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October 8, 2012

André Ricard Tatu Light


The forecast for the week looks dreary. Rain rain rain. Not that we mind the change of pace: curling up inside, dressing Henri in his bear hoodie, drinking tea… With the sun hiding behind the clouds, it’s time to make sure those reading nooks and cozy couch corners have just the cheery glow.

Renowned Catalan industrial designer André Ricard’s Tatu light couldn’t be a more vivacious choice of fall/winter decor. And, with it’s pivoting, sectional construction, it’s the perfect table light for any situation. The Tatu was designed for the Spanish firm Metalarte circa 1972 and can still be found on Ebay, Etsy, and other vintage online retailers like this one. It was manufactured in yellow (we can’t help but wonder if Ricard was inspired by the Beatles’ 1968 release…), red, and cream and currently sells for around $300-$400: a steal for such a ID masterpiece!

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October 28, 2010

top: Peter Johansen Minis Side Table and TPV Chair
bottom: Peter Johansen LD Table and D9 Stools

For ages now we’ve been singing the praises of powder-coated steel to anyone who would listen, and we love what Copenhagen-based designer Peter Johansen has been doing with this lightweight and flexible material. He perfectly commands its functional whimsy. His colorful, distinctly modular Metro stool, for example, has a shape that recalls the branchings and intersections of a subway map, combining visual intricacy with a pleasing simplicity of form. We’re also seriously coveting the stackable Roses stool and the Chicago chairs (both shown below), whose spare, classical profile wouldn’t be out of place in the Tuileries — in green, of course.

These are the perfect October chairs: chairs that put in their best days of service standing brightly outside on a garden terrace under scooting grey clouds — or hung with droplets after a shower and hastily dried off so you can catch that last half hour of a nippy autumn sunset.


top: Peter Johansen Tee Tables and Chicago Chairs
bottom: Peter Johansen Gibi 01 Chair and Roses Stools

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