Kartell – Plastic Fantastic

Kartell is an Italian company that makes and sells plastic contemporary furniture. The company, based in Milan, began manufacturing automobile accessories in 1949. It expanded into home furnishings in 1963. Kartells main aim and challenge was to introduce plastic to the home and to replace glass with plastic, not only for the home but for laboratory equipment.

In 1999 Kartell opened their very own museum to highlight and document the technology and rich history of their product design.

Kartell’s ethics are all about pushing the boundaries with what can be done with plastic. The combination of World famous designers who collaborate with Kartell to acheive this, include Philippe Starck, Ron Arad, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Antonio Citterio, Ferruccio Laviani, Piero Lissoni, Patricia Urquiola, Marcel Wanders, Vico Magistretti and Maarten Van Severen.

Some of our stand out products from the Kartell range are shown below.

Kartell Taj Mini
Kartell Taj Mini lights, LED touch technology at its best

The Taj Mini light introduced to the collection in 2103 features a touch dimmer on the head of the curve that controls and allows you to dim the LED light. A simple yet stunning design available in 7 different colours.

Cool Kitchen
Sleek Italian Kitchen with Kartell Masters Chairs and TopTop table designed by Philippe Starck

One of our favourite products is the Masters Dining chair. A powerful tribute to the three chair symbol, re-read and re-interpreted by the creative genius of Philippe Starck. The “Series 7” or Ant Chair by Arne Jacobsen, The “Tulip Armchair” by Eero Saarinen and the “DSR” or Eiffel Tower Chair by Charles and Ray Eames interweave their unmistakable silhouettes into a sinuous hybrid giving life to a fusion of original and engaging styles. Amazing design with the chair having a special finish making it feel velvety and sensual to the touch. The Masters Chair was honoured with the prestigious “2010 Good Design Award” presented by the Chicago Athenaeum – Museum of Architecture and Design. Masters Chair is light, practical, comes in 6 colours, can be stacked and used outdoors.

Louis Ghost Chair and Jolly Table by Kartell
Louis Ghost Chair and Jolly Table by Kartell

One of the most recognisable products is the Louis Ghost Chair designed by Philippe Starck. Louis Ghost Transparent dining chair is an icon of modern day furniture design. Reinventing the classic Louis XV armchair for Kartell, the playful Louis Ghost Armchair is typical of Philippe Starcks imagination and Kartells skill with creating amazing furniture. Louis Ghost can be stacked upto 6 chairs high and can be used indoor or outdoor. Available in 2 solid Glossy colours or 6 equally stunning Transparent colours.

Bourgie Light
Bourgie Light looks striking against this zingy wallpaper

Bourgie is one of Kartells best sellers, becoming an icon of Modern Lighting design. Kartells skill with this light is combining classic style, richness and tradition with innovation and irony. The baroque style base is composed of 3 interconnecting decorated layers, while the large lampshade is made with a pleated effect to create a myriad play of reflections when the light is turned on. The lampshades unique attachment system lets the user set the height to 3 different settings – 68, 73 or 78cm.

Kartell Products
Iconic Kartell products including Bookworm, Attila the Gnome, Eros, Bubble, Spoon Chair, Comback ….

Watch some interesting videos about Kartell products on the their YouTube channel by clicking here.

With over 60 years trading Kartell are a giant in Italian furniture and lighting design. Buying a piece of Kartell means your being into a special and rich history…. We love Kartell!!!

The Team at Cimmermann

Images Credits –
http://www.kartell.it/

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Muuto – New Brand in Focus

Muuto is a young company but already an internationally successful design company. Their vision is to keep adding new chapters to the already inspirational Scandinavian design history. This vision is emphasised by the name Muuto – inspired by the Finnish word ‘muutos’, meaning ‘change’ or ‘new perspective.’

Already firmly rooted in Scandinavian design culture, they hand pick the best designers from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark, and give them the freedom to express their design philosophy when designing everyday home interior products.

From the very beginning, the two founders of Muuto – Peter Bonnén and Kristian Byrge were
highly ambitious and strived to have their products represented in leading design shop all
around the world. Today, just 7 years after the company was founded, Muuto’s collection
of furniture, lighting and accessories is sold in more than 1000 of the World’s leading design shops on six continents. And more than 50 new designs have been launched from around 30 leading designers as TAF Architects, Norway Says, Anderssen & Voll, Lars Tornøe and Louise Campbell, all sharing Muuto’s ambition of reviving the proud Scandinavian design tradition.

We pick some of the stand out pieces from the Muuto collection –

Nerd Chair

Nerd Chairs
Muuto Nerd Chairs – cool colours

While the appearance of Nerd is unique, the overall expression, material and craftsmanship all have references to classic Scandinavian design values. Nerd is a chair that stands out as a very personal and distinct interpretation of an all-wood chair. Muuto Nerd Chair comes in 8 beautiful colours.

