ICFF 2010

Getting settled back in Vermont after a great experience at the ICFF show in New York City.  Met some interesting fellow designers, saw some beautiful new designs, made some good contacts and were thrilled at the reception that our new designs received.  We featured the new sonoma series and the echo stools in the booth.  It was fun to see the seductive quality of the cork in the sonoma series pieces, people walking by the booth couldn't resist coming over to touch it, and they were fascinated by the monolithic quality of the solid cork.  This has been our feeling all along, and it was great to see how much people are drawn to the cork, in particular when it is used in pieces with the strong visual lines and sophisticated designs of the sonoma series.  Here are a few shots of the booth during set-up.

Sonoma Club Chair

Here are photos of the newest addition to the Sonoma Line of contemporary green furniture, the Sonoma Club Chair.  This chair features a solid cork seat, back and armrests along with a wood frame made from regionally-harvested maple.  The finish is a hand-rubbed VOC-free oil, clear on the cork and charcoal on the wood frame.  This distinctive chair is warm, inviting, and very comfortable.  The back rest and armrests are perfectly sized and proportioned to provide comfortable support, and the seat is angled slightly towards the back.  The seat is available in three depths to allow for sizing that best fits the user.  We will be launching this chair along with the rest of the Sonoma Line at the ICFF show in New York City this weekend!

Sonoma Tables

Here are photographs of the latest set of Sonoma Tables, part of our expanding Sonoma Line of contemporary green furniture.  This set includes two tables that are 18" x 18" x 18", and one table that is 18" x 24" x 18".  The tables can be rearranged to create a variety of groupings.  Think of them as adult-sized building blocks that encourage creative interaction.  They are designed to be seat height, and may also be used as stools for extra seating at a dining table as needed.  The open space in the middle of the tables is a great place for storing magazines or books.  The tables may also be stacked.  The solid cork is a unique, compelling and durable material that is environmentally-friendly.  The solid black mdf is manufactured with no added formaldehyde and is moisture resistant.  The finish is a hand-rubbed VOC-free oil that is easy to maintain.

Sonoma Table

Here are photos of the finished prototype for the new addition to the Sonoma Series.  These side tables are designed so that they may be rotated to have different sides facing up as the top.  When combined together in multiples, a number of patterns may be created by alternating the orientation of the individual tables.  The tables are 18" high and may also be used as seating, adding to their versatility.  The materials used in this prototype are solid black Valchromat MDF (no added urea-formaldehyde), and solid cork.  While the prototype shown is 9" wide, final versions will be available in 12", 18", 24", and 36" widths.  The open space in the center may be used as storage for extra coffee-table books or that stack of periodicals waiting to be read.  The finish is VOC-free oil.  The Sonoma Series is expanding to include a Club Chair coming out soon.

Cork Chair Prototype

Here are images of the newest chair design.  The seat and back are solid cork, shaped and sanded smooth with a clear finish.  The sides of the chair are solid maple.  The cork is comfortable and inviting, with a beautiful texture and warm coloring.  Cork is an environmentally-friendly material, both sustainable and naturally-renewable, that is carefully harvested to preserve and protect the health of the trees it is taken from.  The chair will be available with woods other than maple.