Another Country launches furniture designed to make offices feel more like home

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The range features wooden chairs and stools, a modular shelving system, and a work desk with integrated accessories. The pieces are aimed at the creative industries but have been designed to be adaptable for a range of environments.

“We frequently customise furniture to meet our clients’ needs, so it was logical with our Work series to offer more flexibility as standard,” Another Country design director Catherine Aitken told Dezeen. “We looked to design a system that could be adapted for a number of different types and sizes of workplace.”

Work Series by Another Country

Another Country created the collection to introduce a warmer and more domestic atmosphere to the workplace, while still offering the flexibility that many offices need. The desk can be ordered in a range of sizes, and joined together to make larger workstations or separated for individual tables.

There are also several heights, for those who prefer to work standing up. The desk’s cable channel doubles as a home for its accompanying accessories, which include a pencil pot, planter and screen to give workers privacy.

Work Series by Another Country

The Work Series shelves can be adapted depending on what they’re being used for, and can be either placed side by side or at intervals for displaying plants or other objects. Each shelf is bookended by a brass loop.

“Our Work Series utilises a warm palette of materials and detailing not necessarily associated with office furniture,” added Aitken.

“It can be quite cold and clinical, and traditionally work environments have been intentionally different to domestic environments, with different materials, finishes and styling; however, this thinking is now being challenged.”

Work Series by Another Country

“The work place is rapidly changing and we feel benefits from a softer approach,” she continued. “Bringing in warmer materials and furniture that nods towards a domestic environment can be conducive to work.”

“Crucially workplace furniture needs to function well, but it can also be furniture that you develop a personal relationship with, furniture that is tactile.”

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Work Series by Another Country

BATHROOM TRENDS: WHAT’S NEW

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Forming a vital part of every home, the bathroom is finally receiving the acknowledgement it deserves within the design and décor world with 2017 promising some inspired trends.

From colours and finishes to spatial design and furnishings, every aspect of your new bathroom can be sourced at Decorex Joburg taking place at the Gallagher Convention Centre from August 9 to 13.

“Bathroom design and décor has really come a long way with people realising that the bathroom is a pivotal space of relaxation and tranquillity within the home,” said Andrew Taylor chief executive of Bathroom Butler, featuring at this year’s Decorex Joburg.

“We are very excited about the 2017 trends that work well to create a minimalist yet functional space, featuring a range interesting finishes and tasteful accessories to achieve the ideal look.”

When it comes to bathroom hues, said organisers in a statement, subtle shades and textures should be embraced.

Accented walls behind a bath or basin can be cleverly complemented with similarly coloured mats and covers.

To create that ideal, cosy atmosphere, shades of blue and green are proving popular while the addition of cobalt-coloured tiles is also coming to the fore.

The very on-trend rose gold and matte black bathroom accessories will also create a stylish feel.

“People are often looking to renovate their bathrooms but it is a daunting task, considering the associated costs and unwanted hassle that comes with home renovations.

However, the 2017 trends can be easily adapted to fit every budget and need.”

Instead of completely gutting the entire bathroom, the addition of new furniture and accessories while simultaneously upgrading finishes and adding a coat of paint can completely transform any bathroom.

Geberit Southern Africa’s Head of Marketing, Dorianne Isaacman said: “It’s important to create an inviting space that is not only appealing to all our senses, offers ease of use and accessibility, but also uses reliable technology that lies beyond the surface.”

The company is a European market leader in the field of sanitary products, renowned for continuing the tradition of innovation in the sanitary industry with top-quality bathroom products.

Monochromatic colour schemes with lots of textures, geometric shapes and clean lines were also being used in bathrooms, said director of Sugar Plum Interiors Tammy Maharaj,

But we are also looking forward to seeing lots of coloured bathtubs and taps, bringing some style into the room. Lighting is also a key element which can transform any space.”

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Don’t overlook the consignment solution

 

Design and home furnishing magazines are full of advice on downsizing or for simply streamlining your lifestyle if you are not ready to move to smaller quarters. If you are near retirement, you will do your children a favor by ridding the house of clutter that will be meaningless to them. For example, throw out the high school and college year books if none of your grandchildren will find them relevant.

Think of the guilt trips, passed down to successive generations, imposed by the prospect of getting rid of great-grand-dad’s beloved football jerseys and of his costumes from frat parties. Do your heirs a favor — clean house!

