What Recliners and Sleeper Sofas on The Market Do You Prefer?

Best Sleeper Sofa and Textiles for Sofas on the Market

For HBF Textiles, Barry continues to bring her sense of understated luxury and subtle color variation to the contract market. At the same time, she says, “HBF Textiles has allowed me to bring my residential sensibilities to this collection.” Atmosphere includes seven patterns in 11 colors based on “the atmosphere that color can evoke,” says Barry. “How color can create a mood. It is an emotional response.” The collection includes: Satin Stripe, made of 100 percent lambswool; Satin Oval, based on subtle geometries and shapes; Carved Stripe, a cotton epingle; Quilted Oval, a pared-down perspective on the traditional foulard-type design; Wool Velvet, a plush velvet; Framed Oval, woven of rayon and mercerized cotton; and Barkcloth, a 100 percent Trevira with a linen look.

MV2 is  the best sleeper sofa produced by HBF's furniture

MV2 is the best sleeper sofa produced by HBF’s furniture with special texttiles

MV2 is the best sleeper sofa produced by HBF’s furniture with special textiles. Broadening HBF’s furniture offerings, Michael Vanderbyl’s MV modern furniture collection includes 16 pieces–lounge chairs, side seating, sleeper sofas, sofa beds, tables and accessories. Future additions include a swivel chair and metal side chair. Influenced by the design of the 1930s (think Frank), the pieces are “elegant, comfortable, classic yet modern at the same time,” says Vanderbyl. “I believe that their angular, simple forms are timeless.” The furniture is made with solid nickel-plated steel bases and reconstituted maple veneers. HBF and HBF Textiles, P.O. Box 8, Hickory, NC 28603.

This kind of texttiles make the lough chair and sofa bed very comfortable

This kind of texttiles make the lough chair and sofa bed very comfortable

Blanketing the Market

KNOLLTEXTILES IS OFFERING A WIDE VARIETY OF FABRICS this spring, including introductions for the commercial, residential, corporate, and hospitality markets. “If I had to choose one word to describe it all,” says Suzanne Tick, KnollTextiles’ creative director, “it would be diversity.” With an exhaustive array of products coming from the studio, highlights of the collection include panel fabrics, wall coverings, drapery, and upholstery.

Great materials for Furrniture Design of Recliner, Sleeper Sofa, as well as Lough Chair by KNOLLTEXTILES

Great materials for Furrniture Design of Recliner, Sleeper Sofa, as well as Lough Chair by KNOLLTEXTILES

To expand (“not duplicate,” says Tick) the company’s drapery offerings, the translucent Moonshadow has a subtle wool pinstripe. The 118-in. polyester and fine wool fabric is treated with a flame-retardant finish and is offered in four colors. Kybos, inspired by rough-cut stone, is woven in cotton and polyester with rayon that creates chiseled metallic accents. Its coordinate, Rib Stitch, is a small-scale layered grid pattern that “speaks to corporate America,” says Tick. “It is sophisticated and fight.” For the corporate and hospitality markets, SD, with a prominently raised rib, is offered in six colorways and is woven of polyester, rayon, and acrylic. Progression Striae, a panel fabric, is made of 100 percent polyester. Available in seven colors, this fabric can be used on panel systems and for wall coveting. KnollTextiles, 105 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10012. circle 304

Archetypal

“I’VE BEEN SAILING MY WHOLE LIFE,” says designer Michael Vanderbyl, the creative force behind McGuire’s new Archetype outdoor furniture collection. “This collection was influenced by my love of materials from sailboats.” Combining plantation-grown teak and aluminum, the 14 pieces utilize a grid pattern as the primary design element. Functionality also plays a large role in the collection. The teak panels pop fight out for easy maintenance or damage control. For versatility, an ecru or black fiber webbing in a basket weave is also available. (“Add a few cushions and the chairs could be used indoors,” says Vanderbyl.) With a nod to Shaker design, the serving cart, which Vanderbyl describes as “a lounge chair meets soap box derby,” is equipped with a breadboard that slides out from underneath the grill, which can be replaced with a solid surface top, and two trays. As a companion to Vanderbyl’s furniture collection for McGuire’s sister company, Baker Furniture, Archetype shares the designer’s passion for simple, modern style. McGuire, 1201 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. circle 305

