Hula to orbit a bar top near you

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Andreu World’s latest stool offering takes inspiration from the hoop it is named after. Hula’s footrest rotates much like a Hula hoop in motion. Clean and understated, its core material is made up of aluminum with a wood or upholstered seat. Designed by Benjamin Hubert of Layer, sustainability was a major focus. The stool is made to hold up in contract environments, be long lasting and is able to be broken down easily for recycling at end of life… but not before lasting through many rotations around the sun! For more information, check out this this video and contact me.

Add some Zap to your projects

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As its name suggests, Zap packs a real punch thanks to its vibrant, clean and saturated colors. Soft as lamb, yet tough as steel, it’s ready for use in environments that need the utmost durability but beg for color impact and excitement.

Originally created in the 1960's, Camira has faithfully recreated the original colorways of Risom’s textile and added 20 additional colors to help make the collection as relevant today as it was when it was first released. Use independently or coordinate with Armadillo, another of Risom’s textiles brought back to life by Camira. Comes in 54 width at $55/yd. Contact Me for more information.

MUTO Acoustical Print Panels offer print perfection

MUTO Acoustical Print Panels provide soft tactile texture with bold graphic patterns. Whether used for walls, ceilings, dividers or components, soft-patterned sound absorption is the solution for large noisy spaces with hard surfaces. Choose from 3 patterns in three different core colors. And, with the option to select from small, medium or large scale, designing for the size of your space just got easier. MUTO Acoustical Print Panels create high impact design in a thoughtfully functional way.

Contact me for more information.

Commonality of design... yet, anything but common

With twenty years of NeoCon trade fairs behind me, it is fair to say I take comfort in the familiar: product training, cocktail parties, seeing friends from near and far, and sharing the experience with clients new and old.  And yet, it seems, I see and experience NeoCon differently every time.  It's always exciting for me to see what is new from all my manufacturers and, of course, the awards and accolades are nice too! Each of my manufacturers had their fair share.  But this year I was able to connect the dots of innovation, inspiration and common design themes that I haven't always been aware of before.

For instance, Integra and Watson introduced the Pax Collection and Cloud9 desk, respectively, each with slim pencil leg details and shown in a conservative, yet international material and color palette.  Both Skyline Design and Watson talked about changing landscapes.  The layering of color and light play together with intersecting lines on glass as shown in the Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec Collection, while Cloud9 rail system showed us how it bends space to people with unlimited ways to change the landscape of workspaces.  Yellow had a strong presence all over the Merchandise Mart and Andreu World and Integra incorporated the color throughout their showrooms, shown below on the Gala chair and Pax Pouf, creating Instagram worthy vignettes for all to snap and share.

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It's quite remarkable to see the connections between manufacturers and feel proud to represent each with their unique attributes, yet all speaking a universal design language.  Learn more about the NeoCon 2019 introductions by contacting me for a showroom tour or product update appointment.

NeoCon spotlight: Angles, crisscrosses and translucency, oh my!

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Design brothers, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec were tapped by Skyline Design to create their latest glass design patterns: Oblique and Chevron. Here’s a teaser pic of a few of their freshly angled offerings that play with lines and transparency. Of the designs, The brothers state that "We believe that light is a matter of variation, of multiple pieces of information that your eyes build into a unique panorama." Vive la Français design! Check it out in person at NeoCon showroom 1040 and/or contactez-moi pour plus d’informations.

NeoCon spotlight: Camira's Double fabric feature

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Camira’s latest release is not one but two fabric options for panel applications with the look of wool, but made up of non-woven felted fibers. Sonus comes in array of colors both bold and subtle, depending on the application. Sonus Etch, its sister fabric adds visual interest and is offered in two neutral options that are meant to compliment any design color scheme, blending into the scene. Both evoke a mélange visual that adds a touch of interest to the fabric's overall solid appearance. Contact me for more information.

P.S. If you're heading to NeoCon, head to showroom 1123A to see this and recently released Jens Risom Collection along with his iconic A-Chair.

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Let’s go eat well then fiesta, Andreu World style!

Andreu World has not one, but two events that will have you jota-ing to their locations at TheMART on Monday, June 10th.

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First up, a delectable event featuring the release of the book Andreu World Book: Eat Well Seated, Gastronomy and Design by Alvaro Castro. You definitely don't want to miss this panel discussion and book presentation happening on June 10 at 10am-1pm in 1871 space of TheMART (11th Floor - suite 1212). RSVP is needed, so please emailrsvp@andreuworld.com to reserve your spot.

