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5 Jul 2010

Dining Room: Bring on the Light

Ok, so we do need a couple more things to round our the dining room. Artwork and a lighting fixture. I’m on the lookout for a great canvas of sorts or a giant photograph – but that will take some time. For now, let’s get some good lighting going.

I’ve already shared some of my favourite pendants for the kitchen. Some of those would work well in the dining room as well. But to keep things fresh, here are some new picks:

If my ceilings were limitless, so to speak, I’d snag a Serge Mouille piece or something by Brooklyn based, Lindsey Adelman. I’m in love with her glass blown fixtures. They’re available at Hollace Cluny and are oh so stunning.

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Lots of good things are coming out of Brooklyn these days, and David Weeks Studio is no exception. He makes some amazing lighting fixtures, as seen below.
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The London Townhouse of Christine D’Ornano was featured in Elle Decor a few months ago (and featured in a previous posting) The pendants seen below are vintage lamps from the Rover car factory. They remind me of the Caravaggio pendants I love so much. Top photo care of Elle Decor. Bottom photo by Lerkenfeldt Photography.
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Below: Secto 4201 pendant. Designed by Seppo Koho for Secto Design. Made from Finnish birch.
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To wrap things up, here are a few room shots from Avenue-Road in Toronto and Varenna Kitchens.
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3 Jul 2010

Dining Room: Top 10 Credenzas

There will really not be that much to the dining room aside from a set of table and chairs and a sideboard of some sort. Any one of the pieces shown below would do quite nicely, thank you very much!

Below: BBDW has done it again with their Lake Credenza. Here shown in walnut and oxidized maple. Bottom photo care of Hulya Kolabas.
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Below: Jasper Morrison designed credenza for Cappellini.
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Below: Brest Giorno credenza designed by Giuilo Cappellini for, you guessed it, Cappellini.
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Below: Florence Knoll designed credenza.
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Below: Photo from stylist Rohini Wahi
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Below: Naoto Fukasawa designed credenza for Maruni.
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Below: Photo from Blue Ant Studio blog.
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Bordering an all-white kitchen, I’m inclined to add a bit of colour to our dining room. USM, Barber Osgerby and Danish company, Montana, all make nice options.

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30 Jun 2010

Dining Room: Round and Square Tables

No doubt round or square tables are great for entertaining. Here’s a collection of a few pieces that have caught my eye.

Below: Design by Australian based architectural and interior firm, Burley Katon Halliday. This looks like a cross between a Saarinen and Eames table – not entirely sure. Call it what you want, it looks amazing.
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Below: Here’s the real deal – an Eames round table.
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Below: The iconic Saarinen table – one of the first pieces to pop to mind when thinking about breaking away from a rectangular table. Here seen with different seating options; Tulip chairs, Verner Panton chairs (photo from Anson Smart), and Eames chairs (photo from Ruy Teixeira; Other unknown).
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Below: Newly launched Lonny Magazine is full of great treats. Here’s a really lovely set of chairs with a round table. Now if I only knew where they were from…
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Below: I spotted this table and chairs on Danish site FRI. Again, if anyone has any info on where to find these chairs, any leads would be much appreciated!
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Below: PK58 dining table with PK24 chairs. Add a PK to anything and you’ll be off to a good start!
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Below: Jean Prouve’s Gueridon table. Available at HiveModern.
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Below: 60 inch Bond Table from Room&Board.
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Below: Square Irons Table by Meridiani
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29 Jun 2010

Dining Room: Top 10 Rectangular Tables

I seem to gravitate towards rectangular tables for day-to-day living, although my sense is that a round or square option might work better in our space. We won’t really know until the kitchen is fully mapped out, but for now I’ll run through the different options – starting with rectangular pieces.

There are lots of amazing tables at really different price points. Sometimes an old farm table looks just as good as some high-end designer piece. If I had to choose, I’d spend on great chairs and find a pretty basic option for the table. But, if I were to go all out, I’d pick up one of these:

Below: I adore Cecilie Manz’s Essay Dining Table for Fritz Hansen. It’s so simple, yet unique, and available in tons of different finishes.
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Below: Bulthaup C3 table. This is really an amazing table – so light with such clean, simple lines.
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Below: Meridiani McQueen table. Nothing fancy about this one – but a good, every-day table.
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Below: Zeitraum Tavola table. The walnut used for this table is really gorgeous. It does go perfectly with the Morph chairs – although personally, I don’t like to match so exactly.
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Below: The table below is made from vintage Eames bases and a custom top by engberg design. It also doesn’t hurt that the entire room is quite stunning. Once again, thank you Remodelista.
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Below: Tom Dixon Slab Table (and bench). Photo from RUM Magazine.
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Below: Jean Prouve EM Dining Table. Available at DWR.
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Below: R1920 Light Table by Matteo Thun.
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Below: E15 London Dining Table.
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Below: Lati table (with matching chairs) by Alain Berteau. Available at Wild Spirit.
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