Atomic Furniture – Mid Century Retro Cool Design Craze Sweeps the World

Mid-century modern furniture has become hugely popular – Secret weapon websites for retro cool design at warehouse prices.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 10, 2006 – The Mid Century retro modern furniture movement has taken center stage in the world of design furniture today. In recent years, mid-century modern furniture, glass, ceramics, and textiles have become hugely popular among those who appreciate the stylish contribution these pieces make to contemporary homes.

At the close of World War II the US was electrified with optimism about the future. America began a love affair with fashionable living in a post atomic world. Kidney shaped tables, boomerang sofas, and amoeba forms are the hallmarks of this distinctive 1950’s furniture style. Retro modern chic is characterized by space age materials, innovative biometric designs, and trend setting colors.

The leading architects of this school include Ray and Charles Eames, Harry Bertoia, Arne Jacobson, Isamu Noguchi, and Eero Saarinen among others.

A Google search indicates that the foremost source for mid-century furniture is Gibraltar Furniture, which features retro-modern and a wide array of discount architectural modern, high quality items at discount prices. Gibraltar Furniture is one of the leaders in the world of Internet modern architectural products. Gibraltar sells both original and reproduction furniture manufactured in Italy, America, and Asia, with original specifications, exceptional qualities, and the finest selections, at cut-rate prices.

Gibraltar offers the classic Noguchi Coffee Table for only $545, whereas Knoll sells this piece at Design Within Reach for $1,195. Similarly, an Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman will set you back $3,125 at DWR but wholesales for only $1,599 at Gibraltar.

Located at www.gibraltarfurniture.com and (800 416-3635), this West coast company has been in operation for over 50 years. Gibraltar is based in Beverly Hills, 90210, and is an insider secret weapon for cool merchandise at warehouse prices. This supplier is an excellent resource for factory-direct pricing on all mid-century pieces, and offers designs by Wright, Bertoia, Saarinen, Jacobson, Nelson and Kjaerholm, at cut-rate prices.

With roots in prewar Germany, modernism leaped to popularity in postwar America. Early advocates included architects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius. Incipient modernism blended functionality with frugality. Between 1945 and 1960, architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and designers like George Nelson revolutionized the home furniture landscape and helped create the template for the modern retro look.

Baby Boomers and Generation X consumers are clamoring for postwar pieces that are still breathtaking and beautiful due their clean and chic lines. Modern architecture was a direct rebuttal to the busy neoclassical styles that came before.

Retro modern furnishings feature styles such as low-slung sofas and ovoid glass coffee tables that spotlight asymmetrical and free-form shapes. Huge advances in postwar polymers, injection molding techniques, and machine techniques helped designers fashion unique products that previously were unimaginable.

That lime-green Egg chair of grandma’s – which you thought so hideous as a child – would now be snapped up in a second by a savvy collector. Modern Retro is not about slavishly recreating a period feel. Instead, it encompasses the best designs, eclectic forms, colors, and patterns.

In addition to classic designs, Gibraltar is introducing a new series of innovative furniture products that take their inspiration from mid century schools of design. Companies such as Jet Age and Lunar Lounge Design are creating exciting new items in the retro cool tradition.

Gibraltar offers the entire line of products from Color & Life, Compar, David Edward, Davis Furniture, Fabulux, Firefarm, Girari, Gordon International, Grey, Havaseat Chairs, Innovation, IQMatics, Janke, Jet Age, Kenshoma, Litto Kids, Lunar Lounge, Malik, Ooba, Oeuf, Offi, OFM, Ogus Design, The Phillips Collection, Serralunga, Studio4LA, Touch Design/Lighting, Trevi Outdoor, the Vessel Architectural Pottery collection, Zuo Modern, and 100 Times Better, among others.

For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release, please contact Bradley Friedman, Director of Pubic Relations, via email.

Images for all products can be obtained at www.gibraltarfurniture.com.