Rest Sofa

Rest Sofa
Rest Sofa – comfort at a premium!!!

Rest by Muuto is one of the most comfortable sofas we have ever sat on. The relaxed form combined with the solid wood frame make the Rest a comfortable and modern sofa design. The Rest Three Seater Sofa is available in a number of fabrics and in a wide choice of colours. Sitting on Oak legs the Rest sofa oozes Scandinavian elegance and design.

Mini Stacked

Muuto Stacked
Muuto Stacked – great idea for kitchen storage

The Mini Stacked system by Muuto provides a storage solution with infinite potential.  Cubes hang neatly on the wall either individually or together, creating a stylish and functional storage system. Boxes can be clipped together using the clips. Mini Stacked is available in 9 different individual blocks and with 4 different clip colours – White, grey, Yellow and Rose.

70/70 table

70/70 table
70/70 Table – concrete and soft lighting

The 70/70 table is a study in geometric forms identifying the dimensions for a well-balanced table. It has an almost anonymous expression but with careful detailing. The table is based upon two cast aluminium squared frames with the dimensions 70 x 70 cms. The simple Scandinavian aesthetics balanced with the warmth from the layered wood adds personality to the table with multiple functions, from dining table to home office. 70/70 table by Muuto is available in 2 different sizes and 4 different colours.

Leaf Table Lamp

Muuto Leaf Light
Leaf Light in green – love this colour

Leaf Light successfully fuses together LED technology with stunning design. Depending on the viewing angle and how the shade is turned, Leaf table lamp will subtly transform its shape to create a graphic and leaf-like silhouette in the room. Leaf by Muuto is also available in a floor version. Leaf comes in 5 beautiful colours options.

Reflect Sideboard & Drawers

Reflect Drawers by Muuto
Reflect Drawers – love the curved handles

Reflect by Muuto owes its stunning and unique looks to the phenomenon under which it was envisioned: The natural light of Scandinavia. The four corners on each front have a unique thickness and curve that contributes to the light reflections of the drawers. Muuto Reflect is available in two different colours – Black or Natural Oak. Reflect has 2 drawers on the right hand side and 2 doors on the left handside.

To get more design inspiration watch this video from Muuto

We love the colours and designs Muuto use – sure you will too, view the Muuto Collectioin

Credits & Links:

http://www.muuto.com/files/Muuto%20Background%20Information_2013.pdf

Design Classic – Make that investment in 2014

Buying a Design classic can be a big investment, but at the same time rewarding and cost effective. Let the Team at Cimmermann advise you of the best to invest in for 2014 –

Vitra Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman
Available in several different finishes and now in 2 different sizes, our favourite is the Santos Palisander Shell with Black leather. The quality and craftmanship that goes into making an Eames Lounge Chair means that purchasing one of these means you can pass it on to your children and they pass it on to theirs ……….. This Design Classic is meant too only get better with age.

Vitra Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman - Design Classic
Vitra Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman looking sublime as usual
Design Classics
VitraHaus 2013 – too many Design Classics to mention http://instagram.com/p/hvejFAHiI0/
Bestlite BL1 Table Light
This is the oldest light in the list, designed in 1930 and favoured by Winston Churchill the Bestlite BL1 table light is a true Design Classic. Bestlite recently introduced a new Brass version but for us the original chrome version is perfect. Watch a great video about Bestlite here.

Bestlie BL1 Light - design Classic
Bestlite BL1 light in a cool office

String – Black & Walnut system
Designed in 1949 by Nils Strinning the String system is so flexible and versatile it can work in any room in the home. The Cimmermann house includes String in Kitchen, Playroom and Bedroom – a perfect endorsement for the flexibility and design of String. Available in many colour combinations our favourite is the Walnut and Black, a warm mix of colours and materials. Will String furniture look as good and be an investment in 2014 – you bet it will, one of our favourite Design Classics.
String Shelving - Design Classic
String Shelving in Black and Walnut combination
String Shelving - Black & Walnut
String shelving – walnut detail

Modernica Bubble Light
The bubble light by George Nelson is available in many shapes and sizes but our favourite is the Bubble Ball Light. Originally designed in 1947 they look as good today as they did all that time ago when they were first produced. The simple shape makes them perfect to compliment any interior design scheme. These lamps with their simple sculptural shapes were constructed of an innovative taut plastic that coated a steel wire-frame. Nelson’s unique design and ingenious use of materials prove to eliminate glare and provide an abundant, yet diffused light. A quality which alone is unique to this material and has yet to be bettered. These famous lamps are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Modernica Bubble Light - Design Classic
Modernica Bubble lights, image courtesy of http://designspiration.net/image/2613663118624/

Flos Arco LED
Achille Castiglioni’s stunning light now comes in a new LED version. Offering 2 different levels of brightness the LED light is both bright and warm, a revolution in LED lighting. You can’t go wrong with this Design Classic originally designed in 1962 this new version adds a technological advancement to an already iconic product.
Flos Arco LED - Design Classic
Sleek interior with Flos Arco LED light

Vitra DSW Chair
The iconic Eames DSW Chair is now available with Black or Dark Maple coloured legs, adding even more exciting possibilities. Vitra have also launched a new Shell colour – Basalt which is a beautiful warm grey colour which combines so well with the new leg colours. A true design classic that just got better.

