Outdoor Dining

Our Top 5 Outdoor chairs for Summer

Summer is on it’s way and who doesn’t like a bit of Al Fresco dining. Check out our 5 favourite outdoor dining chairs –

1. Robin Day Polo Chair

A true Design Classic and at £80 for the 4 legged version it’s a steal. Available in 9 different shell colours and with different base options – there will be something for everyone.

Outdoor Dining - Polo Chair by Robin Day
Outdoor Dining – Polo Chair by Robin Day
Polo Chair by Robin Day
Check out the Polo Holes!

2. Kartell Masters Chair

The Hybrid Chair, Philippe Starck at his most inventive and creative. We love the Masters Chair, available in 6 different colours its a Summer winner from Kartell.

Kartell Masters Chair by Philippe Starck
Outdoor Dining – Kartell Masters Chair is a real favourite at Cimmermann

3. Vitra Vegetal Chair

The Vegetal looks as if its been grown outdoors. A unique chair with a very organic form, designed by the Bouroullec Brothers.

Outdoor Dining - Vitra Vegetal Chair
Vitra Vegetal amongst the Lemon groves!
Vitra Vegetal Chair
Wish you were there – I’ll take the Vegetal at the head of the table

4. Vitra Panton Chair

Who doesn’t know the iconic “S” shaped chair? A real classic and great for outdoor summer dining!

Design Classic - Panton chair can be used outside
Design Classic – Panton chair can be used outside
Vitra Panton Chair
Nobody does Outdoor Dining like Vitra !

5. Kartell Gnomes

If its fun your after look no further than the Kartell Gnome Family. Made up of stools and a table it really is a quirky take on Al Fresco dining, your guests will love it!

Kartell Gnomes
Attila the Gnome by Kartell, don’t drop my drink!
Kartell Gnome
Kartell Gnome by Philippe Starck

Here’s hoping for a cracking Summer – check out the Outdoor Section on our website for more inspiration.

The Team at Cimmermann

Scandinavian Design – &Tradition

A quote from the founder of &Tradition – “We want to connect with the old masters, while giving space to new designers to define what will become future classics. We see a kinship between the old masters, who were avant-garde in their time, and new designers creating the ground-breaking icons of today”.

 &Tradition is a Danish design company established in 2010 with the founding principle being tradition tied to innovation. Their unique library of furniture and lighting spans from the 1930s to the present day and includes designs by internationally renowned designers.

One of their most iconic products is the Flowerpot Light  designed by Verner Panton. The Flowerpot light with its two semi-circular spheres facing each other has long proved its lasting design quality and is just as much an icon of our time. 

Scandinavian Design - Flowerpot Light
Simple and colourful – Flowerpot light by Verner Panton
Newer stand out pieces by &Tradition include the Mayor Sofa. A re-issue designed by Arne Jacobsen. Mayor sofa was created for Søllerød City Hall, built 1939-1942. The Danish architects Arne Jacobsen and Flemming Lassen were responsible for the entire town hall aesthetic appearance, from the design of the entire building to furniture and small details such as door handles. The two architects created many award-winning buildings together, and at the time furniture designs came second. Together they created, in addition to Søllerød Town Hall, numerous of other award-winning projects. Now, more than 70 years later, the team receives yet another award for their astonishing designs. Recently the MAYOR sofa has won the award for “Best Reissue” in the prestigious Wallpaper* Design Award 2013.

Scandinavian Design - Mayor Sofa by &Tradition
Beautiful Mayor Sofa designed by Arne Jacobsen, love the green colour

With the Shuffle Table Mia Hamborg gives new life to the old Nordic craft tradition of turning wood by adding the colour and playful forms from old painted wooden toys. It’s up to you where you want to put this fine piece of furniture and being truly Nordic and democratic, you can even decide the form and height of the table. This new black marble version is stunning and adds an element of sophistication, great example of clever Scandinavian Design.

Scandinavian Design - &Tradition Shuffle table in black marble
&Tradition Shuffle table in black marble
One of the most respected designers of modern time – Benjamin Hubert has also designed lights for &Tradition. The spinning-top toy, a childhood favourite, inspires to the joyful form of the Spinning Light along with the process of metal spinning. Here, form truly meets function in an innovative way. It’s sleek, it’s sexy and it’s sure to become a new classic.

