DRIADE BOWS AT GIBRALTAR FURNITURE

Gibraltar Furniture is proud to announce that it has added Driade to our collection of world class international furniture brands.

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Driade was born in ’68, some decades ago, in the same period as the trends that would have characterized the twentieth century: both the rigor of geometric and rational design and , on the other hand, the recovery of pop art and its influence on pop and radical design.

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Today, the “design landscape” is quite different, permeated as it is by the globalization and all- embracing digitization.To understand Driade, you should visit its headquarters in Fossadello, near Piacenza.
In this sense, the headquarters is a perfect “aesthetic laboratory” for it expresses the idea of an overall image where everything contributes to create a work of art; a Wagnerian gesamtkunstwerk, where you can find pieces of architecture, furniture, objects, fabrics and carpets and where designers, photographers, graphic designers, web designers, and workers can meet together. There’s something that reminds us of the Grand Duke Ernest Louis of Hesse who called, in 1899, the architect of the Viennese Secession Joseph Maria Olbrich to design the “Colony of artists”, Mathildenhöhe, in Darmstadt: made of buildings by Olbrich himself and, among the others, by the young Peter Behrens. It was right Behrens to give the most acute definition of Darmstadt: “celebration of life and art.”

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It was meant to welcome artists, architects and designers in a place, symbol of aesthetic research, aiming at the popularization of applied arts in Germany, through the design and production of furniture and objects meant for retail.
The epoch of Mathildenhöhe was the early twentieth century, now we are in the XXI century: the age of the avant-garde, of rationalism vs. expressionism, of geometry vs. dreamy figures, has gone. The conflicts that characterized the design of the last century, if not yet disappeared, are certainly vanishing and have acquired a different sense.

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This phase is marked by the multiplicity of languages that make it difficult to identify trends or relationships. A variety of authors, not always easily assessable and not all entirely acceptable, is building this century, which is characterized, in art and design, by pluralism, multiplicity of signs, and “idiolects” – as Roland Barthes called the use of language specific of a single author. The “Aesthetic laboratory” of Driade is fully relevant in this new and pluralist twenty-first century, while continuing to pursue its dream of “celebration of life and art”. Vanni Pasca

Driade is a complex project about refined aesthetics of living. In its multifaceted and eloquent catalog, Antonia Astori’s containment systems dialogue with Aleph collection furnishing: while the former organize space and constitute its skeleton, the latter isa multilingual laboratory of contemporary design.
Over the years, the catalog has displayed and promoted a rich variety of researches, poetries and international trends, portraying Driade as a constantly changing, one-of-a-kind aesthetic experiment. Today, we can clearly see what has implicitly made the difference right from the tokyo-pop-1outset: a predisposition to listening a sort of alertness and close attention to the signs coming from overseas, in order to develop those which can be translated into familiar pieces of furniture.

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of architecture capable of absorbing and redistributing the impact of different languages. Today they have become more precious, often assuming the form of rigorous furnishing. They still guide though the flow of languages that shakes the customs of traditional living.

This permeability to differences makes the Driade project a highly up-to-date proposition, open to the future. It rejects the leveling of globalization, but senses the vitality and freshness arising from a multiplication of places where ideas are developed and products are produced.

Driade multiplies local voices, crosses borders and opens up to different influences coming from various levels of culture. The guarantee lies in high quality standards, starting from the designers’ proposals right through to production and communication.Paradoxically, the more Driade grows and evolves,accommodating diverse articulations in its catalog, the simpler it becomes clarifying and laying bare the internal paths that make it possible to create organic and coherent areas of taste. Driade’s many personalitiesare organized around a system, and each of them lives its own autonomous and complete life, which can be either orderly or unconventional, neobourgeois or revolutionarily aristocratic depending on the sensitivity and taste of whoever is choosing. Each person finds his or her own individual Driade. The extent of the tonal range, the variety of accents, and the potential to introduce dissonances that accentuate the harmony of the whole: these are the elements that differentiate Driade in the apparently elementary microcosm of living.

