In September we showcased Rimadesio in a Design News post and introduced to some of our readers the stunning, minimalist design of this revered Italian brand. Haute Living takes extreme pride in representing such ambitious enterprises, and we are excited to bring even more Rimadesio to you via the following new products, currently (or soon to be) available to experience in person at our Kinzie Street showroom.
The early days of furniture obsession for many of us begin as simply and innocently as falling in love with a chair. From finding the one to noticing it everywhere from magazines to movies, the romance often leads down a neverending path toward discovery and passion for new pieces and designers. Whether your thing is soft curves or dramatic lines, button tufts or stainless steel, there is a chair for everyone.
Haute Living recently traveled to this lesser-known design Mecca to visit three Belgium textile and product design companies that we proudly represent through our ever-expanding global brand profile: Secrets of Linen, Slabbinck, and coming this December, Casalis. All three companies, each of which have very different backgrounds as you will soon discover, share one common denominator – they all make use Belgian Linen to create some of their world-class products.
Contemporary Dutch design has always been about statement. If a particular design can get people thinking (or talking), it will have achieved its end. The Van den Berg brothers, Paul, Ton, and Gerard, founded Montis in 1974 with a vision unlike their father’s: to create a cosmopolitan company that continuously looks for new materials and techniques that develop surprising and innovative product of the highest quality, meeting and exceeding the needs of the contemporary lifestyle.
Earlier this week we received a special treat: five brand new chairs for our showroom from Italian company Tonon. For many of us, the words “made in Italy” signify exquisite design and quality, and with almost 100 years in the business, Tonon surpasses the expectation.
With summer behind us and cooler weather fast approaching, we couldn’t imagine a more opportune time to reintroduce you to the warm stylings of three L.A.-based designers: John Ford, Reza Feiz, and Jeff Vioski. Each were a part of our Five + 3 interview series earlier this year, and though they all produce furniture from the same geographic locale, each have their own, very distinctive design identity.
Established in Desio, Italy in 1956 by Francesco Malberti, Rimadesio has completely revolutionized the use of glass and aluminum in the furniture industry, marrying function and beauty to technological innovation in each and every wardrobe, swing door, sliding panel, shelving unit and table they produce. Their capacity to innovate and evolve, the superior quality of the materials they use, the beauty and sophistication of the products they design and produce, and their benchmark sustainability initiatives are all reasons why they are an unparalleled industrial entity, and it is why Haute Living is extremely proud to represent Rimadesio in our collection of world-class brands.
Things are busy here in the showroom as we update our floor displays to bring you the latest in exciting furniture design! Added to our collection this week are several pieces by Italian design company, Lema. Here, we take a look at some of the new pieces in the showroom.
With a formal education in the field of architecture, and after working for several architectural firms in Chicago and Seattle, Midwest transplant Jeff Vioski opened his eponymous firm in Los Angeles in 2004 only to be recognized with Interior Design magazine’s Best of Year award numerous times since. His architectural background and his love of the design-build process are evident in his work, providing common-sense solutions for the way people actually live.
Haute Living is proud to offer the designs of Jeff Vioski at our Kinzie Street showroom, and we’re delighted to have him as part of our Five + 3 interview series.
In celebrating our most recent changes to the Haute Living showroom, including a new kitchen by Mobalco, new light fixtures by Rich Brilliant Willing, new furniture from Phase Design, and the minimal yet deft styling touches by the talented Solomon Rossi, we want to shine a (green) spotlight on just a small sampling of Haute Living brands that represent an understanding of the change necessary to make this planet we share a better, cleaner place to call home.
Phase Design began thirteen years ago in Los Angeles, started by award-winning and self-taught industrial designer, Reza Feiz. Since 2000, Reza has created an impressive catalog of furniture, lighting, and home accessories using both conventional and unconventional materials including woods, various metals, ceramics, and fiberglass, balancing delicate physicality and practical functionality in all of his designs.
Haute living is honored to represent Phase Design in our showroom, and we’re excited to present him to you in our Five + 3 interview series.
NeoCon 2013 was highlited by a lovely, intimate recpetion at our Kinzie Street showroom for New York-based design trio, Rich Briliant Willing. Theo Richardson and Alex Williams of RBW were present to answer questions and talk design, while guests viewed some of the newer pieces from their most recent collection, including the newly installed Gala Chandelier and Branch Triple Chandelier.
NYC-based design trio, Rich Brilliant Willing (RBW), are continually building and shaping their own American design language (with nods to both Scandinavian and Italian design, among other influences) using old materials and craftsmanship traditions in inventive, exciting new ways - which is why we’re collectively and enthusiastically anticipating what is to come next from this group of talented, young designers.
Come celebrate the work of RBW, see the recently launched Gala Chandelier in person, and meet Alex and Theo from the RBW team on Tuesday June 11th, from 5-7pm at Haute Living.