There are many charitable organizations in Middle Georgia that can benefit from extra furniture and from clothes that no longer fit. Alternative solutions are garage and estate sales which can assuage the pinch of giving away items that were at one time significant investments. In the last 20 years, consignment shops have become popular for people that are not interested in staging a sale of personal belongings. However, the concept of consigning one’s belongings to a shop for the purpose of selling them is still not fully understood, according to Terry Holland, owner of Time to Consign, located in the back of If It’s Paper, on Ingleside Avenue.

“People seem to be apprehensive about surrendering their belongings as if there will be no accountability or that they are just lost forever,” Holland said.

Those fears are unfounded if a shop is reputable; at Time to Consign, a written agreement is required; the owner of the consigned items has the right to set prices; the consignment fee or percentage is defined and the time the items are kept until prices are lowered is clearly understood by the consignee. Holland does give his input on what are reasonable prices for attracting buyers because “sometimes sentimentality can get in the way of realistic expectations,” he added. He also stresses that good consignment shops do not want items that have outlived their usefulness, i.e. furnishings that are ready for the landfill!

BENEFITS TO THE CONSIGNEE

Years of furnishing a home and of collecting accessories is a major financial investment, particularly if the homeowner has antique heirlooms or has amassed art objects over a period of years. In considering a smaller house or an apartment, only the most treasured pieces should go with you — there simply will not be the square footage or the wall space to accommodate everything. When you bought a lot of these collectibles, you surely heard, “this is a really good investment!” If that is true, recoup some of that investment with a sale or by consigning them or by doing both.

The return on a sale or on consignment merchandise is directly related to the demand for that merchandise. Sterling silver goblets and flat ware will sell well at an estate sale; the collectors in today’s market don’t care that newlyweds today prefer the simplicity of everyday stainless steel flatware and china — they collect the silver for its intrinsic beauty. However, there are expensive collectibles for which interest wanes if not sold in a particular market; think of old embroidered table and bed linens. Few people are interested in keeping them washed and ironed for the rare occurrence when they might be used.

The bottom line is, if you are moving, the popularity of an item cannot determine whether or not you sell it — if rarely used collectibles are still in your inventory, you will not have the room for them in a smaller space. The consensus among dealers and retailers of old furniture and accessories is that it is better to cut your losses, take the revenue from a sale or from consigned goods and spend it on something worthwhile to your age and stage in life. Some of the household necessities which are taken for granted can be surprisingly lucrative in the consignment marketplace.

Customers that frequent consignment shops are often looking for additional porcelains, crystal stemware or china to complete a set; second home owners are searching for furniture and accessories appropriate for a beach or mountain house. Don’t discard the remnants of the everyday china you started when you married; do not think the primitive table a family member gave you is worthless. These things can be reincarnated in a new environment by a buyer with different uses in mind.

Selling your possessions through a consignment shop puts all of your unused furnishings in one place, marketed effectively and with one person responsible for the sales, so the percentage taken by the consigner is well worth the relief from the frustrating task of selling pieces out of your garage with diminished results. And, best of all, you earn money for future investments.

WHY BUY FROM A CONSIGNMENT SHOP

As the consumer, the array of furniture and accessories in a consignment shop may be brand new. Collectors tire of their collections; houses are redecorated with new color schemes and different design concepts and you are the beneficiary of those changes. Handmade and custom needlepoint pillows with elaborate decorative trim are expensive in design boutiques and their charm never goes out of style.

Tastes change in the home furnishing industry which keeps the law of obsolescence alive – as new trends are introduced, customers want the latest colors and home fashions dictated by the industry. What is discarded by one person might be your favorite purchase for a lifetime – the perfect oriental runner for a hall, the lamp that fits just right for a bedside or the antique pine sideboard you need in a dining room – yes, you will find these items in consignment stores for a fraction of the price the former owner paid.

Many antique dealers in Macon will take furniture and accessories on consignment; however, the percentage charged the consignee is higher. The first priority for dealers is their own inventory and dealing with a few consignment items can be time consuming for care and moving. Antique malls which rent booths cater to their dealers; consigned items can take time and energy away from the dealers’ inventories. The answer is a dedicated consignment dealer — a win-win situation for the seller and the buyer.

Estate sales are a proficient way to pare down your furnishings for a move; after the rush of the sale is over, consider consigning the unsold furnishings to a shop with a broader customer base in a retail environment and eliminate some of the frustration of moving.

Your A-to-Z Guide to 4th of July Weekend’s Best Home Sales: Furniture, Decor, Backyard Essentials and Beyond

It’s finally Fourth of July weekend! Time for fireworks, pool parties, too many s’mores and of course crazy discounts on everything from pool floats to mattresses. Check out our complete listing of every home-related sale worth a browse, then get shopping!

