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DCoop Sourcebook – Havana Chair by Tom Faulkner

Sometimes I watch old movies.

Like Forever Young with Mel Gibson.  Or Clueless. Or Beaches.

Kidding.

Actually I love Casablanca but could never quite get into the length of Gone with the Wind.

Anyway, if there is one thing I love more than the movies themselves, it’s the sets.  Decorators putting the voguest of interiors on the Silver Screen.  As a result I have a fondness for 1940’s English furnishings.  Something about their mass-produced Art Deco qualities bringing a design sensibility to the masses and nearly allowing post-war England to revamp their style speaks to me.  I believe there aren’t many styles since then that have made that kind of impression (with exception to the Mid-Century Modern looks of the 60’s and 70’s).

Which is probably why Tom Faulkner’s Havana dining chair speaks volumes.  The fan back shape.  The basic chamfered legs.  The thick, tightly upholstered seat that screams diner chic.  It’s a bit of the ye olde years brought back to life and reintroduced.  I could imagine this upholstered in a psychedelic Liberty of London print flanking a very English Chippendale buffet. Or maybe go velvet and tuck it in front of a vanity. Either way, it’s shape says “take me home”.

Side Note, Tom Faulkner took home this year’s Most Stylish Product award at the 2012 House & Garden at Decorex.

Play it again Sam. 

I think he just did.

Designer Tip: Great dining chairs are difficult to find.  Maybe it is the massive number of tables available on the market today.  I like to play with my dining rooms.  A mix of vintage and modern.  Think this chair around a Saarinen Tulip or maybe Blu-Dot’s X Base powder coat.  Either way, Play off the fan shaped back and have a little fun. 

Tom Faulkner | Available to the Trade | www.TomFaulkner.co.uk

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DCoop Sourcebook – Crossville Oxide Collection

Ok so I know that we’ve been stressing for years that smaller is better.

But listen.  I’m a size queen.

I love me some Big…..

Slabs….

of Tile. 

What did you think I was going to say?  Get your mind out of the gutter.  I’m going to have to keep an eye on you.

Anyway, so imagine my surprise when what should show up in my email but a big panel of oxidized goodness.  *Insert Blanche DuBois accent* Crossville and their subdivision Laminam (which made a big hit at this year’s Neocon in Chicago) has gone metal.  Or at least it looks like it anyway.  Seven colors, including the creamy Perla, unadulterated Bianco, and the sexy Nero, make up the Oxide Collection of one meter by three meter (approx. 3′-4″ x 10′-0″)  porcelain panels which I must remind you are a mind blowing 3mm thick.  Think of it this way…. one big panel, one little cost.

But remember… it isn’t so much the size that matters.  But what you do with it.

And I’d do a whole lot with this one.

Designer Tip: We all love the look of solid surface wall treatments.  Who doesn’t want an entire shower covered with carrara marble?  But the cost…. it’s enough to break any remodeler’s budget.  Try this instead.  The panels are simple to install, lightweight (so they don’t require any major structural components) and can be installed OVER most substrates including existing wood, tile or painted walls. 

Crossville | Available to the Trade | www.crossvilleinc.com

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DCoopMedia was not compensated for this post. Tile me up baby!

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DCoop Sourcebook – Capital Cooking Culinarian Series

A sidenote.  Of recent I’ve been dreaming of new appliances.

My kitchen is a relic from 1992 and at this particular moment I feel like Agent Smart making his way through the Cavern of Doors every time I want to do something as simple as boil water (which I do quite well actually….. you should see the way the bubbles form!).

To light my cooktop I actually have to use a match.  Not a real match but one of those BIC long stemmed lighters – same concept.  I’m like Shelly Long in The Money Pit hoping it won’t blow my turkey out the oven and into the 2nd floor master bathroom. My oven?  It lights when it wants to.

And that isn’t too often.

Not to mention, the sight of not-so-pretty appliances means that I’m not showing you photos of my kitchen anytime soon.  In fact, when people come over, the super awesome dual swing door is shut in a semi open position (because it needs new hardware).

