Originally published in Interiors & Sources

05/01/2010

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Pluto soft seating from Leland International can be arranged in a scattered composition to provide personal space, or grouped together to encourage interaction. Constructed using 100 percent post-industrial MDF board, which is wrapped in CFC-free foam and fitted with a 40 percent recycled steel plinth, Pluto can be upholstered in almost any stretch fabric or leather. An additional layer of interest can be achieved by applying contrasting upholstery to the circular seat pad. Leland International
Highmark Named after the low-key yet sophisticated coastal city of Huntington Beach, Highmark’s HB reflects modern style, finesse and comfort. With its clean lines, HB brings high design down to earth. A double layer mesh version supports and conforms to any back shape—evenly distributing body weight while eliminating pressure points. Choosing fabric, leather, vinyl, or one of six designer mesh colors to dress HB will change its personality.
Martin Brattrud’s Bristol Collection offers designers unlimited flexibility in seating and table configurations. The seating collection includes freestanding lounge chairs, sofas, ottomans, low- and high-back benches, and banquettes. The table group complements the lounge seating, which may be connected together to reduce extra legs and provide a cleaner aesthetic. Martin Brattrud

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InterfaceFLOR Inspired by the Memphis design movement of the 1980s, InterfaceFLOR introduces “Memphis to Milan (...and back again).” Featuring three styles—the colorful stripes of Beale Street, the bold black and white lines of Union Avenue (both featured here), and the graphic squiggles of Doodle—the collection is part of InterfaceFLOR’s Convert design platform, which offers products made with total recycled content ranging from 64 percent to 75 percent (including up to 35 percent post-consumer content).
Wabi-Sabi is Mayer Fabrics’ collection of recycled polyester fabrics reflecting the Japanese aesthetic and Zen concept of finding beauty in things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. Offering uneven patterning and simple design elements, the color palette of Wabi-Sabi is primarily earthy with neutrals, olives, rusts, deep blues, turquoise, and marigold. Patterns composed of 100 percent post-consumer recycled polyester include Charade, Karma and Reiki. Mayer Fabrics
Luxo Luxo’s Ovelo LED task light is well-suited for use in energy-conscious office environments, or anywhere that high performance and original design are sought. In addition to a manual dimming switch, an internal clock timer automatically turns the lamp off after nine hours, helping to prevent unnecessary energy usage when the lamp is not in use. With an asymmetric distribution, Ovelo casts light horizontally across the worksurface, giving the user optimal ergonomic lighting.

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KI’s Lyra lounge seating collection offers a fresh, modern interpretation of a classic design iconography that provides a powerful, yet understated visual language to complement virtually any environment. Lyra’s simple form and elegance are enhanced through the use of mixed materials, allowing for a dynamic visual range that bridges the gap between formal and informal settings. Lyra is ideal for creating visually compelling yet functional spaces that are as impressive as they are welcoming. KI
MDC Wallcoverings Dimension Walls, high-impact thermoplastic panels from MDC Wallcoverings, provide a nearly seamless wall covering application. Available in a variety of metallic finishes or in a recently released 40 percent post-industrial eco-friendly content, these panels contain no solvents or heavy metals and do not emit VOCs. The waste generated from the manufacturing process is recycled and available for secondary uses.
3form introduces Gecko, an adhesive textile that adheres to any glass surface. It is designed to be easily removed and re-applied, providing an element of design flexibility that is not available with laminated glass or other solutions. Gecko is customizable and available in a collection of patterns and colors ranging from subtle and sophisticated to bold and graphic. The product is a stylish way to add privacy and transform any glass application into a piece of art. 3form

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Bentley Prince Street Hollywood Story, Bentley Prince Street’s newest carpet collection, truly embodies quiet elegance and sophistication, with a hint of Old Hollywood glamour. Inspired by Los Angeles’ rich history and fashion-forward culture, the collection reflects a bird’s-eye view of the complex street layout and gridlines that represent the City of Angels. Featuring Antron Bio_Legacy 6,6 nylon, Hollywood Story is comprised of charming colorways perfect for complementing high-level corporate spaces such as law offices and government buildings.
Capture the lighthearted bubbles and fizz of a celebratory champagne toast with Ciré, a new wall covering from Cirqa. Irregular dots flow in concentric circles, providing a counterpoint to the frothy background of bubbles. The burst of bubbly packs drama or recedes to subtle interest depending on which of the 18 colors are selected. Go playful with cheerful Sari Orange (pictured), sumptuous with Temple Red, bold with Fade to Black, or understated with pale Veil. Cirqa
Nienkämper The outdoor strap chairs of the 1950s and the indoor woven reed papasan chairs popular in the 1970s inspired Nienkämper’s Cocoon. With the advances in today’s mesh and knit back office chair solutions, it seemed like a natural progression to apply this technology to lounge seating. Providing exceptional comfort, the chair is simple, light, transparent, and easily moved about.

