First up: Mid-Century classics are reinterpreted as outdoor rockers. Vintage materials take shape in lighting. Plus: a bit of wit, whimsy and color for contemporary interiors. By Julie Smith Vincenti.
What can add a Mid-Century vibe to outdoor living areas? The Kantan II can, and it mixes brass with straps to make a home look good. Brown Jordan’s original Kantan, a 1950s vinyl-strap series by Tadao Inouye, is newly minted in brass and given high-performance Suncloth straps in either Sage or Marine. In addition to a chat-height lounge chair, a side table and a cocktail table, Kantan II includes a best-of-show rocker that wouldn’t be out of place inside the home. The brass will achieve a patina over time, but a soft polish will restore its luster.
A chance meeting between Toby Rapson, a Mid-Century architect’s son, and Greg Benson, the man who puts the «loll» in lollygag, has resulted in an eco-friendly lounge line designed for modern times. The Rapson rocker, part of a complete outdoor collection from Loll
Designs, recalls the chair Ralph Rapson introduced at Knoll in 1946. Loll’s version is made from UV-resistant, 100-percent-recycled high-density polyethylene. The rocker is offered in eight colors, including Black, White, Chocolate and upbeat brights such as Leaf (shown below).
Magnifique! Fermob has added a rocker to its flagship Luxembourg line of furniture, which was originally produced for the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris. Designed by Frederic Sofia, the rocker completes a range that includes arm, side and bistro chairs; a settee; a bench; dining and bistro tables; a serving cart; and even youth table and chairs. The powder coated aluminum is available in 24 colors, so it suits any spot — inside or out — where a jolt of color is desired.
On a string
«Casual elegance» may sound like an oxymoron, but Astele’s waterfall chandelier manages to define the elusive style classification. Hundreds of lengths of hand-strung glass beads adorn the imprecise, yet impressive, fixture. It’s an alternative to traditional forms — say, a Maria Theresa chandelier — that offers formality without any stuffiness. In short, it’s «accessible couture.» Three sizes are available
Lighting designer Louise Gaskill takes a page from the playbook of tony fashionistas: A vintage accent gives an ensemble a certain je ne sais quoi. In Gaskill’s interpretation, vintage glass brings unmistakable sophistication to her one-of-a-kind fixtures and table lamps. «I keep fuss to a minimum, almost always use glass, and use silver or gold, or a combination gilt finish,» Gaskill tells Home Fashion Forecast. «The result is this edgy piece of art lighting that really can be used almost anywhere.»
Seek & find
Robert and Rebecca Nicholas, the talents behind Splurge by Robert Nicholas, recognize an extraordinary object when they see it. They’ve spent their careers seeking out rare and vintage home furnishings that are prized among residential, commercial and hospitality design professionals. Through careful repurposing and modification, Splurge transforms found items into the talked-about piece that can make a room, including a Mid-Century-inspired light fixture that recalls an era of space exploration.
If our myriad devices allow us to work anywhere, it stands (24 inches high to be exact) that we want work surfaces to move with us. Enter Matthew Weatherly’s Bink table, a lightweight aluminum stand manufactured by BDI. With five powder coated finishes available — Salt white, Pepper black, Tangerine orange, Wasabi green and Earl gray — Bink slides easily in many types of rooms, from a modern sitting area to a teen’s bedroom.
The delights of countless children and captive campfire audiences have earned a fixed spot on new graphic pillows from Gus Design Group. Each Shadow Puppet pillow features a woodland animal that’s hand-screened with non-toxic black ink on a white cotton ground. The pillows add camp to an urban interior, literally, but we envision them positioned in chic cabin settings, too.
Unlike the crumpled piece of paper that’s discarded with disdain, «crumpled» glass by Karen Gilbert and Paul Pavlak for SkLO is an art object. Each Wrap element — offered in clear, opaque white or transparent colors — is a one-of-a-kind piece of Czech glass. While a single Wrap (each measuring about 7 inches high and wide) can be displayed on its own, a cluster creates an attractive centerpiece, particularly dramatic on a glass-top table.