Man Behind The Curtain

Last year we supplied the furniture and lights for the now Michelin starred restaurant – Man Behind The Curtain. Here is a great interview with the chef Michael O’Hare talking about his amazing food and what inspires him. You can see the beautiful furniture from Gubi including the Masculo Chair and the iconic Grasshopper Light.

Man Behind The Curtain

Man Behind The Curtain - Michael O'Hare

Man Behind The Curtain – Michael O’Hare

Desks for the Home Office

we choose our favourites

With the development in wireless technology the home desk is now a sleek, uncluttered affair. Below are some of our favourites desks for the Home Office –

1. Punt Ernest Desk

A compact size desk that creates a warm, intimate, orderly workspace. The desktop has a nifty storage compartment with an openable flap door for storing your tablet, computer, pencils, paper or desktop mementos. There’s also a stand for resting your tablet/phone up against. The back legs have slots for running up the wires, which are held in the niche under the desktop. Finished in either Oak or Walnut.

Punt Ernest Desk
Beautiful Punt Ernest Desk finished in walnut
Punt Ernest detail
Punt Ernest detail
2. Vitra Home Desk

As graceful as it is decorative: this home desk with its refined, lavishly produced base and understated colours is one of George Nelson’s design classics. Originally conceived as a ladies’ desk, today it has many uses as a small workstation at home. The legs are made from chromed metal tubing, the writing surface is white laminate, the wraparound wooden frame is finished in walnut veneer and the multi-coloured drawer dividers are in plastic.

Vitra Home Desk
Beautiful Vitra Home Desk
Vitra Home Desk
Great mix of colour and walnut – Vitra Home Desk
3. SCP Cedric Desk

The Cedric desk is an exercise in simplicity, refinement and deft detailing. Kay+Stemmer have drawn on all of their Parnham School training to produce a piece that has perfect proportion and reveals a mastery of craftmanship often overlooked in contemporary design. Cedric is made from solid European walnut and features an orange or brown leather top and lined drawers.

SCP Cedric Desk
SCP Cedric desk with an orange leather top
SCP Cedric desk
SCP Cedric desk with brown leather top in a very cool house!
4. HAY Copenhague Desk

A stylish and contemporary desk designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Hay. It is part of a collection of furniture which has been designed for the University of Copenhagen. The Copenhague Desk is a simple design with an uncomplicated identity. It is both functional and elegant with a clever back screen to prop your tablet against.

HAY Copenhague Desk
HAY Copenhague Desk with clever back Screen
5. Gubi Grossman Desk

This stunning Desk by legendary designer Greta Grossman features 3 drawers, ball feet and is finished in a stunning American Walnut, a real classic. Grossman was highly influenced by European Modernism, which can be seen in the design of this beauty.

Gubi Grossman Desk
Exquisite Grossman Desk
Gubi Grossman Desk
Grossman desk courtesy of – http://gubijournal.com/gubi-and-bang-olufsen/
Hope we have inspired you to create a Home Office of your dreams and you like our choice of favourite desks.

The Team at Cimmermann

Gubi – Brand In Focus

Scandinavian Masters

Gubi was founded in 1967 by Gubi and Lisbeth Olsen in Denmark. They initially focused on producing Olsen’s furniture designs and selling textiles to the retail sector. 

The term ‘Chasing forgotten icons’ has led Gubi to re-launch a collection of designs from the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. As well as icons, their uncanny ability to recognise original ideas and inspirations has also resulted in a unique collection of exciting new designs from designers such as GamFratesi and Komplot Design.

Some of the stand-out and most recognisable designs from Gubi

The iconic Adnet mirror is a real stand out piece from Jacques Adnet. The mirror is made from hand-stitched Italian natural tanned full grain leather in black or tan and oozes quality.

Adnet Mirror
Gubi Adnet mirror in Tan Leather
Gubi Adnet mirror
Beautiful Adnet Floor rectangular mirror
Watch this cool video about Jacques Adnet, the designer of the beautiful Adnet mirror

Jacques Adnet from Gubi on Vimeo.

Greta Grossman was a female design pioneer and long time collaborator with Gubi. Her products include the Grasshopper floor light, Cobra light and beautiful Grossman desk.

Greta Grossman Designs
A collection of stunning Greta Grossman designs

Watch this cool video about Grossman and her products –

Greta Grossman from Gubi on Vimeo.

Mategot Collection – Mathieu Matégot’s organic forms and lightness of touch create a sense of joy and the ground breaking and innovative techniques that he applied resulted in unique aesthetics and, above all, contemporary designs. Today, Matégot’s designs are equally fit for the purpose as when they were originally conceived, and his legendary designs are both timeless and classic. The Nagasaki chair is one of few three-legged chairs and is still Matégot’s best-known piece.  Gubi’s collection of original Mategot design include Nagasaki Chair, Dedal Shelf, Nagasaki Table and Mategot Coatrack.

