Theme: Furniture and Decoration

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At the Chicago trade fair NeoCon, such professionals discussed how to incorporate nature into our built environments, notably the office setting. Here are some approaches and effective case studies from completed projects.    Biophilic design interprets our love of life and the living world, but it’s not about throwing...

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Much like the god of merchants Hermes in Greek mythology, Hermès deserves to sit on the throne for mastering the fashion boutique world. The company thrives on creating dreams for its clients, from the layout of its accessories and luxury products in its shops to the impressive window displays that change a viewer’s...

Learn about two different approaches for how retailers in NYC select the products they sell in their boutiques—two great examples which satisfy the younger generation and the seasoned.  Boutique furniture stores in New York still sell whimsical and elaborately crafted wares but increasingly they are influenced by some...

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Detroit-based print artist Tyanna Buie creates large works and installations primarily using screen printing and hand-painted water-soluble Caran d’Ache. The base for her life-size prints involves using PhotoShop to magnify found family photographs printed in sections and reassembled. The resulting screen print and...

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A tourism increase in Japan is driving demand for capsule hotels, single-mattress-size hotel rooms popularized in the 1980s for businessmen. Among capsule hotels now catering to a new, more diverse wave of clientele is The Millennials, with one location in Kyoto and a second location which opened on March 15 in...

The sculptures of Norway-based Lene Kilde appear to defy gravity, an optical illusion that transports the viewer to a world of partially invisible children. Kilde uses concrete to sculpt children’s hands and feet, dressing them in fragments of metal mesh clothing that shape the empty space where the children’s bodies...

When Peter J. Lassen left Fritz Hansen in 1979, it wasn’t under the best of circumstances. He was CEO, and times were rough for the Danish furniture manufacturer. “We were forced to sell the family company – and in some ways of course it was a catastrophe, but it was also a new chance,” his son Joakim Lassen explained...

Attending the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) at the Javitt’s Center in New York City recently was like letting loose my inner five-year-old in a fun house. The colors, lines and textures were treats to the senses!   As an unabashedly passionate lover of design, I set out from my Fort Lauderdale,...

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In our high-tech society, studies show we’re less inclined to be social. Is that really true? Human beings feel the push to interact and are finding themselves drawn to public spaces. Perhaps the old-style town, based around a public square (think Italy), wasn’t so bad after all. As cities grow, a need for community is...

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“We are an architecture studio, and we’re not an architecture studio,” says Santiago Vaca Guzman, a founding partner of Oficios Asociados (Associated Trades) in Buenos Aires. Gathered in a bright warehouse where the firm’s new nerve center is currently under construction, Vaca Guzman and his two partners feel equally...

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