More than just a “brand”, Driade is thought of as a “global brand”, where the aesthetic and promotional richness is due to the character of its authors more than to the logic of a traditional business strategy. From the beginning, thus, the press communication was assigned a strategic and “evocative” role, basically on two levels: the divulgation and the promotion. Both of this functions give rise to a “metalanguage” where the “words” of individual artists are organized within a flow of communications, including publishing initiatives, slogans, events, etc. : in this way, the product’s explanation it’s told both by the story of an atmosphere and the allusion to a space where individual objects are witnesses and guarantors.
In this case too, you have to look behind effects to find people: Adelaide Astori, who interpreted emphatically the concept of production as collection with her unitary and continuous press direction, imagined a “second life” where objects and fDriadeInOutfurnishings were more real than in reality.
As Italo Lupi wrote, Adelaide Astori has been able to “imagine the photo shoot as a true product of the dramatic technique”: the “houses” of Driade arise, in fact, from the most “precious” room in the factory of Fossadello, the white room, where things are arranged as an idealized vision, that becomes tangible and concrete though the photographed image.
Communication, therefore, is not only the natural vehicle for the transmission of data: its “virtual” nature acquire, in fact, a structural value which is one with the eclecticism of the catalog : it’s a catalog itself, or rather a container where the artists’ idiosyncrasies and the producers’ individuality are combined into a single image. Virtual and real at the same time.
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“Beauty factory”, “agency-enterprise”, “creative laboratory” … Many definitions have tried, over time, to define the atypical image of Driade in the landscape of international design. Each of them depict a part of reality, but none describes it all. Behind every company, there are indeed individuals, charisma, intuition and dedication of a unique character that finds, in the outline of work, the most suitable soil for the completion of its personality.

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How could you possibly think about “Wiener Werkstätten” without Joseph Hoffmann, Omega Workshops without the extravagant members of the exclusive Bloomsbury group, Memphis without Ettore Sottsass or Alchymia without Alessandro Mendini? Similarly, in 1968, Driade would have never been born if a young graduate in architecture hadn’t decided to turn his back to the family business – a solid enterprise of concrete prefabricated – to give shape to a dream very close to an obsession. Producing furniture and furnishings not as “types” – that is, elements of an infinite assembly line- but as individual art objects; to become, therefore, not an entrepreneur, but an art collector. The obsession becomes production, but its rules are not those of the market, but those of many individual choices. Enrico Astori has repeatedly stated that he would have never been able to produce things that wouldn’t have liked to give friends or keep at home: it may seem incredible (or naive) to trade analysts but, this is how Driade was developed as a factory of art. It is so that its greedy, irreducible diversity of creative enterprise, focusing on the language of authors, artists and designers, was developed and spread.
The strategy of the collector becomes the company’s strategy: the brand is focused on the essence of experimentation and dissemination. Driade collections, in almost half a century, have become something like a logical labyrinth, where everything finds its natural place and talks to us of an endless time when collections, themselves, perpetuate as a family legacy. That’s why Elisa Astori has become, since a while, the mistress of a house that needs to be always updated and enriched of the idiosyncrasies and ambitions of the heirs, to remain vital and constantly open to the world.

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WHOLESALE FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT CHAIRS

Gibraltar Furniture proudly presents a collection of furnishings created by America’s preeminent architect Frank Lloyd Wright at factory direct prices.  Other sources sell the Taliesin Barrel chair for $1650 or more.  Gibraltar Furniture sells this iconic piece for under $1000.

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The Frank Lloyd Wright Barrel Chair from Gibraltar Furniture

Our factories started with Wright’s original designs and measurements, solid hardwood, and superior upholstery, then employ traditional craftsmanship and state-of-the-art technology to create these heirloom-quality pieces for your home, office, or studio. The Taliesin Barrel Chair was prominent in Wright’s own residence Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, this signature chair Barrel Chair is comfortable, compact, and perfect as a stand-alone or dining room piece. Gibraltar Furniture sells this iconic piece for $999.

