Friday, 30 December 2011

The HI-MACS® House in Bavaria, Germany

A stunning villa, totally made in HI-MACS® Solid Surface. The interior and exterior were completed with its fabulous material piece-by-piece.

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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

VONDOM - A Special Night, Valencia Shopening Night

Valencia joins the trend of New York, London, Paris or Milan of mixing fun and shopping around the most chic streets of the city.

The streets of Valencia celebrated a stylist and glamour event, named Shopening Night.

Alma pots by A-cero from Vondom presumed its elegance in the entrance of each space, shining and welcoming everyone who approached.

Monday, 26 December 2011

Westfield Shopping Centres and naughtone

Westfield shopping centres have recently used a wide variety of naughtone products in their new centre at the Olympic park, Stratford.
Westfield's in-house design team worked very closely with naughtone to tailor their products to Westfield's specific needs.
Audrey stools were stained to match other wood finishes and an additional footring has been added to the low stools.
Standard tables from their range for the cafe court were produced in a special stainless steel finish. naughtone also designed a bar height table in stainless steel specially for this project.


SleepBox represents a contemporary and organic piece of furniture, designed for the demands of an increasingly urbanized environment. A sinuous life-sized object which creates a place of comfort and relaxation within airports, offices or other semi-public spaces, providing peace and quiet in busy urban environments. The solid, smooth and uniform shell is made of HI-MACS, and contains a leather covered mattress.
The project was designed by Caspar Lohner at the Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design [CAAD], Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich, supervised by Mathias Bernhard and Manuel Kretzer and produced in collaboration with Kläusler Acrylstein AG, who is the exclusive distributor for HI-MACS® in Switzerland.
The free-form shell is made from HI-MACS®, the architect choose the material thanks to its extraordinary properties: it’s extremely robust, but it can be thermoformed and visually seamlessly connected – which was essential for this project.

Caspar Lohner was in charge of each stage – from design to fabrication - of his first project using Solid Surfaces. He was both managing the project but also producing it with a team of students from the Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich with constant assistance of Kläusler Acrylstein, who supported with their expertise and technical resources. “Every day was a challenge for me, but when something didn’t work, we tried and tried again until it was resolved. I learnt a lot about HI-MACS® fabrication possibilities thanks to this project” says the designer.
The necessary MDF moulds were produced on a three axis CNC milling machine at ETH Zürich’s in-house facilities Raplab. The flat HI-MACS sheets then were thermoformed into shape using a vacuum membrane press. After the material cools down it exhibits the same properties as before and can be further processed in a similar way to wood. The eleven individual pieces were finally glued together to create a single seamless homogeneous object.
SleepBox will be exhibited from 17th to 21th January at Swissbau 2012, the most important meeting point for the construction and real-estate industry in Switzerland and one of the biggest specialist exhibitions in Europe.
Swissbau 2012 (Trendwelt Bad)
Stand Kläusler Acrylstein - HI-MACS®
Hall 2.2 – Stand A40
17th – 21st January 2012
Basel, Switzerland

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Happy Holidays!

Thank you for your visit to The Furniture Industry Blog.

We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and hope you will continue to read the blog in the future. Please email your news to; for inclusion on the site.

Best wishes for 2012!

Friday, 23 December 2011

Heal’s Launches Mobile Site

After months of planning and development, Heal’s launch a mobile optimised website.  With more and more of us using our mobile phones and tablets to shop, Heal's decided it was time to optimise the shopping experience for Heal’s customers on the go. With the new mobile website you can shop contemporary furniture wherever you are.

After seeing an increasing amount of people accessing via mobile devices (Oct 2011 saw +15% of total visits completed via mobile devices versus 3% in Oct 2010), the aim of the launch, was to give customers a better, faster and easier shopping experience that is optimised for smart phone users.

Some of the key development areas were:
Provide an inspirational shopping experience that is consistent with the Heal’s brand across all popular mobile devices
To provide simple, clear navigation, that allows customers to browse through their products and purchase the full range of products available from Heal’s.
To create a simple concise product pages with rich images and detailed product information including ratings and reviews.
Ability to share through Facebook, Twitter and Email
Ever present site search bar to allow customers to find products quickly and easily
Store locator to allow customers to easily access store locations, opening hours and contact details
Seamless integration of mobile and main website enabling customer to use a single account to shop across both channels.

