When it comes to making a room work, sometimes the best (and ultimately money-saving!) solution is to invest in a custom piece. From rooms with small footprints to those awkward spaces that you'd really like to fill, working with a designer/maker allows you to get a perfect fit while bringing in just the right finish to really tie things together. Here's a starter guide to seven great places to start for custom pieces, online and in cities across the country...
For years IKEA's EXPEDIT has been a ubiquitous storage solution for homes everywhere. But recently the Swedish furnishing giant's VITTSJÖ has been showing up more and more on my design radar. It doesn't scream IKEA, and you'd never guess the system starts as low as $40. The black metal and glass shelving system has a nice industrial quality on its own, but it seems to really shine when it's given a bright coat of paint. Here are five really great examples of VITTSJÖ's potential.
One of our favorite exhibits at Ambiente was the Talents exhibit, which featured over 30 up-and-coming or just-graduated designers (from 15 countries) showing off their ideas, projects and prototypes. Some were beautiful and some pushed the envelope of design. Can we make guesses about the future of design by checking in to what young designers are dreaming up today? We think so! Here are some of our favorite projects we saw in the Talents exhibit — and the future design trends they might hint at.
Here's one of those classic items that cycles in and out of favor, moving from old-fashioned to au courant on a regular basis. While the Eames-style shell rockers have been in vogue for the past decade, other shapes and styles are now gaining favor in fashionable rooms. Judging from how often they have been showing up in tours and across the web, it seems we've firmly entered another rocker-friendly period — no baby in the treetop required.
Hem, the furniture design company from Fab co-founder Jason Goldberg, debuted its first collections since their September 2014 launch. The new pieces include the Key coffee table that assembles in 30 seconds sans tools, and the Palo sofa/daybed with rearrangeable cushions and armrests.
Alexander Wang is the latest fashion designer to design furniture. His three piece capsule collection for the Italian design company Poltrona Frau debuts in February, and includes a $8,8oo leather beanbag chair and a bar cabinet that's $18,500.
Prouvé's Standard chair (paired with a Prouvé table) in a colorful interior from Elle Decor España.
You may not know his name, but you've probably seen one of Jean Prouvé's designs. The industrial-modern pieces created by this French designer and architect — like his Standard chair, pictured above, and his Potence lamp — are suddenly cropping up in stylish homes everywhere.
Whether it's a piece of furniture you found for free on the side of the road, a hand-me-down you've had for ages, something you found in a really affordable big-box store or just something that feels cheap looking to you, there are some successful things you can DIY to make a piece of furniture look a lot more expensive (and personal!) to you.
Just as, after wearing comfy maternity pants during two pregnancies, I now believe all pants would be better with elastic waistbands, after seeing this table in all its glory, I think all dining tables should have this wonderful feature...