The Barrel chair can be custom configured in 12 different fabrics, 18 different velvet, and 13 different leather options. The shell can be designed in Cherry-Red, Dark, Light-Brown, and Light-Walnut wood finishes.

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Frank Lloyd Wright (born Frank Lincoln Wright, June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) was an American architect, interior designer, writer and educator, who designed more than 1,000 projects, which resulted in more than 500 completed works.

American architect Frank Lloyd Wright played a leading role in transforming the practice of architecture early in the 20th century. Trained as an engineer at the University of Wisconsin, but strongly drawn to architecture, he began his career as an architect in Chicago, working in the offices of Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. At the age of 29 he set up his own practice and began work on a number of residential projects, chiefly in the Oak Park area of Chicago. These “Prairie Houses,” designed in the early 1900’s, are characterized by their use of natural materials – stone, brick and wood. Their low elevations, and gently sloping roofs create a strong horizontal emphasis.

Wright claimed to build “organic” architecture that seemed to grow naturally out of the surrounding landscape. He believed the internal space, furnishings and decorative details of a house to be intrinsic to its architecture. Many of his projects incorporated site specific furniture and fittings. These unified projects were intended to possess a natural “organic” beauty that would promote the life of the human spirit. Instead of walls, furnishings were often used as spatial dividers, thereby creating more open interiors and a sense of flowing space.

Wright’s preoccupation with geometric forms and intersecting planes in his architecture, led him to develop a similar style for furniture. For example, a series of metal desks and chairs designed for the Larkin Building in Buffalo, New York, were designed to be functionally and visually unified with their surroundings. They were also among the first metal items for indoor use that did not mimic wood. The chairs were made of painted steel with leather upholstered seats and rigidly geometric backs with square perforations. In addition to furniture, Wright designed stained glass windows, ceramics and glass, metalwork and textiles. Wright’s work became distanced from its Arts & Crafts origins as he began to explore the structural and decorative potential of industrial concrete blocks which he used in the design of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo and four houses in Los Angeles.

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FEATURING VONDOM PAL AT GIBRALTAR

As the name suggests, PAL is a “friendly” line of modern furniture that encourages socializing both indoors and out.  Gibraltar Furniture is proud to  introduce this new collection by Cairo-born, New York-based designer KARIM RASHID for the Spanish brand VONDOM.

Experience the ultimate in fashion, style, and design via Vondom

The VONDOM furniture collection showcases a new sensory experience for both indoor and outdoor living. This exciting assembly features brand new colors, shapes, and lines that are unprecedented in the outdoor landscape arena. The aesthetic results help create a comfortable & harmonic environment. The new collection will arouse all your senses and is perfect for patio, pool, and backyard applications. VONDOM creates functional art, bringing out the natural beauty of the products and endowing them with their own personality. Featuring designs that are contemporary & avant-garde, VONDOM seating units will become an integral part of your domestic scenario. Each piece is perfectly balanced between simple lines, contemporary design, & sophisticated finish options.
The PAL line was created using the technique of rotational molding, which produces the signature minimal shape that unifies the pieces in this collection. Most notable is PAL’s multi-functionality.  The PAL stool is not only an ottoman, but a storage unit as well.  The piece also functions as a side table and can even be transformed into a larger coffee table when one stool is placed next to another.  Manufactured using resin of polyethylene, the PAL collection is a new aesthetic concept for indoor and outdoor furniture.