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But that's not all! There will be no time for siesta on June 10th between 4:30 to 8pm! Join Andreu World in NeoCon showroom 10-132 for a live musical performance, Spanish tapas and wine. Be there or be cuadrado--no RSVP necessary. Contact me for more information.

Heading to NeoCon this June? So is The Material Collective!

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Several of The Material Collective's lines will be featuring their latest and greatest at NeoCon and we can’t wait for you to check them out! Following is a list of all things TMC at NeoCon

Find us here: 

Events, Happy Hours and Parties: 

Sunday, June 9, 5-7pm: Camira Happy Hour @ Public House, 400 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60654. RSVP to Bobby Hejna by May 13, 2019.

Wednesday, June 12, 4:30-8pm : Andreu World Fiesta @ 10-132  

Showroom Tour scheduling:

Contact me to schedule a showroom tour for any of the manufacturers listed above and get ahead of the crowds!

NeoCon Itinerary, Tips and Tricks: 

  1. ️ ✈️ ➡️ to 💨🏙️

  2. Plan it 📅 + 🗺️

  3. Come 😴 + ☕️ + 🥛🥛🥛

  4. Comfort over Fashion 👞 > 👠

  5. Work your way through the 🏢 🔝 ⬇️

  6. Follow the 🥇 🥈 🥉 via Contract Design 

  7. Bring the essentials: Business ♠️s + 📱 + 🔋 (in other words, 🚕➡️ 💡🏋️)

  8. NeoCon 🌃 = 🎉 + 🍸️ + 🍽️

  9. ↪️ to 🏨 and 😴

  10. 🔁 steps 2-8 x  2

  11. ↪️ ✈️ to 🏜️ 🏠️ ️

  12. 🗣️ 🔎 with👥

Travel safe in June and see you at theMart!

HD Expo spotlight: Chelsom's L’EDition 26, Art Deco inspired lighting for this time period

More than two years of in-house design led by Robert and Will Chelsom has resulted in the launch of Chelsom’s latest collection, Edition 26. The collection wholly reflects Chelsom’s brand image in showcasing a multitude of beautifully designed lighting products specifically put together for the global hospitality and marine interior design marketplaces. All pieces are offered in LED outputs keeping up with current technology and energy efficiency needs of today.

Visit Booth 2646 at the HD Expo May 15-17 or Contact Me for more information.

Sound off with MUTO Acoustical Slabs

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MUTO Slab Panels are your solution for sound absorption while designing with the rich soft texture of PET material. Ideal for large open concept spaces filled with hard surfaces, MUTO Slab Panels mute the noise level creating quiet and productive environments. With a variety of color options to choose from, select the perfect shade while improving conversation and communication.

Contact me for more information.

Add acoustical absorption with MUTO Acoustical Divider Panels

When it comes to large open-concept spaces, diffusion of sound has become more than just a fundamental concern. Silence is everything. MUTO products offer the ability to turn function into high-design. PET core absorbs and diffuses sound. MUTO Acoustical Divider Panels offer graphic and textural aesthetic with high functioning noise control. NRC value and rating for MUTO Acoustical Divider Panels can be increased with the addition of a 1/2″ MUTO Acoustical Slab Panels backer sold separately. Select from up to 12 different color ways for tone-on-tone or two-tone panel compositions. Create unique and thoughtfully curated color combinations for your next project. And, enjoy the silence.

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Camira x Risom, a partnership made in textile heaven

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Camira has partnered with Risom to bring back to life two textiles created by Jens Risom. But who is Jens Risom? A designer of furniture and textiles that helped bring the Scandinavian Aesthetic to America in the 1940s. He started his company Jens Risom Designs in 1946 and prior to that, worked with Hans Knoll to create 15 furniture designs in Knoll Studio’s first collection offerings. His designs helped to shape the Mid-Century design era along with Charles Eames, George Nelson, Eero Saarinen, and Harry Bertoia.

Camira has faithfully reimagined two designs from Risom’s textile designs, Zap & Armadillo. He has said of the furniture x textiles equation: “However beautiful the piece of furniture is, the wrong textile can change everything, and more importantly the right textile can make it perfect.” With a total of 42 fabrics in the Risom offerings get ready for options that meet the needs of today with a nod to the past. 

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Turn up the silence with MUTO Acoustical Texture Panels

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MUTO Acoustical Texture Panels provide depth, drama, dimension and diffusion of sound. Whether used for walls, ceilings, dividers or artwork, the texture you have come to know and love is available in acoustical core to take your designs to new functional levels. With a variety of colorways to choose from and two core thicknesses to accommodate scale, MUTO Acoustical Texture Panels give you high-impact design in a thoughtfully functional way.

Contact me for more information.