design, and is proud to be carrying on the tradition of glass-blowing in their local New York State community.

    The Niche Modern Pharos Pendant Light takes its name from ancient texts where a pharos is a tower with a light that gives warnings of shallow shoals to passing ships. One of the very first designs in Niche's lighting line, the Pharos is one of their best-selling pendants and looks fabulous in clusters or in lines of multiples over a kitchen counter or restaurant bar. The Niche Modern Pharos Pendant Light takes its name from ancient texts where a pharos is a tower with a light that gives warnings of shallow shoals to passing ships. One of the very first designs in Niche's lighting line, the Pharos is one of their best-selling pendants and looks fabulous in clusters or in lines of multiples over a kitchen counter or restaurant bar.

    The Niche Modern Helio Prisma Pendant Light originates from Niche’s taller and more slender Pharos Pendant Light and is designed for versatility. It is compatible with both 120v and 240v electrical settings. The delightfully compact shape of the Helio Collection works well when grouped together using a Niche Pack Canopy. The Niche Modern Helio Prisma Pendant Light originates from Niche’s taller and more slender Pharos Pendant Light and is designed for versatility. It is compatible with both 120v and 240v electrical settings. The delightfully compact shape of the Helio Collection works well when grouped together using a Niche Pack Canopy.

    Stunningly minimalist and straightforward in its presentation, the celebration of one single Edison style bulb at the center of the Niche Modern Solitaire Pendant Light is beautiful to behold. With so many colors to choose from and so many potential uses, the Solitaire Collection is lovely on its own or in a cluster. Stunningly minimalist and straightforward in its presentation, the celebration of one single Edison style bulb at the center of the Niche Modern Solitaire Pendant Light is beautiful to behold. With so many colors to choose from and so many potential uses, the Solitaire Collection is lovely on its own or in a cluster.

    Based on an orb shape, the Niche Modern Binary Pendant Light uses two incandescent bulbs, giving it a slightly more contemporary twist on the nostalgic Edison style elegance of the Solitaire Pendant. Each Niche Binary pendant is ideal for both hospitality and residential modern lighting. Available in several luxurious glass colors, the Binary Pendant's palette is influenced by beautiful details of nature. Based on an orb shape, the Niche Modern Binary Pendant Light uses two incandescent bulbs, giving it a slightly more contemporary twist on the nostalgic Edison style elegance of the Solitaire Pendant. Each Niche Binary pendant is ideal for both hospitality and residential modern lighting. Available in several luxurious glass colors, the Binary Pendant's palette is influenced by beautiful details of nature.

    Niche's unique "effervescent" glass option is a playful yet tasteful addition to any environment. The optic bubbles, which are made by hand in their studio, create an effect that is reminiscent of raindrops beading together. Hang an effervescent glass pendant with other Niche pendant colors to bring beautiful balance to your space. Niche's unique "effervescent" glass option is a playful yet tasteful addition to any environment. The optic bubbles, which are made by hand in their studio, create an effect that is reminiscent of raindrops beading together. Hang an effervescent glass pendant with other Niche pendant colors to bring beautiful balance to your space.

    A design tip from Niche: Your dining room pendant lighting display should make a decorative statement while also providing enough light for the table. Proportion is important — you'll want to choose a pendant light that will complement the size and shape of your dining table, not overwhelm it. A unique centerpiece of Niche Modern hand-blown glass will surely add flavor to your meal and impress your guests. A design tip from Niche: Your dining room pendant lighting display should make a decorative statement while also providing enough light for the table. Proportion is important — you'll want to choose a pendant light that will complement the size and shape of your dining table, not overwhelm it. A unique centerpiece of Niche Modern hand-blown glass will surely add flavor to your meal and impress your guests.

     

    Niche Modern is a pro when it comes to defending their original designs from would-be copycats and knockoff retailers. They have taken many steps to protect their designs from copyright infringement. Niche has had great success in removing their products from hundreds of fraudulent websites. They also encourage retailers to educate their clients about craftsmanship and originality. Every Niche order is sent with a Certificate of Authenticity, reassuring clients that they have an original piece, made with love.

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