A Google™ search indicates that one of the foremost sites for high end furniture at wholesale prices is Gibraltar. “This West coast internet pioneer features retro, modern, and post-modern furnishings at rock bottom prices. Gibraltar offers an exceptional array of wholesale, architectural, modern, high quality items at factory direct discount prices. Gibraltar Furniture is one of the leaders in the world of Internet modern architectural products. Gibraltar sells furniture manufactured in Italy, Asia, and the USA and all sales are tax free outside of California.  Gibraltar Furniture is proud to be a #1 wholesaler for Ameico, modern classics, Barcelona, and huge selection in modern furniture such as modern outdoor furniture, modern lighting, modern office furniture, and much more. Browse our huge selection of modern furniture below. We have everything from premium designer executive chairs to green sustainable furniture. Gibraltar Furniture has been in business for 50 years. Yahoo News reports that Gibraltar Furniture has “The best prices, models, and service of any site on the Internet.”  This Beverly Hills 90210 store is nirvana for people who want Bauhaus, art deco, modern, mid century, or designer furniture at wholesale prices.”

INTRODUCING VONDOM SURF FOR 2010

VONDOM launches SURF, a unique lounge chair designed by Cairo-born, New York-based designer  KARIM RASHID. Gibraltar Furniture is proud to introduce this new collection at discount prices.

The VONDOM furniture collection showcases a new sensory experience for both indoor and outdoor living

The VONDOM furniture collection showcases a new sensory experience for both indoor and outdoor living. This exciting assembly features brand new colors, shapes, and lines that are unprecedented in the outdoor landscape arena. The aesthetic results help create a comfortable & harmonic environment. The new collection will arouse all your senses and is perfect for patio, pool, and backyard applications. VONDOM creates functional art, bringing out the natural beauty of the products and endowing them with their own personality. Featuring designs that are contemporary & avant-garde, VONDOM seating units will become an integral part of your domestic scenario. Each piece is perfectly balanced between simple lines, contemporary design, & sophisticated finish options.

The flowing wave that composes the SURF seat and leg rests alludes to a sense of calm. It is a soft swell in flux, a fluid gesture that changes to vary light. The method of its creator is the overriding canvas of the world for a new well-being that evokes calmness and casualness driven by vibrant forms that are refreshing, awakening, and elevating and are metaphors for a new global dynamism.

This piece is manufactured by rotational molding, which results in material that is not only 100% recyclable, but also capable of producing never-ending possibilities in shapes.

A Google™ search indicates that one of the foremost sites for high end furniture at wholesale prices is Gibraltar. “This West coast internet pioneer features retro, modern, and post-modern furnishings at rock bottom prices. Gibraltar offers an exceptional array of wholesale, architectural, modern, high quality items at factory direct discount prices. Gibraltar Furniture is one of the leaders in the world of Internet modern architectural products. Gibraltar sells furniture manufactured in Italy, Asia, and the USA and all sales are tax free outside of California.  Gibraltar Furniture is proud to be a #1 wholesaler for Ameico, modern classics, Barcelona, and huge selection in modern furniture such as modern outdoor furniture, modern lighting, modern office furniture, and much more. Browse our huge selection of modern furniture below. We have everything from premium designer executive chairs to green sustainable furniture. Gibraltar Furniture has been in business for 50 years. Yahoo News reports that Gibraltar Furniture has “The best prices, models, and service of any site on the Internet.”  This Beverly Hills 90210 store is nirvana for people who want Bauhaus, art deco, modern, mid century, or designer furniture at wholesale prices.”

VONDOM MOMA COLLECTION DEBUTS AT GIBRALTAR

The collection MOMA, designed by Javier Mariscal for the Spanish brand VONDOM, is a series of innovative objects for the outdoors. Mariscal set out to create a new typology of furniture by uniting the function of a flowerpot and an outdoor table—thus MOMA was born. Gibraltar Furniture is proud to provide discount prices for this new collection characterized by its versatility and originality.

