Worth the Trip
Mark McMenamin -- Interior Design, 2/1/2010 12:00:00 AM
Enlisted to find a manufacturer for the KAA Design Group's sustainable furniture prototypes, Keith Granet of the Los Angeles-based Granet Associates could have just taken the 405 freeway to the factory and headquarters of Cisco Brothers. However, it wasn't until he'd flown six hours to North Carolina's High Point Market that he made the connection. KAA was then able to go to work on a nine-piece debut, Hom Escape in Style. Simple and purposeful became buzzwords for the seating and tables, all handcrafted from a Forest Stewardship Council—certified Guatemalan hardwood, machiche. Outdoor-worthy treated linen covers the cushions on the Wima ottoman as well as a coordinating chaise longue and armless sectional. Straightforwardness defines the circular Euroa cocktail table and the square Darri side table, which combines a machiche frame with a limestone top. And the Alkira armchair reads "rustic" when laced with leather or nylon-polypropylene.