Changing Customs with Modern Chairs and Recliners

Dining Arm Chair

Dining Arm Chair

FOR 18 YEARS, DatesWeiser has been manufacturing custom casegoods and work stations for large-scale projects and boutique jobs. Recently, company president Allan Weiser realized that there was an unfulfilled need in the marketplace. “Offices should be more flexible since there is constant shifting of technology and people,” he says. So, Weiser did what any good businessman would. He went to Gensler, in particular the Washington, D.C. office, and spoke to product design professionals Kenneth Baker, Richard Logan, Jordan Goldstein, and Ehrin Gaag about creating an office system that would marry the company’s custom millwork tradition and today’s office needs.

The result is XO, a flexible, modular system that can be configured into a reception desk, an executive work wall, or clustered work stations. Made of wood veneer panels, an extruded aluminum structural system, and perforated metal, glass, and fabric details, XO takes a simple, minimalist approach and combines custom millwork quality with up-to-date technology and personnel needs. Joined together, XO work stations create a common spine wall. Within the wall are electricity, data, and communications access. To bring power to a space, connections exist below the work surface just above the top of the removable modesty panels. Another design detail: corners can be left open or closed with wood, aluminum, or perforated metal for personal design tastes.

With such varied inspirations as traditional Japanese craftsmanship and Mies van der Rohe, XO achieves its goal–a strong substitute for custom millwork in a standard kit of parts at a moderate price. DatesWeiser, 45 West 21st Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10010.

Custom Workstation

Custom Workstation

The Kron Jewels

Modern Office Chair

Modern Office Chair

IN TODAY’S DOG-EAT-DOG CONTRACT SEATING MARKET, there are few independent manufacturers dedicated to original, contemporary design. Kron, under the auspices of president Alex Illsen, is committed to preserving such design integrity. The company’s latest product offerings underscore its dedication. Spanish architect Jorge Pensi designed Mango, an upholstered armchair and sofa set, cheap recliners, and Peppermint, an upholstered lounge chair. Mango is also offered with an optional round table top, made from compact laminate in matte black with a 14 1/2- or 9 1/2-in. diameter. For the new collection, Pensi also created Aranda with arms (shown here in wood), a writing tablet, a pullout storage drawer, and/or a wire bin. Sistema, from Ramon Benedito, is upholstered tandem seating in two versions. One model has a separate seat and back; the other, a one-piece seat and back. Both are available with glass or compact laminate tabletops fixed between chair units or at either end of a chair row. Finally, Slim, by Perez Ortega, is a series of executive, management, conference, and task chairs with three upholstery options. A black elastometric fabric can be specified for the back with either fabric or leather on the seat top; a leather or fabric cushion cover protects the inside back and top sides; or a fully upholstered seat and back is available. Knee- and synchro-tilt mechanisms are offered as are two arm options: fixed or height adjustable. Kron, 1631 South Dixie Highway, Pompano Beach, FL 33060. www.kronusa.com circle 303

Comfortable but cheap recliners chair

Comfortable but cheap recliners chair

Same style with the recliner to be a couple

Same style with the recliner to be a couple

Chair Concept

A combining style between recliners and sleeper sofa

A combining style between recliners and sleeper sofa

It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature, as the old advertising slogan goes. It’s also not nice to fool with a classic piece of furniture design, especially if the product in question is one that is renowned for its unpretentious character and economy of form. It was thus with some degree of skepticism that the design world greeted the news that Philippe Starck had been commissioned to create a line of seating for Emeco, the company that manufactures the much-loved aluminum Emeco chair, an icon that has been in continuous production since it was first made for the Navy in 1944.

