Pantone has announced the color of the year for 2011: Honeysuckle, calling it "a brave new color, for a brave new world."
"Energizing Honeysuckle lifts spirits and imparts confidence to meet life’s ongoing challenges.
A Color for All Seasons. Courageous. Confident. Vital." "Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day — with nothing everyday about it" according to Pantone.
“The reddish pink shade lights a fire to your senses and revs you up,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.
Modern wing-back, dome-back or simply clean-lined high back chairs offer comfort and warmth as well as adding an interesting sculptural expression to a room. These types of chairs, with boldly exaggerated height, have a lot of character and personality. Demanding attention, they can be placed in large entry halls, living rooms, offices or bedrooms to anchor a room.
Contemporary dome-back chairs are a modern interpretation of the French Regency period dramatic dome and deep wing-back chairs which were intended to fend off drafts in the grand chateaux of 18th-century France. The porters in these grand chateaux (and previously in medieval England) would be stationed by the entrance to admit visitors would sit in these types of chairs (usually in high-grade leather or red velvet), therefore the name "porter's chair". Since there were often cold breezes near a front door, the chair was designed to envelop and keep the porter relatively warm in his task of remaining at the door for long periods.
With the holiday season here and chillier evenings ahead, what a great way to cozy up!
Kelly Wearstler design, Doheny Estate
Chamberlain, a modern take on the Porter's chair, by Brian Patrick Flynn
McCartney Chair by American Leather
Design Modern Iconic Egg Chair
High backrest armchair from Driade by Phillipe Starck
Design Miami, which runs through December 5th, kick started Art Basel Miami Beach week last night with a display of modern and contemporary furniture, lighting, jewelry, and design objects from dealers from around the world. The fair, which is known as “the global forum for design” showcases exceptional design objects from the advent of Modernism to the present day, as well as fine antiques.
Below is a selection of interesting and unusual furniture by a few galleries that are exhibiting at the show.
Erosion Low Table by Joseph Walsh at Todd Merrill
Broken Cubes II By Maria Pergay at Demisch Danant
Concrete Chandelier By Drift Design at Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Shelf By Sebastian Errazuriz at Cristina Grajales
Tephra Formations By Robert Stadler at Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Steam 11 By Se Hwa Bae at Gallery Seomi
Long Chair KARBON by Konstantin Grcic for Galerie Kreo
Jack Rodgers Hopkins, Custom Lounge Chair, Mahogany Wood
Images from the show (Miami New Times):
Perimeter Art & Design
Is Furniture Art?
Click on the link below to view Plum TV's Mark Ellwood at Design Miami 2010 posing the question: