Furniture Inspiration

The Barcelona Chair

September, 23 2018

Barcelona® Chair by Knoll

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe 1929

One of the most recognized objects of the last century, and an icon of the modern movement, the Barcelona Chair exudes a simple elegance that epitomizes Mies van der Rohe’s most famous maxim–“less is more.” Each Barcelona piece is a tribute to the marriage of modern design and exceptional craftsmanship.

This chair was designed to furnish the German Pavilion at the International Exhibition in Barcelona, where it would serve as seating worthy of the King and Queen of Spain.  Not only is comfortable, but it is also good looking.  It is available from Knoll in several colors.  Other furniture manufacturers are offering a modified version of this chair.  Lee Industries offers a chair and a chaise in Sicily Camel leather with polished stainless steel frame.  

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams show their interpretation called the Major chair with grid-tufted Teal upholstery and a satin-brass base.  

Jonathan Adler offers the Goldfinger lounge chair with a rectangular polished brass base in Rialto Navy velvet or Lucerne Oyster fabric.

Fabric Trends

September, 6 2018

If you want to keep up with what’s hot in fabric, here’s what’s happening.  Popular colors include blush, green, and brown.  Boho Patchwork, Nomadic Designs, Traditional Designs in updated colors are the patterns we are seeing.  Upholstery textures are nubby, boucle, slub, and soft.  In addition, performance fabrics that are sustainable, cleanable, and fade resistant (Indoor/Outdoor and Crypton) are everywhere.  The use of trim such as tape, pom-poms, and metallics is picking up.

The photo above is a Lee Industries current advertisement features a barrel chair 1143-01 from Lee Industries, Earth Friendly Upholstery, with Rockport Natural fabric.  The photo below is a current Fabricut advertisement features Fabricut sofa, pillows and fabrics.

The Media Sofa

August, 11 2018

What is a media sofa?  A media sofa is a large deep sofa that you can lounge on.  Basically, there is no need or an ottoman because the sofa is so deep that there is no need for an ottoman.  The sofa is about the size of a Queen bed.  We like the Michell Gold + Bob Williams Keaton Media Sofa.  The track arm and squareness makes it perfect for transitional design.  The Franco is a bit more contemporary with the two cushion back instead of three.  It’s arm is angled and more of a 1970s feel. Regardless, both sofas are fabulous looking and comfortable.

The Keaton Collection of sofas and sectionals, a sleek and stylish media sofa with a timeless, tailored look that features welting and nailhead trim. An expansive seat cushion, along with box-edged back pillows, offer plush comfort and exceptional support. Lounge long with one or many.  Mitchell Gold +Bob Williams offer a nice range of fabrics, including Sunbrella (R)  Indoor Outdoor Fabrics which are extremely durable.  We also offer custom furniture from reputable local furniture makers and can help you select any fabric, including the new Crypton fabrics which are the most durable and confortable indoor residential fabrics.

The Best Sleep Sofa

May, 6 2018

When it comes to our products, we promise craftsmanship and comfort in equal, elevated measures and Comfort Sleeper® by American Leather® is the utmost in style, comfort and functionality.  We have been using them in many installations.  They offer many styles and fabrics and the best part is that it is so comfortable that you can sleep on it every night!

The patented Tiffany 24/7™ Sleep System lets you open and close your Comfort Sleeper® almost effortlessly, while a solid platform provides even support with no bars or painful springs in your back.

What’s Hot at Highpoint? PERFORMANCE FABRIC

May, 2 2018

At MM Interiors Inc. we are encouraging our clients to chose a performance fabric for furniture upholstery.  Back in the day, outdoor fabrics were limited to solids and prints such as awning stripes, clearly designed for outdoor use.  Now the selection in quality indoor/outdoor (Sunbrella (R) and others) and Crypton are fabulous.  We just used Pindler Sunbrella Baylor Fabric for interior upholstery.  It’s hard to believe how plush an indoor/outdoor fabric can feel.  Thibaut Designs was early in the offering of high quality Cryptons for residential use.  Most of the high end design houses offer their own Sunbrella (R) patterns and the choices are endless now.  This makes our job as Interior Designers easy to speck a performance fabric for your upholstery.  So if you have children, grandchildren, dogs, cats, or just like to eat dinner on your sofa you do not need to worry anymore!

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Inspiration from Brunschwig & Fils

January, 27 2018

From grand rooms in the White House and the Palace of Versailles to romantic country retreats in cottages and seaside homes, Brunschwig & Fils fabrics, wallcoverings and furnishings have appeared for more than a century in the world’s most beautiful and iconic interiors. Brunschwig & Fils is the canon of high quality decorative textiles in the home furnishings industry, and today its many other products include wallcoverings, trimmings, upholstered furniture, tables and lighting.

The history of the company dates back to 1891, when it was founded by Achille Brunschwig. In 1925 Roger Brunschwig, son of Achille, opened a New York office at 383 Madison Avenue. Good design has been at the firm’s heart and soul from the beginning, and each generation acknowledges that French style – in décor, fashion, design, color and the art of living – has been paramount for centuries. To translate this spirit for today’s taste, in America and around the world, is the ongoing mission of Brunschwig & Fils.

