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vento residence master bedroom

Fine Finnish: Master Bedroom

Despite its serene appearance, the master bedroom is an active, multifunctional space. The family sits together on the bed to read and watch cartoons: Tove Jansson’s Moomin, about trolls who live in the forests of Finland, is a favorite.  
March 7, 2011
vento residence living dining room

Fine Finnish: Living/Dining Room

The focal point of the living/dining room is an oak table from Ikea. “We like to draw, read newspapers, sew, and invite friends over, so a generous table suits our lifestyle.” No couch? “We simply don’t need one—–plus it would take up a lot of space.”
March 7, 2011
vento residence kitchen

Fine Finnish: Kitchen

In the kitchen, Susanna and Jussi tore down the ceiling and wall cabinets with the help of Jussi’s father, a skilled craftsman. “Behind the cabinets we found lovely little nooks that work perfectly as shelves for things like salt and pepper mills. When you strip everything to its original state, you are able to see what the house is truly about.”
March 7, 2011
Afforable modern designer chairs

13 Affordable High-Design Chairs

There are lots of handsome chairs out there, but sitting beauties that cost $250 or less are a rarer breed. Our picks run the gamut from traditional (the wooden, Shaker-inspired Salt or the Thonet-designed Era, the quintessential cafe chair) to the downright futuristic (we’re looking at you, oddly anthropomorphic Dr. Yes). We sat, swayed, shook, stacked; we hefted them into the air; we typed, ate, and made grand conversational hand gestures. Here’s how they stood up in our sitting showdown.
March 7, 2011
Salone Internazionale del Mobile 1961 Camillo Pizzigoni poster

Salone Posters

In the beginning, there was Italy. When a handful of furniture manufacturers formed Cosmit in 1961, Salone Internazionale del Mobile was conceived to promote homegrown talent. In the subsequent half-century, the Milano fair went über-international and has since become the biggest design spectacle of the year. Here, we take a look back at how the graphic identity of the event has evolved. Buon compleanno, Salone!
March 7, 2011
Kevin Carney, Bo Carney, and Ellen LeComte of Mowhawk General Store.

Shop Visit: Mohawk General Store in Silver Lake

Looking for mid-century furniture? Design tomes? Earrings? An LP? Sunset Junction’s Mohawk General Store lives up to its name.
March 7, 2011

The Silenci Chair by o4i

With the Silenci chair, Stockholm-based o4i—a design studio that focuses on contemporary domestic and public furniture— wage war against "acoustic clutter." Manufactured by de Nord, Silenci is a classic stackable wooden chair outfitted with a solid wood frame and a soft polyurethane back. Could this remedy the noise pollution in libraries? Prevent sleeping babies from being awoken by chairs that accidently topple over? Provide the ideal furniture for noise-sensitive migraine sufferers? Well, almost. Designed for use in public spaces, these chairs boast their inaudibility, but there's nothing quiet about their design.
March 6, 2011
Hero and Sound Design Studio

Hero Design Studio

For many setting out to make it on their own, a storefront is a destination. But for husband-wife team Mark Brickey and Beth Manos Brickey of Hero Design Studio, their shop in Buffalo's Allentown neighborhood has been a way to introduce future clients to their brand and a stop along their path toward full-time design.
March 5, 2011
Hans Wegner's Model no. 236 sofa designed for Getama in 1954.

Upcoming Auction at LA Modern

Original Ettore Sottsass furniture and accessories that were custom designed and built for the late tech pioneer Max Palevsky will hit the auction block March 6th at LA Modern. The Memphis Group member’s pieces will be sold without a reserve, and joined by work from fellow Modernists Harry Bertoia, Hans Wegner, Charles & Ray Eames, Sam Maloof, and George Nakashima. The catalog is rounded out by a selection of modern artworks by Richard Tuttle, Ed Ruscha, Helen Frankenthaler, Picasso and others. Check out a few of the objects on sale in the slideshow that follows.
March 4, 2011