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Display Ideas 2012 -- ECO Theme
“Eco expresses comfort and eco-friendliness, as you would expect. The pointy roof lines could remind you of a hunting lodge in the forest?! And what do you immediately see? Trees! Of course!” The eco style focuses on simple, raw materials including white wood, wicker, wool, felt, raw cotton, handmade textiles (woven, quilted, knitted or macramé). It showcases local and recycled products, wood furniture with polished surfaces as well as reused objects. The natural colour palette focuses on earth, beige, sand, brown, brick red and soft green tones. The three vignettes pull this into focus.
“Display One is powerfully green, ‘Iguana Green’, no less.” (A creation of Benjamin Moore, like all paints used throughout the Display.) High style, yet relatively small scale, the Cove Collection, designed by Rick Lovegrove for G. Romano, is built in Montreal using sustainable materials and practices. Good entertaining pieces for urbanites. The Tapis Waves Carpet, actually outdoor, was used for its style and colour. And those trees! By Colibri Art Design, actual old trees from the forest, cleaned, specially treated, all unique, individual works of art. The accent table is fabricated from the same wood with a glass top. And a neat touch, the huge green felt leaves attached to the trees and the table are placemats. Pierre can’t resist a touch of whimsy! Neither can customers. And so quick and easy (and inexpensive!) to add to your showroom display.
No, it’s not a depiction of the Northern Lights as Display Two’s dining room backdrop, or is it? This piece of nature-inspired decorative art was created from two, three, and sometimes five layers of one meter wide transparent mesh, overlapped in geometric formations and softly illuminated by the huge, natural wood central chandelier. The Viebois table is of solid birch in natura finish, the sideboard in opaque white and natura, is birch veneer with solid birch legs as are the chairs. The wood sculptures are fresh from Colibri’s forests!
Display Three continues the green theme in a striking bedroom, the attention-getting linens from Textiles Gauvin reaching out to ensnare customers with a predominant leaf print on pillows and counterpane. Huppé, designer, Joel Dupras, mixes the woodland with architectural elegance, tall, delicate and angular. The Moment Collection uses specially selected American walnut veneer and solid walnut components. (We understand that Joel’s mother is also a renowned designer, inherited talent!)
Eco-friendliness is part and parcel of the Alize gel mattress made from memory-foam infused with gel crystals, chosen for this and one other vignette.
If you are wondering how to put the backdrop together, find yourself a nicely shaped art frame at Winners, on sale, preferably, advises Pierre. The design is created with strips of green tape. Just follow your natural Instincts.
More can be checked on http://www.furninfo.com/Furniture%20World%20Articles/3379 .
Volume 142 NO.2 May/June 2012 Furniture World Magazine
By Janet Holt-Johnstone