Orb Lighting: Trend or Fad?

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I have to admit that orb lighting has become my latest obsession. As I am pinning beautiful images of orb chandeliers to my presentation boards, my clients ask me if they are going to stay.

Here are some of the winning attributes that, in my opinion, make well-designed orb lighting into a long lasting trend:

• A round shape makes it easy to create interesting groupings of several fixtures at different heights.
• It adds softness to the most angular, contemporary rooms.
• It becomes a sculptural element with great impact.
• Because of a two-part nature (globe and lighting part) there are no limits to a combination of different materials.
• It allows for the easy mixture of different styles in the room. Continue reading

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The 5 Best Comfy Chairs

Chairs collage 626I can’t live without comfy chairs. If you noticed, it is something that is surprisingly hard to find (even for a designer). This April I tried at least fifty chairs at High Point Furniture Market and found just a few great chairs. I hope that I saved you tremendous amount of legwork and guessing.

Here they are:

1. High Back Bergere New York Chair by Saba, design, Sergio Bicego

I spotted this chair right away and then never wanted to get up. Slim, comfortable and versatile you can use it for any room in the house. Put it is a traditional setting and you got an interesting look that will prompt a few accessories before it becomes a magazine worthy space.  In a sleek contemporary room, it will just compliment any sofa or other chairs. Lightweight and slim this chair is a modern interpretation of historic French Bergere. It is incredibly functional for reading or relaxing due to the height of the back, the comfortable headrest, and the elegant pouf. It is contemporary in its core but also an eclectic chair that combines uptown attitude with downtown easy spirit.

Features:

  • Completely reversible upholstery
  • Rod frame is available in a range of colors
  • Reversible octagon cushion.
  • Ten choices  of upholstery and leather in different color combinations
  •  Fully removable covers.
  • Made in Italy
  • Price $1,500- $2,500 (chair only, ottoman priced separately.)

 2. Copenhagen Style Swivel Chair in Black Vintage Leather by CDI International 

I was not a big fan of swivel chairs until I tried this one. It hugs you without feeling too small or too large. This comfy chair has another historical reference having roots with Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair by Fritz Hansen. It is made by CDI International, a high-end Canadian company that takes pride in hand detailing and superior quality. Their focus is on retro design with a modern perspective, inspired by the past with a view towards the future. The factory is in China, but all the products meet the same requirements as North American operations. Owning the factory gives them the ability to stay on the cutting edge of design and trends. Each piece is handcrafted, and every stitch is important.

Features:

  • Wrapped in supple hand-distressed black leather for vintage appeal.
  • Swivel mechanism
  • Small footprint that fits any room
  • Hand stitched
  • Made in China (company owns the factory)
  • Price starts at $1,500

3. Copenhagen Style Diamond Swivel Chair in Brown Vintage Leather by CDI International 

Beautiful diamond pattern embellishes the chair making it unique.

Features: 

  • • Wrapped in supple hand-distressed brown leather for vintage appeal
  • Swivel mechanism
  • Small footprint that fits any room
  • Hand stitched in diamond pattern
  • Made in China (company owns the factory)
  • Price starts at $1,500

 4. Gracious Swivel Chair by Wesley Hall

Ideal for a cocktail party that took place at Wesley Hall during the High Point Market, this chair was calling my name. What a way to have a martini! It is a brand new introduction by Wesley Hall, a luxury upholstery manufacturer with a great reputation for quality furniture. They, actually, pay their workers horly rate to make sure that no one is incented to cut corners.  From looking at this chair, I did not expect it to be comfortable. I am tall ,and my partner is much shorter. It felt right for both of us.  The small footprint of the chair is something that most designers crave. It won’t clutter the room even if you use two or more of the same chairs next to each other. It is very comfortable for long nights with friends in any room, not only a living room or the den. Change fabric and wood finish to go with your interior and the whole look will change.

Features:

Features:

  • Premium cushioning and hard-wood frames
  •  8-way hand-tie spring system
  • Great selection of luxury fabrics
  • Impeccable pattern matching
  • Hand-applied choice of 40 wood finishes
  • Made in USA
  • Price $1400-$1700

5. Tempo Chair by Younger Company

This chair invited me to snuggle in and stay awhile in the showroom after a long day. The high back and wrap-around arms felt great while plush back and seat cushions created a personal cocoon of comfort.  The swivel glider added to the chair puts you in a relaxing mood so that you’ll never want to leave. After I tried this hair for comfort, and it passed the test, I learned that Younger Furniture specializes in high- quality upholstered furniture at very competitive prices. Their designs are up to date with easy to care fabrics. The built-in quality is every bit the equal to – and sometimes better than – what you’ll find in much higher priced pieces.

Features:

  • SFI Certified Hardwood Frame
  • Back cushions- high-quality polyester fibers
  • Double padding arms for strength
  • Kiln-died North American frames with lifetime warranty
  • Heavy 8-gauge, sinuous non-sag springs.
  • Multitude of available fabrics
  • Low price point from $500- $1,100

 Most of the chairs can be custom modified and ordered through Klima Design Group, LLC. To initiate the order, please call 732 977- 7686 or e-mail at marina@klimadesigngroup.net 

Now, your turn. Which one is your favorite and how would you use it?

 

 

 

 

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Round Dining Table for Six plus Guests

round table final with wordsJust like with Woody Allen movies, when it comes to round dining tables, you either love them or hate them. And just like his movies, a round table in the dining room can be a blessing or a nightmare.

On the other hand, unlike his movies, a round dining table has no rough edges, so you won’t be bruised the next day. You will have no need to twist your neck when talking to a person sitting next to you. You can observe people and spy at them because you see everyone at all times.  So, beware of the magic of the round table. It can make you want to chat too much and say things worthy of another twisted Woody Allen plot.

If your dining room allows for a round table, consider it. Of course, you will have no luck in an eight-by-sixteen room. Your guests will be squashed against the wall and miserable.   But if your dining room looks more square than rectangular, you can certainly use a round dining table. By the way, don’t take the measuring tape just yet. Look around your space to see if you can visually separate a part of the kitchen or a breakfast nook.

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