|November 11, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under All Posts, Decor, Furniture, Naturally Modern|
We love the Dragnet chair from Kenneth Cobonpue. It is is a sculptural piece of art sure to complement the modern home. Plus, it is incredibly comfortable. You lean back and feel enveloped by the “net” you’re in, yet you can see out so it doesn’t feel like a cocoon. Its modern magic!
Made of fabric twisted and wrapped on steel, the collection’s dynamic forms and patterns evoke an excitement that stimulate the senses. With its vibrant color choices, Dragnet instinctively adds a contemporary chic flavor, leaving any space caught in its net of style. via Kenneth Cobonpue : Collections : DRAGNET.
|October 28, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under All Posts, Furniture, Naturally Modern|
Today we’re featuring Richard Neutra’s Boomerang Chair. While Nuetra is most famously known for being one of the modern architectural masters, he also designed special furniture. Some of the furniture is showcased in the famous Case Study Houses.
|September 5, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under All Posts, Decor, Furniture, Interior Design, Naturally Modern, Outdoor Design|
GardenDesign.com published a great review of outdoor furniture from the Milan Furniture Fair. We particularly like the press given to the idea of outdoor furniture as both functional and artistic. Why should the modern indoor-outdoor lifestyle be anything but beautiful and practical? We also like the trend in outdoor furniture becoming more richly upholstered – when you spend so much time “living” outside, why shouldn’t your outdoor furniture be on par with your indoor furniture? Our favorite here is the Ligne Roset Serpentine chair (pictured above). Can we say gorgeous enough?
One of life’s most fundamental acts, sitting, took on new meaning at the fair, especially with trends in outdoor furniture design. We saw many richly upholstered pieces for outdoor use—some with practical applications, others with elements of fantasy and whimsy. B&B Italia paired its retro line of Husk Outdoor recycled (and recyclable) plastic chairs with plush but decidedly eccentric waterproof cushions, a look that would work well poolside. Ligne Roset debuted its own equally arresting quilted and tufted Serpentine chairs by Eleonore Nalet.
Cabanas and tents seem to be ceding their traditional roles and evolving instead into true outdoor rooms, the most alluring example being Patricia Urquiola’s Cottage for Kettal—an inviting, pitched-roof structure with echoes of vernacular Polynesian architecture. (via All Dressed Up: Outdoor Furniture | Garden Design.)
Want your outdoor area to feel more like a true outdoor room? Here are a few tips from us at Naturally Modern:
- Furnish your outdoor space with high-quality, beautiful pieces consistent with those that furnish your interior spaces.
- Use textures including richly upholstered outdoor pieces, pillows, blankets, umbrellas, etc.
- Landscape, landscape, landscape – whether minimalistic in design or not, make the landscaping in your outdoor area like the artwork displayed in your home.
- Do not underestimate the power of outdoor lighting – whether small ambient lighting dotting a pathway, or embedded in a fence… to full-on outdoor lamps and overhead lighting. We especially like lighting on dimmers to create just a “glow” when you don’t need the full light spectrum. Candles can also not be underestimated – tea lights can be your friend.
Good luck with your design. We’d love to hear your tips for luxury, modern outdoor living!
PS: If you like the look and design of the Ligne Roset Serpentine shown at the top of this post, you might also like the new richly textured and upholstered pieces from Kenneth Cobonpue called “Rapunzel” – see below:
|August 5, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under All Posts, Furniture|
Kenneth Cobonpue never disappoints. The furniture is always modern and innovative, yet made with natural materials. It is the perfect combination of natural and modern when it comes to furnishings. We love that KB makes and indoor and an outdoor version of just about every piece in the collection. Same design, but the outdoor versions are made with slightly different materials to withstand the elements. You honestly wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the indoor and the outdoor unless you were familiar and looked very closely. The Cabaret pieces are absolutely beautiful.
Learn more about Kenneth Cobonpue’s furniture here: Kenneth Cobonpue.
|July 16, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under All Posts, Furniture, Naturally Modern|
Oakland-based designer Eric Pfeiffer created a naturally modern version of the the classic Adirondack chair, with a nod toward mid-century design. It has a minimalist sensibility – when done right, this is something we love in furniture design. We also love that the pieces are made from a new type of engineered wood that is grown and produced right here in the United States. Dwell magazine recently interviewed Pfieffer and we wanted to let you know about it. Below are some clips from the article with a link at the end to read the whole story. Enjoy!
