Monday, September 16, 2019

SALE! Burton James Furniture

I am happy to announce the Fiorito Interior Design September Burton James Furniture Sale*!

From now until the end of this month, my local Bay Area clients can save an additional 20% off my already discounted trade pricing on upholstered pieces from Burton James, a company who has been creating quality, bench-made upholstered furniture for over three decades. Their products include sofas, loveseats, settees, sectionals, chairs, ottomans, recliners, and beds.


With thousands of fabrics to choose from as well as the combination of myriad details below, we can create custom pieces like no other. For sofas, loveseats and sectionals, choose from:
* 10 arm options
* 4 back shape options
* 5 base options
* 9 leg options
* 7 nail head options
* 10 Standard wood finish options
* 6 Premium wood finish options

If you've been wanting to buy new upholstered pieces for your home, now is a great opportunity to save. Call or email to get started--visit my website for contact information!

This sale is for a limited time only! Orders must be paid for and placed by 5 PM, September 30, 2019.

Happy designing!

*Additional sale discounts do not apply to the Benchmark and Select II Burton James furniture programs.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Feeney Gives Stairs Pizzazz

Feeney Inc. has been around since 1948 when it was established as a post-war maritime rigging company making industrial wire rope. The Ralston family bought it in 1979 and the company now makes cable and rail systems.


But they recently announced some great new alternatives to wire rope cables. Feeney now features resin and laser cut infill panels to use with their rail systems!

The acrylic panels come with many different materials such as handmade paper and natural grasses sandwiched between two sheets, to offer a variety of looks and textures for different styles and applications.


And the laser cut designs come in an array of colors. (That Kona coffee bean design would be a cute detail in a café!)


Happy designing!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Know Your Chairs: The Coconut Chair by George Nelson

This is definitely a chair you should know: let me introduce you to the delightful Coconut Chair.


One of the founders of Modernism, George Nelson (previously here and here) designed this chair for the Herman Miller company in 1955 based on the shape of a coconut shell cut into eight pieces. Nelson said he developed the chair “to give lounge seating comfort, together with great freedom of movement.” Modern, whimsical, functional, and timeless in its design...


The George Nelson Coconut Chair can still be purchased through Herman Miller and Vitra.

Happy designing!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Just For Fun: A Simpsons Makeover

Creative content consultancy firm NeoMam and interior design consultant Pat McNulty collaborated to give the cartoon family The Simpsons a much needed hone make over. They rendered the original house as well as the proposed spaces in photorealistic 3D and the results are superb.

The living room is done in a modern luxe style.


The kitchen got a smart-home makeover with appliances connected to the internet.


Homer and Marge's bedroom has an urban, industrial feel.


Maggie's nursery received a soothing, gender-neutral scheme with a bit of tradition.


Lisa, true to her character, got a biophilic bedroom that makes space for oxygen-giving plants.


Bart's bedroom is covered in patterns, colors, and designs from the Italian Memphis design movement from the 80s, previously seen here.


And the family bathroom now feels like a tranquil spa.


Happy designing!

Monday, July 22, 2019

Know Your Sofas: The Terrazza

I love the sofa we are examining for this installation of Know Your Sofas.

Made in 1973 for leather furniture manufacturer de Sede, the designer Ubald Klug conceived of it as a heap of sand that had been sat upon. But Klug's onetime collaborator Willi Glaeser said, "He had the idea to produce a kind of mountain. In the Alps the cows walk around leaving horizontal terraces. You see these patterns in this sofa." Hence the nickname for this sofa: "The Terrazza," or terrace...to me, they have always resembled isobars. But the manufacturer of the sofa refers to it by its product name: the DS-1025.

Interior design by Claude Missir
Interior design by Kelly Wearstler
Interior design by Martyn Lawrence Bullard
Interior design by Yves Behar

It has an irresistible 1970s glamour about it. Mick Jagger was photographed lounging on a Terrazza, conjuring up images of Studio54-esque lollying and orgying. And like most famous pieces of furniture, it has taken its turn on the silver screen. It shows up in the 1976 sci-fi film "Logan's Run" with Michael York and Jenny Agutter. (Previously featured in film and television: the Elda chair and the Ribbon chair.)


While originals sell for steep prices at auction, you can buy a new Terrazza from de Sede in a wide variety of colors.

Happy designing!

Monday, July 8, 2019

The Deconstructed Chandeliers of Frida Fjellman

I am wild about the amazing work of Swedish glass artist Frida Fjellman. She has managed to invent a new style of light that is a post-modernist take on a traditional chandelier. Instead of a fixture with crystal drops, she magnifies the drop itself and fashions entire light fixtures out of clusters of these gigantic faceted objects. Her colors are gorgeous, and just look at them in actual rooms. Stunning. I can't wait to show these to clients and see who might love them as much as I do!


Happy designing!