Vitra Eames DSW Chair - a true Design Classic
Vitra Eames DSW Chair – a true Design Classic
Vitra Eames DSW
Vitra Eames DSW with new Dark Maple legs
Kartell Componibilli
Componibilli is an iconic storage range that is flexible, functional, practical and looks great in any room of the house or office. Componibilli has been produced now for over 40 years and is a real Design Classic by Kartell. With its innovative design it is on display in the Musuem of Modern Art in New York and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Available in 4 different sizes and 4 different colours – White, Black, Red and Silver. The youngest Cimmermann family member has several in his playroom and Postman Pat loves sleeping in there!!!
Kartell Componibilli - Design Classic
Kartell Componibilli – so flexible and sleek, looks cool in white – image courtesy of Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/pin/446841594248911894/

Check out our Design Classics section and choose for yourself.

The team at Cimmermann

Credits & Links:

http://www.gubi.dk/

http://www.string.se/imagebank/highres/STRING-014326.jpg

http://designspiration.net/image/2613663118624/

http://instagram.com/p/hvaOt5HiEH/

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/446841594248540720/

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/446841594248911894/

Sofa Buying Guide – We choose our favourites

Choosing a sofa is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. Things to consider – comfort, appearance, how hard-wearing is the fabric, style and size are some of the major factors.

Below we list our favourites in accordance with these factors when purchasing a sofa.

SCP Oscar

Matthew Hilton’s Oscar is fast becoming a Design Classic for SCP. Its appearance with its turned walnut legs is of a more traditional nature but the proportions and the way the seat has button pulls is truly modern and original. Available in many different sizes and fabrics, this truly is a Cimmermann favourite.

SCP Oscar Sofa
SCP Oscar Sofa looks stunning in this modernist house
SCP Oscar Sofa
SCP Oscar with Donna Wilson throws and cushions
HAY Mags Modular

Mags by HAY is a modular sofa offering clean lines in a modern Scandinavian style. One of our best-selling sofas due to the number of different configurations and hard-wearing fabric choices. Mostly suited to contemporary interior schemes with its straight edges and rigid seat style.

HAY Mags Modular Sofa
HAY Mags Modular Sofa in a Kvadrat Hallingdal fabric

Vitra Polder

A truly original sofa designed by Hella Jongerius for Vitra. Hella Jongerius chose five carefully selected colour combinations and fabric qualities for her Polder design. The colours are accentuated with high-tech threads and large buttons made from natural materials. In Holland, the term ‘Polder’ refers to the artificial land reclaimed from the sea by means of dikes and drainage canals, hence the design and appearance of Polder. This one is for the true Design Lovers out there.

Vitra Polder
Stunning and original Vitra Polder by Hella Jongerius
Polder Vitra Sofa
Rear view of the Polder Sofa by Vitra
Muuto Rest

If you want comfort then Rest is for you, so comfortable you won’t want to get up. The contrast between the defined back frame and the soft cushioning tells a story of the comfort that awaits you. Sit back and relax!

Muuto Rest Sofa
Pure Comfort – Muuto Rest Sofa
Rest by Muuto
Comfortable, stylish and hard wearing – Rest by Muuto
Vitra Suita

The Suita system family consists of many individual components, one of these is a table to fix too the back to create a neat work area. A modern style yet with a softness that the designer Antonio Citterio has carefully considered when designing Suita.


Suita by Vitra
Suita by Antonio Citterio for Vitra
Suita in Brown Leather
Suita in Brown Leather – stunning. Image courtesy of http://www.vitra.com/en-gb/product/suita?subfam.id=142006

Whatever your choice, you can’t fail with any of our favourite sofas – thats why we love them.

The Team at Cimmermann


Credit & Links:
http://www.vitra.com/en-gb/living
http://www.jongeriuslab.com/
http://instagram.com/cimmermanninteriors/#
http://news.scp.co.uk/press-area/scp/
http://files.hay.dk/files/folders/1117/thumbnails/14248964634821f74c51569/

http://www.channel4.com/4homes/rooms/living-room/living-room-buyers-guides

http://www.antoniocitterioandpartners.it/EN/Home.aspx