What an exciting week in NYC! As always, a completely different experience from Milan, but just as energetic and buzz-worthy. It was sensory overload, but from the amazing things we observed, here's a short list of our Top 5 designs from ICFF 2013.
It can be said that designer Vladimir Kagan’s work eludes categorization due to its amoebic form, and eschews interpretation by its mere simplicity. Much more sensual than any modern from that preceded it, Kagan's singular design language was born out of a love of painting and sculpture. This affinity for fine art, an edacious work ethic, and master craftsman skills propelled Kagan into the stratosphere of modern design.
Haute Living is delighted to have candid conversation with Vladimir about his life, his work, his writing, and the future of Vladimir Kagan Design.
The word chandelier, meaning "candleholder," comes from chandelle, the French word for candle. The first chandeliers hung in the cavernous interiors of medieval churches and abbeys across Europe. Reminiscent of a medieval chandelier, old-world design clashes with 21st Century technology in Le Deun Luminaires' Omega Hanging Lamp.
Haute Living is excited to announce that Le Deun Luminaires' Omega is now on display in its Kinzie Street showroom.
Of the literally thousands of new products we saw at this year's Salone Internazionale del Mobile, both at the official fair and its satellite shows, it is a perplexing if not futile task to make a list of only our top five favorites as there were so many striking designs in 2013 - but hey, we're up for the challenge. So without further adieu, and in no particular order, here are Haute Living's stand-out designs from the 52nd annual Milan Furniture Fair...
Day 5 and we aim the focus on the world-renowned Spanish designer Jaime Hayon. Hayon has worked together with Fritz Hansen to create today's answer to tomorrow's easy chair. A chair where you can find room for your inner space and take a break from the hectic bustle of everyday life. The chair is called Ro and was launched this week at Salone del Mobile.
Ciao from Milano! Our second day was even more exciting (and overwhelming) than our first. Highlights include visits to the Carl Hansen booth, the stunning new pieces by Lema, the Element collection by Tokujin Yoshioka, and to end the day, a lovely dinner hosted by USM.
Please enjoy our Day 2 photos from the Milan Furniture Fair!
Time-tested craftsmanship, quality materials, and attention to detail are common elements to what makes a piece of furniture high-end. In the case of the PK25 by Fritz Hansen, though its simple form and raw materials don’t scream luxury, it is a gold standard of high-end furniture design. Designed by Poul Kjaerholm in 1952, the PK25, also known as the “Element” Chair, is characterized by its understated elegance, clean lines and remarkable attention to detail — modest in means, rich in expression.
Haute Living is proud to represent the Republic of Fritz Hansen, and all of its Poul Kjaerholm designs, including the PK25.
Though the Italian design company, LEMA, staked its claim on the global furniture manufacturing industry 43 years ago, at its core was a continuation of a family tradition that’s nearly three quarters of a century old. What’s fascinating, however, is the immediate impact LEMA had on the Italian furniture market. Due in part to its strong principals, a new, forward-thinking management style, and innovative manufacturing processes, LEMA changed the game entirely.
Haute Living is extremely proud to carry the venerable LEMA brand, and we’re very pleased and excited to announce the arrival some of its most dynamic products now exhibiting in our Chicago showroom.
Chicago-based designer TJ O’Keefe’s work, though minimalist in nature, extends beyond the principals of minimalism through their exacting measurements and precise scale, elevating the pieces to something greater than mere designed objects. O’Keefe’s Drift Table, based on a simple geometric form, is pared down and deftly cut to maximize function while its juxtaposition of glass and wood gives it a striking visual identity.
Haute Living is pleased to offer the designs of TJ O’Keefe, including the Drift Table, now on display in our showroom and available for ordering.
It is difficult to refute the power of subtlety in Matthew Hilton’s work. From the impossibly thin, lithe arms of the Manta Chair, to the seemingly facile structure of the Fin and Tapas chairs, Hilton’s creations stylishly defy the notion that minimalism is for minimalists only.
Haute Living is extremely proud to offer the designs of Matthew Hilton at our showroom, and we’re delighted to have him as part of our Five + 3 interview series.
Matthew Hilton has created some of the most striking, minimalist wooden furniture we've seen over the last half-decade. As a preview to Haute Living's up-coming Five + 3 interview with the London-based designer, take a glimpse into his process to learn what really inspires and informs his designs in this short film by Dutch filmmaker, Juriaan Booij.
Fritz Hansen’s Minuscule Chair by Cecilie Manz just arrived in our showroom, and it is as comfortable as it is attractive.
Simple and sophisticated; understated and daring; minimal and substantial: These seemingly antithetical descriptors, often difficult to come by in the world of contemporary furniture, are as on-point as any when talking about the work of Los Angeles-based designer, John Ford.
Haute Living is delighted and proud to have John Ford as our first candidate in a new series of interviews called Five + 3.