Traditional Office Chair

Traditional Office Chair

Design cognoscenti can now rest easy. Emeco by Starck, as the designer’s new collection is called, hits just the right notes. In a rare show restraint, Starck has respected the fundamental nature of the product while significantly expanding the available options. Two lines comprise the Emeco by Starck offering. The first is the Hudson chair, named for Ian Schrager’s soon-to-open Henry Hudson Hotel in New York, the property for which the chair was originally designed. Characterized by its angular, square back, the Hudson chair is available in side, stacking, bar stool, and swivel versions, with or without arms. The side chair is offered with the company’s standard brushed aluminum finish or with a highly polished metal finish that has serious sex appeal. The other models come in the brushed finish only.

Hudson Swivel Chairs

Hudson Swivel Chairs

The collection’s second component is the Heritage line, in which Starck updates the classic Emeco chair by offering back panels that can be specified in wood (walnut or maple), fiberglass, or upholstery. The chair’s basic profile nevertheless remains the same. Future introductions include rocking chairs for both the Heritage and Hudson lines. Simplicity, indeed, can be a beautiful thing.

From A Warehouse to A Villa

Converting a Warehouse

A rather straightforward entry stair bypasses the commercial ground floor as it leads up to the main living level. Here the couple and their two young boys enjoy an open-plan living and dining area with a kitchen that extends over the garden and is accessible from a rear exterior stair. Between the living and dining areas, an open stair occupies the original opening between floors; it leads up to the sleeping level, where there is a voluminous, skylit landing, three small bedrooms (one doubles as an evening reading room and guest bedroom), two baths, and a good deal of built-in storage. One story farther up is a mechanical/laundry room and a study area overlooking a generous, room-like roof terrace, complete with defining hedge, slate dining table, and outdoor fireplace.

“Although we were really limited in terms of space,” says Harris, “we thought it important to make rooms the clients didn’t necessarily need right away, but that would become important later as the children grow.” The guest room on the sleeping level, for example, can easily be converted into a child’s room, while the upper-level study could just as well accommodate occasional guests.

An open stair between the living and dining areas

An open stair between the living and dining areas

Aware of the conventions of historic preservation and architectural typology (and the pleasure of subverting them), Harris approached the project as an opportunity to take an older building and transport it into the present. In his words, “We were very careful about walking the line between things that are old and things that are new. In much of the home, especially on the main floor, our interventions are pretty invisible. But the elements we added, particularly the extension on the back and the top of the home, inflect themselves very differently.” The building envelope was stretched up and out to accommodate various program elements, and these extensions were designed and built in a decidedly modern way. The entire kitchen was built as an addition more than six feet above the rear garden. It is a thoroughly modern space wrapped in an aluminum and glass curtain wall, and its roof provides a terrace for the otherwise diminutive master bedroom. Likewise, the new uppermost level is built as an aluminum and glass box that admits light into the stairwell while providing access to the expansive, newly added roof patio.

Furniture for the Villa

Working with project architect Granger Moorhead, Harris approached the building shell respectfully. “There are too many New York homes where the first thing that hits you when you enter is the year it was renovated,” says Harris. Concrete, which had been poured over the original wood floor by a previous tenant, was removed immediately at the advice of a structural engineer. A new floor of antique hard pine was installed, running the width of the house except in the kitchen extension, where it runs front to back. Layers of white paint were hand-stripped from the open wood ceiling, freestanding partitions were removed, and completely new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems were installed. Layers of paint were also removed from the facade, and Harris had the bricks repointed only as required. A new layer of gray stucco was applied to the base on the front while, at the rear, a colorful yellow stucco was added. New windows were installed in compliance with local landmarks law.

Modernist structure for the bedroom

Modernist structure for the bedroom

Modern and traditional elements commingle throughout the interior spaces, surfaces, and furnishings as well. This interplay reflects not only Harris’s interpretation of the building, but also the clients themselves. An investment banker who specializes in non-profit health care finance, Tom Whalen studied architecture at Yale University (where Harris currently teaches) and sees himself as a committed modernist. By contrast, Dana Whalen, a Presbyterian minister currently on sabbatical, prefers the 18th century style she enjoyed while studying in Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown quarter. What links the married couple is a shared taste for geometric rigor, smooth surfaces, and formal austerity.

