Behind the Seating
-- Interior Design, 1/1/2001 12:00:00 AM
IF THE NAME DAVID ALLAN PESSO does not ring a bell, then you haven't been paying much attention to the furniture around the office. The Hartford, Connecticut-based Pesso, principal at New Studio, has created designs for Design Link, Loewenstein, Helikon, and David Edward as well as Tuohy, Davis, AGI, and Brayton. He is responsible for the millwork and freestanding furniture at Otis Elevator's world headquarters and the executive offices at the Patrons Insurance Group. He was the in-house product designer for the contract wood furniture manufacturer Hardwood House and on the staff of Vinick Associates, an interior design firm specializing in retail and corporate design.
Now Pesso has lent his expertise to Geiger Brickel, who, for the first time in its 36-year history, has created a line of seating and tables for the transitional market. The Heritage collection, which includes wood guest and upholstered lounge seating and occasional tables, pays homage to 19th-century historical references while complementing contemporary design. Included in the series are the Ayrton guest chair, lounge seating, and tables; Cheshire and Woburn lounge seating, and Ashbourne and Farrington tables. Geiger Brickel, 6095 Fulton Industrial Boulevard, SW, P.O. Box 43068, Atlanta, GA 30336. www.hmgeiger.com.
Palmer Hargrave: The Marlo sconce, in either a matte black or brown finish, measures 10 in. high by 4 in. wide with a 5-in. projection. The backplate is handcrafted in solid brass. Shade options include black parchment, linen (shown), white, or ivory silk. Palmer Hargrave, 308 West Mill Street, Plainville, KS 67663.
Dez Ryan Studio: The Magnificent Moroccans collection includes Marrakesh with a bell-shaped red jacquard shade and hand-blown glass body. It measures 38 in. high. Dez Ryan Studio, 475 Keap Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211.
Fabulux: The Leaning Torchere has a cone made of natural aluminum and a steel-painted, silver-gray powdercoat. No hard wiring is necessary-a small plate in the wall and an outlet supports the fixture. It takes up to a 300-watt standard lamp or a 250-watt halogen T10 lamp. Fabulux, The Brooklyn Navy Yard, 63 Flushing Avenue, Building 131, Brooklyn, NY 11205. Fabulux@mindspring.com.
Cotule: Company creative director Stephane Pagani created the Aquila lighting collection, which includes the Lipari floor lamp. Cotule, 100 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Warisan: The Lusi console lamp has a raw-silk shade and a mahogany base. It stands 16 in. tall, 17 in. wide, and 6 in. deep. Warisan, 7470 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036. www.warisan.com.
Leland Design Group: The lightweight stacking Café Parfait chair, covered in Carnegie's Xorel, is offered in 40 patterns and 400 colors as well as five powder-coat frame finishes. Leland Design Group, 6445 Warren Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.
Sonrisa: The Lobby collection, the vintage retailer's first original design series, is based on an aluminum framing system. The loose-cushioned sofa and chair are available with wooden arm caps in three finishes (black, natural, and brown). Sonrisa, 7609 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036. www.sonrisafurniture.com.
Mark Allan Malone: Inspired by the work of Calder, the Alexander side chair is made of aniline-dyed bamboo and is available in red, blue, or yellow. Clear and custom finishes are also offered. Mark Allan Malone, 3823 NE 95th Street, Seattle, WA 98115. email@example.com.
Heltzer: The Museum bench, part of the KuBis collection, is made of stainless steel and granite (various granites are available). Three versions are offered: 36-, 48-, and 60-in. widths that measure 18 in. high and 18 in. in diameter. Heltzer, 4853 North Ravenswood, Chicago, IL 60640. www.heltzer.com.
Landscape Forms: Designed by Kipp Stewart, the Arcata bench is offered in backed or backless versions in select hardwoods or PolySite recycled plastic timbers. Landscape Forms, 431 Lawndale Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49001. www.landscapeforms.com.
Good Design: The 36 pieces in the Formal Modern collection, derived from the designs of great American furniture designers such as Edward Wormley and Samuel Marx, include the Love Me Lounge. Company design director Bil Wilson created the series of tables, seating, desks, and bookcases. Good Design, 601 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036. www.gooddesignmodernfurniture.com.
Patrician: Designed by the Virtuoso Group, Shoutin' is a Deco-inspired chair that is available in a classic upholstered version. Patrician, 1107 West Market Center Drive, P.O. Box 2353, High Point, NC 27261. www.patrician.com.
Sandler: Juliette has a contoured beech back (stained or lacquered) and upholstered seat (fabrics, leather, or COM). The tapered tubular steel legs are offered in chrome or in any of the company's standard paint finishes. Sandler, 5 Piedmont Center, Suite 505, 3525 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305. www.sandlerseating.com.
Mirak: The indoor/outdoor Biarritz lounge chair has a solid mahogany frame with a crystal-clear marine lacquer in satin finish and optional aluminum arms. Mirak, 8403 Westglen Drive, Houston, TX 77063.
MDC Wallcoverings: The Legends line is based on a series of patterns from master designers and architects throughout history. Eight sample books are offered. MDC Wallcoverings, 1200 Arthur Avenue, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. www.mdcwallcoverings.com.
Versa: Nepal, part of the company's larger Origins collection of textural wall coverings, is based on the traditional concept of weaving and is offered in 30 colors. The Type II, 20-oz. wall covering is offered in 52- and 54-in. options. Versa, 4700 Robards Lane, Louisville, KY 40218.
Blumenthal Wallcovering and Fabric: For green specification, the Hans Tanaka Grass Cloth Bamboo collection is made from renewable bamboo reed. The collection is offered in twelve earthy colors ranging from natural reed to deep berry. Blumenthal Wallcovering and Fabric, 99 Railroad Street, Canaan, CT 06018. www.blumenthalwallcovering.com.
Vure Design: This new division of the Roysons Corporation recently launched Etch, an urban-inspired collection of 54-in., Type II wall covering with diamonds, scrolls, stripes, or blocks on top of a textured background. Vure Design, 40 Vanderhoof Avenue, Rockaway, NJ 07866. www.royson.com.