Matégot
A selection of Matégot’s most iconic products for Gubi
Nagasaki Chair in Yellow and black
Nagasaki Chair in Yellow and black

The Pedrera family of lights were designed by Barba Corsini, a leading functionalist architect, in association with his protegé, Joaquim Ruiz Millet. In 1955, Corsini, realised his contemporary vision through his renovation of the La Pedrera loft space (designed by Gaudi) and the furnishings he custom designed for it- the Pedrera PD2 Floor Light, Pedrera Coffee Table and the Pedrera ANA Pendant Light

Pedrera Family
Simple and functional Pedrera family of lights and coffee table
Pedrera Coffee Table and Floor light
Pedrera Coffee Table and Floor light

We love Gubi at Cimmermann, their iconic products and attention to detail is second to none, long may it continue…

The Team at Cimmermann

Salone 2014 – Milan Furniture Fair

Its that time of year again, the world’s greatest furniture fair Salone 2014 in Milan is about to begin. Celebrating its 53rd year, it runs from 8th to 14th April so its time to get excited – lots of cocktail parties and new designs…. can’t wait. Many of our suppliers are showing their new products –

Kartell are celebrating 10 years of Bourgie at Milan Salone 2014, sign up to find out more information. The Gold editions of the Masters chair and Componibili look interesting….

SCP‘s theme this year is “British House Style

This year marks Tom Dixon‘s debut at the Fair for Milan Design Week, where they will be showcasing their new furniture, lighting and accessories under the theme of the CLUB. Exciting new Beat light colours and designs are promised among lots of other surprises.

Gubi will be exhibiting in central Milan and showing new products from Gamfratesi.

Punt will be showcasing a very exciting addition to the iconic Literatura range

Kartell Masters Chair in Gold
Kartell Masters Chair in GOLD for Salone 2014 !!!
Salone 2014 - HAY Party
HAY – new product party invite
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Tom Dixon new lighting for Milan Salone 2014
Punt Literatura Salone 2014
Punt – new and redesigned classic Literatura

We always recommend heading into central Milan where the Brera District is a must see.  Lots of the manufacturers showrooms are here and this is where the parties and exclusive previews happen.

Brera District Milan 2014
Hip and happening Brera Design District in central Milan.

Check out this website for information on activities happening in and around Milan Centre – WWW.TORTONAROUNDESIGN.COM

This guide is really cool from Architonic and tells you what not to miss!!! – Download Guide

We can’t wait for Salone 2014, hope this has wet your appetite for more. Catch your next instalment of Milan Salone 2014 soon….

The Team at Cimmermann

CREDITS

http://www.knstrct.com/furniture-design-blog/2014/3/16/precious-kartell-philippe-starck-reimagines-the-masters-chair

Scandinavian Style – The Things We Love About it

Scandinavian design emerged in the 1950s in the Scandinavian countries Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. It is a design movement characterized by simplicity, minimalism and functionality. Soft subtle colour pallettes are often favoured with oak or walnut wood finishes.

The Lunning Prize, awarded to outstanding Scandinavian designers between 1951 and 1970, was instrumental in both making Scandinavian design a recognized commodity, and in defining the profile of Scandinavian design. Since 2006, the tradition of a pan-Nordic design award has been resumed with the Forum AID Award.

The idea that beautiful and functional everyday objects should not only be affordable to the wealthy, but to all, is a core theme in the development of modernism and functionalism. This was realised in post-WWII Scandinavian design. The ideological background was the emergence of a particular Scandinavian form of social democracy in the 1950s, as well as the increased availability of new low-cost materials and methods for mass production. Scandinavian design often makes use of form-pressed wood, plastics, anodized or enamelled aluminum or pressed steel.

Some of the most influential designers in the Scandinavian Design movement included Verner Panton, Arne Jacobsen, Nils Strinning and Hans Wegner. From the modern crop of design companies Muuto and HAY lead the way with their simple and affordable furniture/lighting designs. The colour palettes that both companies use are bang on trend but at the same time timeless. The soft pinks, greens and greys mix so well with oak wood.

Muuto and HAY
Muuto and HAY furniture, pinks, greys and greens

Designed in 1949 by Nils Strinning the String shelving system sums up Scandinavian design at its best. It is modular, simple, practical, affordable and comes in a range of beautiful colours. To think a design so simple still looks as good today as the day it was designed is a testament to design genius.

String Pocket
String Pocket shelving in Ash and White

 Gubi the Danish design house offer a real mix of Scandinavian classics by the likes of Greta Grossman, particular favourite is the Grasshopper Light. The colours of the products they design are truly Scandinavian and the furniture is mainly made from Wood. The earthy tones in the image below is Scandinavian to the core and is warmed up with the luxurious Walnut chairs and table.

Gubi Ronde Light
Gubi Ronde light and dining set – lovely warm colours
&Tradition Mayor Sofa
&Tradition Mayor Sofa in a beautiful yellow tone
Scandinavian Design
Dark tones, set off by the beautiful &Tradition Ice Chandelier

 &Tradition a Danish design company are real favourites here at Cimmermann. There mix of Design Classics by the likes of Verner Panton  and more modern designs by the likes of Benjamin Hubert make for an exciting company to look out for.

Scandinavian Kitchen
Lovely Green colour and marble top in this Scandinavian Kitchen. Image courtesy of Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/pin/435723332669490761/

Scandinavian Style offers simple and classic design, hope we have inspired you to go Nordic!!!

The Team at Cimmermann

Credits and Links:

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/435723332669490761/

String

http://www.muuto.com/

My Scandinavian Home Blogspot

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scandinavian_design

Design Boom – Forum AID Award