“Over the last year, mobile has quickly grown to become one of the most important channels for our customers to access to our website.” said Mike Traill, Head of Ecommerce at Heal’s. “Creating a mobile optimized site that enables our customers to quickly and simply research and purchase products as well as find our store locations at home or on the go will enhance our multi-channel strategy.”

Thursday, 22 December 2011

New from Arturo Alvarez

The MIUU floor lamp is an arch that has the characteristic of turning 180º easily without any effort.  This piece is very suitable for lighting tables or sofas. Suits both residential and commercial uses; e.g., common areas of hotels.

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HOME is the first and foremost interiors event of the new calendar, opening January 15th for three days. 
Register now at to ensure you are the first to see and select standout products for the new buying season, many of which are making their worldwide debut at Home.

Offering a wide range of stunning classic, contemporary and ‘Homegrown’ British designed furniture, lighting and interior accessories. The event will be divided into three distinctive sections representing the cream of each of these sectors.

In the Modern Home section, visitors will discover the very latest in contemporary interior products. Modern Home will house both the well-established design companies alongside younger boutique brands.


Update from Della Rovere advising of a 3.9% price increase effective on orders received from 1st January 2012.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Aqua Creations

Aqua Creations Wishes You Happy Holidays

Staverton Launches New Website!

The innovative British office furniture manufacturer, Staverton, is proud to announce the launch of its new website,
With a clean, contemporary and stylish design, the fresh website presents the entire Staverton furniture collection via an interactive product viewer that allows users to browse by range or category. 

Merry Christmas from David Fox

David Fox Design would like to wish you all a very merry christmas, and a prosperous 2012. 

Monday, 19 December 2011

Classic Tangerine

The Colour for 2012 is said to be Tangerine.  If you like to keep up with trends but at the same time invest in something lasting, this Wishbone Chair is a great idea- the colour is bright and beautiful and the design a real classic.

The Wishbone Chair (CH 24)
The Wishbone Chair is a classically elegant and lightweight sculptural dining chair. The top rail is carefully steam curved to enhance freedom of movement and provide additional comfort. This design is a compact masterpiece of craftsmanship. More than 100 stages in the manufacturing process involve genuine handwork, including the seat, which is hand woven from 120 meters of paper cord and can last for up to 50 years. Hans J. Wegner designed the Wishbone Chair for Carl Hansen & Son in 1949, and production has continued uninterrupted since 1950. RRP from £391 ex VAT

Design Event 2011 Highlight

As part of the festival, Design Event commissioned eight new designers to develop a product using materials or processes they’ve not used before, in order to create eight exclusive products for the Mart. The resulting designs formed ‘Design Event Presents’ and raised the profile of the eight design newcomers from the north of England. These products are also for sale at

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Opening of BD Barcelona Design Gallery

BD Barcelona Design Gallery,
C/ Ramón Turró, 126,  Barcelona (Spain)

BD was created in 1972 by Pep Bonet, Lluís Clotet, Cristian Cirici, Mireia Riera and Oscar Tusquets. These five architects later became progenitors of contemporary Catalan design, but were also responsible for creating one of the first and most successful companies to promote local design both within the region and to the rest of the world.

BD edited and sold furniture and domestic objects signed by Mackintosh, Antoni Gaudí and Salvador Dalí, alongside the best in international contemporary design: Óscar Tusquets, Martí Guixé, Jaime Hayón, Konstantin Grcic or Ross Lovegrove....

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Herman Miller and Magis

Herman Miller are now the exclusive distributor of Magis products in the U.S. and Canada. Much like Herman Miller, Magis collaborates with the leading independent designers from around the world, adding a new set of names to the ranks of Eames, Nelson, and Stumpf. 

Monday, 12 December 2011

Ru Chair wins award

The Ru Chair received the Swedish architectural award The Golden Chair (Guldstolen).