Scandinavian Design - White Spinning Light by Benjamin Hubert
White Spinning Light by Benjamin Hubert
The Catch Chair is another favourite designed by Jamie Hayon. Catch Chair’s armrests extend from the shell like literal limbs, ready to embrace you as you sit down. In addition to being a witty personification, it is also an eye-catching piece of design. Serpentine lines give it a playful lightness that is counterbalanced by a sturdy, well-balanced base and legs that ensure maximum comfort. Available in many fabric and leather options.

Scandinavian Design - Catch Chair by Jamie Hayon for &Tradition
Catch Chair by Jamie Hayon for &Tradition
&Tradition are not one of the most well known Scandinavian brands but we love them!

The Team at Cimmermann

Valentines Day at Home In Style

Do Valentines Day at Home in Style – Design Tips to Make Your Heart Flutter

When it comes to Valentines Day, staying in is definitely the new going out. Home is where the heart is after all. Whether you are planning a cosy romantic evening or prefer a bit of drama in the mix, here are some tips for transforming your abode into a romantic den.

Mood Lighting

A combination of soft lighting and gentle flickering candlelight creates the perfect romantic setting. This is a real opportunity to invest in an exquisite piece of designer lighting. Enhance your space with a delicate modern glow with the elegantly ethereal Artemide Logico Floor Light. The distinctive shape and polished finish of the blown glass diffuser resembles a piece of silk. Touch-sensitive dimmer control lets you easily adjust the light to really set the scene. Make a real statement with a red Flowerpot light, a retro design classic from Verner Panton. If you are seeking a more dramatic show of affection, positioning a contemporary candelabra on your dining table or coffee table makes an indulgent centrepiece certain to have impact. Finish the space with a metallic wall mirror that bounces light around the room beautifully.

Valentines Day - Artemide Logico Floor Light
Artemide Logico Floor light – shade is made from glass but looks more like silk
Valentines Day - Red FLowerpot Light
Make a statement – Red Flowerpot light from Verner Panton
Amorous Accessories

Dressing your home to impress with lavish layers and adorable accents gives familiar surroundings an inviting themed angle. Increase the tonal temperature with a pop of passionate colour by introducing a bold cushion from HAY to a sofa or chair. Snuggle up in front of the fire under the season’s charming print throw. Why not peruse our fine collection of beautiful hand-painted designer wallpaper and create a feature wall? From delightful romantic florals to glamorous gothic-inspired designs, your room will be given incredible artsy dimension. For the ultimate heart-warming, show-stopping retro style statement, opt for the utterly unique Vitra Heart Cone Chair.

Valentines Day - Heart Cone Chair
Heart Cone Chair by Vitra – the ultimate Valentines Gift
Valentines Day - Lovebirds Cushion
The appropriately titles Lovebirds cushion by Timorous Beasties
Fine Dining

Staying in to celebrate Valentine’s Day does not have to mean sacrificing the fine dining experience. Why not plan an à la carte experience at home? While you might have the delicious cuisine under control, investing in an impressive designer dining table ensures a hospitable high-end look to make you both feel extra special. From sleek and sophisticated to strong and natural, we have a stunning selection to ensure you dine in style.

Valentines Day - Muuto table
One of our favourite Dining tables by Muuto the 70/70 table. It has a really cool plywood detail edging

Have a Happy Valentines Day whoever and wherever you were – but remember keep it stylish!

The Team at Cimmermann

Scandinavian Style Uncovered

“Beautiful things that make your life better” – An Underlying Concept of Scandinavian Design

Scandinavian style is an enduring design movement that we love. It’s all about clean lines, natural fabrics and a simple approach to modern living.

At its core, Scandinavian Design is about survival. The long hours of darkness in the winter months, the scarcity of raw materials, and, often harsh conditions in the far north are key to understanding this movement’s themes of minimalism, simplicity, and above all functionality.

Ikea Kitchen
Ikea Kitchen – sums up  minimialism, simplicity and functionality styled up with plywood worktop and simple tiles
A growing post-war influence

Scandinavian design began to grow in influence from the 1950s to today. Its characteristics are instantly recognizable; a common look across architecture, furniture, fashion and textiles.

