For West Coast fans of chic, sleek furniture, there’s a new kid in town. Flexform, the Italian firm known for its elegant, contemporary pieces, just opened a new showroom in San Francisco. We chatted with Gregory Herman, the owner of the new furniture hotspot, about Flexform and some current furniture trends.
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A while back we introduced you to BuzziSpace, the company that's aiming to bring down the volume in the contemporary office environment. Their range of furniture, wall panels, work space solutions and even lighting is all designed to make open-plan offices a bit quieter. From the BuzziShade that recalls Get Smart's Cone of Silence to fabrics and panels, they're taking on noise stylishly. One of their newest products draws its inspiration straight from the farm.
The new BuzziMilk takes its form from milking stools, although the designer, Alain Gilles, opted for a fourth leg, rather than the traditional three, for additional stability. The seat can also be cushioned, making it a great spot to perch (without the cushion, it becomes a handy, portable table) for a bit.
For serious collectors French Art Déco design, Maison Gerard has been the place to go. Standouts by Leleu, Adnet, Frank, Ruhlman and others turn a visit to the showroom into a master class on 20th-century design. More recently, Benoist F. Drut has expanded his focus to include the work of talented 21st-century designers, among them Hervé van der Straeten, Jean Girel, Carol Egan, Miguel Cisterna and Thomas Boog, making it an essential stop for the collector of contemporary design.
Let’s face it. We’re living in a neutral world. Just ask Dan Maddox, CEO of the LA–based Cromatti. “We saw how most home products are offered in a limited range of neutral colors and wanted to create something different,” he says. “We believe color is a celebration of life.” To that end, he teamed with Alan Rauta to create a collection of furnishings that emphasizes clean lines and color not to mention choice.
A solid foundation is the key to everything—especially if you’re talking about buildings or rooms. With that in mind, designer Jennifer Ridel launched Foundation, a line of furnishings with good bones and great lines that can provide a sturdy base on which to build a room.
The pieces are all handmade in Ridel’s shop, which just happens to be located behind the main showroom in Van Nuys (she sells to professional and non-pro clients alike). “We can push the quality,” she explains, and adds that all of her suppliers are local too. Her craftspeople don’t use staple guns, and the pieces all feature cotton filling, jute banding and eight-way hand ties. “You feel the difference when you sit on the furniture,” she notes.