edited by Karen D. Singh -- Interior Design, 9/1/2006 12:00:00 AM
In the Sling of Things
The Sedialunga from Art et Maison is an extendable folding chair inspired by a Turkish model that designer Enrico Tonucci found in his attic. The frame of Italian oak comes in a natural finish or can be stained black, walnut, wengé, or palisander. The sling seat is available in leather or linen in 14 colors, including Elm as well as ocher and ebony. 31 North Moore Street, New York, NY 10013; 212-226-3665; artetmaison.com. circle 302
Bright Chair Company
Look no further for a delightful update on the lounge chair. At first glance, John Mark is staid and solid. Check again, and the subtle details appear, for instance the slab arms, resting on a cherrywood sled base, and the sharply angled back. The roomy dimensions are 31 inches wide by 38 deep by 28 high. 200 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10016; 212-726-9030; brightchair.com. circle 303
Sawaya & Moroni
Humor your inner Holly Golightly with this little black dress of a chair—stackable Audrey can go anywhere. It's made of polypropylene molded with the help of an air-blowing system that lightens the material and generates rounded profiles. Available in basic black, of course, in addition to orange, yellow, blue, red, and white. 18 Via Andegari, 20121 Milan, Italy; 39-02-86-395200; sawayamoroni.com. circle 304
The Candy island could have come straight from Willy Wonka's reception area. The backrest, offered in heights ranging from 34 to 45 inches, and the seat, 4 feet 9 inches across, can be upholstered in contrasting fabrics: Bute or Kvadrat wool, Spinneybeck leather, or COM. Choose either stainless-steel legs or an upholstered plinth with a powder-coated base. 88 Great Portland Street, London W1W 7NS, U.K.; 44-20-7631-4886; modusfurniture.co.uk. circle 305
Yngve Ekström's Lamino turns 50 this year. To celebrate, the chair's manufacturer has launched Lamini, a children's version three quarters the size of the original—but with the same laminated-wood frame and sheepskin upholstery. Instill a love for ergonomic minimalism at a tender age. P.O. Box 156, Formvägen, 567 23 Vaggeryd, Sweden; 46-3-937-97-00; swedese.com. circle 306
Like its famous namesake from the 1940's, the Betty sofa features sleek curves, while deep down-filled pillows put sitters in the mood. Finishes range from natural to cherry for the walnut frame, which measures 26 inches wide by 32 high by 30 deep. The cushions' removable covers come in fabric or leather. 23/25 Via Einaudi, 20036 Meda, Italy; 39-03-623991; flexform.it. circle 307
Express your masculine and feminine sides with Jul and Jil. Both armchairs offer equal comfort (two back angles), dimensions (89 inches high by 76 wide by 92 deep), and upholstery options (38 leather colors, 165 fabric). But Jul's dynamic lines are angled, whereas Jil's are all curves. 250 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10003; 800-297-6738; ligne-roset-usa.com. circle 308
Originally made of newspaper, K-Bench has graduated to polypropylene. But the design hasn't lost its ability to accordion open and closed or twist into different shapes. (Four giant polished-steel clips allow you to form a snake or a circle.) The length is 10 feet when open and only 6 inches when closed; the width is 26 inches. Available in opaque orange, gray, and white as well as translucent white. Dom, 66 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10012; 212-253-5969; vange.com. circle 309
The late John Hutton's CollectionPierre combines the styles of Louis XV and Louis XVI with modern luxury. The chairs are upholstered in silk from Hutton's Spice of Life textile line—in such colors as Kiwi Pear, Ginseng, Spring Cherry, Orange Pekoe, and Honey Ginger. 140 Regal Row, Dallas, TX 75247; 214-638-4162; sutherlandteak.com. circle 310
The Tri-Oska ottoman mixes geometry and nature to marvelous effect. An iron frame 32 inches in diameter and 24 high is covered with sweet liana, a woody tropical vine, showing that nature can dominate man-made things without destroying them. 59A Viale Trento, 33077 Sacile, Italy; 39-0434-738092; elite-srl.it. circle 311
The Great Dane
The revered Danish design houseFritz Hansen has updated an old favorite. VicoDuo, a lively stacker from 1997, returns with a wafer-thin laminated shell of molded walnut, molded beech, or painted ash veneer in green, orange, red, and five other colors. Or opt for upholstery in leather or standard fabrics. The base is satin-finished chrome.
The Plano table, meanwhile, is a six-year-old design that still looks fresh. Its rectangular, square, or round top, in MDF veneered in lacquered maple, seems to float above legs of steel and zinc.
Despite the retro pose, Morten Voss's Attitude lounge chair and cocktail table are both brand-new. Each perches on a pedestal base of powder-coated steel with either a matte or a rough silver-gray finish. The chair, which can be upholstered in leather or standard fabrics, measures 28 inches high and wide by 30 deep. The table, topped in molded polyester, is 16 inches high, 46 long, and 45 wide. 22 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10013; 212-219-3226; fritzhansen.com. circle 312
Sacha Lakic has designed cars for Peugeot, motorcycles for Yamaha, Bimota, Voxan, and Kawasaki, and a sexy electric sports car, called Fétish, for Venturi. The French designer's résumé also lists yachts and futuristic sailboats for private clients. Now he's shifted gears with a furniture collection, his first, for Roche Bobois.
