White marble coffee table

Coffee tables are often a focal point in living rooms. If the size, shape and style are selected carefully, they can be a distinctive design element.  Incorporating natural materials such as wood, stone and marble is necessary to balance other dominant elements such us upholstered furniture, shades and curtains. Marble furniture is sought after due to its unique textures, colors and durability. It is a hard and durable material that is often incorporated into high end kitchen and bathroom design.

Here are some great white marble coffee tables options for a living room were are designing where white marble will compliment the color palette and design. The price for these coffee tables start at 5200 and increase depending on the size, style and availability.    Before falling in love with a white marble table make sure to read some of the pros and cons of white marble that was mentioned on our early post Kitchen design with white marble tops.

White marble  square coffee table Mangiarottii

round white marble coffee table by marc newson

ovala white marble coffee table

marble coffee table by Snarkitecture

By |2019-06-05T18:21:13-04:00April 9th, 2013|Furniture, Ideas, Living room, Product|

Top 3 chaise lounge options

Here are the top three lounge chaise options that we considered for a project on the Upper East Side.  The first photo features a set of mirrored chaises covered in a melange wool fabric that we decided on and the following are the options.  When we were initially designing the space we had two lounge chairs facing a loveseat but the client wanted to be able to watch tv or read as well as entertain.

Chaises are a great option to put in the center of a living room if space is limited and you still want a comfortable lounge option. You are still able to stretch out your legs and relax without having to commit to a sofa or sectional.   Another benefit of selecting two chaises as opposed to a sectional is they can be moved around or separated if you are having guests.  They can be placed in a corner similar to a sectional if needed.  Chaise lounges may or may not have arm rests and there are options for both indoors and outdoors.
modern lounge chaise

modern lounge chaise

contemporary lounge chaise with metal base

classic lounge chaise

By |2019-06-06T19:02:46-04:00February 27th, 2013|Contemporary, Furniture, Living room, Product|

Balance in Interiors

Some great starting points for creating balance in interiors include developing a color palette, assessing which combination of materials to utilize and determining the spacing of lighting. If there is too much linear furniture elements it’s helpful to mix with organic shapes which can create a more harmonious space. Similarly, if a space has a lot of wood furniture and wood floors, it’s helpful to select one or two items that are perhaps made of metal, stone or marble.

One of the reasons I believe Poul Kjaerholm’s furniture is sought after is because the shapes of his chairs and tables offer designers a lot of flexibility and balance. Whether there are a lot of round or linear elements, his PK 24 chairs would fit well. If the client doesn’t want to commit too much to a piece of furniture being round or square, yet still memorable and original, the PK9 side chair will work.

The following pk24 lounge chair, pk9 side chair and pk91 folding stool are some of my favorites created by Kjaerholm.

poul kjaerholm pk-24 wicker chaise lounge

poul kjaerholm pk-91 folding stool

poul kjaerholm pk9 leather chair

By |2019-06-09T13:29:05-04:00February 12th, 2013|Contemporary, Furniture|

FURNITURE DESIGN BY POUL KJAERHOLM

Poul Kjaerholm was one of the leading furniture designers to emerge from Denmark alongside Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wagner.  Originally from Jutland, a small town in the center of Denmark about 200 miles northwest of Cophenhagen, Kjaerholm apprenticed as a cabinet maker before moving to Copenhagen to attend the School of Arts, Crafts and Design.

While taking an industrial design class he became fascinated with the potential of using steel in his work.  Kjaerlom felt steel presented a different set of design possibilities from the way legs and other structural components were typically built with wood.  The foundation for his work culminated when he completed the PK 25, often referred to as the “Easy Chair” or the “Element Chair”, for his graduate thesis in 1951.  The back and seat were strung with halyard, a rope typically used to hoist a sail or flag.  For the PK 25 Kjaerholm wrapped the rope around a single piece of chromium plated steel used as the frame.  The beauty of the steel is that it was a single metal piece which was bent and curved without any joints or connections.  In subsequent pieces such as the PK 22 he also incorporated woven cane and leather.

The combination of rope and steel laid the groundwork for an extensive collection of simple, elegant furniture.  The style of his work transcends fads, and his ability to integrate steel in such an organic way was unmatched at the time.   Kjaerholm originals are highly sought after by designers perhaps because his furniture provides a level of flexibility, looking amazing in so many different interiors.

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If you are in New York City and would like to see some of his work Moma and Fritz Hansen have permanent exhibitions. 

By |2019-06-11T17:13:43-04:00February 6th, 2013|Contemporary, Furniture|

ETCHED BRONZE FERNAND DRESSE COCKTAIL TABLES

Fernand Dresse was a painter and furniture designer from Belgium.  He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels and was student of Loius Buisseret.  His work included portraits, figures, landscapes and flowers.  The organic elements from his paintings were an inspiration for the furniture he designed later in his life.

These are brass etched cocktail tables by Fernand Dresse  featuring two inlays of Agate stone. The hand etching is beautiful and reminiscent of wood grain.  The texture flows out to the rounded edges and the shape of the table fits perfectly with the design of the top.   The combination of metal, stone, texture and petrified wood for a base is gorgeous.  This cocktail table can be a centerpiece in well designed space.

ETCHED BRONZE COFFEE TABLE

By |2019-06-11T17:22:25-04:00January 28th, 2013|Furniture|

ECLECTIC INTERIOR DESIGN

Eclectic design is a mixture of styles, periods and unique elements in a space. The most effective eclectic design fuses the right balance of disparate elements into a cohesive design. When done well the interior will look memorable and follow a uniform style.

If too many items from different styles are put together without a thorough understanding of proportion, scale, color and balance, the space will feel more like a collector’s showcase of items instead of an interior professionally designed.

Today eclectic interior design often connotes a modern, clean style mixed with vintage elements. Here are some examples of an effective eclectic mix of design elements.

eclectic interior design

eclectic dining room

By |2019-06-11T17:33:29-04:00January 25th, 2013|Dining room, Eclectic, Furniture, Kitchen, Office, Retail|
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