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Br?hl Blanche Sofa (Germany, Ja!)

Br?hl is a big name in Germany, whenever I’m over there scouring newsstands for German home design mags, I spot them in nearly every single issue I pull. They’re popular for good reason, style and quality being high on the list.

She seems to be having a lot of fun on this photo shoot. Cute, huh?

While in Hamburg this past November, I checked out some of their sofas since I’m starting to look for furniture there (more on that later). Anyway, decor8 reader Takashi sent me a link over to Yanko Design to check out the latest from Br?hl called Blanche, a sofa you can have some fun with because you select the covers you’d like for it which can completely change the look in mere minutes. I like the uncomplicated lines of this sofa, and how unique it is, it’s not at all typical. Clean, contemporary, and I think it can be called timeless even because it’s not so super trendy that you couldn’t see it in a home in say, 5 years, looking just as posh. What do you think?
My favorite is the white leather Blanche shown below. I know, some may say, “boring white”. But I love the options I would have with a white sofa, I could go nuts with my pillow obsession and swap out new colors and textures monthly, imagine the possibilities! :) I’m thinking that ultimately though, I’d love this in a mossy green tweed or maybe oatmeal… Something with a bit more texture. Definitely not a print.

I’m not a print sofa person. I do prints on chairs and solids on sofas. Can anyone relate to this? Or is this just an American thing? I mean, walk into any furniture showroom and most sofas you see are solids… Yet, we have no issue mixing in patterned pillows, ottomans, chairs, window treatments. Hmmm… What’s behind our fear of patterned sofas, I wonder? Or do I stand alone on this one, and you love patterned sofas?

(images from br?hl)
Posted in furniture on February 01, 2007

Caleb Simeon (NYIGF)

The contemporary glass of the talented Caleb Simeon is undeniably gorgeous. After obtaining his BFA in glass blowing, and spending several years in Venice where he apprenticed with master glass sculptor Pino Signoretto, Caleb returned to California to create his own Italian-inspired glass to share with the world. Caleb isn’t in the business merely to please himself, he goes above and beyond by inviting Italian masters and international glass blowers to come together in his studio to train the next generation of glass artisans. That is dedication and passion at work. If you are interested in seeing Caleb Simeon glass, click here for store and gallery locations nearest to you. Locals: You can spot some pieces at Good on Charles Street.

This is Caleb at the NYIGF yesterday…
(images from rr)
Posted in events + markets, kitchen on February 01, 2007

2Jane (NYIGF)

2Jane showed at the NYIGF and my friend snapped a few photos of their booth yesterday. If you’re not familiar with 2Jane, hop on over to their website for fantastic finds from wallpaper to lighting and really fun tickers (clocks). Check out the light Beth is standing next to below… Spectacular! Talk about a conversation piece.

Cool display idea for clocks…

I’m not covering the NYIGF or anything, so don’t get too excited, but I do have some cool shots to share with you on the blog today. A big thanks to my friend RR for snapping these for me!

Posted in events + markets on February 01, 2007

Dishing Top Design – What Did You Think?

Okay… Episode one is behind us. What did you think of the premiere of Top Design?

Posted in reality tv on February 01, 2007

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