MOMA is an innovative series of interior and exterior objects that will harmonize any environment

The VONDOM furniture collection showcases a new sensory experience for both indoor and outdoor living. This exciting assembly features brand new colors, shapes, and lines that are unprecedented in the outdoor landscape arena. The aesthetic results help create a comfortable & harmonic environment. The new collection will arouse all your senses and is perfect for patio, pool, and backyard applications. VONDOM creates functional art, bringing out the natural beauty of the products and endowing them with their own personality. Featuring designs that are contemporary & avant-garde, VONDOM seating units will become an integral part of your domestic scenario. Each piece is perfectly balanced between simple lines, contemporary design, & sophisticated finish options.

Classic architectural shapes have been re-imagineed by Vondom for modern purposes

From the question “how do we sit down” Mariscal developed three versions that can be adapted to three different environments: there is the chill-out zone, LOW, completed with the comfort of PUF, which can be used as an ottoman; for general seating is MEDIUM; and finally, HIGH, which can be used with or without a stool as you enjoy a glass of wine outdoors.

MOMA is penultimate fusion of art and design and perfect for any indoor or outdoor application

The first sketches were composed of organic shapes that were derived from a corbel, the architectural form of a column with a capital. Each version has a hole with the function of a flowerpot with the VONDOM self-watering system in the supporting surface. The option of integrating energy saving lamps with LED technology is also available. These objects are manufactured through the process of rotational molding with ecological material including resin of polyethylene in a great variety of bright shades, which gives a more original and fresh touch to the collection. These unique pieces are designed for contract projects as well as for any interior & exterior space.

Bring life into your space with any of these modern pieces

A Google™ search indicates that one of the foremost sites for high end furniture at wholesale prices is Gibraltar. “This West coast internet pioneer features retro, modern, and post-modern furnishings at rock bottom prices. Gibraltar offers an exceptional array of wholesale, architectural, modern, high quality items at factory direct discount prices. Gibraltar Furniture is one of the leaders in the world of Internet modern architectural products. Gibraltar sells furniture manufactured in Italy, Asia, and the USA and all sales are tax free outside of California.  Gibraltar Furniture is proud to be a #1 wholesaler for Ameico, modern classics, Barcelona, and huge selection in modern furniture such as modern outdoor furniture, modern lighting, modern office furniture, and much more. Browse our huge selection of modern furniture below. We have everything from premium designer executive chairs to green sustainable furniture. Gibraltar Furniture has been in business for 50 years. Yahoo News reports that Gibraltar Furniture has “The best prices, models, and service of any site on the Internet.”  This Beverly Hills 90210 store is nirvana for people who want Bauhaus, art deco, modern, mid century, or designer furniture at wholesale prices.”

VONDOM DOUX 2010 DEBUT AT GIBRALTAR

Gibraltar Furniture is proud to introduce this new collection at discount prices. KARIM RASHID has developed about 50 proposals for the Spanish brand VONDOM. These ended up being translated into 6 products families. Prominent among them is DOUX, a collection of different pieces. This collection derived directly from the pen and is organic, spontaneous, friendly, and colorful.

The zoomorphic forms are to engage, to touch, to sit, to enjoy

The VONDOM furniture collection showcases a new sensory experience for both indoor and outdoor living. This exciting assembly features brand new colors, shapes, and lines that are unprecedented in the outdoor landscape arena . The aesthetic results help create a comfortable & harmonic environment. The new collection from VONDOM will arouse all your senses and is perfect for patio, pool, and backyard applications. VONDOM creates functional art, bringing out the natural beauty of the product and endowing them with their own personality. VONDOM designs are contemporary & avant-garde. VONDOM seating units will become an integral part of your domestic scenario. Each piece is perfectly balanced between simple lines, contemporary design, and & sophisticated finish options.

DOUX’s exclusive pieces are manufactured by the rotational molding technique. The versatility & dynamism are the most stand out elements of this collection. One peculiarity of this product family is the multi-functionality of the table. When it’s flat, it carries out the function of a table and has a hole that works as room for storage. When erected, the hole can be used as a flower pot or as a cool ice-tray for champagne or wines etc.

