Chicago Design Show
The fall season of cutting-edge design kicks off from October 4th through 7th at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Here is a preview of featured products.
Staff -- Interior Design, 8/1/2001 12:00:00 AM
b9 furniture, launched in November 2000, have had a wildly successful first year. With young American designer Critz Campbell at the helm, they have introduced playful, creative, and intelligent new designs to great acclaim. They are the creators of the whimsical Sprout, a clever stacking shelving system formed of durable ABS plastic and Wilsonart laminate. Available in a variety of colors, it is accented with cast-aluminum legs and spun-aluminum pulls. The center locks in four CD-sized drawers that work perfectly as bookends. Nested it measures 23 5/8 in., and stacked, 61 3/8 in. high by 39 3/8 in. wide by 12 in. deep. b9 furniture, P.O. Box 12387, Chicago, IL 60612. www.b9furniture.com.
Cappellini: The award winning chaise Outline, designed by Jean Marie Massaud, stands out with its red fiberglass seat and appropriately placed scoop. Suspended delicately in a steel frame, the seat reflects the floor with a mirrored finish back. Cappellini, Via Santa Cecilia 4, Milan, Italy 20122. www.cappellini.it.
The Morson Collection: The flat metal armless chair, known as the Alfa, is the design of Hannes Wettstein. Flat planes of metal form this striking, sturdy seat. Additional sizes are available. For further information visit www.themorsoncollection.com.
In House: The innovative Pocket chair, café-ready, is the creation of In House designers Mark Zuckerman and Monty Lawton. The clear plastic seating features a nifty pocket for menu or magazine, and measures 18 in. by 18 in. by 32 in. For further information visit www.inhousefurniture.com.
Studio K: Studio K's Laminated glass table is created by layering two 3/8 in. thick sheets of plate glass with two layers of decorative glass laminated in between. The table measures 36 in. by 60 in. by 29 in. Studio K, 2311-K Thornton Rd., Austin, TX 78704.
Living Divani: The Bloom chair, the creation of Giorgio Cazzaniga, exudes personality. A steel base supports a moulded frame in birchwood multilayer, polished with natural waxes. For an extra touch, felt covers in an array of colors are available. Living Divani, Strada del Cavolto, Anzano del Parco, Como, Italy 22040. www.livingdivani.it.
Brown Jordan: Designed by Richard Frinier, the Nxt luxury leisure collection includes an armchair, lounge chair, and ottoman. Formed by a stainless-steel framework of square and rectangular tubing, the spare yet sturdy form supports a faceted seat. Brown Jordan, 9860 Gidley Street, El Monte, CA 91731. www.brownjordan.com.
ClassiCon: Designer Konstantin Grcic finds order in Chaos, his new chair that features steel tubing, rubber webbing, and brushed stainless-steel floor supports. These plump chairs come in fabric or leather. ClassiCon, Perchtinger Strasse 8, 81379 Munich, Germany. www.classicon.com.
Brueton: Designed by Jaime Bouzgalo, the circled-back La Perla chair uses solid maple, available in various finishes, and has a hardwood interior frame. It measures 35 in. high by 22 in. wide by 26 in. deep. Brueton, 145-68 228th Street, Springfield Gardens, NY 11413. www.brueton.com.
Jeup: The Foret day bed, to be debuted at the Chicago Design Show, is modeled from a blend of solid ash, heartwood and sapwood, and hand-rubbed to a shine with an oil finish. Covered with geometrically hand-stitched upholstery, it measures 72 in. by 36 in. by 18 in. Jeup, 6661 Roger Drive, Jenison, MI 49428. www.jeupinc.com.
Eric Brand: The Athena convertible table features a removable top, sliding cocktail tray, and drawer, all of which are optional. Shown in macassar ebony, sycamore, and polished nickel. Variations of wood and metal finishes available. Eric Brand, 1675 Rollins Road, Suite D-2, Burlingame, CA 94010. www.ebstyle.com.
Shiani: Zebrawood and ebonized chip form the solid foundation for the Shaw pedestal table. Topped with a carved walnut top, it measures 26 in. high by 16 in. wide and deep. Shiani, 735 Division Street, Chicago, IL 60610. www.shiani.com.
The Morson Collection: The Samuro storage unit stands 70 in. tall and is constructed of light walnut wood, with gunmetal fittings. Designed by Jaume Tresserra, the interlocking doors unfold to reveal the sectioned interior with center drawers. For further information visit www.themorsoncollection.com.
Bright Chair: This sofa is from the Edmund Lounge collection, the latest from Bright and designed by Douglas Levine. Available plain or quilted, the series offers sofas, armless lounges, and modular configurations. Bright Chair, 51 Railroad Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940. www.brightchair.com.
Evanson: The new Odeon table, crafted from anigré, has been added to Evanson's popular Odeon collection. The name, borrowed from a Paris theater, translates into inspired architectural elements in the design. Evanson, D&D Building, 979 Third Avenue, Suite 1405, New York, NY 10022. www.evansonstudios.com.
Ruth Livingston Studio: The graceful curves of the Wave sofa are inspired by the sand dunes of Livingston's Mediterranean homeland. Upholstered and accented with white gold ball feet, the work measures 84 in. by 33 in. by 34 in. Ruth Livingston Studios, 74 Main Street, Tiburon, CA 94920. www.ruthlivingston.com.
Lee Weitzman Furniture: A recent addition to their collection, the Rice End Table features a starburst wood top (available light or dark) and a carved, reeded column with a metal base. Variations in wood and metal are available. Lee Weitzman Furniture, 1500 Western Avenue, Suite 4C-N, Chicago, IL 60608. www.leeweitzmanfurniture.com.