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ABC Home: Up to 60% off select sofas and seating, rugs and tables; up to 30% off lighting. 

All Modern: Up to 60% off sofas, beds, rugs and art (through July 5). Extra 20% off with code USA (June 29 – July 5).

Article: Select items up to 25% off (through July 9).

Artfully Walls: 25% off site wide with the promo code 4JULY2017 (July 2nd – 5th).

Ban.do: Spend $50 and get a pair of sunnies for free (July 1 – 4).

Bloomingdale’s: Up to 50% off select bath, bedding, mattresses, dining and entertaining, furniture, home décor, rugs and lighting.  Up to 40% off select clearance and sale items.

Birch Lane: 20% off plus free shipping on furniture, lighting, bedding, upholstery, pillows and rugs with code AMERICA (through July 5)

Crate & Barrel: Up to 50% off outdoor furniture and summer clearance; 40% off select outdoor entertaining.

Deny Designs: 30% off site wide (exclusions apply)

Dormify: 20% off sitewide with code FIRECRACKER

 

Hayneedle: Up to 65% off select outdoor furniture and décor plus an extra 10% off with code OUTDOOR10; Up to 60% off accent furniture and décor (through July 4). Up to 45% off sale and clearance (through July 20).

Helix Sleep: $100 off any custom mattress with code JULY4TH.

High Fashion Home: Up to 20% off select art (July 4 – 9)

Home Depot: Up to 40% off with appliance special buys (through July 12). Up to 50% off patio furniture and accessories; Up to 20% off grills and smokers.

Horchow: Up to 30% off select furniture and decor (through July 6).

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Out of Africa: Furniture and accessories gallery

Patrizia Moroso's celebrated m'Afrique collection was launched in 2009, and new pieces have been added over time. Kiwis ...

Patrizia Moroso’s celebrated m’Afrique collection was launched in 2009, and new pieces have been added over time. Kiwis looking for a splash of bright colour and imaginative design can find m’Afrique items at Matisse.

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In 2009, celebrated Italian furniture manufacturer Moroso launched the m’Afrique collection – a group of outdoor furniture designed by some of the biggest names in contemporary design, using sustainably sourced materials, hand-made in African communities.

Patrizia Moroso is the creative director of her family’s eponymous company and one of the most influential names in contemporary furniture.

Moroso’s husband, Senegalese artist and designer Abdou Salam Gaye, was a driving force behind the m’Afrique collection. Over the years, other designers have contributed to the line.

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Last year, specialty book publisher Gestalten released Africa Rising: Fashion, Design and Lifestyle from Africa.

“Design is such an important and growing industry in Africa,” said writer and editor Katie de Klee, who contributed to the book. “In often challenging and resource-scarce environments, design in the Africa continent requires a certain type of creative alchemy that it doesn’t elsewhere.”

Patrizia Moroso said, at the 2009 launch of the m’Afrique collection: “Multifaceted, modern Africa deserves to be known and sustained for the originality of the creative languages with which it enriches global culture. The African continent is extraordinarily rich in creativity, materials and ideas that are sources of inspiration and nourishment for us.”

Closer to home, furniture and accessories inspired by Africa are available from boutique and specialty homeware retailers.

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These are two of the newest additions to the m'Afrique collection. Like the rest of the line, they're woven from ...

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These are two of the newest additions to the m’Afrique collection. Like the rest of the line, they’re woven from polyethylene fibre, which is also used for fishing nets.

These oversized black-and-white prints would be a striking addition to an animal-loving child's room.

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These oversized black-and-white prints would be a striking addition to an animal-loving child’s room.

Some of the original pieces from the m'Afrique collection.
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Out of Africa: Furniture and accessories gallery

Patrizia Moroso's celebrated m'Afrique collection was launched in 2009, and new pieces have been added over time. Kiwis ...

Patrizia Moroso’s celebrated m’Afrique collection was launched in 2009, and new pieces have been added over time. Kiwis looking for a splash of bright colour and imaginative design can find m’Afrique items at Matisse.

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In 2009, celebrated Italian furniture manufacturer Moroso launched the m’Afrique collection – a group of outdoor furniture designed by some of the biggest names in contemporary design, using sustainably sourced materials, hand-made in African communities.

Patrizia Moroso is the creative director of her family’s eponymous company and one of the most influential names in contemporary furniture.

Moroso’s husband, Senegalese artist and designer Abdou Salam Gaye, was

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Sophisticated Ceramic Pellet Stove by Monica Graffeo

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Ceramic pellet stove by MCZ Group, finely designed with a jewel effect, in which light is refracted providing luminosity and ever-changing variations. Its round shape, simple and minimalist, is embellished by three stylish inserts in brass or nickel, which amplify the lighting effect and give it a sophisticated look. The metal grille of the top incorporates the finish of the front inserts, offering an original geometric pattern.

