Monthly Archives: April 2011

Art and Furniture Meet: Francois Bauchet

French designer Francois Bauchet has linked art expression with furniture design in awe inspiring ways. He is best know for the Yang Sofa, often called the puzzle sofa.

“When I was young, I was always fascinated with how things fitted together – from clothes to toys, furniture, buildings, everything.” – Francois Bauchet

I love also the Pluriel furniture collection, especially this sofa in my ever fave color: chartreuse!

“When I started I was very influenced by minimal art in the USA and really felt a need to communicate – that for me was by provoking rather than presenting something very ordinary that people wouldn’t really look.  I still wanted my designs to be practical and answer people’s needs but I wanted people to have an emotional connection with them also.” – Francois Bauchet

Francois Bauchet lives in Paris and teaches at the School of Fine Art in Saint Etienne. The Yang and Pluriel Sofa systems were designed for Ligne Roset.

Visit the  Francois Bauchet website for more info and prices. (They are a bit steep, but fun to look at and adore anyway!).

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Kids Room Design – Boys!

A boys room can be difficult to design with functionality and neatness in mind. This example of a small bedroom converted to a great younger boys room I think is awesome. The lower bunk is made into a personal play area, which keeps the room clutter free (with use of the curtain!) and will give the young one his own space to play.

The tween and teen boy would love this arrangement with cool design features using khaki and army fatigue colors and patterns. Useful storage bins under bed and on shelving add organization and neatness to the space. Love the skateboard featured as art.

Another great example of a themed room: hockey. Love the enlarged framed photograph on wall, and what kid doesn’t love bean bag chair? Hockey sticks and equipment are displayed artfully.

A perfect simple boys room that can be easily transferred to a dorm room from Ikea catalogue page. Great and inexpensive ideas here.

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Retrospect: The Frankfurt Kitchen

In 1926, Viennese architect, Grete Schutte-Lihotzky, design the Frankfurt Kitchen, a modernist view of a totally functional kitchen. This type of design flourished when it came out. It was the answer to all kitchen needs, and made  antiquated kitchen work, mainly performed by women, more professional. It may have helped that it was designed by a genius woman! Grete spent countless hours analyzing the working needs and space requirements when cooking to make a kitchen efficient, compact, and easy to maintain.

Here, the original Frankfurt design circa 1926.

The Frankfurt Kitchen had many built-in features such as removable storage bins made of light weight aluminum. The originals were manufactured in a WWI ammunition factory.

The Museum of Modern Art recently featured an exhibit of the Frankfurt Kitchen for its contribution to architectural and design history.

reduced space = increased efficiency

Sample of a Frankfurt Kitchen stove.

Today’s modern efficiency kitchen incorporate many design elements of the historic Schutte-Lihotzky kitchen.  The Frankfurt, in its many modern variations, is here to stay I think.

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Healthy Home – Rugs

Now a days, people are thinking about healthy lifestyles, and the living space of the apartment or home is no exception. The healthier the atmosphere, the better we feel. And this can come right down to the furniture that you sit on, and the rugs that you walk on. I fell in love with these fabulous rugs, especially the kids collection of rugs that I found at Indi-B, a cute company that features healthy home rugs that are made from all natural fibers and dyes.  They are certified through GoodWeave (which supports child-labor laws).

All rugs are made from 100% wool with cotton backing, handmade by Artisans in India.

The Home Collection is quite unique also.

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What Rugs!!

Love the incredible rug designs from Aram. All are handmade and Uttar Pradesh, India. One of these would make quite a statement in your new apartment.

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Retro Office Desks

Maybe a little pricey, but some of the vintage desks I found at Rehab Vintage were incredible. Here, McDowell Craig blue steel Tanker Desk.

1960s All Steel Loewy Fantop Desk. I really like this one!

Refurbished Fireproofing desk, all metal restored, with brass handles. Circa 1920s. A pricey one at $8500, but love it anyway.

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Trademark and Copyrights for Designers

Found this fascinating and informative article that explains copyrights and trademarks for interior designers and inventors. It explains what’s required and terms that you’d get from a lawyer, since it’s written by two, Paul Makovsky and Martin C. Pedersen. Take a look, and follow link for entire article.

On the Advice of Counsel
Two leading copyright attorneys review some of our favorite products from ICFF, offering designers tips on how best to protect their work.

Ikebana photo from article

For many designers, the idea of legally protecting their work is daunting. But it shouldn’t be: though knockoffs are shamefully rampant in the furniture industry, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) affords a whole host of weapons for legal protection. “The problem we always have is that designers think copyrighting and trademarking is scary,” says George Gottlieb, a founding partner at Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman, a New York firm specializing in intellectual property law. “They don’t even want to talk to a lawyer. But we can look at a product and in fifteen or twenty minutes give the designer a pretty good picture of what is protectable.”