The Golden Chair is awarded annually by the Swedish Association of Architects (Sveriges Arkitekter). It is awarded alternately to Best Product and Best Project and this year Ru Chair won the prize in the Product category.

Jury’s statement: “Ru Chair, with its neat and discreet profile is both innovative and inspiringly idiosyncratic. With a meticulous and solid woodworking craftsmanship adapted to industrial production techniques, this chair is both cogent and functional, a clear expression of our time.”

The Ru chair is designed by Shane Schneck and made by Hay. Available in the UK from It retails at £166.00

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Surface Design Show

Registration is now open for Surface Design Show

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Cigar box for Louis Vuitton, by Philippe Hurel

For this bespoke cigar cabinet made to measure for an American connoisseur, Louis Vuitton called upon the expertise of Philippe Hurel for the fine woodwork and the choice of the wood species.
And although French President Nicolas Sarkozy does not smoke, he is the proud owner of one in his Elysee's office.
This very exclusive piece appears in the book "Louis Vuitton : 100 Legendary Trunks".
Made to order at Louis Vuitton stores.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Dining with Hay at Nest

New at Nest for 2012 are five simple and affordable dining chairs and three contemporary tables from Danish brand Hay.

The ingenious design of the tables, designed by Jorgen Baekmark, allows the table top to be lifted off the base and reversed depending on your mood. Each table is available in a natural, black or white frame finish.

The pieces form part of the FDB Chairs & Tables family - a collection of well priced dining chairs and tables designed to complement each other.

Prices start from £514.00 for a set of four identical chairs and from £258.50 for the square table.

For even more inspirational ideas for the home and garden and 1000’s of products to search and buy check out or visit the showroom in Sheffield.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Herman Miller Holiday Sale

It's that time of year again- your inbox is probably flooded with pre-holiday sale reminders, but this reminder is a bit different. Everything in the Herman Miller store is 15% off until midnight on December 12.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Bene Spectrum

After just under two years Bene has freshened up its selection of colours and materials, the Bene Spectrum, with new veneers and melamine surfaces along with extensive additions to the fabric collection. This universal and versatile colour and material system is ideally suited for designing modern offices.

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A One Day Conference Curated By Its Nice That

Friday 9th December, 9.30am - 6.30pm
It's Nice That's one-day conference showcases groundbreaking ideas and projects from 2011, and explores how they might shape 2012 and beyond. Championing creativity across multiple platforms, In Progress promises an expertly curated programme of high-profile talks and insights from some of the most exciting and forward thinking people in the creative industries.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Christmas at The Dock

Christmas comes to The Dock with a four day shopping extravaganza including complimentary champagne and chestnuts at Tom Dixon's late night shopping evening. The Tom Dixon Shop offers festive gifts from over a dozen international designers including Danish jewellery from boutique goldsmiths Line & Jo and original 1960's cookery books from Idea Books. Mr. Smith offers a bespoke Christmas card service and live printing on his portable letterpress and Wrap magazine's illustrators create one-off wrapping paper and offer a free gift wrapping service.

8th-11th December
Thursday 8th December, Late Night Shopping till 9pm 
Friday and Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 11am-4pm

Tom Dixon Shop
Wharf Building
Portobello Dock
344 Ladbroke Grove

Friday, 2 December 2011


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Thursday, 1 December 2011

The Temporium

Starts today- Covent Garden.

Last DayTo Apply!

Hosted by Frame and Moooi, the inaugural award is looking for the best furniture and lamps that have been designed for a specific interior. Think you have what it takes to win?

Submit your application online TODAY (1 December)

The grand prize recipient will walk away with €25,000 and his or her project will be published in Frame magazine. All entries will be reviewed by our superstar juror, Philippe Starck, who will select the winning design.

Submit your work at

Wall lamps that resemble a skin with a variety of textures from Arturo Alvarez

Gea, Kala, Cors and Tati are wall lamps with different forms and textures, pleasing both to the eye and the touch where originality is not incompatible with simplicity.
Click here to view these new lights