Jenny Vance, the president of Astoria Compass, came to the company in 2007 as a project manager, bringing with her a background in residential interior design. Since then, she has risen through the ranks of the company—one of the leading manufacturers of custom furniture and casegoods for the residential and hospitality markets. Today, we get her thoughts on design and why animals make excellent co-workers.
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The innovative LA–based architecture firm Moore + Friesl Design Group is at it again. They’re introducing the C2 Credenza. It joins their earlier C1 Credenza, a compelling piece formed in part using a folded piece metal to create its frame. This time, the duo used Senoplast, a high-gloss furniture film for the bold, rectilinear piece. UV-resistant, recyclable and PVC-free, the material bonds over a wood substrate to create high performance finish that’s scratch resistant.
For the last 40 years, many a well-appointed American home has boasted a piece or of Roche Bobois’s chic, contemporary furniture with a distinctly French flair. This fall, to celebrate the company’s four decades in the United States, they’re debuting the Traveler Chair, a new piece (actually two pieces) created by Stephen Burks, the founder of New York–based studio Readymade Projects, in one of the leading industrial designers working today, who has consulted with Aid To Artisans, The Clinton Global Initiative and The Nature Conservancy, to name a few, not to mention collaborated with Moroso and Capellini.
“Hugo França merges the line between art and design,” says Cristina Grajales, the founder of the eponymous Manhattan gallery and an expert on 20th-century and contemporary design. Grajales is also the curator of an upcoming exhibition of Hugo França’s work at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida, part of the 2013–2014 Design at Fairchild season, itself a part of the annual Art at Fairchild exhibitions.
It doesn’t seem possible—with its sinuous strips of lashed and looped bamboo—that the chaise is for sitting let alone lounging. It seems more a piece of sculpture. In actuality, it's both. It’s Flow, a new chaise conjured up by Taiwainese designer Feng Cheng-Tsung and fabricated by Chen Kao-Min as Cheng-Tsung’s response to contemporary designers’ use of bamboo. “I believe that the methods of making bamboo products are too limited,” he explains. “I wanted to release the restricted soul of bamboo.”