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 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.
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.
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
“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
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.
The Kron Jewels
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
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.
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.
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.