edited by Alexa Yablonski -- Interior Design, 11/1/2001 12:00:00 AM
Orlando Diaz-Azcuy's second furniture collection for McGuire proves that practical and pragmatic don't always translate to banal and boring. "This is not a collection inspired by a trip to China or a beautiful day in the country. It comes out of reality and experience," Diaz-Azcuy says. "I've really come to assimilate what is needed today in proportion and style." The 22 pieces in the collection betray no precious flights of fancy, but instead boast an exceptional fineness and simple, architectural lines that are reminiscent of designs from the 1930s and '40s. Shown here are the Ventana console table (77 in. wide by 23 in. deep by 29 in. high) and the Villa dining/occasional chair, which can be dressed in full slipcover (22 in. wide by 29 in. deep by 37 in. high). The latter, McGuire's first wood chair, is one of Diaz-Azcuy's favorites—he has eight of them at home. McGuire Furniture Company, 1201 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. www.mcguirefurniture.com.
Vitra: The MVS chaise by Belgian Maarten Van Severen is so supremely sleek it encourages detached admiration. But this isn't a don't-touch museum piece. Sit down and you'll want to perfect the art of lounging. The MVS chaise is made from black molded polyurethane with a chromed tubular steel base. Vitra, 149 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010. www.vitra.com.
Allsteel: The Regatta high-back swivel chair is distinguished by a handsome wood base with henna cherry finish and unique lumbar-support system. A mid-back version of the chair, featuring a striking mix of wood and steel, is also offered. Allsteel, 2210 Second Avenue, Muscatine, IA 52761. www.allsteeloffice.com.
Stylex: The revamped Reverb chair features a flexible nylon back that adds significant visual appeal—and comfort. The chair also boasts a convex molded nylon piece that provides lower-back support. Stylex, P.O. Box 5038, Delanco, NJ 08075. www.stylexseating.com.
Davis: Introductions to the Orta series designed by Christoph Hindermann include this mesh-backed bar stool (24 in. high). It's also available in a 31-in. height and with arms. Davis Furniture Industries, 2401 South College Drive, High Point, NC 27261. www.davis-furniture.com.
Cappellini: If you harbor a fetish for the futuristic, the markedly modern In Out couch by Jean Marie Massaud will likely strike your fancy. The sinuous piece is shown here in upholstered fiberglass with a satin stainless-steel base (118 in. long by 23 in. deep by 21 in. high). Cappellini, 102 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10012. www.cappellininewyork.com.
Oldershaw & DeMann: The Abacus armchair by Garth Oldershaw is definitely a statement piece. Shown here in a darkly alluring sand-waxed ebony finish that emphasizes the complex form. The maple chair (26 in. wide by 28 in. deep by 40 in. high) is available without arms and also as a dining chair. Oldershaw & DeMann, 8383 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 922, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. www.designer-furniture.com.
Intérieurs: Part of the new Tribeca collection, the Hudson bench is made of iroko—a honeyed African wood suitable for indoors and out—and has a tightly tufted leather mattress. The line, which mixes modern and ethnic elements for a contemporary but very warm look, includes a number of seating options as well as tables fabricated in solid oak and waxed steel. Intérieurs, 149 Franklin Street, New York, NY 10013.
All Systems Go
The sleek new office systems from Cleator and Carica might not completely cure cube lackeys of office envy but will surely ease their pain.
The Carica furniture system was developed by architect Wayne Turett of Turett Collaborative Architects with simplicity in mind. "It's really inspired by my childhood," says Turett. "I always liked erector sets and the ability to push things together and make connections for yourself." His storage boxes most clearly illustrate this point of view: They can be shipped flat and built by the customer upon receipt. While every item might not be suited for self-assembly, each is made from a simple (and frank) combination of aluminum tubes, steel-reinforced plastic connectors, and infill panels. Carica Furniture Systems, 86 Franklin Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10013. circle 308
Cleator introduced the dashing DotCom collection at NeoCon 2000 and recently expanded the line to include equipment carts, easels, lecterns, and standing desks. The pieces, which were originally finished in wood, can now be outfitted with door fronts in textured glass, brushed aluminum, perforated aluminum, and corrugated rubber. A range of more saturated colors complements the expanded material palette. Cleator, 8725 Production Avenue, San Diego, CA 92121. www.cleator.com
A New Alias
Alias, the fashion-forward company out of Bergamo, Italy, has made a name for itself over the past 20 years by enlisting an impressive array of designers—including Mario Botta, Alberto Meda, and Jasper Morrison—to create fab furniture. While there are more than 200 products in the collection, all share a similar devotion to simple form, new materials, and pioneering technologies. Thanks to Cassina, which will represent the line in America, the company's innovative pieces will now be easier to get a hold of on these shores. Cassina USA, 200 McKay Road, Huntington Station, New York, NY 11746.
Sick of sisal? Sink your feet into one of these shag or deep-pile rugs for a bit of comfort and warmth.
Menswear designer Gene Meyer has created a striking and, not surprisingly, stylish collection of carpets distinguished by a playful sense of color and varying pile height. Made in Nepal of Himalayan wool, the carpets are available in ten designs and standard sizes. Through M&M Design International, 443 Park Avenue South, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10016.
Azy Schecter's latest designs for Kea Carpets & Kilims include a series of plush deep tufted pile rugs, which are made from handspun natural Mexican yarn and feature a distinctive border in looped New Zealand wool. Available in a variety of colorways. Kea Carpets & Kilims, 477 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217.
For a more economical but equally appealing option, try trianglestudio's hand-loomed wool shag rugs, which come in two patterns and three solid neutrals—great for kids' play- or bedrooms. trianglestudio, 2573 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94110.