Unique interior design idea: Metal Chairs

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Metal chair by Ron Arad

Metal chair design

While visiting the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, we came across a brilliantly designed metal chair in the shape of an overstuffed armchair, and quickly became more of a fan of architect and designer, Ron Arad (if that’s even possible!). His designs are always playful and artistic, showcasing brilliantly innovative metal work. The sinuous forms of these overstuffed, comfy looking chairs are juxtaposed and ironic by the use of metal. Made from a single sheet of steel, Arad cut and pressed it into a bulging form of concave and convex contours that are sure show-stoppers.

Ron Arad metal rocking chair

A Metal Rocking Chair

Did you know?

[tweetmeme source=”@SA_Baxter” only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5DOn average, a large department store’s doors opens and closes 5,000 times a day? That’s 1,825,000, or the entire population of Budapest, a year? Although we may not realize it, our interactions with doors and entrance hardware occur more frequently than we may realize. In any space, doorknobs and pulls are the most touched element — yes, even more than the remote control in your home — and many times the first impression that one has of a building or home is heavily influenced by the appearance of the entrance doors. Following is a list of the average number of times a door opens and closes by building type.

Large Department Store Entrance: 5,000/day; 1,825,000/annually

Large Office Building Entrance: 4,000/day; 1,460,000/annually

School Entrance: 1,250/day; 225,000/annually

School Corridor: 100/day; 36,5000/annually

Office Building Corridor: 80/day; 29,200/annually

Residential Entrance: 30/day; 10,950/annually

Residential Interior: 20/day; 7,300/annually

Designers Dress Up for a Good Cause at the NYDC Masquerade Ball 2010

[tweetmeme source=”@SA_Baxter” only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5DThe design community showed its true talent last night at NYDC’s 5th Annual Masquerade Ball. Creative costumes, good food and a packed dance floor were just some of the highlights of the evening.  SA Baxter was proud to be a platinum sponsor of the event to benefit Alpha Workshops, the only not-for-profit organization in the country that trains and employs people living with HIV/AIDS in the decorative arts. We thought we would share just  few of the clever costume our designer friends wore.

Degas Ballerina Girl Costumes at NYDC Masquerade Ball 2010The Degas Ballerinas were lovely dancing around in their pink tutus!

Elle Decor staff dressed as kids from television show GleeThe Elle Decor staff came dressed as the kids from Glee. They were on the dance floor all night!

Handmade Lamp Shade Costumes at NYDC Masquerade Ball 2010These folks decided to bring their work with them! These hats had a lot of detail and were a hit with the crowd.

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At Chelsea Market the architectural details dominate

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Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market's Great Hall

Chelsea Market is a discrete architectural gem that’s tucked away on the corner of 15th Street and 9th Avenue in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. An enclosed, urban food court, Chelsea Market is best known as a true shopping experience for those with sophisticated palettes to indulge in gourmet delicacies, delectable pastries, and enough cooking ingredients to make Daniel Boulud or Paul Bocuse feel right at home. Once a factory that made Oreo cookies, Chelsea Market is now alive with the buzz of busy shoppers strolling through the postindustrial corridors that have been meticulously festooned with the architectural details and metalwork of a lost industrial culture not often seen in contemporary spaces.

Entrance hardware

Entrance hardware: custom door pulls

 

Door pulls

Entrance hardware at Chelsea Market: reverse side of custom door pulls

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Hardware History-Colonial America

[tweetmeme source=”@SA_Baxter” only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5DWhen we think about hardware, one just assumes it’s been around forever. But did you know that in early Colonial America most hardware was made of wood? It’s true! Metal hardware had to be imported from Europe which was very expensive. Without raw materials available, colonists utilized the most plentiful resource they had at the time, wood. A major discovery of iron deposits in the Connecticut Valley in the early 1700’s would change all that. With raw material now readily available to them, New England blacksmiths were able to create simple, more effective thumb latches and hinges made of wrought iron, thus beginning the long tradition of American made hardware.