Paneling used extensively through the lower and upper levels solves the practical need for storage while playing out the relation of new and old along vertical surfaces. The grid of paneling reiterates the grid of the curtain wall. The staircase between living and sleeping levels also mediates between new and old with its antique pine planks, modernist structure, and waxed steel rail. Likewise, the furnishings selected by Harris’s collaborator, Lucien Rees-Roberts, join modernist, 18th century, and more casual pieces within an elegant, straightforward ensemble.

Living Areas and Cross Sections

Unfussy and well-equipped, the living area works as well for entertaining as it does for children’s playtime. Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves offer easy access to the couple’s treasured books while also providing a backdrop for works of art. Furniture moves out of the way to accommodate the boys’ sprawling train track and other toys. A baby grand piano sits comfortably in one corner. The dining area, furnished with a large wooden table and 18th-century chairs found at auction, meets the kitchen across a screen wall of cupboards.

Cross section design

Cross section design

Tucked behind the grid of white wood paneling are many different service spaces–bathrooms, closets, cabinets, nooks, and drawers–even a little room behind the baby grand that holds audio/visual equipment and other electronics. In one of the panels, a tiny door opens to reveal the original mason’s stone, hidden yet accessible to enhance its quirky aura. At all scales, Harris merges the contingencies and necessities of everyday life with the idiosyncracies of a historic building, and allows the results to come forth with a lively mix of pragmatism, possibility, and pleasure.

Super stylist Salon Interior

Decorating entry to the super stylist salon

With established salons in Paris, London, and New York, Frieda’s secluded spot on Melrose Place marks a West Coast debut. The site, which formerly housed offices for Neil Diamond, unfolds in a U-configuration around the pool. Shahverdi retained the perimeter walls, existing trees, trellis, and antique Egyptian doors at the salon’s entry, but kept nothing of the original interiors. He demolished the space inside and rebuilt it from the ground up. He then organized the structure so that one side contains a single, open salon while its counterpart across the courtyard is divided into two smaller areas.

Colorful entry to the salon with trees and special lighting

Colorful entry to the salon with trees and special lighting

While the salon is high on low-key luxury, lighting was Shahverdi’s first concern. The designer punched a series of skylights throughout the roof–not large-scale apertures, but discreet slots that line up above styling station mirrors. Supplementing daylight with artificial illumination, he relied entirely on incandescent sources. Low-voltage cove lighting concealed within the new ceiling’s soffit provides ambient illumination; track fixtures work as spots.

Decorating welcome desk and relax spac with a simple wood tables and recliner chairs

Decorating welcome desk and relax spac with a simple wood tables and recliner chairs

Revamping the building systems was next on the agenda. Shahverdi was as concerned with ventilation as with lighting. A newly installed HVAC system has mechanical equipment above the dropped ceiling and vents concealed within its soffit. There’s not a hint of harsh chemical odor in the space, even on those rare occasions when glass doors close the interior to the courtyard.

Inside salon interior design

Inside the salon proper, one is struck by the aura of serenity. The designer and client respected the luxury of space. Salons of similar size, according to Frieda, typically have as many as 40 stations; his has only 16. In this clutter-free environment, stylists work at the simplest of stations. Twelve-in.-deep counters of Douglas fir line the walls. Tilted mirrors feature beautiful nickel-plated frames.

A big mirror is used for each section. Recliners are used to creat comfortable feeling for customers during their section.

A big mirror is used for each section. Recliners are used to creat comfortable feeling for customers during their section.

Sparse furnishings are custom designed and contribute to the residential atmosphere. Banquette seating and two small-scale consoles inhabit the reception area. Teak lounge furniture completes the picture.

Customers can relax by sitting on reclining chairs or swimming

Customers can relax by sitting on reclining chairs or swimming

`The Trends’ for furniture and interior design

House Decor Paper

In the first issue of Surfaces International, decor paper manufacturer ArjoWiggins discussed at length its bold introduction of `The Range’–an immense furniture catalogue of 286 colours, each represented by a chip of high pressure laminate for the furniture and interior design markets.

The Range was produced with the help of the company’s designer Didier Galerne and its creative agency in Paris, for the purpose of showing the huge diversity of possible colours from every colour family. The Range is ArjoWiggins’ base catalogue, and is designed for a long shelf life.

