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June 27, 2014

MisuraEmme: WM1 & WM2 Chair

Another piece of the Atelier Collection by MisuraEmme; the WM1 & WM2 chair. The chair’s structure is tubular chromed steel with a cushioned seat and backrest in expanded resinate and reinforced with multi-layer birch. The armrests are in solid wood and black lacquer with a matte finish and the covers are removable. Registered design.

Pouf: Structure of the pouf in satined brushed and chromed tubular steel.

About the designer: Werner Max Moser

Werner Max Moser, born in 1896 in Karlsruhe (D), studied architecture both in Zürich with his father Karl Moser and at Stuttgart with Bonatz, Abel and Fiechter. He worked with different architects in Holland and in the USA, where he spent two years at Frank Lloyd Wright’s atelier. He carried out important projects in Switzerland and Germany, such as the Budge-Heim house in Frankfurt and the Neubühl Siedlung in Zürich. He constructed with the collaboration of Mart Stam and Ferdinand Kramer as well. After lecturing at Harvard University, he became professor at the Polytechnic High School of Zürich. In 1931 Moser, along with Siegfried Giedon and Rudolf Graber, founded the Wohnbedarf AG Zurich–the collection for which he designed numerous models.

June 25, 2014

3 cool modern kitchens

Thank you Houses Gardens People for the amazing article! We Love it.

Made in Italy, sold in Dallas … it’s safe to say there’s a plethora of very chic kitchen showrooms across Texas now, all vying for a cut in the luxury market. My favorite kitchens tend to be German (such as Eggersmann) and Italian (such as Bon Tempi Cucine). But today, I’m focusing on Italian handcrafted Valcucine kitchens, which are available to the public and to the trade, through the newly-opened Pohlenz Dallas Valcucine showroom. Architect Scott Pohlenz fell in love with the kitchens while working in London, and brought the line to a showroom he co-owned in Tulsa, then opened Pohlenz Dallas Valcucine earlier this spring. The Dallas showroom carries 20 other Italian lines, including baths, doors and closet systems.

The Sine Tempore kitchens are handcrafted in elm wood and can be customized with Old World hand carving, as shown below, in almost any design.

If you’re more into sleek and modern than carved wood, Valcucine’s new Arte kitchens are extraordinary for their ability to be customized like works of art. Handmade by artisans in Italy, they are crafted in matte glass and customizable with your own artwork or select from 12 standard designs. Each glass panel is one-of-a-kind and layered on eco-sustainable wood cabinetry.

Probably one of the most high-tech kitchens I’ve experienced (seeing one in person is a treat), the Logica has a spectacularly-engineered, long cantilevered door, constructed of a single piece of glass that raises with a simple lift of the finger, revealing shelving, storage and plenty of work spaces and cubby holes. But the high tech aspects that I love the most are the removable electric outlets that can be popped off and easily relocated anywhere along the electrified strip (see below). But don’t worry about the safety—I think an induction cook top analogy works best here—meaning that you can touch the strip and not get shocked. I know, I tried it! I haven’t seen this employed anywhere else yet, and I keep wondering why someone hasn’t developed it for use in rooms, as well?

June 24, 2014

MisuraEmme: Elegie

The Elegie Shelf is upright lacquered aluminium resting on a chromed metal. Complete with plates and bolts for fixing to the wall. The shelf comes in two finishes: Oak Melange, Matte Lacquer. The composition obtained by simply placing several modules next to each other. Also, the Elegie shelf is included in the Atelier Compliments Collection which means its 25% off until August 1st.

About the designer: Ignazio Gardella

From the early thirties Ignazio Gardella started expanding his travels abroad for both study and work. For example, his stay in 1931 in Germany where he ended up meeting a group of architects in Frankfurt, his trip with Architect Pagano in 1939 to Finland, his trip to Sweden and Norway where he participated in numerous congresses and discussions regarding modern architecture, he traveled to the USA for the E.C.A. in 1950, soon after in 1956 he accompanied students of the architecture school of Venice to Greece and participated in international meetings of Modern Architecture in Bergamo and Aix-en-Provence, and finally La Sarraz after the war. He began teaching in 1940 at various universities and was eventually appointed professor of the “Elements of Composition” course in 1962 at the Istituto Universitario of Architettura of Venice.

June 17, 2014

MisuraEmme: AA1 Couch

MisuraEmme is running a summer promotion of 20% off all Atelier Products until the first of August; including the AA1 couch.

The structure of the couch is in tubular steel and the armrests are in solid wood with clear varnish or black lacquer with glossy finish. The backrest and seat are adjustable, up to 180° to become a bed. Numbered piece.

About the designer: ALVAR AALTO

From 1927 to 1935 Alvar Aalto worked on two buildings which were to become the masterpieces of his juvenile period and contribute to his fame on an international level: the Municipal Library of Viipuri and the Paimio Sanatorium. In these constructions of rationalistic imprint, Aalto succeeded in introducing the defining character of organic architecture as exemplified in the use of form and material which eventually led to a new understanding of architecture. Based on the experience with the furniture designed for these two buildings, Aalto together with both his wife Aino and Maire Gullichsen, founded the Artek trademark in 1935 that specialized in the production of warped wood furniture achieved through new techniques developed by Aalto. From this point on, his biography is rich with events and success, ranging from the design of a simple sauna stool in birch to urbanistic projects such as the Säynätsalo Island and the reconstruction plans for Rovaniemi. He was also responsible for numerous projects abroad, including the M.I.T. dormitory in Cambridge, MA (USA) and the Riola Church near Bologna, Italy. Outside his homeland, however, the organic approach to architecture was intended as a pure relationship between man-made projects and nature. Alvar Aalto died in 1976 at the age of 78.

May 30, 2014

Delos Rugs

We were thrilled to have the founder of Delos Rugs, Leah Phillips, in our Tulsa Showroom last night. There was a lovely presentation about Delos and the history of the company. We also learned what separates Delos Rugs from other companies is their incredibly wide variety of rug patterns, with 10 different texture options, diverse color palettes, and quality construction in both India and America. For more information on Delos Rugs go to: http://www.delosrugs.com/

Huge thanks to Leah Phillips!

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