Furniture Dares To Give No Offense
Bobtonmay 22, 1997 called the banana Republican Party. Or Calvin Ikea.
Ordinary X or Po Bo (post-Pottery Barn).
The best collection at the International Contemporary Furniture Show, after four exhibitions, closed on Tuesday
In Jacob K.
The Javits conference center is safe and conservative. -
That\'s what\'s new to them.
Modern furniture seems happy to grasp the background of the design, not the foreground.
Ironically, the extinct Angel minimalism of the building has become a reason to retreat from the original furniture.
\"A lot of people just don\'t want to work so hard on design,\" said Thomas James, founder and designer of San Francisco company Item, one of 400 exhibitors.
\"We\'re trying to keep it simple and clean so it\'s not too objectionable to anyone,\" said John kristacos, president and designer of blue dot, a budget-based Minni aporius company.
Like-minded wall units for gold plywood, steel glass and sandblasting glass, coffee tables, entertainment consoles and home office accessories.
What is Blu Dot\'s ambition at the furniture show?
\"We want buyers of Pottery Barn to come,\" he said half jokingly . \".
\"We want to join this.
\"This year\'s advertising is understatement ---
Low mantra for modular, moderate configuration, quality
Manufacturing materials such as plywood, market-
It doesn\'t look and sound like the \"good design\" creed Miller created by institutions such as the New York Museum of Modern Art and designers such as Ray and Charles Ames with Herman in the 1940s s and 50 s: for anyone, good design can be the foundation of a better life.
But the faint echo of 1950s at the fair was not a revival.
Young designers are updating the great American design contract to make the design once again the context of everyday life.
\"We just want to solve a problem and make things cheap and efficient,\" he said . \"
Said Chris Takos.
\"When you do that, it looks like a 50-year-old because that\'s what they\'re trying to do.
This is a similar task.
Contemporary furniture designer-
Administrator at the front of home decoration--
Seems to be more interested in price cuts and big tastes.
Most of the work on display looks like it\'s from a retail store like Gap, which is no accident.
Many designers in their 20 s and 30 s-
And the customer base they want. -
Probably took their first design lesson from the design
A friendly shop environment like Banana Republic and Gap, not a furniture showroom like Ethan Allen.
The brand that left with them was that style: fresh, stylish, easy to wear, not too serious, because clean, simple lines so far are generic and slow.
With this in mind, the furniture at home has become a casual wardrobe rather than a powerful suit.
Some cross is real.
You may have seen the table when you buy the shirt.
James Doe, founder designer of Max designyear-
San Rafael, California
At the show, the company has designed retail display furniture for Banana Republic and Guess.
\"There is already a trend in the retail industry, that is, everything should be like your own home . \"Do said.
\"When you walk into a shop like the Banana Republic, you want to take it home with your clothes.
Natural wood cabinets and rocking beds for Do-
The simple bed does not interfere with the personal style of the home as his store fixtures do, and does not distract the goods.
At the end of the show, Ethan Allen found him to design a series.
Eric fiver, Bravo month of brand name creation, one year
The old San Francisco company debuted at the show to design furniture for Gap\'s flagship store in Japan. Mr.
Pfeifer\'s new residential collection includes Maple stacked storage cubes, stainless steelsteel-
Tube club chairs and Ottoman, as well as low cabinets that also make up window seats.
Like good store accessories, they can adapt to changing collections and styles.
\"We are trying to create furniture that people can carry with them or move around the house,\" Mr. Pfeiffer said.
This year, the retail display system has also entered the market as a residential choice.
Display Products Co. , Ltd.
A company in Seattle showed a series of large
At the Chicago visual goods show earlier this year, the scale, cool-colored low platform, thick cubes, and cabinets called Avanti were presented.
Large Residential players like Ligne Roset are no exception, showing the team
Couch and sleeping chair--
Compared with the stimulus of design, it is more conducive to the market reality such as urban living space.
\"After the 80 s, people spend a lot of time out of the house, but they fill them with designs, such as after
\"Modern furniture,\" he said . \"
Jameson showing simple black items-Gold Steelplywood pieces.
\"Then, the whole cocoon phase began, and suddenly they lived with the big red --
Ball feet and footpads.
I don\'t want to make a big statement.
Furniture should be more of a background item.
It should not be the focus of a space.
\"What is the prospect?
\"People,\" he said.
This year, contemporary furniture design is called a safe new world: more versatile, sometimes more beautiful, a little bland, but less inclined to alienate.
How does furniture and Bazaar match? going public?
\"I\'m disappointed,\" said the first.
Time visitors, David Yama of Eyecandy, a design company in San Francisco.
\'I think it\'s more out of the mainstream than before,\' he said.
\"Advertising Cynthia and Barry Hammond are the owners of a small retail contemporary design store in Springfield, Missouri.
However, they are satisfied with what they found, especially the popularity of multi-functional modules.
\"This is something that people can grow together and continue to add,\" said the lady. Hammond said.
\"You don\'t need to buy it all at once.
Christopher Deam, founder and designer of CCD, another small San Francisco company, said: \"I don\'t want to decide the way people live . \".
Strange vocabulary of designers.
\"I hope this furniture will allow them to be spontaneous and creative in the way they use these things,\" he added . \". Mr.
The first shelf of Deam has been built and retails for $480
In the handle, it is stacked into a wall unit or a room partition.
For many designers at the fair, the life after the Pottery Barn or crates and barrels is exactly where they want to be
Furniture collections like CK or Armani io Armani are designed a bit like a stylish bridge line.
Ted Boerner of Ted Boerner furniture design said: \"Places like Pottery Barns, crates and barrels are arbitration at this price . \"and-a-half-year-
An old company in San Francisco shows a redundant but not serious hand.
Finished wooden tables and chairs.
But they expose people to design.
The taste of people will develop.
Hopefully they will end here with us. \'\'Mr.
Deam defended this year\'s lack of design heat in another way.
\"It makes some sense to do what I call a restore design,\" he said . \".
Why does the state of art seem to be a stylish storage?
\"Simply putting things away can simplify people . \"Deam said.
\"People need more breathing time and more peace to get home.
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A version of this article appears on page C00001, country edition, May 22, 1997, with the title: furniture dare not offend others.