Contact:
Bradley Friedman
Director of Public Relations
ACMETOYS PR
310.276.8889

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Dazzling new Designer Planters, Pots, and Garden Containers Unveiled at Recent International Design Show in Europe

Flower pots in bold colors, novel designs, and breath taking forms from Serralunga are the hallmarks of an innovative new series of unprecedented European designer planters, vases, and containers.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 6, 2006 – Italian manufacturer www.serralunga.com has rolled out a series of stunning new flower products at the recent International Design Show held in Europe. Serralunga makes flowerpots: small pots, gigantic pots, and every size of pot in between.

Bold colors, novel designs, and breathtaking forms are the hallmarks of this innovative series of planters, pots, and containers. Highlighted artists include Karim Rashid, Ron Arad, Christophe Pillet, and Marc Sadler. The new line includes pieces entitled Kronik, The Vases, Loop, Flute, Lady Jane, Lady Mary, HolePot, Memory Pot, Island & Nello il matto.

The series is characterized by its playfulness, scale, and colorfulness. The units are perfectly suited for both indoor and outdoor applications and would be at home in any residential, gallery, or institutional application.

www.gibraltarfurniture.com, located in Beverly Hills, California, is the first and only source in the United States to offer this ground-breaking collection at wholesale prices. This store is the leading source for designers, architects, and landscapers for products in the United States. Consumers can contact Gibraltar at 800 416 3635 for more information

Serralunga, who have been producing stylish planters since 1825, is located in the Biella section of Italy. This group has a tradition of more than 180 years of container production.

Born before the industrial revolution, Serralunga recently changed material typology from traditional clay pots to futuristic models. Serralunga’s concept is to feature classical design lines and post-modern shapes. Today, Serralunga is the leader in the production of contemporary style flower pots, vases, and containers.

The pots are made from rotationally molded polyethylene, and are strong, lightweight and will tolerate subzero temperatures, having a much longer life than traditionally made pots. Serralunga recently commissioned some of the world’s leading designers to create new lines of vases and flower pots for both interior and exterior use. Designers have paid close attention to polymer evolution and have applied new plastic technology to current articles, but have kept their use and functionality unchanged.

Serralunga concentrates on creativity, aesthetics and functional details. Last but not least, Serralunga spotlights traditional Italian prose, beauty, and style in every piece. For more information, go to Serralunga.

These stunning planters look so good, you may decide that you’re going to forget about plants and use them as furniture accessories!

One interesting tidbit is that some of the designers, while sketching their pots, sketched them with specific plants in mind. While some pots might be appropriate for orchids, alocasias, and cannas, others are much better suited for agaves and cacti.

All of these pots, vases and containers come in an astounding array of finishes, including spectacular metallic and lacquer coats. Consumers can contact Gibraltar Furniture to purchase any of these products at discount prices by calling 800 416 3635.

Gibraltar Furniture also has a complete line of landscape architectural products from other domestic and international sources at discount prices. Trevi Outdoor, Modern Outdoor and Studio4LA are a few of the exclusive brands that this Beverly Hills company offers at factory-direct prices.

Customers can order custom fountains and one-of-a-kind planters, containers, and pots from this 50-year old business in modern, traditional, or post modern forms.

Gibraltar offers the entire line of products from Color & Life, Compar, David Edward, Davis Furniture, Fabulux, Firefarm, Girari, Gordon International, Grey, Havaseat Chairs, Innovation, IQMatics, Janke, Jet Age, Kenshoma, Litto Kids, Lunar Lounge, Malik, Ooba, Oeuf, Offi, OFM, Ogus Design, The Phillips Collection, Serralunga, Studio4LA, Touch Design/Lighting, Trevi Outdoor, the Vessel Architectural Pottery collection, Zuo Modern, and 100 Times Better, among others.

For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release, please contact Bradley Friedman, Director of Pubic Relations, via email.

Images for all products can be obtained at www.serralunga.com.

Contact:
Bradley Friedman
Director of Public Relations
ACMETOYS PR
310.276.8889