As Seen in Dwell April 2012
The category of modern lighting didn't develop all on its own. Since 1967, Robert Sonneman has helped to pioneer modern lighting as an art form with his world-famous designs. Inspired and driven by a fascination with architecture and design, Sonneman's work is anchored by an infinite curiosity and desire to create innovative products for the home. Working with leading designers like George Kovacs and adhering to adages from Mies van der Rohe has helped Sonneman to cultivate a distinctively practical approach to product development. His well-known designs have become the subject of countless articles and exhibitions, many of which have become classics of the modern era.
At once bold, sleek and seductively modern. Available exclusively at Lumens, the Atelier Chandelier lets the owner take charge, with the ability to adjust the configuration of each exposed light—up, down, and pointed any which way. Each of the six or eight arms swivels around the main stem, with a stabilizing bar at the bottom to hold it steady.
First introduced in 1955 by Finnish designer Ilmari Tapiovaara, who wanted to bring functional furniture to the wider public. Now part of the Artek portfolio, his minimalist collection from soft pine and solid birch wood maintains the timeless heritage of Finnish design. The Pirkka Table merges classic, casual design with contemporary aesthetics, making it ideal for the modern home.
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With modern, clean lines and a minimal footprint on a space, A Tempo could give new meaning to the waste basket. The A Tempo collection began with a desire to work with simple metal wire, an elementary material rarely considered for domestic use. Designed by contemporary artist Pauline Deltour to play in a crescendo of rhythm, movement, length, and density, using the wire as a graphic element.
Creating seemingly simple designs with big impact is one of the things Kartell does best. The feminine form of the Thayla Chair is topped off by a delicate criss-cross pattern around the back of the seat and backrest. Created by French designer Patrick Jouin, who has contributed more than 46,000 designs to the urban landscape in Paris, from architecture, to furniture, to handicraft.
Tick tock, ya don’t stop! Designer Pio Manzu’s Cronotime Clock is a reintroduction of the original from 1966. This tiny timepiece stands just 3.25 inches tall, taking up little real estate on a table or desk. The Chronotime clock is named after the mythological incorporeal Greek god Chronos, who is the personification of time.
The architectural appeal of the Crevasse Flower Vase earned it a seat at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It’s actually two vases in one, cut from a single block and scored diagonally to create warped, invertered surfaces. The two pieces can stand alone or be playfully connected together. Designed by architect Zaha Hadid, 2004 winner of the highly regarded Pritzker Architecture Prize.
The designs in DwellStudio’s collection of textiles can bring together a room, and the Gate pattern is one that does it flawlessly and naturally. An understated pattern inspired by the architectural details of a classic gate, the Gate Rug provides graphic décor for the floor, not to mention it’s soft underfoot, made from a wool/cotton blend.