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!
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.
Christian Brown Design will be exhibiting at the ICFF 2010 show this spring. The International Contemporary Furniture Fair is a prestigious showcase for contemporary designers from around the world. The annual show is held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, show dates this year are from May 15-18. The show is open to the trade only from May 15 - May 17, and to the trade and public on May 18. If you plan on attending, look for us in booth #2253. We will be showcasing some of our newest designs, all of which demonstrate our passion for modern green design and unique, environmentally-friendly materials.
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.
The Echo Stool, a brand new design, was selected as a finalist at the Design Within Reach Providence Studio's annual M+D+F Design Competition. The finalists selected were on exhibition at the studio on April 30th. In describing this event, the DWR press release states: "View the finalists of the Modern + Design + Function competition.
M+D+F 2009 is a juried exhibition of innovative furniture by emerging designers in New England. Organized by the DWR Providence Studio and juried by creative professionals in the design, architecture, art and fashion worlds, M+D+F provides an opportunity for peer, public and professional recognition for up-and-coming designers and firms."
The Echo Stools shown here are the prototypes that were in this exhibition. The taller stool is made from Arreis MDF with an eco-resin seat and stainless steel hardware. The shorter stool is made from solid-black Valchromat MDF with an eco-resin seat and stainless steel hardware. The stools will be available with other base materials as well, including bamboo plywood. The stool bases have a low-VOC, water-based PolyWhey protective coating.
Christian Brown Design furniture is now part of the collection offered through New York City based Bobby Berk Home. As they describe themselves, "We here at Bobby Berk Home believe in bringing our customers the best selection of modern furniture. At Bobby Berk Home we combine superior customer service with exceptional modern designs, bringing you the finest online experience."
The march/april issue of Design New England has a feature article on the Echo Series and the Prana Table in the Green: Essentials department of the magazine, saying "the pieces make strong architectural statements while reflecting the furniture designer's overall sense of balance." Here is the link for the full article: Design New England
Katerina Tasheva, the editor of DeZona, has posted a feature on the Echo Series and the Prana Table. As it says on their website, "DeZona is an online magazine about contemporary design, trends and concepts, prototypes and products, interior design and architecture, exhibitions, technology and lifestyle. DeZona is for those who want to follow the latest trends. New products, innovative projects and independent critique are daily posted." Here is the direct link: DeZona
Christian Brown Design furniture is now available through Structured Green in Savanah, Georgia. As it says on their website, "Structured Green is a company that specializes in modern, sustainable furniture and accessories." In addition to their website, Structured Green has a storefront gallery in Savanah. Here is the direct link: Structured Green.
Jaime Derringer has posted a review of the Echo Series tables and the Prana Table on the design blog Design Milk. Jaime writes "They are fabulous and I recommend checking out his architectural designs as well". Design Milk is a blog dedicated to art and design, here is the direct link: Design Milk.
Marissa Brassfield from Trend Hunter Magazine has written a review of the Echo Series tables, calling them a "perfect blend of contemporary art deco and eco-friendly sensibilities." (Direct Link: Trend Hunter) Trend Hunter describes itself as "the world's largest community dedicated to trend spotting and cool hunting. We are a unique breed of insatiably curious people, constantly in search of the cutting edge."
Rain Noe has posted a link featuring the Echo Series tables on the Core77 design website. Here is the direct link: Core77. Core77 is an industrial design magazine with an international audience. According to their own description, "Since 1995 Core77.com has served a devoted global audience of industrial designers ranging from students through seasoned professionals."
Erika Chapin, the managing editor of Cribcandy, has posted a link featuring the Echo Series tables (direct link: Cribcandy). Cribcandy is a design blog whose editors describe themselves as follows: "Our editorial policy is to be the alternative to "big box" retail, to champion smaller manufacturers, craftspeople, young designers and sustainable products. Above all, Cribcandy is not about mindless consumerism, but it is still about fun. We constantly scour the web to pick the coolest, most unusual or best designed things as soon as they appear."
This was recently posted by attorney Chuck Newton in Texas: "Whether you are a Third Wave attorney or not, you still need furniture. It might be for your home, your home office, or your out of the home office. You want to be stylish, but we advocate green as well.
Check out the new furniture by Christian Brown Design. It's called the Echo Series because it is made from salvaged wood, reclaimed panels of eco-resin, and stainless steel rods, cap screws, and connector bolts. The 3form panelslevitate above reclaimed wood blocks."
Here is the direct link: chucknewton
The echo series has been posted on the design blog "Contemporist". Here is the direct link: contemporist The Contemporist blog features contemporary furniture, architecture, interiors, and lighting projects. As they write about themselves:
"A Contemporist is someone who appreciates contemporary design.
We are Contemporists!
We focus on architecture, furniture, interior design, lighting and anything else to do with contemporary design."
Christian Brown Design may now be found in the products and services section of the green living website Low Impact Living, www.lowimpactliving.com. The echo series and prana table are featured in the green furniture section of the products listings, and there is a description of architectural services provided by Christian Brown Design listed under the "architects and architectural designers" section of the services listings (search by state). Low Impact Living, which is based in Los Angeles, is committed to reducing the environmental impact of buildings on the eco-system and to helping consumers understand the options available for a greener lifestyle and the impact of these decisions.
The echo series tables has been featured in a great article by Preston Koerner in his green building blog "Jetson Green". Here is the direct link: jetsongreen According to their own description,
"Jetson Green is a daily updated magazine that's obsessed with green building and everything related to it, including sustainable architecture, good design, green prefab, clean technology in the built environment, affordable housing, and eco-friendly development. Our goal is this: to help you become as obsessed with green building as we are. This is a place where curious, open-minded, demanding, entrepreneurial, and innovative readers are welcome."
This is the newest addition to the echo series, echo 7. It is similar to echo 4 but not as tall. Overall dimensions are 16" x 48" x 18". The top is another piece of eco-resin called "linea ochre", 1/2" thick. The linea ochre material is slightly more translucent than some of the other eco-resin material which allows more of the hardware and base to be visible through the top. Eco-resin is manufactured by 3form, http://www.3-form.com, and is available in a wide variety of colors, styles and thicknesses. Echo 7 was commissioned by architectural clients of mine, owners of the Appletree Lane project. Two echo 5 tables and an echo 6 table have just recently shipped to the Shaw Cramer Gallery on Martha's Vineyard where this series has been very well received.