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.

Below: Here’s the real deal – an Eames round table.

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).

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…

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!

Below: PK58 dining table with PK24 chairs. Add a PK to anything and you’ll be off to a good start!

Below: Jean Prouve’s Gueridon table. Available at HiveModern.

Below: 60 inch Bond Table from Room&Board.

Below: Square Irons Table by Meridiani

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.

Below: Bulthaup C3 table. This is really an amazing table – so light with such clean, simple lines.

Below: Meridiani McQueen table. Nothing fancy about this one – but a good, every-day table.

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.

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.

Below: Tom Dixon Slab Table (and bench). Photo from RUM Magazine.

Below: Jean Prouve EM Dining Table. Available at DWR.

Below: R1920 Light Table by Matteo Thun.

Below: E15 London Dining Table.

Below: Lati table (with matching chairs) by Alain Berteau. Available at Wild Spirit.

27 Jun 2010

Dining Room: Top 10 Chairs

There is no shortage of amazing dining room chairs. The ones that I love the most, however, might not be the ones that we choose. I came to this realization yesterday when my daughter wiped her tomato sauce covered hands all over our current set. What to do? Not much, I suppose. We just can’t have anything too precious at this point.

Still, that won’t stop me from sharing my top picks. Starting with Naoto Fukasawa’s Hiroshima chair. I first spotted these unbelievable chairs at Mjolk in Toronto. The wood is ridiculously smooth and I love the added comfort from the grey upholstered seat.

Below: The Formstelle Morph chair by Zeitraum is seriously lovely. I particularly like the version made from American walnut with cloth upholstery. Plus, I have to say that this chair looks even better in person.

Below: The CH20 Elbow Chair was designed by Hans Wegner in 1956 and looks as current as ever. Produced by Carl Hansen & Son.

Below: The Deer chair by Turkish design firm Autobahn has a great mix of style and function. It looks pretty damn good and is supposedly quite comfortable. Produced by De La Espada.

Below: Margot Chair by Dune. I love the design and the name! (Well, I’m biased, for those that know).

Below: A Knoll classic – the Flat Bar Brno Chair by Mies van der Rohe. I never get sick of this design and they are seriously comfortable.

Below: I think with kids, the Eames Molded Plastic Side chair is a great choice. They’d be easy to clean, are surprisingly comfortable, and look great.

Below: The chair below was designed by Belgian furniture designer, Alain Berteau. Discovered on the blog Belgchic (who in turn found it through Remodelista). How’s that for recycling?

Below: Ecole chair by Benjamin Hubert Studio

Below: To finish things off, you must watch the making of Bernhardt’s Corvo Chairs by French designer Noe-Duchaufour-Lawrence. Whether it’s food or furniture, I love seeing where things are made. The video adds a whole new level of appreciation to this design.

Corvo Chair by Bernhardt Design from Sight Unseen on Vimeo.

25 Jun 2010

Dining Room: Set the Tone

The dining room is going to be the first spot that you see when you enter our house. And trust me, you’re going to see it. The windows were installed yesterday. They are quite beautiful, in my opinion, and way bigger than I’d thought. That’s a good problem to have, but we’re definitely going to need some blinds.

In any event, I’m particularly excited about picking out pieces for the dining room. There are so many possible looks. I love mixing and matching types of woods and styles. I’m not yet sure what size table we’ll be able to fit in this room, but here are some shots to get things going.

Below: It doesn’t hurt that the setting for this room is quite dramatic, but I think these chairs have it all. They’re comfortable, sleek, and I haven’t seen them in thousands of homes. Photo by Richard Powers.

Below: Another totally unique look. Not sure about the comfort factor, though. Photo care of RUM magazine.

Below: Yes, Hans Wegner wishbone chairs are everywhere, but they are beautiful, aren’t they? I love the light wood paired with the dark oak table. Photo by Ray Main.

Below: Another set of Wegner chairs care of Bulthaup. Bulthaup not only makes the most beautiful kitchens, but some pretty fab tables as well – light, durable, sleek. I love this look.

Below: Beautiful Cherner chairs care of Specht Harpman Architects.

Below: Jean Prouve all around, care of Taschen. From the table to the chairs to the lighting – it all works for me.

Below: A practical option that fits perfectly in this space. Design by Burd Haward Architects.

Below: Oh where can I find these chairs? I’m not sure where they’re from, but I love the look paired with a big parsons table. Photo via Emmas Blogg

Below: Bryan Adams Paris apartment featured in Elle Decor. I did a recent posting on the living room in this home. Now for the dining room, which is as equally amazing – old school desks make up the table, Bulthaup cabinetry, and flee market chairs – a pretty creative mix that completely works.

Below: This is the dining room from the home of Louise Olsen, Dinosaur Designs founder, and her husband, artist, Stephen Ormandy. It was featured in Vogue Australia in their Jan / Feb 2010 issue. The space feels airy and modern, yet lived in. I wouldn’t mind snagging one of those paintings, either.