FURNISHINGS

Oblique Strategies

Hold on to your hat, because MoMA has just put out Peter Norton Family Christmas Art Projects, and there are so many truly wonderful things that you might be overwhelmed. Available in limited quantities, each ‘art object’ was donated by Peter Norton to benefit P.S. 1.

This particular post (more to follow over the next week or two) shows Brian Eno’s ‘Oblique Strategies’, which are strategy cards with phrases that help users get out of creative roadblocks. (If you have an iPhone or iPod, there’s also an Oblique Strategies App available to download free from iTunes.)

In 1975, the celebrated British musician, producer, and visual artist, Brian Eno, together with collaborators, addressed the challenge of breaking out of creative roadblocks by writing a series of evocative phrases he dubbed “worthwhile dilemmas.” These phrases, which suggest approaches to an impasse from another direction, became known as Oblique Strategies. Originally published as a deck of cards in an austere format, they became an underground hit and sold out in three revised editions.

Size: 5.5h x 5.5w x 1.5″d

Purchase Information:

Price: $200.00
Availability: Buy Oblique Strategies here

Momantai Etched Stainless Steel Top Tables

Second hand tables get a new lease of life with etched stainless steel tops. It’s a stellar idea, and I sort of love the traditional lace-work design paired with steel. As each piece is unique, prices depend on size and condition; emailing Momantai Design directly will give you a better estimate. If you’re not all that into second hand furniture, maybe you’ll prefer the Praios table (shown bottom) with its brand spanking new thin metal frame.

Classic lace-work translated by means of modern production technology; by etching the pattern in stainless steel, the authentic lace of Plauener Spitze ® gets a new graphic interpretation. A collaboration of Roel van Hove of Etsprit and Ulrike Jurklies of Momantai Design

Recycled Tables Rondra, Firun, Rahja, Phex (top): between € 100 and € 600
Table Praios, 190 x 80 cm (bottom): € 3521 for the the brushed finish, and € 4110 for the polished surface.

Delivery should take roughly 8 weeks depending on the destination.

Also, keep in mind shipping costs (from The Netherlands) might bump the price up quite a bit, so bear that in mind.

Purchase Information:

Price: €100 and up
Availability: Buy Momantai Etched Stainless Steel Top Tables here

Quilt Sofa and Armchair

As beautiful (and comfortable) as this collection is, the price just plain hurts. When will the Bouroullec brothers do an affordable line of wonderful items? (Now, if you’ve got 7 and 13 grand allocated for a chair and sofa, respectively, then good for you, but I’d rather not hear about it.)

Designer: Ronan Bouroullec and Erwan Bouroullec
Available colors: Navy Blue, Black, Pale Grey, Red

Sofa: $13,420.00 (L 78.7″ x D 47.2″ x H 27.6″)
Armchair: $6,550.00 (L 33.1″ x D 47.2″ x H 27.6″, Seat H 13.8″)

Purchase Information:

Price: $6,550.00-13,420.00
Availability: Buy Quilt Sofa and Armchair here

Muji Steel Pipe Desk

An interesting partnership between Muji and Thonet brings us the Bauhaus tubular steel desk.

Made in Germany by Thonet GmbH, the original manufacturer of tubular steel furniture, for MUJI. The desk is made of steel pipe with a speckled MDF top. The drawer unit is sold separately and is made in Japan of steel and polypropylene.

Purchase Information:

Price: $750.00
Availability: Buy Muji Steel Pipe Desk here

Blu Dot Flat Out Sleeper Sofa

Similar to the One Night Stand Sleeper Sofa (except armless), this sofa bed folds down to accommodate afternoon napping or overnight guests.

The name says it all. Sit up or sleep it off. Quickly convert from upright lounging to horizontal sprawl. Playful contrast cross-stitching, kicky French seams, and a solid stainless steel base add pizzazz to the straightforward yet inviting form.

Material: Wool blend upholstery, brushed stainless steel legs.
Specs: (inches) 80w x 41d, Seat height: 16, Seat depth: 22

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,099.00
Availability: Buy Blu Dot Flat Out Sleeper Sofa here

Muji Aluminum Side Table

I love this Aluminum Side Table by Muji. It would be great as bedside tables or I’m even thinking it would be great as a mobile unit for a record player.

Size: 20″l x 19.5″h x 16″d

Purchase Information:

Price: $120.00
Availability: Buy Muji Aluminum Side Table here

Catcher by formfreunde

Check out this odd trapezoidal wall storage ‘catcher’. I’m not quite sure how it attaches to the wall or how much weight it holds, so you might ask before you buy, but it’s definitely an interesting storage option. It sort of reminds me of the Barnacles by Plodes Studio (in that it shares an organic faceted shape and functions as wall storage).

The Catcher is a practical wall covering. It consists out of as many elements as you like. The elements can be folded together to form one object. The Photos show a Catcher consisting out of eight modules. You can design you own catcher and order the amount of modules you need, or you tell us the size your catcher should have and we will suggest a configuration. The modules can be connected side by side or back to back, they can not be connected side to back.

PP Plastic.
The catchers sides have a length of approx. 34cm and it is approx. 17cm deep.
The price stated is for one module only.

Purchase Information:

Price: �18.00
Availability: Buy Catcher by formfreunde here

Loadbearing MShelving

Customizable storage systems aren’t really a new thing, but Loadbearing’s MShelving does have a certain appeal with its industrial frame with pick-your-own door color options. With somewhat reasonable price points, it could fit your storage needs quite well.

