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Monthly Archives: March 2009

  • Royal Botania NINIX is the best!

    After a seemingly endless search for modern outdoor furniture, I finally found Royal Botania!!!  Not only does it look absolutely amazing, it is incredibly comfortable.  I don't know if you have ever lounged by a pool for half a day, but I have and let me tell you it is not a terribly comfortable experience for your ass unless you have a great lounge chair.   To be totally blunt, I never even think about my ass when I am lounging on my NINIX lounger!  Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, they tell you it is ergonomic or whatever that really means, but the proof for me has been a totally fidgetless afternoon by the pool.   The Batyline or mesh loungers don't even need cushions to make them anymore comfortable.  Besides, those cushions get wet and disgusting quickly and who needs that!  With the mesh loungers, just hose them down and wipe them off and they are good to go.  I have had the loungers for 3 years now and can't imagine relaxing in anything else.  Give your ass a break and try The Royal Botania NINIX lounger - you too can have a fidgetless day by the pool!

  • Nood Victoria sells knock offs, Herman Miller says "Get Real"

    The following video real (ly) represents the best 2 minutes and 28 seconds I’ve “wasted” in a real (ly) long time. I came away with a huge smile on my face.

    I came into this business through a trade school in upholstery, was hired as an assistant to the teacher at that school and when that school was taken over by a local college, I borrowed $10,000 (Yes, I had to get my mother to co-sign the loan, but then I was only 21 years old) bought most of the equipment from the original school and opened my own upholstery shop.

    That was half a life ago.

    I never received any kind of formal training, but, when you’re 21 years old and you have to pay rent and a client comes into your business and asks you if you can do (fill in the blank), the answer is always YES !! and at that age, you just figure it out for yourself.

    I taught myself to design and build furniture out of a necessity and I think I became pretty damn good at it. I look back over the years and not everything I did was a masterpiece, but there are several pieces that we are still making that I think are pretty amazing.

    It just seems to me that knocking off the designs of others and mass producing them at a lower quality, from sub-standard materials and usually not even the correct proportions is a real kick in the (again, fill in the blank) to who ever actually came up with the idea, concept/design. It also seems really slimy to me.

    Don’t get me wrong. If you decide one day that you would like to attempt to make your own version of some famous design for your own use, well go ahead, that is different. But, not unlike the idea of stealing music and then printing CD’s for sale, the unauthorized reproduction of these designs for profit, is unacceptable. It is not something I would want my business model based on, that is for sure.

    So, what is the point of all of this?

    Well, If a high school drop-out like myself, (I did go back and get er done the next year) can learn to conceptualize, design and build unique original designs that fulfill both form and function and are of the highest quality to be found, (in my humble opinion) surely these massive companies with the means, can come up with something unique.

    So, if you’re thinking of buying a knock-off, I’ve just got one thing to say, forget it !! Go and buy something unique that you can afford, or buy a vintage piece that you will cherish forever, but don’t support these kinds of business practices. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, A KNOCK-OFF WILL NEVER BRING THE PLEASURE TO YOUR HOME, THAT AN AUTHENTIC PIECE WILL. The minute it leaves the store, it has no value.

    One day you will throw it out. If you “GET REAL”, one day, your children will fight over it.


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  • Is the Embody Chair embarking on a hostile takeover?

    Embody Chair by Herman Miller


    It’s been 15 years since the Aeron chair came to the market and revolutionized office seating. This chair has become a design icon and what is even more unbelievable is that it has held that position for such a long time. Nobody could have predicted the success of this chair. It has literally dominated the ergonomic seating market for years. I’ve been wondering for a few years now when the Aeron will be knocked from its top spot on the podium of office excellence.

    So, who else would take a shot at dethroning the Aeron other than Herman Miller. I mean why wait for someone else to do it.

    Seven years in the making and Herman Miller has finally released the Embody chair. Designed by Bill Stumpf (one of the original designers of the Aeron, recently deceased and just short of seeing the completion of this project) and Jeff Weber.  We have a couple of Embody chairs in the showroom and people are starting to fight over them. Herman Miller took their time with this one and the initial response is that they have definitely got it right.

    It is a one size fits all chair that actually claims to be good for you.

    All that and it is Green in that it is 95% recyclable and cradle to cradle silver certified.

    The timing on this couldn’t be better, because we now have “Lifework Portfolio” in the showroom which offers home office solutions for everyone and the two go together like milk and cookies.

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