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In the lands of the midnight sun, light is life. That’s why the Nordic design legacy basks in the warm glow of contemporary light fixtures. Copenhagen-based &Tradition illuminates that heritage with designs by yesterday’s masters, today’s leaders, and the talent who may create tomorrow’s classics: Arne Jacobsen, Benjamin Hubert, Jorn Utzon, Kai Linke, Maria Berntsen, Mia Hamborg, Norm, and Pernille Vea, among them. Each fixture is meant to—and made to—endure The company’s guiding principles are Nordic to the core. Tradition and innovation are seamless. Art meets craft. Form and function merge. Material and potential are one.
Why not take a wall to the Wilder side? Aimée Wilder’s wall coverings pump up the volume on pattern and color. Think happy. Be smart. Look charming. Where did Wilder get her fresh sensibility? She’s a graphic designer by trade, and a new a New Yorker born and bred. Her background bridges modern design and print: Dwell, Martha Stewart Living, and Designspace. Her taste runs to typography, logo design, illustration, textiles, toy design, and rock poster art. It all shows. Before she launched her expanding home collection—adding textiles, pillows, and tees—she worked her surface-design magic for many well-known brands, Vans included. And the Wilder side continues, with licensees across the product landscape.
Area is a small independent company that creates products for the modern life. Founded in 1990, throughout its history Area has managed to continuously bring a consequent style and quality product with fresh attitude to the market. What started as a collection of screen-printed cotton duvet covers has expanded into a broad variety of products – from organic cotton sheets to linen duvets, blankets in cozy cotton and baby alpaca, and decorative pillows that add a touch of color or texture to any environment. Based on the modern Scandinavian concept of good design for everyday, Area linens are made to make life easy from an aesthetic point of view as well as maintenance. Factories and natural materials are carefully chosen from around the world to ensure quality goods that last.
Artecnica is a Los Angeles based design company that collaborates with the most established and emerging international designers to create inspiring decorative objects for the living environment. Alongside such talented designers as Tord Boontje, Hella Jongerius and the Campana brothers, we continue to explore vibrant, colorful ways of expressing compelling ideas and bringing delight and discovery to everyday design. Artecnica is committed to considering issues of environmental sustainability and responsible manufacturing. Products are often made with recycled materials and transported in easy-ship flat packages to help reduce our carbon footprint. And our Design with Conscience® program works with artisan communities in developing countries to produce unique handcrafted objects that reflect indigenous skills. This humanitarian approach supports shared work and profit across borders, cultures, races, and religions. Here again, design acts as a catalyst for change, providing an opportunity to help transform the global landscape.
Mark Moussa, a veteran of the home accents business, started Arteriors Home in 1987 after having grown up working in his father's import business. Today Arteriors Home is a leading, award winning wholesale resource available to Designers and Retailers. Arteriors Home's products are a result of a close collaborative effort between the Arteriors Home design team and many manufacturers around the world. Arteriors Home strives to offer unique accessories, furniture and lighting with timeless appeal and a nod to latest trends. Our goal is to deliver the customer an exceptional product and service experience.
What’s the art of living? It’s the art of living with art. Artspace makes that possible, accessible, and affordable. And fun, too. The New York-based site is private gallery, personal curator, and friendly docent—all in one, all on-line, constantly evolving. Membership is free. Subscribers get first dibs on the site’s latest, exclusive, limited-edition and original pieces. Working with the world’s top art resources, Artspace’s curators assemble a constantly evolving, supremely well-edited collection. What’s in it? The world’s finest contemporary art, by recognized artists and rising stars alike. And every sale of artwork on the site directly supports an artist, institution or non-profit.
At BDI, it’s design for all—and all for design. Since Bill Becker launched BDI in 1984, he has become a leader in contemporary home and office design. How? By sweating the details, large and small. BDI engineers its Home Theater furniture to support today’s demanding technology. It was the first to introduce innovations such as hidden wheels, adjustable shelves, cable management, and flow-through ventilation as standard features. In addition to Becker’s own designs, the BDI collection includes unique, functional furnishings and objects. The gist? Occasional tables, shelves, mirrors, and other pieces by Al Glass, Jason Guidry, Louis A. Lara, Noah Packard, Mark Palmquist, Matthew Weatherly, and Cristian Wicha.
Bernhardt Design was founded in 1980 by the 120-year-old Bernhardt Furniture Company and continues to be a leader and innovator in furniture design and production. During the past 10 years, President Jerry Helling has assembled an extraordinary creative team that has positioned Bernhardt Design as one of the leading international design companies with a roster of talent that includes: Ross Lovegrove (London), Arik Levy (Paris), Jaime Hayon (Barcelona), Fabien Baron (New York ), CuldeSac (Valencia), Suzanne Trocmé (London), Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance (Paris), Jeffrey Bernett (New York), Bang Design (Sydney), Fredrikson Stallard (London), and Claudia and Harry Washington (San Salvador). Based in North Carolina, Bernhardt Design participates in numerous initiatives to protect the environment, contribute to its community, and support new generations of creative talent, including an interdisciplinary course at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and the ICFF Studio program.
Can do? Yes, Blu Dot can. The Minneapolis-based contemporary home-in-one design resource is all about can-do spirit—and delivery. Modern design is all about necessity and invention. For Blu Dot, that’s just the beginning. Form is almost inevitable. It starts with collaboration, and a hands-on, pen-to-paper thought process. It includes materials and means of production. It even involves packaging. From seating to storage, from lighting to rugs to toys and accessories, Blu Dot designs are useful, affordable, and desirable. Blu Dot’s goal? To bring good design to as many people as possible. Can it? Yes, it can. It’s been doing just that since 1997.