The Top Twenty Furniture

Jun 12, 16 The Top Twenty Furniture

Selected Top Chair and Recliner Design rated by 10makers and Cuddly Home Advisors

B&B Italia: Jeffrey Bernett’s Tulip swivel chair was part of the company’s impressive array of introductions at the Milan furniture fair. circle 303

Visopia: Aaron Rincover’s blue silicone gel light balls weigh a mere two pounds and are offered in battery-operated and cord versions. circle 316

colorful chair design

colorful chair design from bizchair

Archive: The West Coast company’s metallic pearl sheer created an air of mystery in the streets of cow-strewn Manhattan. circle 310

Original concept design of recliner chair selected through recliner reviews

Original concept design of recliner chair selected through recliner reviews

Christopher Farr: The company licensed Gunta Stolzl’s designs and reproduced a collection of dynamic and colorful rugs. circle 312

Zanotta: The material Techno-Gel, originally designed for the sneaker industry and available in clear, orange, or blue, created a buzz at the Milan furniture fair. Designer Werner Aisslinger used it in his Soft chaise. Available in the United States through M2L. circle 300

Sneaker industry materials

Sneaker industry materials

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Summer’s Exhibition of Donald Judd Furniture

Jun 09, 16 Summer’s Exhibition of Donald Judd Furniture

Donald Judd Furniture

Organized with the Judd Foundation, the exhibition presented aluminum pieces by the minimalist sculptor, who began making furniture in the early 1970s. Meanwhile, the foundation itself installed similar tableaux at the nearby Mercer hotel. In both venues, pieces were shown for the first time as they might actually be used. Onetime objects on pedestals became, well, furniture.

summer's exhibition of Donald Judd furniture

summer’s exhibition of Donald Judd furniture

“It took me eight years to feel bold enough to do this,” says Madeleine Hoffmann, who was hired by the estate in 1994 and now heads its furniture division. “Before, people tended to think of Judd’s furniture as sculpture.”

In a 1992 exhibition at A/D, a Judd bed was displayed without so much as a mattress. “People thought it was beautiful but said it couldn’t possibly be a bed. It looked too uncomfortable,” recalls Cunnick. This time, she added pillows and a blanket.

 furniture as sculpture

furniture as sculpture

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Art and Furniture Business

Jun 02, 16 Art and Furniture Business

How did you make the huge leap from business to the art world?

I picked up some really good business skills at a management-consulting firm. It was when I volunteered to help the PBS station in Boston organize a benefit auction that I realized I had an eye for art–and that I could apply my skills to the art business. I moved to New York and took a job in fine-art publishing and consulting. After five years, I started consulting on my own.

The next leap was from art consultant to interior designer.

I’ve always been interested in interiors and architecture. It got frustrating when I would frame beautiful works of art and then deliver them to a space that didn’t deserve them. It was infuriating. Being the control freak that I am, I wanted more say about where my artists’ work “lived.”

Art work and interior design

Art work and interior design

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