New #Luxury Design Products Spotlight: Week of May 18th
Weekly my inbox fills with notice of great new products being introduced to the market. And as much as I'd like to devote space in our quarterly magazine theTwentySIX, there just isn't enough space. The result? Every week check this spot for the newest product introductions. And if you'd like to see your product here... make sure to email me the press release and necessary photos.
Kick Back Cocktail Table by Atocha Design
According to furniture studio Atocha Design, there are two types of people for whom the newest addition to their casual collections: Rock Stars and those who listen to them. For the musically inclined and the musically inspired, the Kick Back Cocktail Table consolidates all of the creature comforts, the necessities of a lifestyle that happens after five o'clock, into a singular graphic design statement. Integrating a recessed area to house a turntable, housing for an amp, a bin sized to fit over 120 albums, and a solid brass inset for one's choice of libation, Kick Back means never having to leave the divan when it's time to change from Miles Davis to James Dean. Crafted from natural and dyed Bolivar veneer set on a steel base. Also available in Walnut and Santos Palisander as well.
Sofa by KODO Concept by Mazda Design
It is quite typical that vehicles are designed for their driver's lifestyles. What has changed is that automotive manufacturers are transitioning the lifestyles surrounding their vehicles back into elements meant to compliment the home. During this past Milan Design Week, Japanese brand Mazda Motor Corporation highlighted the talents of the Mazda Design team, showcasing the Sofa by KODO concept. With a blend of refined sensibilities and Italian craftsmanship, the Sofa by KODO brings to furniture the same details and craftsmanship not unlike that of their new CX-3 as well as embodies the strong stance and design dynamic present in all of Mazda's newest vehicles. There is no word whether the concept will make it to production, however, it certainly gives an eye toward things to come for the popular brand.
Continuum Sink by Matthew Quinn for MTI Baths
Last year purveyor of luxury bathroom fixtures MTI, embraced the evolution of the modern residential bathroom's Less is More aesthetic with the addition of Integrated Counter Sinks to their Boutique Collection (Round Up Nov. 3rd). Continuing their perfection of contemporary design, Continuum, the result of a partnership with kitchen and bath designer Matthew Quinn, blends an equal balance form and function and a focus on finish and detail into a sophisticated semi-recessed sink. In an effort to create the illusion that the sink is simply a ring of proprietary Engineered Solid Stone set atop the user's counter-top, the basin is actually cut through the surface leaving 2 inches (4.25" on request) above the surface and an element inside the basin to be fitted with the customer's counter material. Keeping the environment at the forefront, Continuum is constructed with nearly 65% organic materials including a high-performance eco -esin.
Five-Door Refrigerator by KitchenAid
Two heads might be better than one and four hands better than two but when it comes to refrigerators, five doors beats them all. KitchenAid, encouraging efficient organization and ensuring the preservation of fresh foods, has unveiled their first multi-door, freestanding refrigerator. An upper portion fitted French Door style with two side by side doors opening to a wide, expansive compartment, stands atop a bottom mount freezer with a three tier design. In the middle, two external drawers sit side by side - the left offering five preset temperatures from "meat" to "thaw", the right, a Produce Preserver providing optimal humidity controls for fruits and vegetables. LED lighting and an optional platinum interior provide an elegant alternative to the traditional refer experience.
Milagro Copper Sink Crafted by Thompson Traders
Family owned and managed Thompson Traders may be headquartered in North Carolina but its traditions and craftsmanship are uniquely Mexico, their Santa Clara del Cobre workshops home to copper-smiths keeping alive the time-honored metal-crafting techniques passed down from prior generations. This respect for tradition brings a personal touch to the hand-hammered Milagro Sink, a new design by founder Alejandra Thompson. Furthering the personal touch, Alejandra has made the feature of her design the heart, a symbol of her deep connection to the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Salud, a church said to bring miracles to its patrons. Handcrafting means that no two will be alike but, then again, neither are hearts.
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