Architecture and Furniture: How is your chair relevant to your office?

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What exactly is the correlation between architecture and furniture? Most people see architecture as tall buildings and furniture as sofas and tables. As a former architecture student, my eyes have become adjusted to see more than just a tall building; the way the ceiling meets the ground, the height of a window according to its occupants, the space behind open doors, all aspects that other people commonly do not see, nor particularly care for. Furniture on the other hand is more of a tangible object that can be held or moved. Then what is it about architecture and furniture that makes them so related and interchanged that so many architects become furniture designers or end up making at least one table in their lifetime?

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Designing a chair requires a lot more work than it may seem. You have to take in account for the height of the legs, width of the seat, angle of the back, whether there will be armrests or not, let alone make it comfortable, stylish, and affordable. These considerations are exactly what architects have to consider when making a building. But aside from the technical details, architecture and furniture are what help us designate spaces for where to go, live, sleep, dine, put a book, and place a pencil. They help us navigate through the day, define our spaces, help create routines: ultimately outlining our lives.

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 Imagine living in a world without architecture and furniture. Can you? What would we do? How would we live without designating something as our “house” or “closet”?

Isamu Noguchi coffee table

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Furniture is an amalgamation of form and function: architecture at a smaller scale. When you first lay eyes upon the Isamu Noguchi coffee table, you see a simple glass top resting upon two boomerang-like masses of wood. But as you keep looking, you notice more than that. The two interlocking wood pieces gently rest atop another at a point; a point much too small for the amount of weight the thick glass top carries itself.  You then notice that the wooden pieces are quite thin; too thin to be able to stand straight up by itself,  like trying to get your iphone to stand on its side. You take another look and notice this time that the sun is shining through the window, casting a shadow of the table onto the ground, creating an illusion of two tables. The point at which the two wooden pieces meet creates an illusion of half the table as an individual table, flipped around and upside down.  A minimal design featuring much more than meets the eye, Noguchi’s use of illusion, balance, and craft truly creates a coffee table in perfect harmony.

ps: Did you notice the use of 3′s? A triangular glass top, triangular leg stands, 3 points of intersection, and also 3 total pieces of assembly. Neat huh.

It’s perfectly okay to be picky

 

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MHD is taking the guessing game out of online shopping experience. How you may ask?..sample swatches. In a matter of minutes you can log on to www.manhattanhomedesign.com and pick out up to 3 different furniture sample swatches to be delivered to your home.

The advantages :

- You make sure you’re seeing what you’re going to get before confirming an order

- You get to feel the material and make sure that its texture suits you

- Sample swatches get delivered in 2-6 days depending on your location

- Ordering the sample swatches first helps you pick out material that matches the rest of your furniture, paint, and decor

- You can visually share the furniture decision making with the rest of the family with something tangible

- Also, if you have any questions or concerns you may call our directory at 1-800-917-0297

Not only is ordering the sample swatches convenient and full of advantages, the colors you choose for your furniture may say a lot about you and your home. Continue reading

Artichoke Lamp 19 Inches

If your design style is inspired by nature, then you will certainly be inspired by our Artichoke Lamp.(http://manhattanhomedesign.com/artichoke-lamp-19.html)  This stunning fixture features graceful wings of metal staggered in a downward pattern for the most interesting display of light.  While assuming a natural look; the lamp is equally striking for either a formal or modern setting.  Offered in four scrumptious colors; red, white, silver, and copper, one of these selections is sure to please.