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Remede, a coastal-inspired line from Architex, combines vibrant and sophisticated colors, bold patterns and unbelievable wearability— making it perfect for health care and hospitality interiors. This collection is the ultimate in heavy duty upholstery. All patterns are woven in 100 percent bleach cleanable solution-dyed nylon and stocked with Nano-Tex with Durablock finish and barrier. In addition, the collection executes a balanced mix of color, scale and detail allowing for beautiful coordination. Architex
Stylex Stylex introduces an innovative new seating option: the SAVA multi-purpose chair. Designed by award-winning architect Sava Cvek, the chair was created with today’s multitasking workforce in mind. Elegant in both form and function, SAVA offers maximum versatility and a “just right” range of functionality for both task and conference applications—all at a competitive price point.
Similar to the unfolding plot of a classic novel, design is often an evolutionary experience for the user. Parisian designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance embraced this mindset when creating his new wood chair, Corvo, for Bernhardt Design. Using 15 different carving tools, Corvo is hand shaped and sanded from solid American walnut and sealed with a natural oil finish. Each chair is slightly different, reflecting the personality of the artisan who made it. Bernhardt Design

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National Office Furniture From private office to open plan; from teaming areas to mobile workforces, National Office Furniture’s Renegade is a perfect balance of collaboration and personalization. This go anywhere and look great laminate casegood series gives durability a new sense of style with mix and match surface and chassis options, layered surfaces and tiered storage. Enjoy a broad offering of fully-assembled and shell-based components to create versatile solutions for the way your organization works—today and tomorrow.
Bringing a new level of opulence to the carpet tile category, Milliken Contract introduces the Kingsley Collection, a compilation of modern designs targeted at the luxury office market (law firms, boardrooms and executive areas). With designs offered in positive and negative cut and loop pile construction, designers can experiment with different layout combinations to create unique and interesting effects. Milliken Contract
Wolf-Gordon Open, effluent and cheerful, Wolf-Gordon’s Sea Pearl Swirl is “Old Europe” with a contemporary twist. Paying homage to the 20th century textile designer Mariano Fortuny, the pleated silk texture with a whimsical botanical print scrolls across the wall, repeating at 104 inches. Part of the Summit Collection, Sea Pearl Swirl is available in 13 colorways.

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Bradley introduces its new and elegantly refined Verge Lavatory System for high-end commercial restroom applications. Characterized by its sleek and modern design, as well as its durability and low-maintenance features, Verge incorporates a beautifully sculpted elongated basin with a hidden drain, conveying upscale sophistication. Made with Bradley’s new Evero natural quartz—a resilient natural composite material—Verge stands up well to high-traffic and everyday usage. Bradley
Harter by izzy+ Embodying the modernist ethic of simple elegance, the new Truman Collection from Harter by izzy+ looks great from any angle—an important feature for furniture that’s easy to move and reconfigure. With its airy cast aluminum framework and signature ply-form seat base, Truman can be scaled up or down with different finishes and textiles.
Kwalu’s Tamburo Collection incorporates modern lines, giving a sleek and finished feel to these Italian-inspired drum and cube tables. Tamburo’s contemporary occasional tables can be used as coffee tables and/or side tables. The product is available in Kwalu wood-grained finishes with a variety of leg options. Kwalu

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Big Ass Fans Isis by Big Ass Fans is engineered to improve circulation in large spaces. Its sweeping airfoil blades—shaped like aircraft wings—revolve slowly and quietly to produce gentle but powerful currents of air that deliver consistent, energy-efficient comfort year-round. Isis is ideal for settings such as restaurants, bars, health clubs, libraries and offices, and can be specified for ceilings as low as 12 feet.
Inspired by the whimsical images of jugglers and acrobats, J+J | Invision’s newest collection, Night at the Circus, includes a broad spectrum of patterns that were designed to provide a canvas for a wide variety of interiors. In addition to the collection’s anchor product, Big Top (available in both modular and broadloom), Night at the Circus also includes five larger scale, modular-only products, including Sideshow (featured), which offers a clean, architectural design with patterns that subtly fade in and out. J+J | Invision
Brentano Part of the Green Collection, Brentano’s Laurel (nicknamed “Tree of Life”) is a serene, large-scale drapery/light upholstery woven with an eco-wool warp. Off the Hook (right) is a 100 percent post-consumer recycled polyester that offers amazing texture and a soft hand while passing more than 75,000 double rubs.