A legacy of design, a history of service, exceptional quality, attention to detail and superb craftsmanship are the hallmarks of products from Brunschwig & Fils, designer and manufacturer of contemporary and historically-inspired decorative fabrics, wallcoverings, trimmings and upholstered furniture and furnishings.

Brunschwig products are available through Interior Designers.  Contact us if you are interested in a consultation.  The items used in this advertisement are listed below:

Drapery Samarkand Cotton and Linen Print, color Dusty Rose/Rust BR-71110-119 Furniture Bedford Sofa in Firle Herringbone Chenille, color Driftwood BR-89774-828 James Chair in Gulchihra Printed Velvet, color Espresso/Berry BR-700017-M81 Pillows Tavistock Stripe, color Madder/Terra Cotta BR-89771-161 Zenobia Linen Print, color Orange Spice/Mocha BR-700018-642& Tavistock Stripe Madder/Terracotta BR-89771-161

 

Fabulous Furniture from Bungalow 5

December, 1 2017

The Bryant collection is a free spirited, late mid-century take on classic modernism. The design features large, fitted drawers and an inset base, which creates an interesting interplay between solid and floating form. Distinctive, soft corners waterfall light onto the all-over linen finish. Bryant designs deliver clarity of function and storage with swagger.   This furniture is Lacquered Linen, Stained Interior with Soft Closing Glides, Antique Bronze Finish Ring Pull.  It is available in Navy, White or Gray.  Bungalow 5 is one of our favorite vendors and offers a lot of furniture choices.   Contact us for an Interior Design Consultation.

 

 

John Robshaw for Duralee

October, 13 2016

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INTRODUCING DURALEE DESIGNER: JOHN ROBSHAW BAY SHORE, NEW YORK – Romanticized by the allure of India and Asia, John Robshaw has captured the aesthetic of traditional artisans and translated it for the updated Western world through his textiles. Blending cultures and techniques, Robshaw has created his own signature look of sophisticated exoticism with designs that are new and fresh, and yet retain their sense of handmade tradition. For the first time, John has ventured into woven designs in addition to his signature prints, and Duralee is pleased to team with him to bring his worldly vision to their customers in this 4-book collection of coordinated fabrics. Separated into distinct color families, John Robshaw for Duralee reflects the colors of nature with a touch of the saturated tones of the East. Like the juxtaposition of stone and foliage, Charcoal/Moss Green combines the popular grey neutral with an accent of lively green. The search for natural indigo dye for his paintings led Robshaw to India, so it is only natural that this deep blue is a featured shade of his collection with Indigo/Turquoise. Stolen from spice markets and saris, the colors of Madder/Coral are a vibrant range from rich red to fuchsia. Anchoring the collection with shades of tan to chocolate brown, Umber/Khaki pays homage to desert sands, thatched roofs and teak forests. Of his products, Robshaw states, “by making textiles, I get to become a minor character in the lives of the people I work with, and I can take inspiration from what I see and do there. I go to their weddings, celebrate their festivals, I get sick with them, drink tea with them, and develop relationships with the people who are teaching me. When you look at my textiles, I want you to feel like you’ve been on the world tour along with me.” DURALEE®, dedicated to providing the building blocks to design, is headquartered in Bay Shore, NY, with showrooms nationwide and throughout the world.

Convertible Furniture Made in the USA

August, 6 2016

This furniture converts from end table to stool and from coffee table to ottoman by exchanging insets.  The coffee table/ottomans are available in several sizes.  We love the extra large set, creating a massive four piece ottoman-coffee table! Both products are available in a great selection of high quality fabrics, including Waxed Canvas, Raw Silk, Wool, Flax, or Indoor/Outdoor Fabric  and natural stones including Maine Granite, White Marble or Slate. The available sizes are: 24″w x 48″l x 18″h (2 insets), 18″w x 56″l x 14″h (3 insets), 18″w x 36″l x 14″h (2 insets), and 18″w x 18″l x 14″h (1 inset).

I am privileged to be friends with Susie Shapiro Laidlaw, the Maine furniture designer who manufacturers in Maine. Please contact me for pricing and options.13585117_1767415440141183_5640354089901287327_o 13244123_1752293164986744_782159771534211817_o

 

Kate Spade for Kravet Launch

June, 30 2016

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We are excited to see that Kravet has partnered with Kate Spade New York to offer fabulous fabrics, wonderful wallcoverings and decorative trimmings.  Featured on this sofa is Owlish Black and on the bench pillow is Ocelot Dot Bluestone.  Take note of Kate’s signature striped and polka dotted fabrics.  Her use of color and textures on the upholstery fabrics is both appealing and practical.  Other fabrics we love are Morningside Onyx and Micato Black.  Owlish is available in wallcovering also and the dotted trimmings are terrific.  Kate Spade and Kravet products are available through Interior Designers.  Contact us if you are interested in our design services.  FullSizeRender (10) (more…)