Saturday, June 22, 2013

Shoe designer Martin Keen designs for office furniture industry

Martin Keen the reputed shoe designer has turned his interest from the shoes into creating something new for  the  furniture industry. His new creation is called Focal Upright Furniture.
Keen, the creator of a sandal that's everywhere on the feet of hiking aficionados, visited Chicago last week to attend an office furniture expo where he showcased his design which is the design of a workstation for those who don't fully want to sit down or stand up.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Furniture for your eyes?

Takeshi Miyakawa has created furniture that could give some of the  world’s best magicians a run for their money. The Brooklyn-based designer has used mirror finished acrylic to generate the vision of disappearing chairs and tables and a few have been exposed to extreme heat to bend and deform their appearance. Miyakawa presented his series of designs at salon 94 during New York design week, where he awed the visitors with distorted nature of the collection  that makes it seem as if it’s phasing in and out of reality.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Mushroom furniture by Philadelphia University students

Innovative and crazy often make it big in the American marketplace, and now is the time for fungal furniture - furniture made from mushroom roots is making it out there.

Brian McClellan, 23, and Merjan Tara Sisman, 21, aim to be with the mushroom chair and pendant lights they created for their senior project at Philadelphia University this year.

"I hate mushrooms, sadly. The texture is too funky. But I love their growing capabilities," said McClellan

From the get-go, McClellan and Sisman were intrigued by the idea of designing with a living material,

The pair is inspired by the British fashion designer Suzanne Lee, who makes cloth out of green tea, yeast, and bacteria. They explored pressed leaves and seaweed at the Material ConneXion library in New York. They considered moss. And they read Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets. And mushrooms won the toss and so the experimentation began. And they have now come up with mushroom chair and mushroom pendant lights, and they are constantly bettering their products.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

La-Z-Boy Furniture Donates to Ronald McDonald House

The Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House just got stylishly comfortable, thanks to a La-Z-Boy furniture donation from the Chattanooga La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries store.  A total of four chairs were donated.  The furnishings will make the atmosphere more comfortable for the families of sick and injured children staying at the Ronald McDonald House.
“The arrival of these new furniture pieces will help further our mission to provide a warm and welcoming interim home for families in need,” said Jane Kaylor, CEO of RMHC of Greater Chattanooga. “We are very grateful to have a community partner like La-Z-Boy that shares our dedication to comfort.”


Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Marriott imports a new hotel brand

Marriott International is to announce their introduction to the U.S. a European-based hotel chain that is aimed at young travelers.
Marriott plans on importing the AC Hotels by Marriott, a Madrid-based, midprice brand it partnered with in 2011 to broaden its European presence. The Bethesda, Md.-based hospitality giant is betting on the urban lifestyle hotel chain to capture the lucrative Millennial market and its rapidly growing purchasing power.
"It's the right time to bring it to the U.S.," says Brian King, global brand officer for Marriott Endorsed Brands. "You import wine and you import cars. We're going to import a hotel brand."
It's a first for Marriott. And it's the second aggressive move the company has made on the Generation X and Y traveler this year. Recently, Marriott announced it is partnering with the Swedish IKEA furniture company to launch Moxy, a budget chain for Europe. It will run the AC Hotels by Marriott as a joint venture in the U.S. There are already 79 AC Hotels by Marriott in Spain, Portugal, France and Italy.
The company will describe its plans for AC Hotels by Marriott at the 35th Annual New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference today.
Chekitan Dev, an associate professor at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration and author of Hospitality Branding, said other hotel companies have started brands to appeal to the young traveler, most notably Starwood's Aloft and IHG's Hotel Indigo. Commune Hotels & Resorts, parent company of Joie de Vivre Hotels and Thompson Hotels, last week announced it is launching Tommie, a brand for the price-conscious youthful traveler.
"There are multiple brands that are capitalizing on the Millennial demand growth with smart design and advanced technology," Dev says. "This space is expected to grow."
Marriott hopes to open 200 AC Hotels by Marriott in the next 10 years. The company is scouting out locations for the first property but could open one as soon as next year.