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Chemetal and Treefrog have joined forces to offer a complete wall panel system suitable for a range of interior installations—from retail spaces and lobbies to airports and sports stadiums. With this system, designers who want to specify Chemetal’s extensive selection of more than 100 metal designs and Treefrog’s complete collection of more than 50 prefinished real wood veneer laminates, now have an easier way to do so. Chemetal and Treefrog
Unika Vaev Unika Vaev introduces the Handsfree Collection. Aimed at making life easy, these three products offer high performance, versatility and color—all in one package. Inspired by our fast-paced world, the flickering screen, pixels and touchpads, patterns Control, Option and F8 are named after the keys on our computers.
JSI’s Finale series provides workspaces that work for you—with wire, power and data management, as well as writable surface components available throughout. No hassle storage options include double-height space, heavy duty capacity, and paper management sorters to make organization a cinch. Finale is available in maple or cherry veneer with white or mocha back-painted glass elements. JSI

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Amtico Channeling the polished elegance of the ’80s, Amtico introduces Metals, six subtle metal shades and a rippled, beaten texture that creates the perfect starting point for the new “haute glamour.” This resilient flooring projects understated opulence that’s gleam not glitz, bright but not brash. Inject a modern twist by confining the glamour within structured lines such as skinny planks, grids and key squares.
Allsteel’s Seek is seating that fills a void in today’s corporate environments where there’s a need for durable, versatile, attractive, and comfortable chairs for training rooms, cafés and other multi-purpose spaces. A virtual design chameleon that works within any interior and allows customization with a menu of finish and materials options, Seek is noticeably comfortable—plus it compactly stacks and nests in a configuration that is an engineering marvel and storage feat. Allsteel
Details dash, a new personal LED task light from Details, combines style, function and sustainability like no other task light in the marketplace. Designed through a collaboration between Details and Foster & Partners, the light makes a quiet, elegant statement that’s compatible in a range of interior environments. Eco-friendly materials and modest energy requirements make dash especially easy on the environment.

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Princeton, a fully modular desking system from Global—The Total Office, provides maximum functionality in the least amount of space. Catering to the collaborative workplace, Princeton builds out from the user, which is unlike conventional casegood solutions that build out from a workwall. A wide selection of self-supporting worksurfaces, personal storage, filing and organizational units that are easy to move and reconfigure are readily available. Global—The Total Office
Shaw Contract Group Shaw Contract Group invites you to meet Social, a new collection created from subtle texture and subdued tones. Mingle in patterns; overlay color; pile on the personality, and voilà: a Cradle to Cradle carpet collection is born. Social is comprised of three tile and three broadloom patterns that use recyclable Eco Solution Q nylon and EcoWorx backing.
The patterns in HBF Textiles’ new Down to Earth Collection are not overly ornate, but rather modern in their simplicity. Incorporating strong environmental properties with post-consumer polyesters, and priced to fit today’s “down to earth” budgets, this collection is all about addressing the needs of the high-performance specifier—whether they are involved in health care environments, higher education, hospitality areas, or high-use corporate installations. HBF Textiles

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Joel Berman Glass Studios Inspired by the texture of crumpled paper, Arrigado Plateau Resin by Joel Berman Glass Studios is available in standard or custom color coated finishes, including transparent, frost, sfumato, and opaque. Textured on one side and flat on the other, Arrigado Plateau Resin is translated from Arrigado, a signature texture in Joel Berman’s kiln cast glass line of products.
Introducing Seven, a universal-handed desking solution from Watson Desking. Its innovative design allows facility professionals to manage inventories of contoured surface shapes without regard to handedness. Seven’s worksurfaces are seamlessly finished on both sides ... so by simply flipping the surface, the patent-pending Surface Interlock Assembly enables right-handed desks to become left-handed, and vice-versa. Watson Desking
Dauphin Valo, a division of Dauphin, introduces Konstrux, a revolutionary new table and storage system that is redefining the workplace—not just the environment, but how we actually work. Konstrux is completely flexible and adaptable to multiple applications—from workstations to training tables to conference tables and more. This simple yet truly adaptable design makes Konstrux a powerful force in the workplace.

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Designed by Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina in 1987, Artemide’s iconic Tolomeo task light has transcended time to become a symbol of modern Italian design. The new LED version—now distributed to the U.S. contract market through Humanscale—features the same signature design that has been the Tolomeo trademark for years … but with the newest generation offering incredible light output and energy efficiency vastly superior to its predecessors. Artemide and Humanscale
Casa Bini Textiles Casa Bini Textiles introduces Insight. Part of the Bella Verde Collection, Insight is woven with small stitches to show a more tailored yet textured appearance. It is made of 100 percent bamboo, which means it has many of the qualities sought in “performance” and “easy care” fabrics without the drawbacks of synthetic material.
The opulent tip-sheared texture of BOLYU Contract’s Flash & Flicker exemplifies the simplicity of design, contrasted with the complexity of construction. Flash & Flicker’s underlying linear pattern is enhanced by abstract geometric textures, making the patterns suitable for multiple installations. BOLYU Contract

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Teknion Created by Acer Design, in conjunction with Teknion’s in-house design team, dna goes beyond the traditional requirements of lounge seating. The design intent behind dna was to provide a unique modular system of connectable units that, when configured, fosters collaboration so common in today’s workplaces. dna’s modular design allows components to connect on all sides for maximum planning flexibility.
 

 
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