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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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The Scene – Jonathan Adler and I Become Best Buds

Ok so maybe not best buds.

That might be a bit of an exaggeration but whatever.  I was drinking.  I put my arm around his waist.  I smiled for a paparazzi picture.

So in my mind we’re best buds. 

Best Buds like a Kardashian is with US Weekly.  Without the money.  Or fake boobs.  Mine are real.

Just how did all of this go down you ask?  Well…. Funny you should ask. Being at Neocon in Chicago this last week meant that my calendar was chock full of, among other things, cocktail parties.   And by now you should know me and cocktail parties.  At last count, Monday after my arrival had 12 of them in my calendar.  Not that I went to all of them mind you (my liver would have shut down and I’d be writing this post as a zombie) but I’ve always had this theory – RSVP to all of them and decide later.

However, there was one that was a not-to-miss as far as I was concerned.  Kohler has never been one not to have a great party.  Their KBIS and Westweek parties have been known to be smashing successes and so I couldn’t resist.  Dabbing a bit of Chanel on each wrist I braved the 85 degree 100% humidity weather known as “Chicago in the Spring” to get in my 15 seconds of Kohler/Adler fame.

This season, the soiree was an event to celebrate a colorful collaboration with Adler.   I know I know, you only want to hear about Adler.  How tall is he.  How nice is  he.  How single is he.  But alas, the four new colors he’s introduced to Kohler’s otherwise conservative color palatte took center stage.  Think Piccadilly Yellow.  Or Annapolis Navy.  How about Palermo Blue? Let’s not forget Greenwich Green.  I’m in love.  With the colors.  Not Adler.  Ok, maybe just a little with Adler. He did design my favorite Palm Springs hotel (The Parker Meridien).

Needless to say, the colors are special edition.  Which means only one thing – Get them before I do.  because I will run you down like an soon-to-be bride at Filene’s basement if I have to miss out.

And just in case you were curious…. those hot galls on my arm are the model-esque Adele Young of VDL Interiors and dashing Barbara Segal of #IntDesignerChat fame.  I’m one lucky guy.

Eat your heart out Simon Doonan.

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The Windy City …. Once again. Neocon 2012

Hello dear readers!

I figured I’d leave you a little note just in case you’re stopping by to see if there is anything new on the bloggie.  Well…. at about 6:45 this morning I’m on a plane to the World’s Trade Fair, otherwise known as Neocon! 

Yes yes, I’m off to the Windy City once again to bring back the best and worst of the industry.  I’m hoping for more orchids than onions but no guarantees. 

So if you notice it’s a little quiet round these parts for a few days, send out the search party because I may be stuck in the elevator between Floors 7 and 8 with 30,000 of my brethren.

Have a great weekend and look for our live tweets!


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