Reflecting the spread of social-consciousness in these countries post-war, Scandinavian style has democratic principles at its heart – making high-quality design available to the masses, through the use of low-cost materials such as wood and plastics, and the mass production methods that were becoming more widely-used by the middle of the 20th century.

Scandinavian Style - Cool Kitchen
Cool Scandinavian Kitchen with a great mix of materials
Scandinavians spend a lot of time at home to escape the darkness and cold outside, so the design aesthetic is dedicated to making the domestic environment as comfortable and easy as possible, and to bringing the beauty of nature indoors.

There are plentiful institutions and awards bodies, which promote Scandinavian design and encourage innovation, and many of its brands have now become global household names.

Finland

Some of the best-known proponents of modern Finnish style are bringing the traditions of 1950s modernism into the 21st century with enviable success. As an indication of its importance, a government programme called Wasp works with Finnish schools to deliver architectural and design education, and awareness of professional roles.

Style Focus: Marimekko

Defined by its creator as “a cultural phenomenon guiding the quality of living,” this major design company now has an outlet on 5th Avenue in New York. Marimekko’s ethos is driven by authenticity and a refusal to follow trends for the sake of it. Their patterned fabrics were hugely influential in the 1960s, and Marimekko designs have been worn by Jackie Onassis, and Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City.

Scandinavian Style - Marimekko Unikko
The Marimekko Unikko Fabric – a true Design Classic
Scandinavian Style - Marimekko
White, calming and simple – Scandinavian Style by Marimekko
Sweden

Swedish style is very light and soothing, and although the furniture of IKEA often takes centre-stage, it should be noted that glassware, textiles and ceramics, as well as industrial design, are also extremely popular. There are nearly 3000 design firms in Sweden, dotted around the country, and the industry has seen massive growth over the last two decades.

Style Focus: IKEA

There are five components to IKEA’s democratic design process: Form, Function, Sustainability, Quality and Low Price. One of the world’s most well-known furnishings brands, which uses 1% of the Earth’s wood supply, they conduct many home visits every year to learn about people’s needs, the better to inform their design decisions. Many of their flat-packed self-assembly products, with their clean, simple lines, have gone on to become iconic.

Ikea Favourite Products
Iconic Ikea Products, some real classics that when mixed with more designer lead furniture can be exceptional

Norway

For many years in the shadows, Norway is now a rising star of Scandi Style, due to an emerging breed of extremely talented young designers, and a government-backed effort to promote the country’s design industry to business. A recent innovation is Cinsona Packaging, created to help ensure medicines are not used incorrectly – a perfect example of functionality in design.

Style Focus: Variér

Originally part of the famous Stokke AS group, Variér is now a well-established brand in its own right. The company manufactures modern chairs which are notable for possessing unconventional styles but also incorporating ergonomic design to encourage movement whilst sitting. They pioneered the now widely-used kneeling chair, which reduces tension in the upper body.

Denmark

Danish design was heavily influenced by the German Bauhaus movement, with industrial elements and hand-crafted styles prominent. There are numerous design museums throughout Denmark showcasing its proud history. Again with simplicity and function at its core, a vital example of Danish design is the Sydney Opera House (designed by legendary architect Jorn Utzon), a ground-breaking structure recognisable around the world.

Sydney Opera House designed by Jorn Utzon
Sydney Opera House designed by Jorn Utzon

Style Focus: Verner Panton

Like his countryman Arne Jacobsen, this Danish interior and furniture designer was controversial in his own time, but his works continue to have mass appeal and are still in production today. Working with vibrant, colourful stylistic flourishes and a Modernist approach to materials including hardened plastic, his masterpiece, the stackable “S” chair, has gone on to become a design classic.

Panton Chair
Vitra Verner Panton Chair, very simple and so recognisable.

Scandinavian Style is timeless and easy to achieve – Happy Scandi-designing

The Team at Cimmermann

Sources:

Danish Design Blog

Archiproducts

Ikea

Design Council

Norsk Design
 
Smashing Magazine

Wikipedia

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