The Speed Up buffet's acrylic-resin front, detailed with a pleasing swoosh, glides open with the lightest of touches. And the Speed Up dining table's base, in automotive-grade fiberglass and lacquered carbon fiber, has the horsepower to support a top of 1/2-inch-thick glass, cut into a 62-inch-long triangle with rounded corners. A similarly shaped cutout punctuates the Woody stacking chair's sinuous seat of molded wood composite, which comes veneered in stained wengé or painted.
"When I design furniture, I bring to it the same emotional sensation of movement, speed, and technology that I do for cars," Lakic explains. "When something is in motion, I feel that it's alive, that it has a soul." 200 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016; 800-972-8375; rochebobois.com. circle 313
On the Street
Streetsport, a line of upholstery fabrics from Carnegie, takes its cue from skateboard culture. This youthquake of a collection is bursting with the energy of extreme sports, giving nods to graffiti, Goth, and rap along the way.
The jangly lines of Adrenaline illustrate the rush that comes from doing an "acid drop" or a Caballerial; among the seven colorways in rayon-polyester are orchid, sangria, spinach, and pomegranate. The grittier Face Time, a solution-died Zeftron nylon in chill colorways such as Ozure, places men's and women's mugs behind chain-link fence. The circles of Beat Box, a blend of rayon and polyester, renders boom-box speakers in color options that include khaki, coral, camouflage, and charcoal. Named for the trick of snapping the tail of a skateboard down to pop it into the air, Ollie is a polyester-linen blend featuring a convergence of diamonds in five colorways: brick, bonfire, slate, bronze, and steel. The collection is rounded out by two polyester-acrylic blends, Freestyle and Grip.
Adrenaline, Beat Box, Freestyle, and Grip come with a Nanotex spill-resistant finish, which is optional for the others. 110 North Centre Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570; 800-727-6770; carnegiefabrics.com. circle 314
Moving beyond storage units, Paola Navone's Otto line has embraced seating. Her elegant new laminated-bamboo lounge chair mixes austere lines and luxurious cushions. The wool cushion fabric comes in orange, white, dark blue, and ebony. 1 Zona Industriale Udinese, 33050 Pavia di Udine, Italy; 39-0432-656611; gervasoni1882.it. circle 315
Ambiance Outrageous Furniture
Bring nature indoors with the Five.One bench. Triangular segments of solid cherrywood are joined by hollowed-out slivers of black walnut and supported by a crisscrossing forest of birch legs. Dimensions are 69 inches long by 39 wide by 14 high. 907 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101; 805-479-9190; ambof.com. circle 316
Next time the situation calls for lush yet delicate botanicals, reach for Sketchpad, a quilted silk fabric with fine viscose stitching, polyester padding, and a cotton back. The five colorways are Dogwood, Larkspur, Pussywillow, Black Tulip, and Nasturtium. 150 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013; 212-627-7766; pollackassociates.com. circle 317
Thanks to transparent tempered glass that's less than 2/3 inch thick, chamfered and glued at a 45-degree angle, Piero Lissoni's Aria truly sings. The table's edges can be lacquered in white or 14 other colors. 29 Via Cavour, 20050 Macherio, Italy; 39-0392-323202; glasitalia.com. circle 318
The company that standardized color worldwide has finally given in to designers' constant pleas. It's teaming up with Fine Paints of Europe to launch a line of paints richly laden with the finest pigments, oils, and resins. To provide the greatest accuracy, depth, and coverage, the paint is tinted using a proprietary system with two separate dispensers, one for water-based acrylics and one for oils. Match that textile to that wall. Shown are 18-1312 Deep Taupe, 16-1526 Terra Cotta, and 18-0525 Iguana. 590 Commerce Boulevard, Carlstadt, NJ 07072; 201-935-5500; pantone.com. circle 319
Camogli cuts a slim figure at the dining table, with or without lightly curved arms. The chair's oak frame comes in dark and light finishes, so the back—available in cotton and handwoven straw—can either match or contrast. 35 Via per Cantù, 22060 Montesolaro, Italy; 39-031-780237; porro.com. circle 320
Beautiful and fire-retardant. You get both with Styx. This sheer feels like silk chiffon, but a 100 percent Trevira CS makeup means that a curtain can withstand more than just a tropical breeze. The 118-inch-wide fabric comes in 15 shimmering solids, such as Maïs, Ochre, and Blanc. 21 Rue Cambon, 75001 Paris, France; 33-1-44-55-37-00; ceda-creations.fr. circle 321
There's an instant connection with Network. Strong yet delicate, the 57-inch-wide cotton-polyester blend drapery fabric is offered in indigo, Rum Raisin, golden, and cement as well as cream and lime. 485 Broadway, New York, NY 10013; 800-366-4442; donghia.com. circle 322
This nonprofit studio's hand-painted Caper wallpaper was inspired by the Czech cubists of the 1940's. And the result is equally at home with '60's mod or Moroccan chic. Select one of six colorways, from natural green to zippy orange and soothing blue spearmint. 245 West 29th Street, Suite 12A East, New York, NY 10001; 212-594-7320; alphaworkshops.org. circle 323
The eye-catching rattan rings of the Barrel lounge chair owe equal debts to pop art repetition and modernist detail. Among the 43 available frame finishes are new Snow White and old favorites such as black bamboo tobacco, dark mahogany, and natural cherry. Whatever you choose, the deck is always fully sprung, and the plush cushions are a mix of feathers and down. 1201 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94103; 800-662-4847; mcguirefurniture.com. circle 324