The collection is natural and modern – utilizing a new type of engineered wood that is sustainable, as well as eco-chic:
Our approach was to create a collection minimal in form and utilitarian in material use. The construction reflects the design intent with a simple curve resting on a powder coated steel rod base.
[The Pereniial Wood material] is a beautiful, humble material that provides unique aesthetic and performance characteristics not currently available for the outdoor market, competing with hardwoods and rivaling teak in performance. …. [The wood] is grown and produced here in the U.S. from Southern pine—a renewable resource. Perennial Wood is modified with heat, pressure and an organic compound that leaves no toxic substances in the wood. It lasts longer than unmodified woods and therefore needs to be replaced less often. This dovetails nicely into our desire to create products for the next generation to enjoy.
We also love that California architecture partially inspired the design of the line.
I was inspired by California architecture from the mid-century and the indoor-outdoor lifestyle they offer. Adirondack chairs and the floating decks around my neighborhood in the Oakland Hills also played a factor in our initial thinking around the collection. The unique properties of Perennial Wood allowed us to further explore the connection between indoors and outdoors because the aesthetic properties of Southern pine are familiar inside the home, yet not traditionally available for outdoor use.
So there you have it – possibly the definition of naturally modern… Natural materials, modern design. Perfection.
Read the whole story via ICFF 2012: Plank by Eric Pfeiffer and Council – Products – Dwell.
|June 22, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under Furniture|
When we saw this amazingly gorgeous modern chair made out of old growth redwood and almost fell over in our own chairs! Beautiful modern design – gorgeous natural redwood – a perfect combination.
Seeing old growth redwood in person is a spiritual experience. We visited a small mill in a remote part of the wine country area in Northern California and the owner kindly showed us his redwood. The owner salvages old redwood trees from rivers and other areas where they have fallen down or been damaged by fire. The experience was surprisingly a lot like wine-tasting…. you are seduced by the whole experience – the aroma of the redwood, its beauty, its texture, its natural wonder. The color and vertical grain of the wood in old growth redwood is especially intoxicating.
We love that this chair is made from reclaimed redwood from a NYC water tower - hence the name the “Water Tower” Chair. If it seduced us this much just from a photo, we can only imagine seeing it in person!
(Photo via BELLBOY / Photograph by Joshua Dalsimer.)
|May 21, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under All Posts, Furniture|
If modern furniture with a natural element makes you as happy as it makes us, then we’re thrilled to share our latest find with you. We came across this gorgeous chair from Michael Wolk Design Associates and fell in love with it. The angular lines are beautifully modern and the minimalist wood frame gives it just enough earthiness to keep it natural. The white upholstery makes it timelessly chic. Enjoy!
(Photos via Wolk Design Associates website.)
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|May 7, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under All Posts, Color Palettes, Decor, Furniture, Interior Design|
The combination of modern furnishings in a creamy, light color palette and wood accents is perfectly naturally modern. Check out some of our favorites….
(Photo via Coastal Living Magazine / Photography by Lisa Romerein.)
This modern beach house in the Philippines uses such a great mix of modern and natural elements – it really gives the space of subtle, sophisticated coastal vibe. (Archipelago Architectural Firm / Photo via Naturalmoderninteriors blog.)
Photos above of a private residence in Sydney by MPR Design Group. (Photos via Allhousedesign.com.)
Simple white daybed, pillow and throw on amazing herringbone wood floors. dayb (Photo via Doorsixteen.com.)
Warm, modern dining room featured in Metropolitan Home Magazine (Photo credit: Jeff Herr Photography.)
Dreamy bedroom in a private Italian villa published by Architectural Digest. (Photo: Architectural Digest via Mimiandmeg blog / Photography credit: Scott Frances.)
|May 5, 2012||Posted by naturally modern under All Posts, Fashion, Furniture|
We here at Naturally Modern have completely fallen in love with Donna Karan’s home and fashion store called Urban Zen. This little haven describes itself with words and phrases that perfectly reflect the naturally modern vibe, like: “the collection that hugs the body with sculptural seamlessness and luxurious comfort” and “furniture that perfectly complements the California environment… that takes you from day to evening.” Plus, it gives back. The Urban Zen Foundation was started toraise awareness and inspire change in ares of well-being, preservation of cultures and empowering children in mind, body and spirit. Pretty cool stuff. Not to mention the gorgeous furniture, fashion and accessories. Check out Urban Zen in select locations including New York and Los Angeles. Enjoy!
(Photo via La Times Blog at latimesblog.latimes.com.)
(Photos above via Urbanzen.com.)
Check out the retail store at www.urbanzen.com.
Check out the foundation at www.urbanzen.org.