MShelving… allows you to create your own look from a wide range of interchangeable colored steel and wood veneer sliding doors and half- and full- height drawers. MShelving was designed by Mathias Frei of Zurich, and is produced in Switzerland and Italy. It combines a sturdy, fairly industrial-feeling steel shelving system base with a refined, simple and attractive sliding door system… The shelving unit itself is made of galvanized steel. The wood finish doors are wood veneers (all from sustainable forests) on a particle board base with a galvanized steel handle edge, and the color and metallic finish doors are made of powder-coated steel.

Colors: Wooden Veneers, 21 Colors, Metal Finishes

Note: Keep in mind the prices shown below are for the units only, the price will increase depending upon how many doors you want and what wood or color option you choose.

media console unit: 81″w, 20h, and 16.8″d, starts $526.00
credenza unit: 81″w, 34.8″h, and 16.8″d, starts at $694.00
bookshelf unit: 41″w, 79″h, and 16.8″d, starts at $700.00
space divider unit: 81″w, 49.2″h, and 16.8″d, starts at $866.00
storage cabinet unit: 41″w, 34.8″h, and 16.8″d, $438.00

(Note: Loadbearing’s website isn’t working, so perhaps they are out of business? Anyone know? -kh 05/07/13)

Purchase Information:

No longer available.

Cigar Box Wardrobe for Droog

An alternative to the usual Ikea wardrobe, it’s not exactly a cheap storage solution, especially considering the amount of actual storage you actually get for it, but it’s an interesting storage option for those of you for whom money is no object.

By Wieki Somers & Dylan van den Berg
okoume plywood, hinges, sealing paper, laser imprint
includes mirror

Dimensions: 70 x 30 x 201 cm

Purchase Information:

Price: $6530.00
Availability: Buy Cigar Box Wardrobe for Droog here

Cornered Coffee Table by Dylan Gold

What do you think of this? Sort of like the Twisted Console posted before, this piece by Dylan Gold has a little bit of wonkiness to make for an interesting piece of furniture.

Take your average coffee table, construct one leg as a cross-section of a rotated cube and you get a table that values a clean surface area without losing a place to hold your favorite books and magazines. The Cornered coffee table embodies the inherent function of all coffee tables.

Recycled MDF
Available in Maple, Walnut, Oak and Cherry
Dimensions: 42″w x 36″d x 14″h

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,900.00
Availability: Buy Cornered Coffee Table by Dylan Gold here

Studio Ubico, “stump” series

These 100% recycled stool/tables are double the fun (sort of like the gum) with their affordable price tags and quirky made-from-woodscraps design.

Stump series started in the industrial garbage cans in the area near our factory. Small pieces of hardwood are thrown from carpentries in the area in large quantities. Through the series development it became clear that we can reduce costs and become socially involved through passing some of the production to a factory which employs disabled people.

“oli” stool: $195.00
“dodo” side table: $160.00
(shipping not included, email for quote)

Purchase Information:

Price: $160.00
Availability: Buy Studio Ubico, “stump” series here

B-LINE Zig-Zag Modular Bookcase

This modular bookcase can be arranged in several different ways to fit your space. From the description it seems as if two of the elements are included in the price, yet take note that it looks like three are shown in the above picture. Four would be needed to create a complete column or circular shape.

“The two elements that make it up can be alternated in such a way as to obtain a partitioning structure or a wall bookcase, or can simply be used to make up half-circles or columns.”

Aziz Sariyer, 2009

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,240.00
Availability: Buy B-LINE Zig-Zag Modular Bookcase here

Cork Stool Drop 12 By Skram

Cork. It’s a delight to see another stool made from a material with so many positive attributes. (Other cork stools posted: Sway Stool, Rolha Cork Stool, and of course the Cork Table and Stool by Jasper Morrison.)

Put four of these together, and you have a four-leaf clover – or a wonderful circle of friends. You’ll think you’re lucky, with these gems of stools – eco-friendly, sustainable, and good-looking…

Material – sustainably harvested cork
Size – 12″ x 11.62″ x 11.62″

Purchase Information:

Price: $364.00
Availability: Buy Cork Stool Drop 12 By Skram here

Trattoria Sedia Chair by Jasper Morrison

Because you just can’t get sick of Mr. Morrison, these candy colored chairs mix beech and polycarbonate for an interesting match of materials.

Designed by jasper morrison for magis, the trattoria sedia chair features a solid beech frame in natural finish with a polycarbonate seat and back.

dimensions: 17″w x 31″h (seat height: 18″)

Purchase Information:

Price: $372.00
Availability: Buy Trattoria Sedia Chair by Jasper Morrison here

Cubo Coffee Table

Hidden storage space in a coffee table is absolutely perfect for those eyesores (otherwise known as remotes) lying around the living room.

Elegant and asymmetrical, the Cubo Coffee Table offers not only a large surface space, but also neatly concealed storage. The Table’s rich, warm American butternut veneer is expertly applied and has a visible grain pattern. The storage space is accessed by rotating the larger “leg” outward, revealing a spacious spot to stash magazines, books or remotes. Storage space is lined in red Spinneybeck® Recycled leather, offering a compelling material contrast to the neutral tones of the wood. Made in U.S.A.

H 16″ W 47″ D 23.5″

Purchase Information:

Price: $900.00
Availability: Buy Cubo Coffee Table here