Anyway, you can only imagine that when Capital Cooking invited me to actually use their Culinarian 36″ range during a cook off for this year’s Dwell on Design, I was like a kid on crack, trying really hard to contain my excitement but failing miserably.

I think there might have been a little piddle involved.

I’ll just get right to the good stuff.  The Culinarian Series is not just for the true chef but is also for the Top Chef Wannabe and the Macaroni-&-Cheese-From-A-Box Enthusiast.  I’m somewhere in the middle (who hasn’t had a hankering for Kraft Mac n’ Cheese at midnight?) and attempt everything from my own interpretation of Coq au Vin to a horribly simple batch of hard boiled eggs.  A great burner output (23,000 BTUs per hour… don’t ask, I don’t know either) but the ability to simmer at 145 degrees F make for ease of use on the cooktop while its 4.6 cubic foot convection oven (with built in Rotisserie functions) means you’re putting out Thanksgiving dinner for the whole crazy family.  Three available top options mean you could be having a BBQ indoors or going all Line Chef on those pancakes with a griddle. Did I mention it’s self cleaning?  Yeah…. Because Rosie quit and I hate cleaning the oven.

But I know.  I’m a designer.  Which means I’m not just thinking about function. I’m all about aesthetics.  I mean big time.  Ten standard color options including wine red, cobalt blue, and signal yellow.  Yes kiddies, this is that injection of color I mentioned in last week’s post on Chromophobia. And I’m sure if they ask nicely you can have their ranges in damned near any color you can imagine.

Just in case…. remember that Coq Au Vin I mentioned?  It received high praises from Surjit Kalsi, the brains behind Capital Cooking.  Not to mention evoked thoughts of Provencal France from half of the convention center. Since I’m so nice, I’m going to give you the recipe…. —> Here.

Now don’t tell me I didn’t give you anything.

Designer Tip: If you have the opportunity, test drive appliances before you buy.  Get a feel for the burners, quality of flames and heat output.  Knock around the handles, knobs, buttons.  A range should be no different than buying a car (though less expensive) and you shouldn’t have to settle for the unknown.  A number of dealer/showrooms are working spaces and would love to have you cook lunch for them.

Capital Cooking | Available at Select Retailers | www.capital-cooking.com

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DCoopMedia was not compensated for this post. Except for one great comment from the CEO Surjit Kalsi. 

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DCoop Sourcebook – Coalesse SW-1 Seating

I’ll tell, I think everyone must think I’m the weird one at tradeshows. 

I’m the one on the floor, on my back taking random pictures.

I’m the one feverishly typing on Twitter to get something out there before even the magazines do it.

I’m the one who did five tradeshows in two months and still managed to keep up a practice.

Yeah.  I’m apparently nuts.

And of course, some of you have managed to catch me in these various moments. There was a bathtub at a showroom in at KBIS.  Then there was me on the floor of the 18th floor of the Merchandise Mart.  And then there was me sitting on a toilet in the Kohler showroom.  And saddly, there IS photographic evidence of these moments.

ANYWAY.  Where was I going?  That’s right…. seating.

Let’s be honest, if there is one thing I like just as much as super-awesomesauce lighting, it’s amazeballs seating.  Neocon this year had absolutely no shortage of great lounge pieces.  The manufacturers are really stepping up their game and throwing us designers something we can really sink our teeth into.

Coalesse is one of those high-stepping vendors that managed to make one heck of an impression on me this year.  I was on the floor, under the tables, moving chairs so I could get a good photo.  And of course, trying not to drool on damn near everything in their showroom.  If you don’t know, Coalesse is a Steelcase company.   That’s right.  One of the Big Three has come up with something that doesn’t look like it came from the Big Three.  Actually they came up with a number of items but for the sake of this post, I’m going to go gaga over the SW-1 Seating line.

Designed by Scott Wilson and the industrial design firm, MINIMAL, the Metro line was meant to scare the shit out of conventional conference seating.  It’s a throwback to 1974 but without the bellbottoms and acid.  It makes task chairs piddle on the floor. Or bow in silence.