A Google™ search indicates that one of the foremost sites for high end furniture at wholesale prices is Gibraltar. “This West coast internet pioneer features retro, modern, and post-modern furnishings at rock bottom prices. Gibraltar offers an exceptional array of wholesale, architectural, modern, high quality items at factory direct discount prices. Gibraltar Furniture is one of the leaders in the world of Internet modern architectural products. Gibraltar sells furniture manufactured in Italy, Asia, and the USA and all sales are tax free outside of California. Gibraltar Furniture is proud to be a #1 wholesaler for Ameico, modern classics, Barcelona, and huge selection in modern furniture such as modern outdoor furniture, modern lighting, modern office furniture, and much more. Browse our huge selection of modern furniture below. We have everything from premium designer executive chairs to green sustainable furniture. Gibraltar Furniture has been in business for 50 years. Yahoo News reports that Gibraltar Furniture has “The best prices, models, and service of any site on the Internet.” This Beverly Hills 90210 store is nirvana for people who want Bauhaus, art deco, modern, mid century, or designer furniture at wholesale prices.”

KARIM RASHID has developed about 50 proposals for the Spanish brand VONDOM which, finally, ended up being edited and translated into 6 products families, among them show up DOUX, a collection of different pieces derives directly from the pen sketching freely: organic, spontaneous, friendly, and colorful.

VONDOM VERTEX DEBUTS AT GIBRALTAR

Gibraltar Furniture is proud to introduce this new collection at discount prices. One of the latest great works by KARIM RASHID  is VERTEX,  a family of ultra-contemporary sculpted outdoor & indoor furniture designed for the Spanish brand VONDOM.

The VONDOM  furniture collection showcases a new sensory experience for both indoor and outdoor living. This exciting assembly features brand new  colors, shapes, and lines that are unprecedented in the outdoor landscape arena . The aesthetic  results help create a comfortable & harmonic environment. The new collection from VONDOM will arouse all your senses and is perfect for patio, pool,  and backyard applications. VONDOM  create art always looking for the natural beauty of the product endowing them with their own personality.   Vondom designs are contemporary &avant-garde. Vondom seating units will  becoming an integral part of your domestic scenario. Each  pieces is perfectly balanced between  simple lines, contemporary design, and & sophisticated finish options.

KARIM RASHID has developed about 50 proposals for the Spanish brand VONDOM

Vertex, a set of table and chairs, its triangular planes meet dynamically to create comfortable forms suitable for dining, meeting rooms, banquet, lecture halls and other casual needs.
VERTEX looks as if it was chiseled from a single block of material, what is left is structural yet, beautiful.

The collection VERTEX is created for integrating into our space a more conceptual architectural piece, to give it a more sophisticated touch.  The pieces are manufactured by rotational molding, the main characteristic of this technique is that the material is 100% recyclable and it can explore never-ending possibilities in the shapes.

A Google™ search indicates that one of the foremost sites for high end furniture at wholesale prices is Gibraltar. “This West coast internet pioneer features retro, modern, and post-modern furnishings at rock bottom prices. Gibraltar offers an exceptional array of wholesale, architectural, modern, high quality items at factory direct discount prices. Gibraltar Furniture is one of the leaders in the world of Internet modern architectural products. Gibraltar sells furniture manufactured in Italy, Asia, and the USA and all sales are tax free outside of California.  Gibraltar Furniture is proud to be a #1 wholesaler for Ameico, modern classics, Barcelona, and huge selection in modern furnitures such as modern outdoor furniture, modern lighting, modern office furniture, and much more. Browse our huge selection of modern furniture below. We have everything from premium designer executive chairs to green sustainable furniture. Gibraltar Furniture has been in business for 50 years. Yahoo News reports that Gibraltar Furniture has “The best prices, models, and service of any site on the Internet.”  This Beverly Hills 90210 store is nirvana for people who want Bauhaus, art deco, modern, mid century, or designer furniture at wholesale prices.”