Do It Yourself room decoration with papers

Do It Yourself room decoration with papers

The company has just introduced the further phase of this project: `The Trends, Part One’. It consists of four leaflets carrying chips illustrating the colours within each trend, along with images that establish a setting for the colours and give a feeling for the mood they express. These trends are: Feeling of Nature; Black; Lights; and Urban.

Using the Material for Different Room Decoration

“We don’t want to show specific product use ideas,” says Dominique Estournes, marketing director for ArjoWiggins. “The purpose is not to say that `this colour goes in bathrooms, this one in kitchens, and that color for living room and bath room’, because I believe those limitations do not exist anymore. I think trends are not necessarily even geographically focused; they have in fact become very international.”

“Our intention is to offer a design resource to our customers. Some may not have their own designers, or may be looking for confirmation on the direction they see design going. We’ve set Didier Galerne free to combine his experience and his imagination to set the stage for colours sure to be in the wind in the world of furniture and interior design.”

Furniture Catalogue with multiple colors

Furniture Catalogue with multiple colors

These, then, are `The Trends’, in the words of Mr Galerne (see below).

FEELING OF NATURE

This trend is like an imaginary voyage in a world of nature recreated. Harmonies, rhythms, materials and motifs are revealed as though sprung from a world of plants and minerals: aquatic translucences, undulating lines of graminal, the softness and freshness of flowers and herbs, the transparency and reflections of dew, the textures and tactile qualities of mineral.

Make your living room beautiful during Christmas with papers

Make your living room beautiful during Christmas with papers

BLACK

Black is black. It is unique, absolute. Black is synonymous with night, mourning, fear, yet also and above all black is elegance, refinement, mystery and voluptuousness. Master in the fashion world, it permeates the home, rich in its different materials and varnishes, lacquers, plastics and silks. There is also the matte black of rubber, slate, velvets and leathers.

LIGHTS

The light becomes more diaphanous, the colours light and airy. Motifs blur, soften, melt into a limitless universe. This range’s lightness accentuates the impression of space: architectural volumes with rigour, minimalist or repetitive spirit, the desire to overshadow, arrange, classify. Colours reduce to the point of becoming accents of light in a field of white. Space is magnified like a free terrain for our imagination.

An Art Picture hang in the wall of the house. You can make such an art to decorate your house easily

An Art Picture hang in the wall of the house. You can make such an art to decorate your house easily

URBAN

In a universe in perpetual mutation, this trend synthesises the state of mind of the active city dweller, where there is a need for performance, modernity and efficiency that has little concern for comfort, or easy living. Symbols and technological materials that stem from sports adapt to other structures as well as to everyday life. Bright colours energetically punctuate new neutrals of grey and khaki.

An Uneasy Year for Everyone associated with the Furniture Business

Furniture Business

Hettich UK’s managing director Clive Sparrow makes no bones about it–it’s been a very tough 12 months since ASFI, and it’s a sentiment echoed pretty much unanimously throughout the industry.

But with a steadily improving stock market–coupled with a reduction in international tensions–fresh optimism is emerging. Like hibernating animals that batten down the hatches during a stormy winter, many of us are popping our noses out of our borrows, peering over the parapet.

Furniture Business has a not very active year. The company has produced a large number of such beautiful chair however the sale is not very promising

Furniture Business has a not very active year. The company has produced a large number of such beautiful chair however the sale is not very promising

The question is this: what’s new? What’s been going on? Like hibernating animals we will need to move fast, stake our claims for survival. Returning to the ‘virtual’ security of the burrow is not an option for survival. Those who are not ‘fleet of foot’ won’t make it. They seldom do.

Yet large companies like Hettich have to innovate through good times and bad. Belts are tightened–sure–but the innovative drive remains operational throughout.

So, what’s emerged over the past 12 months since ASFI?

Home furniture business

Home furniture business

‘If I had to choose just three I’d go for two products and one service,’ said Sparrow, his offering being the new Unimat hinge, the Twister dowel and the complete assembled box service.