Told ya I was going to go gaga.  My favorite part?  It isn’t just for the conference room.  They’ve got a high back version for executive purposes (think Eames Executive Lounge), a lounge version with no castors, and even one with a tablet arm.

I know.

Pinch me.

I must be dreaming.

Designer Tip: Think commercial (ie: office) furnishings are meant to stay in the office?  Think again.  Current trends are bringing the home to the office.  Furniture design is keeping pace with the trends and let’s just say, the office of yore is not the office of now.  Even better?  Because commercial pieces are made to withstand the harsh commercial environment you can rest assured that it will withstand the demands of the working household. 

Coalesse | Available to the Trade | www.coalesse.com

If you’re interested in purchasing any of the items featured on the DCoop Sourcebook, shoot us an email.

DCoopMedia was not compensated for this post. But I want like five of them.

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DCoop Sourcebook – Arteriors Ziggy Pendants

Is it me or when you hear the name Ziggy do you also think of the really short comic book character with the big nose and the very lanky cat?

I thought so.

I was hoping I wasn’t the only mentally unstable one on the internet.

Because that would be a travesty if I were.

So lighting.  You know that lighting is one of my loves.  A passion perhaps.  Not much of a fetish but I have felt bad about making googly eyes at pendants with seductive lines.  Like the hammered iron Ziggy Pendant Arteriors has decided to wave in front of me. I think they knew and were taunting me with it’s fabric cord (hello!  A Fabric Cord. I. Die.) and dimply gloss white powder coat finish.  And then there was that peep show of hammered brass under it’s otherwise demure exterior.

That’s right.  I said brass. 

Because Arteriors knows that Brass Kicks Ass.

Enough already.  Because I’m starting to feel like a boy reading his first issue of Playboy.

For the articles.

Just the articles.

Designer Tip: Remember months ago when I said to subtly introduce brass into your home for a bit of warmth?  Yeah.  This is the way to do it.  I’m thinking a grouping over the dining table to really give your diners a beautiful glow whilest gorging on an amazeballs homemade meal.  Or maybe to distract them from the burnt pumpkin pie (I’m speaking from experience).

Arteriors | Available to the Trade | www.arteriorshome.com

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DCoopMedia was not compensated for this post. Though I’d gladly hang one of these if it were sent to me.

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DCoop Sourcebook – Feizy’s Arushi Collection

No no, this Sourcebook is not about something that may or may not have been from a version of Mario Brothers.

I’ve probably already made you want pizza and maybe to go out and squash some mushroom looking creatures in order to save a princess horribly dedicated to the color pink.

I apologize for my moment of nerdiness right there.

Whatevs.

Remember those rag rugs that grandma used to make for the log cabin?  Hers were probably in hideous colors and felt worse on bare feet than a Brillo pad on stainless steel cookware.  That wasn’t such a pleasant memory was it?  What if said rag rug was in bright, effervescent colors and woven from silk?  Pinch me because it might be a dream.

In the word’s of Pedro, Feizy will “make all of your wildest dreams come true”.

The Arushi Collection, from Feizy‘s Home collection, offers effortless style and casual comfort (those are their words, not mine).  Personally I’m thinking it’s grandma’s bungalow meets 21st century awesomeness all wrapped up in a hemp bow.  I’m hoping that sounded like a compliment.  Four sizes (the pre-requisites up to 8’x11′), six colors (including Orange… HAWT!), and woven in India with recycled Kela silk, the collection makes for a pretty cool addition to the modern Undecorated home. Not to mention the pricing is extremely competitive for a handmade rug.

Designer Tip: Think of these rugs as a true pop in an otherwise monochromatic space.  Personally I’m seeing white linen slipcovers and limed oak furniture in a simple setting using the Aqua as a major foot friendly focal point.  They’re a true burst of color that would be crazy easy to change out for the seasons.

Feizy | Available to the Trade | www.Feizy.com

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