So how can designers protect themselves? It’s not as complicated or even as expensive as one might suppose. “Our policy is not to charge for the initial consultation,” Gottlieb says. “We charge for the trademark or design or utility patents. On the copyright, we tell them, ‘We’ll do the first one with you, and the rest you should do yourself.’”

We asked Gottlieb and one of his younger partners, Marc Misthal, to walk us through the basics of copyrighting, trademarking, and patenting. We picked five of our favorite products from last spring’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair and had the lawyers analyze them as hypothetical case studies. (Their comments were based only on the short descriptions and photos we supplied.) A glossary of legal terms serves as a mini primer; for additional information, designers can request a free copy of the firm’s booklet, An Introduction to Intellectual Property Protection in Fashion, by calling (212) 684-3900.

Glossary of Legal Terms
These are the five basic categories of copyright protection, listed in order from the least expensive and difficult to the most. Note: trade dress does not apply to any of the products we reviewed, but we list it because it’s an important legal concept.

Copyright protects the “artistic” aspects of a product but not its functional elements. It can protect, for example, fabric prints, jewelry, some furniture, some product packaging, Web sites, textiles, designs or images on the surface of shoes and other accessories, software, and photographs. It does not protect ideas. Instead, it protects the manner in which an idea is expressed. A valid copyright is good for the life of the creator plus 75 years.

Trademarks can include words, slogans, logos, and designs. They enable customers to distinguish between goods or products of different companies
in the marketplace. As long as they remain in use, trademarks are good forever.

Design Patent
Design patents protect the “ornamental” design of any product or component of a product so long as the design satisfies three basic requirements: (1) the design must be “new”; (2) the design must be “nonobvious” compared to prior known designs in the marketplace or in prior patents; and (3) the design must be ornamental and not solely functional. Design patents remain in effect for 14 years.

Utility Patent
Utility patents protect the functional or utilitarian aspects of a new product or method that is nonobvious. This patent will protect only the nonobvious differences between the invention and prior inventions. Trivial differences between a new product design and the prior art are not patentable. Chemical processes can also be protected. Utility patents are good for 20 years from the
date of filing.

Trade Dress
Trade dress is the “look” of an article or its packaging. The blue Tiffany box and Coca-Cola’s bottle are notable examples. Trade dress does not protect functional elements. It is the most difficult form of protection to obtain. This is why we didn’t address it in relation to the products that follow. If any of those items become well enough known in the future, they might be eligible for trade-dress protection and might even become registered trademarks.

More here…

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More Vintage…at ABC Carpet and Home

ABC Carpet and Home offers vintage as well as numerous newly manufactured products for your apartment or home, from well known designers and companies. The carpets, which I featured before, are quite interesting.

The vintage Turkish carpets are recycled by bleaching them, then over-dying.

ABC Home offers many other inspiring vintage accessories for your home.

Cobble Hill Turner Trundle Bed in aubergine.

Vintage Suzani pillow…$160

Turkish Tea Light Holders…$75

Vintage metal stacking boxes…$45

Antique Tibetan Trunk by Tibet Arts & Crafts….$3800

Love Murano glass….Todd Hase – 1960s Murano Table Lamp…sale $1610

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Featured Company: Thief River Linen

I love coming across a company that is so cool and unique…run by two women with taste and style.  This is why I simply love the products made by Thief River Linen.  Manufactured in North Carolina, this company was recently purchased by StudioPeele Home LLC., and it makes high quality unique bedding, window treatments, and home accessories. Fabrics of amazing quality are featured for purchase also, all at competitive prices.  Feel the “spirit of comfortable elegance” this company has to offer. Above, Lauren bedding.

Lily Anna Bedding

Plum Pretty

Royal Marina

And love the Voyage Pillow collections…quite different….

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Spring Freshness – Yellow

Spring has finally sprung!  What better way to add some spring freshness to your apartment’s rooms, than by adding a bit of yellow.

Love this fresh yellow sofa to add a touch of vintage yellow to your life.
Dare I say, the table is chartreuse?

Couldn’t resist this one…a yellow spiral staircase in my apartment? Where does it go?

Marimekko Tamara Bedding – Crate&Barrel

Classic Chantel Tea Pot, in yellow, to brighten any kitchen. The Tea

Unless your kitchen is yellow…

Custom yellow kitchen for the small space, via: House to Home.
photo: Paul Massey

And finally, some exquisite and inspiring artwork featuring the color of the day.
Yellow Roses by Beth Patterson.

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