With Maria Sofia, designer Monica Graffeo introduces a new range, which will accompany the original models designed by maestro Sergio Leoni: “The Leoni collections feature items that speak for themselves, telling a story. To fit in harmoniously with these timeless models, I preferred to choose an archetypal form and to focus on the surfaces and tactile sensations, highlighting the company’s craftsmanship tradition in the field of ceramic manufacturing.”

Alongside cutting-edge pellet technology, which provides effective and fully programmable heating, Maria Sofia offers an extended, spectacular view of the flame and extremely silent operation. This stove is already compliant with the Ecodesign 2022 directive.

 

 

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Alessandro Zambelli Project for the London Gallery Matter of Stuff

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Alessandro Zambelli unveils Marqué, the new collection of furniture accessories in inlaid metal – a tribute to 1920s Paris and the ground-breaking designers of Art Deco – projected for the London gallery Matter of Stuff (MOS). Zambelli creates the series for the MOS Designer Residency Competition, a contest realized by MOS in the picturesque medieval village of Montalcino, in Tuscany, with the participation of 6 international design studios. The collection rethinks its use of materials – iron, copper, and brass – in  “cabinetmaking” terms. Its inlaid work catches the eye as a new and distinctive embellishment. Each metal undergoes an experimental process of oxidization which causes a unique and unpredictable alteration of the surface.

His brainchild is a tribute to 1920s Paris and to the ground-breaking designers whose ideas reigned supreme in Art Deco: the exquisite interiors of Metropolis; the spectacular stage sets of the Ballets Russes; the perfectionist cabinetmaking of Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann; and the understated elegance of the decorative metal objects of Jean Dunand.

Zambelli designed the series – dubbed “Marqué” – specially as an entry for the MOS Designer Residency Competition. MOS offers these residencies in the picturesque medieval village of Montalcino, in Tuscany. In addition to Zambelli, there were five other winners: the international design studios of Nina Cho, Olga Bielawska, Studio UUfie, Tim Vanlier and Tomáš Libertiny. As for Marqué, its materials and shapes turn out to be distilled recollections. This is a collection which harks back, reviving traditional techniques and revisiting old themes. It is a congeries of stylistic features in search of new forms of expression, to which only Italian manufacturing excellence can do full justice.

 

 

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Nuage Cloud Vases by Bouroullec Brothers

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French designer-duo Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec will be presenting their collection of Nuage vases as part of Vitra‘s accessories collection at this year’s interior design fair taking place in Paris. The tubular form of the Nuage vessels, hence the name, is reminiscent of their stylized drawing of a cloud and first appeared in their work for back in 2002.

The vases recently appeared in a temporary installation in which the Bouroullecs dedicated 120 vessels filled with thin stems of flora to Zaha Hadid, which was poetically set within the fire station on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany. The initial design derived from the tubes being overturned on one side to create large partition elements in plastic stackables. By experimenting with this functional shape in their graphic works, the gauge vase was created and can is recognized by their extruded aluminum profiles which are available in different heights and metallic shades.

The cavities of the base form have been positioned at the top, dividing the vase into eight individual tubes that allow the user to create artistic floral compositions. The simple yet sculptural character of the vases highlight the delicate stems of flowers and leaves on display.

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RIFT Collection Design by Ludovica + Roberto Palomba with Matteo Fiorini

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Another outstanding achievement for the Rift radiator by Tubes Radiatori, which, after winning the iF Design Award 2016 earlier this year, obtains the Special Mention for the German Design Award 2017. The German Design Award, organized by the German Design Council that has represented and supported the design industry in Germany for 60 years, is an award allocated to companies and designers who, thanks to their projects, are deemed pioneers of design on an international scale.

“Rift is a new radiator made up of different modules which can be combined to create compositions which fit perfectly into any architectural space. It is a functional product with a minimalist elegance that enables architects to ‘design’ the form which best fits their needs.” Ludovica + Roberto Palomba with Matteo Fiorini.

Rift is a modular, component-based radiator, designed to satisfy the customization requirements of any designer. It is made up of modules in extruded aluminum which can be arranged horizontally or vertically, aligned, unaligned or inverted to form compact, symmetrical or asymmetrical sculptures. Its versatility is further enhanced by the line of accessories, which includes shelves, making the radiator perfect for living rooms or bedrooms, along with heated towel rails, ideal for the bathroom.

 

 
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