Furniture Products of Hett

Unimat, Hellich’s new concealed 26mm cup mini-hinge bucks all hinge trends to date. It is, without doubt, the result of a bold marketing decision for which Hettich can be justifiably congratulated. According to Clive Sparrow: ‘It is the most significant breakthrough in hinge design since the launch of the original concealed hinge principle some 40 years ago.’ He’s probably right too.

So, what’s the background to the claim? Can it be justified? It’s only (another) hinge, isn’t it? Well, to date, product engineering for economy has almost invariably meant an aesthetic compromise, and this is where Unimat breaks the mould, seriously. ‘Visually, it is the most distinct hinge on the market,’ claims Sparrow, ‘and that’s before you get around to its remarkable technical attributes. It’s available at a staggeringly competitive price, too,’ he added.

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It’s hard to imagine anyone not being attracted to its appearance. Reminiscent of the Sydney Opera House in design principle, its market credibility is established at the outset. After all, if it worked for Sydney–and fewer cities have such an instantly recognisable and universally approved landmark–it will work for Hettich. Significantly, Unimat junks the angularity of most other hinges on the market.

But it’s on closer inspection that Unimat’s virtues become even more apparent. It’s a single-piece component, and is supplier as such. The cup arm and mounting plate are one totally integrated unit. According to Sparrow, this makes it a candidate for leadership in the self-assembly market. Here, its visual appeal will provide persuasion on the showroom floor.

Furthermore, the fact that the cup is supplied with pre-mounted chipboard screws and that all three-axis adjustment is built into the design is expected to appeal to both manufacturers and showroom staff alike. Collectively, these features–aestheticl and technical, along with simplicity in use–put it in a league of its won.

The hinge is supplied in three formats, each with a slightly different curvature–one for full door overlay, while the other two are for half overlay and inset doors respectively. Its shallow cup depth of 100mm means that it can be used with extremely thin wood based panels and doors can be as thin as 15mm.

Twister

According to Clive Sparrow the new Twister assembly dowel from Hettich is not only a unique development but one that is competitively priced to fit current commodity price structures. It provides a new twist to an old story.

He’s not alone in praising it either–the new cam and dowel was awarded the highly regarded Industrie Forum Design Hannover iF Design Award 2002. So what’s so special about it?

For a start, the sleeves rotate freely around the shanks which means that they can also be used to hold the dowel while power tools drive them home to a reliable fit. Furthermore, the three different dowel lengths are colour coded for easy and–importantly–unambiguous identification. Green denotes 20mm, blue, 24.5mm; and black indicates 30ram.

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As to performance in use, Twister fills drilled holes completely, making it an immensely strong connector with notably high pull-out strength. It imparts a high level of stability when used with Cam fittings from Hettich’s Rastex range of cams–these having both interior and exterior indentations that afford a particularly high degree of strength.

The product is supplied through Hellich UK’s kitchen and bathroom division including kitchen cabinets, chairs and benches, stools, dining sets, bars and carts, round table, , headed up by Philip O’Malley.

Ready Assembled and Kitchen Furniture

With so much emphasis in recent years on KD furniture, it’s refreshing to come across a supplier who offers a top-flight domestic furniture drawer box ready assembled.

Hettich’s Innotech drawer system needs little introduction–it’s been around for several years–albeit updated regularly, recently to include soft close. In its latest guise it comprises high quality twin-walls but, significantly, it’s now available preassembled and supplied packed in a box. According to Hettich UK’s divisional director Tom Leedham this has distinct advantages for many kitchen manufacturers, suppliers and fitters.

Kitchen Component

‘First and foremost there is no assembly. This cuts manufacturing time and cost, but most of all is hassle free,’ he said. All the manufacturer/installer is required to do is either unpack the drawer and slot into place in the factory, or deliver it in its original packaging–along with other kitchen components such as wood drawer, gas cookers, dining chair and table — for fitting on site.

There are further advantages too, says Hettich–ordering and stockholding is made less complex, thereby reducing the scope for error. ‘Never before has the use of quality German-made drawer systems been so easy,’ said Leedham.